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  1. The OH Leuven Thread

    Bit miffed we can't do elaborate pitch designs anymore. That looks quality.
  2. Nigel Pearson working for KP again

    I have to admit, the thought of bringing Pearson's organisation back into the club is a brilliant one. He came back to us after some stagnation at Hull so if he returned here for a third spell I wouldn't be too concerned about his ability to help us kick on and establish us as a European side. If he brought Steve Walsh back, that would be incredible too. But I can't see it happening as it would be a demotion to Chief Scout again, unless the owners have had enough of Rudkin. Plus I imagine Walsh would need to be pushed out of Everton to consider coming back. All this being said, I'm also happy with Shakey for the time-being. Coaches aren't given enough time these days. I'd be ecstatic with 2-3 seasons of midtable finishes, let Shakey cut his teeth and then see if he can push us to the next level.
  3. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    Have to agree with most of this, especially Hamza. He looked solid without standing out, although there was one dodgy moment where he almost got caught dwelling on the ball as the last man. The impression I got from Thomas is that he isn't a winger. For me he looked far more influential after we went 4-3-3 and he was on the left of the midfield 3. His set pieces were poor by and large though, which is disappointing as he's clearly a designated set-piece taker. Gordon did OK I thought and won a surprising amount of headers. But it did sort of seem like we were forcing the players into a 4-4-2. Granted we scored all 3 goals playing that formation but for the first 20 minutes or so West Ham's kids were keeping the ball very well and frustrating us. It was nice to see Iborra and Huth get 90 minutes but really frustrating to see Kelechi hobbling off. I think you might be right in suggesting he just has some time off instead of continually aggravating the injury. I thought Wood did very well actually. He got forward well and he recovered well when we lost possession. Decent delivery as well with the odd one being a bit too easy for the keeper.
  4. Adrien Silva - Terms Agreed

    Very good points. The club is certainly not blameless in this, and after last summer's debacle it must be extremely frustrating for Silva. Fingers crossed the appeal goes our way but you're right, the club well and truly screwed this one up.
  5. Adrien Silva - Terms Agreed

    I think what's pathetic is the inability to train with the team. I get the not being eligible to play but not being able to train as well could actually be a punishment with consequences that reach beyond January.
  6. Adrien Silva - Terms Agreed

    Agreed. If Portugal qualify for the World Cup it's a big season for him as well. He'll have half a season to bed in and get used to the Premier League. I think Portugal would take him regardless of form but it could cost him his place in the side, especially if a lack of match practice hampers his game during international games between now and Jan.
  7. Adrien Silva - Terms Agreed

    I hope you're right. The article made it sound as though it's because he doesn't have international clearance which implies he'll be training on his own until Jan. If that's true it's a crying shame for him and would seem like a punishment for doing nothing wrong. The biggest victim is the player. We do need him but we also have other midfielders. He has a job that he can't perform through no fault of his own. I hope once the appeal is over he can train with the team, preferably being eligible to play as well.
  8. Adrien Silva - Terms Agreed

    http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/leicester-citys-22m-deadline-day-448948 So Silva isn't even allowed to train with Leicester until January according to the Merc. What a farce this situation is. FIFA really do suck.
  9. Chelsea Home Match Thread

    You're thinking of our third, surely?
  10. Wow. What an incredible article and what a brilliant bloke. We have to win the league again now, for Matty! (And for us )
  11. Adrien Silva - Terms Agreed

    Wow I get that the rules have to be adhered to but we were 14 seconds late! It's not like were 2 days or 2 hours late! You could argue that we should've done it in plenty of time but we were replacing Drinky for whose transfer Chelsea had to apply for a 2-hour extension! Is it possible that we couldn't get the Silva deal done until Drinky left because of financial fair play issues regarding wages and transfer fees (in case Drinky's transfer fell through)? I hope the appeal goes our way, I really do, for common sense's sake at the very least!
  12. Demari Gray's Attitude

    England U21s play in Bournemouth on Tuesday so they're all probably there using Bournemouth's training facilities and preparing for the game That post is a little ill-advised considering Bournemouth's well-publicised interest in him, but maybe he doesn't have any PR skills or he just likes winding people up. Who knows?
  13. LCFC Internationals 2017/18

    Good tekkers from Kelechi. 4-0 though! I remember when Nigeria and Cameroon were the powerhouses of African football. It would've been nice to see Maguire start for England but seeing as he's been carrying a knock since the Sheffield Utd game, I'm quite pleased he's not in the matchday squad for this one. Hope Vardy gets on and bags a goal or two.
  14. I agree they didn't look sensational but they were always in control. I think Shakey did have a plan: to sit and contain and hit them on the break. Defensively we were so much better than at Arsenal but it was still 2 lapses in concentration that led to the goals. Simpson was unlucky to concede the penalty but it was the right call by the ref and Kasper definitely did his homework on Lukaku. If we had stayed switched on we could have sneaked a 0-1 win. Our trouble offensively was that we couldn't string any sequence of passes together and our decision-making was lousy. Apart from a few good long passes towards Vardy, Matty James was just not very good yesterday (I do think he'll have an excellent season, though). Gray typified our toothlessness in attack when he put Mahrez through too late AND overhit the pass. So, it could have easily been the type of smash and grab win we used to get in the title-winning season but we just weren't good enough. The big plusses were Maguire (again) and Mahrez. Maybe Riyad was playing for a move but I hope if he stays he can put in the kind of performance he did yesterday in most games while he's here. He caused Blind some real problems on the few occasions he had the chance to and, although he did shirk the odd challenge, his defensive work was often good. There are reasons for optimism I think, we just need to cut out those stupid defensive mistakes and use the ball a bit better.