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    Dennis Praet

    Imagine we make another signing and then reject another approach from Utd for Maguire. Rudders, Whelan and Top are absolutely bossing it right now.
  2. I'm not going to lie, I like the look of the site. I like the idea of outside-the-box long-form journalism with an empasis on local experts as well. It's telling that they've been poaching a lot of the broadsheet writers too. That's where the quality analysis is. They may have been aggressive in their recruitment strategy, and I don't like to see whole newspapers being cleared out, but this model really has the potential to shake up the industry. Many on here have been moaning about the slow, sad decline of the Mercury's sports coverage and the annoying proliferation of ads, pop-ups and auto-play videos. The Athletic could be a breath of fresh air, especially for those who are hungry for content outside of the usual match reports, bog-standard analysis, vague transfer crap and clickbait.
  3. Funnily enough, that's my actual reaction to the thought of us signing Phil Jones
  4. Jones would barely play. He'd be a waste of a wage and a squad place. I'd rather we spaffed £45m on Dunk than have Jones included in the Maguire deal.
  5. Southampton is a good shout. Hassenhutl quietly turned them around after Pellegrino then Hughes. They need more goals though. Is Che Adams the answer for them?
  6. What kind of a CB is Dunk? How good is he on the ball? For £45m you'd expect him to start and then you've got Evans as our other best CB. I guess signing Dunk allows Benkovic and Soyuncu to bed in further without as much pressure on them, but surely one of them will be off before long if they're not playing regularly? Also, does a Dunk and Evans partnership change the way we play significantly? I'm a little dubious about this, although clearly Dunk is a very good CB. Currently, if we're going to spend a good chunk of the Maguire money I'd rather we rivalled Everton for Pepe to be honest (it sounds fanciful, I know) and use Cags and Benko a bit more with Wes and a U23 player stepping up to matchday squads. I'm more than happy to be proved wrong though. I have my reservations but the team always has my support
  7. Huge statement from them if they land Pepe, although I'm not sure that one of the big boys would allow that to happen. The BBC gossip column also has them in for Malcolm (£31.5m bid) and Juventus' Moise Kean (€30m bid rejected). Both of those players are in positions we want to strengthen, and if Everton have a chance of signing them then I'd like to think we do too. Of course a lot might now depend on money we bring in (e.g. selling Maguire). If we did, going in for one of the above would be another statement of intent from us.
  8. I'm 33 as well and only came across it in a BBC article recently!
  9. It's true that parents have the responsibility of teaching kids right from wrong. But there comes a point in every kid's life where they rebel against and question everything their parents tell them. There's also that moment when kids realise that their parents are mere mortals and not the superheroes they thought they were when they were younger. Other role models do have a profound impact on a child's life. That could be a grandparent, aunt/uncle, significantly older sibling, a family friend, or, yes, a celebrity, YouTuber, TikTok creator, etc. Children consume so much information. Blaming celebrity role models on lazy parenting is frankly unfair. I'll bet most of us on here had at least one growing up, whether it was a footballer, movie star, singer or whatever. Plus you have many kids who are bounced around from foster home to foster home and care home to care home. What other choice do they have?
  10. It was great to Eric's name his name pop up after all this time. Glad he's well thought of as a coach. I could've sworn he made a first team appearance for us but Wikipedia says otherwise
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    If ever there's an argument for allowing sleeveless shirts a la Cameroon 2002, then Caglar Soyuncu is it.
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    Does Brunei's Faiq Bolkiah count?
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    Days like this make all those post-match threads worth it
  14. He was very highly rated before the move to Leuven. After being frozen out by Sheff Weds and all the stress that situation would've brought, plus a move to an unfamiliar league in an underperforming team in a new country at 19 years old, I'm reserving judgement until he's been here for a year or two and settled back in. He could still realise that original potential.
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