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    Stanislav Lobotka

    3 pages in and no YouTube video!!!?!? Come on FoxesTalk, I know you are better than that! He's very good actually, and I'd expect him to play for a Roma / Sevilla type of team rather than come to the Premier League. Ideal player for our double pivot IMO though!
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    Che Adams

    Echo the sentiments of what others have said here. Impressed tonight, he held up the ball very well, linking with other players all the time and rarely losing the ball when it was played into him. In addition, he had strength and tenacity to fight for and win the ball back on many occasions and was a willing runner. I think the keeper should have stopped his goal, but it was a terrific strike from a tight angle hit with real venom. He reminds me of Troy Deeney back in the Championship days, and I mean that as a compliment. Seems quite promising and I can see why we would be interested, but of course you'd have to ask if he can do it in the top league, and if he can play as a sole front man as Birmingham play a 442. But based on what I saw today, I think the answer to both questions would be yes. If we don't get him, I imagine Burnley, Southampton or one of the promoted clubs will sign him in the summer. Ironically Watford probably won't as they sign foreign players generally, even though I think he would be a fitting successor to Deeney!
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    Benalouane joins Nottingham Forest

    Really interesting to see how our 15/16 signings faired...
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    Stanislav Lobotka

    Puel used Seri (now at Fulham) alongside Mendy at Nice, though they did often play a diamond formation. So I could see such a player being at our club. Seri is pretty good IMO even for a struggling team.
  5. On fire in preseason, 4 goals in 3 games! His all round game has improved immeasurably. Those signs of improvement at the end of last season look like they've continued into preseason and hopefully into the season proper. Looking much more like a 25M player now and a clinical finisher. His goals from today: https://streamable.com/sz2cy https://streamable.com/ggmfg
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    Silva back to Sporting

    I agree. I think that although the player is quite decent, his wages are such that Puel doesn't think he's worth it because he can get a player of his choosing for the same amount of money. Look at Emery with Ozil and Ramsey at Arsenal as similar examples. Both of those players are clearly very good, but don't suit the exact style of play the manager wants to implement. Thus Arsenal are losing Ramsey for free and Ozil is often left out of matchday squads, and Lucas Torrerira who does suit Emery's style was drafted in. At the same time with Silva, has had a number of games to play in and never taken his chance. Hamza was given the same number of chances and IMO, always looked better and more promising.
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    Stanislav Lobotka

    An option to compete with Mendy and Ndidi, so replacing one of them in the double pviot. Not saying we should sign this player specifically, but if we are away from home, then having two "robust" players in the double pivot makes sense. But at home against a team that sits back (so everyone in the bottom 10) either Ndidi or Mendy could rotate out for a player who is less good at tackling but far better on the ball, who can pass and is brave enough to pass the ball forwards.
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    Stanislav Lobotka

    This guy and Dani Olmo are deep lying playmaker type midfielders, and that's good news because I feel that at home against defensive teams we lack a player who can create chances for us. Against Southampton in fact Maddison came so deep he was almost playing as a number 8, and I think we need someone like that in the 8 position with Maddison at number 10. Barnes could also play as a 10, but think he will be better as one of the 3 forwards in our system. Regarding the player himself, his stats might not seem too exciting, but the way playmakers are rated stats wise, is often misleading. For example, let's take a look at the following player: This player averages less than 5 assists a season, so he's surely crap right? Oh except it's Andres Iniesta, one of if not the best creative midfielders of all time. If you are the player that gives the assist to an assist, it doesn't register many points statistics wise. But it's one of the most important parts of football, to run the game and keep the midfield ticking over. I'm not sure which player we should sign, but I'd love us to sign a deep lying play maker in the summer.
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    Stanislav Lobotka

    Underrated post!
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    Wolves (A)..next up.

    already posted, ignore.
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    Spiderman signs...

    SPY-der man!
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    Barnes coming back

    Interesting article on Harvey Barnes on Sky Sports: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11712/11608809/harvey-barnes-ready-for-his-chance-at-leicester
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    Wolves (A)..next up.

    I think our fans are really harsh on Puel, but I have to admit this made me laugh ha ha ha!
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    Brendan Rodgers..yay or nay?

    Rodgers out! We haven't won a home game with him in charge. Can't remember the last time we scored a goal under him. None of his transfers have worked out!
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    Brendan Rodgers..yay or nay?

    That's a very good post! Sums up a lot of my feelings too. During his last stint in the Premiership I thought Rogers became insufferable and fancied himself too much, and I found it strangely satisfiying when they lost the title in the way that they did! But I will give him a lot of credit as wherever he's been he's produced entertaining football which has been reasonably succesful. I think his time as Swansea is most interesting to me, as he proved that a team with medicore players can still play nice football and were still quite stable position wise. Puel has IMO done a lot of things right *except* the style of football that we play. If we were in exactly the same position and with the same points but had been putting in more attacking displays then I think there would be far less fan unrest. If we finish 8th or above, I think Puel will still be here. If we finish bottom half, then I think he will go and Rogers will replace him.
  16. Yes it's really sad, same with Arsenal at the Emirates. With Man City back when they were in League One, they had more atmosphere than what they have today. It was a great stadium to go to, and I actually wished some success for them in the same way I hope that one day the Geordies win something of note. But success can spoil a fanbase, something I feel has already happened to our fans to some extent.
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    Southampton Home post match, 1-2 loss.

    This ws when you got that feeling it wasn't going to be our day. Magnificent play to wn the ball back and charge down the middle and then play a terrible pass to put it out of play! We need to get better at passing!
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    Southampton Home post match, 1-2 loss.

    However, you want to slice it, our attack is shit. If we are going to play possesion football, we need quick passing and movement. Best summed up by this magnificent passage of play from 15/16. If Puel had us playing like this, then people wouldn't give him half as much grief! To be honest that's the biggest disapointment for me, that we don't get to see this type of play. My expecations are that we would try it, but that it wouldn't come off very often and we would be inconsistent. Earlier in the season we did play like this at times against both Manchester United and Arsenal, but it has tailed off. I'm not sure why!
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    Southampton Home post match, 1-2 loss.

    As we all know we were poor but I think CP said some interesting things about it. Ultimately his time here will be defined by our ability in our inability to evolve in this area. “We tried to score another goal and come from behind, we made a lot of crosses and shots, but it is always difficult to play against a deep block. There was a lot of shots and saves from their goalkeeper but without enough movement in the box. “We need to work at this play because we play a lot against a deep block and it is important to find more solutions. It’s a shame, a big disappointment. We continue to learn and now it is important to be strong and find the right response and reaction in the next game.”
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    Puel In / Out Poll (12/01/19)

    It's a worrying trend that a number of people on Foxes Talk struggle with anything over 10 words. Maybe it's indicative of why so many fans are so impatient? Anyway let me simplify it for you: ME SUPPORT LEICESTER MANY YOUNG PLAYERS GIVE MANAGER TIME GET BEHIND CLUB But I'm guessing I've lost you after the first sentence. The irony of course is the post was about long term benefits which aren't a quick fix .
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    Puel In / Out Poll (12/01/19)

    No, but I am OK with that. I actually think we will finish 12th, which is less OK but given this is a transition season and Vichai passed away isn't a disaster IMO. We won't get relegated and have been nowhere near the bottom 3 all season long. There were two ways to go in the summer. Spend money on established players who will make an impact now, the route chosen by Everton and West Ham. Or choose the long term strategy to invest in young players and to develop them. Personally I far prefer our strategy. We are integrating players who have grown up at the club and either support the club or have been here for long enough that they card about the club like the fans do. I'd rather have Chilwell, Barnes, Choudhury and to some extent Maddison than Digne, Wilshere, Nasri and Andre Gomes. The latter are better players right now and more experienced, but are basically slightly above average players that did not make the cut at elite clubs. Our players are LCFC's own! They might also turn out to be highly mediocre (which is what appears to be happening to Gray) but they won't be on mega wages or ready to jump ship at the first opportunity. A lot of people hate Puel which is fine, but what he is doing for our youngsters will likely have a huge impact on the club for the next 5 years. Chilwell, Benkovic, Soynucu, Ricardo, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes, Gray will likely be in the team for years, only leaving if a mega bucks offer comes in or they can't make the grade. Yesterday we had ALL of our promising young English players playing at the same time. How many other managers in the league would do that? Maybe Pochettino, but not many others. This is a pivotal shift in the club's history. Now instead of hoovering up players from other clubs that are unwanted, we are developing our own that have a route into the first team. West Ham and Everton are stuck in the mercenaries game, whereas we are trying to make our way out of it. I don't see Puel ever being the long term man to win us our next trophy, but he's doing the grunt work to setup the club for someone more charismatic and attacking to come in and reap the rewards. To be honest he reminds me a lot of Theresa May (who by the way I despise) in that essentially no matter what he does, he can't win. He's made a ton of mistakes along the way, but overall what he has started is a very good thing. The thing is that most people aren't good at thinking about the long term, both in football and in life. It's a bit like saving up for a Mortgage, you probably have to give up / cut down on a lot of hobbies and going out for a number of years in order to save up, but if you do it, you have your own place. But is sure as hell isn't much fun at all during that saving up period. Right now as a club, we are setting up for the future, it's the reason why when you are outside the club shop you see the "New Horizons" tag instead of "Fearless." To be honest it makes me very sad as a lifelong fan that despite being in the top 10 of the Premier League, despite having a raft of young English players in and around the first team, despite having the highest number of international players at the World Cup and called up for the England team in years, despite having new facilities on the way and despite all coming together to show our appreciation for a legendary club owner that every single week without fail, all we can do is argue about if the manager should be sacked or not. The irony is that the greatest story in all of football has turned the fan base into entitled whiners. What ever happened to those days when we were 2-0 down at home to Arsenal but roared our team onto draw 3-3? Whatever happened to being 3-1 down to Man United and beating them 5-3? Turning over Sevilla to reach the Champions League top 8 just a few games after Ranieri was sacked? Being bottom of the league for 6 months and still escaping? Beating Swansea 4-0 despite Vardy being suspended? Now it's PUEL OUT! on a day when we start 7th after having beaten the last two Champions in the space of a month. Foxes Never Quit? Never quit moaning more like...
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    Is Boring Football the worst kind of Football?

    OK I'll grant you I might have been over exuberant in my assessment of our attempts to get something from the game! But point is that I don't think today was boring. We were crap not boring IMO. There's a difference! When we won the title we were boring in many games. Newcastle at home, Watford away, Southampton at home, Sunderland away, etc, etc. But people didn't complain then because we were winning games and grinding out results.
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    Is Boring Football the worst kind of Football?

    Why post this today though when the match was anything but boring!? The game had a sending off, a penalty, we had 23 shots, 6 on goal and 10 corners. We threw everything we had at Southampton who camped in their own half to get the three points, and credit to them for digging in. The result was crap, the individual performances poor, but boring?! We were going hell for leather until the end of the game. To answer your question, yes boring football is the worst kind. Like the sort of shit we had to endure at the beginning of last season under Shakespeare against West Brom, Huddersfield and Bournemouth. Or the shit that we endured after winning the title when every team sat back to counter our counter attack and we kept hoofing the ball up aimlessly to Vardy for 90 minutes. Or any one of the seasons when we were on the decline after entering the doldrums of the lower reaches of the Championship. At least under our current management we are trying to pass the ball around. We might be crap at it, but we at least we are trying to move in the right direction.
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