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  1. That's the worst club news update we've had for a while. Ricardo out with a serious injury, Maddison out, three potential coronavirus cases and the Watford game at risk of not going ahead. A real shame after the positivity of Monday night. For our sake and his, I hope Ricardo's injury recovers well and he's back better than ever before long.
  2. The thing that impressed me most with Justin was how regularly he made an angle to make himself available on the touchline. Not only that, once he got the ball he had his head up looking to link up with Barnes or drive beyond him towards the byline and make something happen. On another day that positive play would have seen Iheanacho getting on the end of one of those deliveries. It was really refreshing to see. The frustrating thing from that is that Chilwell has more than enough ability to do that too. His game is about his power, athleticism and stamina getting up and down the wing, but too often he looks to come inside and slows things down. If he could find a balance in doing more of what Justin did last night, it would bring his all round game back up towards the levels we know he's capable of.
  3. For me the first goal is huge. I will be livid if we go behind against Villa for a third consecutive game and are needing to produce a similar performance to what we saw in both cup games when we were chasing the game from 1-0 down. We know exactly what Villa will bring to the party so there is no excuse for being sucker punched by that again and making a really tough evening's work for ourselves. I would also like to see Vardy and Iheanacho starting together. We looked so much more lively and dangerous against Man City when we did that. We're well overdue a good performance and it's time for some of the players who have had a quiet January and February to really step up to the mantle.
  4. Perez has been what we all thought he'd be when he arrived. He's been an upgrade on both Okazaki and the starting wingers (Albrighton & Gray) last season in terms of goals and assists output and he's a relatively tidy player who definitely improves our squad from last season. That being said he hasn't and wasn't ever really going to impact the side in the same way that the signing of 'our ideal wide man' would have. We wanted an elite level player who could punch Mahrez numbers across the season and be a real match-winner for us, which just wasn't really going to happen. I expect he will become more of rotation option to impact games off the bench should we make a statement signing out wide in the summer.
  5. For me securing the CL spot is about what we do in the next 3 fixtures. We play Villa, Watford and Brighton, all teams we have beaten in the reverse fixture and all teams we are more than capable of beating again. If we can get 9 points from those games, it will pretty much break the back of the qualification race as the chasing pack will have to secure a minimum of 8 points more than us in the remaining 7 fixtures, whilst a playing each other. I also fancy us to go on a run and pick up a few wins in quick succession once we get 3 points on the board. The Norwich result and performance was a stinker but this is very much still in our hands, other teams are reliant on us dropping points to stand a chance. Throughout March we have a fantastic opportunity to pick up some good points and we need to make these fixtures count starting by beating Villa on Monday night.
  6. Think we'll rotate Ward in for Schmeichel and rest a few bodies in the defence but otherwise we'll field the strongest side possible with Vardy and Ndidi likely to be rested. With the dip in form recently, we have two winnable home games against Birmingham and Villa and I expect to see a response both in terms of results and performance levels. Progress in the FA Cup and a home win in the league will improve the mood and give us something to kick-on from. Ward Justin Morgan Bennett Fuchs Choudhury Perez Praet Tielemans Gray Iheanacho
  7. If we can get a win at Norwich and win the first three of those home games against Villa, Brighton and Palace we'll be well on the way to nailing it down for good.
  8. It's a golden opportunity missed to extend our lead over Chelsea in 4th and also, very likely, Man Utd in 5th and we blew it. However, that's all it is for now - a missed opportunity - we haven't lost any ground, we haven't gained any ground so it's as you were and we go again against West Ham. I expect to see a response and a much more clinical performance in the next game. I can excuse the Man City and Liverpool results but two defeats in a row to Southampton and Burnley is hugely frustrating when we have the opportunity to go on to achieve Top 4 this season. I don't want us to regret these games, particularly like today where we had the chances to win them, come the end of the season.
  9. I agree which is why I said I'd be happy to see him get a new deal. A player of Fuchs' quality who is happy to be within the role Fuchs plays and offers what Fuchs does to the dressing room wouldn't just be hard to replace, it would be almost impossible. Could easily see him stepping into a club ambassadorial role upon retirement too like you say.
  10. I'd be more than happy to see Fuchs get a new deal, regardless of Chilwell's situtation come the summer. If Chilwell stays, Fuchs has proven himself to be more than reliable back-up in the league and a great rotation option in the cup - we've won 5 and drawn 1 league game that he's played in and are in the cup-semi final which is fantastic. If Chilwell goes, you would presume we will bring in another left back, so Fuchs covering that player and being on standby incase that signing doesn't work out makes perfect sense. Players of Fuchs' quality who are happy to play a squad role are very hard to come by.
  11. Buzzing for Hamza with that. Took a lot of unfair flack from the home support for his part in the situation that Ritchie flared up in the Cup tie. Silenced them with a superb strike. Lovely stuff.
  12. Capitalised on horrible defending from Newcastle for the first two goals and then cruised through the game and with sensible, accurate passing. We never looked in any real danger, bar that first half chance for Joelinton. Good performance and a comfortable result, can't ask for any more than that at this time of the year where fixtures come thick and fast. Massive hits from Maddison and Choudhury too.
  13. I agree with that - Ricardo was our best winger last season in terms of being able to beat a player and get deliveries into the box and that's something that appears to have continued this season. In some games this season, we've only looked dangerous on the right when Ricardo has got forward to support the attack. In fairness to the other wingers, I think that's a lot more to do with Ricardo's outrageous ability rather than their own faults/inconsistencies. It's an obvious weakness in the team so, like you say, hopefully they address in January or, if the right option isn't available mid-season, the summer.
  14. Nope but credit where credits due for a good performance and a match winning goal. Anyway, like I said, it's always been about if Gray can apply himself consistently.
  15. As in I'm automatically bias towards Iheanacho for calling people morons who were jeering and booing our own player after he scored and put in a good performance yesterday?
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