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StriderHiryu

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  1. I do agree with you, but at the same time isn't it nice to be optimistic!? We have a very good team these days and though I don't think we will win, I think we will go close. At the last world cup even though France won, they were not very impressive. Belgium and Brazil at times looked great but both have obvious weaknesses. For me there isn't a dominant international team at the moment, which means things are up for grabs. Portugal won the last Euros without having a very good team at all, proving a lot of the time it can come down to being better on the day.
  2. Serious shot of winning the tournament on this form.
  3. Our last accounts are dated from some time ago (May 31st 2017) and don't include the Mahrez or Iborra sales. Also don't forget about prize money from our end of season finishing place. (Above is last year's prize money). Maybe as of today we don't have the money in our accounts, but at the end of the season we probably will. There is a reason why teams like West Ham and Everton have been able to spend big on players like Richarlison and Felipe Anderson as neither of those made big money sales and also have to comply with FFP.
  4. In my opinion a very underrated manager. Getting promoted was a great achievement and given how many new players were brought in I thought he molded us into a team pretty decently. The La Manga incident is surely where it all started falling apart and I wonder if without that if we would have survived? Hard to say as I think it did show the “mercenary” nature of some of the players we brought in. That 4-3 loss to Wolves after being 3-0 up also showed the weak belly we had that year. Still overall I think he was a good manager. Had we appointed him and Basset instead of Taylor I don’t think we’d have gone down the first time round.
  5. Why couldn’t we buy a 40m player? We spent 23m on Soyuncu and 12m for Danny Ward and both combined have less than 10 appearances for the club. Benkovic cost 12m (I think?) and was loaned to Celtic after one appearance. That’s nearly 50m spent “frivolously” right there. Silva’s fee would constitute 15-20m of the price and don’t forget we also made a 40m bid for Gylfi Sigurdsson two seasons ago too. Yes last season we were boosted by the Mahrez money but we are hardly up against it thanks to our brilliant owners. We could definitely afford him, though perhaps it would mean he’s our only marquee signing and we’d have to skrimp and save elsewhere. But our squad is in good shape at the moment plus I bet we could easily loan a good player from a European competing team after the success of Tielemans.
  6. Someone on Reddit found Jadon Sancho's old twitter account from when he was a teenager. Reading this is the best thing you can do all day, trust me ! https://twitter.com/JadonDonsancho
  7. Yep you are right, it even says it in the quoted article ha ha OK then I would ask him "What's your favourite team of all time and why?" Is he a Brazil 1970 sort of a guy, a Dutch Total Football man or a Barcelona tiki-taka lover? Me? I'm a 15/16 vintage Leicester type of a guy ! (Actually Dortmund under Klopp on their run to the Champions League final have been my favourite team to watch. Heavy Metal football indeed!)
  8. Love the idea. Puel never clicked with the fans so this is a great way to address that right away. Your question is also a great one as we are all desperate for the cup! My question would be “what is your football philosophy?” We can somewhat guess what it is but it would be great to get some examples of what he’d ideally like to achieve with us in terms of style of play.
  9. Yep that's what I would go for too. I suppose the only issue then is how to counter teams like Belgium and France when we get to them. France actually play a fairly boring style of football but when you have Mbappe, Kante, Pogba, Varane, Griezemann, etc, etc it's a tough team to stop. Croatia outplayed them for large periods of the World Cup final but France were clinical when it mattered. Belgium play the way you've suggested but have Hazard, Tielemans, De Bryune, Mertens, etc. IE the better players to play it. Anyway if England's problem is "what to do when up against the top teams in semi-finals and finals" then that's quite a good problem to have IMO !
  10. I think England were very fortunate in the World Cup with the draw we received. The two teams that could actually play football beat us fairly convincingly three times and for the most part we relied on set pieces to beat other teams rather than opening them up. Getting to the semi finals is no joke though, so it should not be dismissed, but the gap between us and Belgium and Croatia was obvious to see. But what is great to see is that the England team under Southgate continues to evolve and Sancho already makes the team a lot more creative, and Sterling has improved significantly this season with his goal scoring ability now kicking in. Imagine if England had someone like Youri Tielemans right now? They would walk into the team and IMO a creative all round midfielder like that would almost complete the puzzle. I'm still not convinced by Pickford in goal, but he did have a good World Cup when he was there. Anyway despite this I expect England to mount a serious challenge at the Euros next season, even if we don't win it.
  11. England looked frightening tonight too. Sancho is incredible for an 18 year old, and Hudson Odoi dangerous when he came on. Both ahead of Harvey Barnes who most fans think is one of the best prospects we've produced in years. The years of being a laughing stock are over, and the investment in youth has paid off. Southgate deserves massive credit. England's weakness now I feel is central midfield as Dier and Henderson are for me "jobbers" that do have their place but I don't think playing both is the right move. If England can sort out that position a tournament win is possible. Maybe they can for more of a Rodgers style 433 with one holding midfielder and two attacking central players, possibly including Maddison? I think we might see it (even if it's without Maddison) at some point.
  12. The player is clearly happy and enjoying his football again, resulting in these kind of performances. It's been proven time and again that money is not the most important thing in job satisfaction, and being a footballer is still ultimately a job. If you are happy and enjoying your life, why would you make a change? My gut feeling (and it's only a feeling) is that he will sign for us in the summer for a club record fee, with Silva going the other way. I then think he will stay with us for one maybe two seasons before going again for a ridiculous fee. And whilst that time might be short, I think we will all really enjoy seeing another world class player strutting their stuff in the LCFC blue.
  13. This would be my idealistic view of what should happen too. Maybe a fan zone area like the one outside the new Wembley or similar. But to be honest putting ANYTHING there right now would be better than what it has become. It's a bit depressing to walk down Filbert Street these days!
  14. He’s absolutely running the show. Him and Hazard the best players on the pitch. The chance to sign such a player might only come once in a generation. Get it done Rudders and Top!
  15. With Morgan signing on for another year, I think it's inevitable Soyuncu goes out on loan, even if we sell Maguire. Benkovic is doing well at Celtic and has played for the manager so surely becomes the 3rd / 4th choice, possibly even better than that. Soyuncu might eventually be a player that never makes it here due to not getting an opportunity, but I think this time round it was smarter to buy cover in case Maguire went instead of repeating the Drinkwater / Silva situation again. And if he does come good, well that's a bonus for us. I thought he looked decent when he's played given he's not used to the league or the country.
  16. Yep, that was a throwback to what teams used to do. Though in this case, it was a clear human error instead of Fulham tactically identifying it as a clear weakness. They did nothing in that match until that mistake.
  17. Well it's less important in midfield because there would be defenders behind him to handle that. Of course awareness of what is happening around you is arguably even more important for a central midfielder, but you do have that insurance of if you lose the ball that there is someone else behind you who could recover the situation. Regarding teams targeting Maguire, I recall in the "phantom" Nations League match against Croatia that their coaching team could be easily heard shouting Maguire's name over and over, and I believe they too were trying to target him as a weakness. But all this sort of talk should help him improve over time. Teams used to target Chilwell against us, playing the long diagonal in behind him over and over. I remember Liverpool at home trying this tactic many times, but it didn't work as he has adjusted to it after getting caught out last season when it happened. Maguire has had some good defensive performances this season too, so it's not like he is a complete liability. It's just that he is definitely not the finished article yet.
  18. He is 100% correct. Maguire is superb at bringing the ball out, he could genuinely play centre midfield if necessary, but his positioning and awareness needs work and is the reason why he plays for a mid-table club instead of a Champions League one. He can learn it, and it will improve over time a bit like how Rio Ferdinand improve over time. I feel he is better than David Luiz for example who is another defender who is good on the ball. But we've seen it all season long, he has a mistake in him.
  19. This echoes my thoughts exactly! Get out of my head! I prefer to see academy players who have sentiment to the club and city in the team. I think it's important to have an identity and leadership on the pitch. We are lucky that we have players like Kasper, Wes, Vardy who have set some kind of culture, but even they are not home grown and have other clubs they supported as a kid. I know Chilwell is from Milton Keynes originally and probably supported another club as a boy, but players like him, Barnes and Choudhury I hope will give us more of a "kill themselves for the shirt" mentality.
  20. Selling a player like Chilwell poses quite the dilemma. He's come through our academy, we've invested the time into developing him and if he left that would be quite galling seeing as we are yet to see the best of him, even if he's progressing and improving every week. But thinking about things differently, a ton of money received can be used to reinvest back into the team. Look at Liverpool who reinvested the Coutinho money into Van Dijk and Allison and are now mounting a real title challenge as a result. But then look at Spurs who reinvested the money received for Gareth Bale on some fairly mediocre players. Or Southampton that just pocketed the money for the execs! (Luckily that won't happen to us). I'd personally want us to keep the team we currently have, but I can definitely see one "marquee" player leaving for crazy sums to fund our other transfer activity. I expected that to be Maguire, but suppose it could also be Chilwell. Both are definitely replaceable and I guess the "sensible" thing to do is to act a bit like a Premier League version of Sevilla / Dortmund / Monaco, selling one star player each summer for an over-inflated price, and bringing in a more than capable replacement either through the youth team or signed for a cheaper price. As long as we don't go mad and sell too many players, it's probably a good way to steadily improve the squad and club over a long term period, which is clearly the current strategy.
  21. I’d be shocked if Wes and Kasper don’t join our coaching team in the future. I could even see them as managers / assistants here one day.
  22. "Mendy that pass was les shite!" You get the feeling Vardy is someone everyone at the club loves, what a prankster!
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