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  1. Scrappy first half but we looked much the better team in the second and could easily have scored more. My main reflection though was how on earth have Watford been above us in the league for so much of the season
  2. Personally I think having a big name manager who makes all the decisions is no longer the way to go for many clubs. We have already demonstrated the value of a more team based approach and you can see this happening more and more at other clubs. I would see Craig Shakespeare as very much a team player happy to work with the other coaches, the medical/ physio staff, the analysts, the recruitment staff and so on. Of course the buck stops with the manager ultimately and he has already demonstrated that he is quite comfortable with making decisions even when under pressure. Another essential for a manager is being the public face of the club, dealing with the media and so on and he already seems to be taking well to that role. Finally, a manager as well as listening needs to be able to inspire and motivate others, especially the players - he has certainly demonstrated that so far. If I was writing a job description for our next manager I'd say that he ticks all the boxes.
  3. According to the Mercury there is no release clause in his contract, so perhaps we are getting excited about nothing. Shock
  4. I've gone for 11th which is the best I think we can realistically do, but as long as we stay up I will be happy
  5. Confidence and momentum are so important in football and at last you can see this swinging in our favour. Plus, at last, a bit of Mahrez magic!
  6. fingers crossed he is OK. Terrible news
  7. Well what a miserable wet evening that was walking to the ground with doom and gloom in the air and then bang! 3-0 in 20 odd minutes! Football is full of surprises, especially if you support Leicester City What a joy to watch (apart from the last 10 minutes). Every player busting a gut just like last season and some brilliant direct football - we found our mojo again, let's hope we keep it!
  8. It certainly made the players that didn't play look better than they have mainly been rated so far. I don't see many of tonight's squad who haven't been starting banging on Claudio's door anytime soon.
  9. I'm going the other way - Sunderland in extra time
  10. Well according to the Mercury today: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/are-leicester-city-getting-it-right-in-the-transfer-market/story-29944238-detail/story.html Nothing in effect has changed with our transfer system and all the players we signed had been tracked for some time. Kaputska was signed for an initial £2m potentially rising and was seen as a player for the future.
  11. When he started driving forward more in the second half on Saturday I thought he provided some of the few bits of brightness in an otherwise poor display from City. Sure, he still has some way to go and much to learn but the potential looks to be there.
  12. One of my all time favourites and certainly one of the best defenders I have seen at City. He always seemed to have time on the ball, such composure.
  13. Great result and I was really impressed by the calm controlled way we played out the last 20 minutes of the match - just like watching us in the last half of last season - very encouraging. Amartey looked good again and at his age he looks a real prospect. A few more weeks training with the team and you can see that Slimani could make quite an impact this season.
  14. This may shed some light on why he has left Spurs (amongst other things!), from the Guardian: Tottenham have signed Georges-Kévin Nkoudou from Marseille on a five-year contract more than 40 days after he passed his medical, with the Spurs forward Clinton Njie joining the French club on a season-long loan. In one of the most protracted transfer sagas of any transfer window and which saw the Spurs head of recruitment, Paul Mitchell, tender his resignation, Nkoudou has signed a five-year deal at White Hart Lane for a fee of around £9.4m – a reduction of £1.6m from the fee agreed with Marseille in mid-July. The Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, attempted to restructure the deal despite the 21-year-old forward having already completed a medical and negotiations broke down. That impasse led to Mitchell announcing he would leave, stating his dream job had turned into a nightmare. The 34-year-old, who worked under Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton, must serve out a six-month notice period at the club before he is allowed to depart amid interest from Leicester. Levy then decided to revive the deal and reopened discussions with Marseille’s new owner, coming to an agreement in principle on 19 August. Having spent a month in a London hotel, Nkoudou was then given permission to report to Tottenham’s training ground to join Pochettino’s squad, although that was not the end of his waiting game. Spurs made two bids for CrystalPalace’s Wilfried Zaha but were told the winger was not for sale. The deal was ratified by Levy on Wednesday – days after Pochettino had admitted his priority was to sign a new forward with pace after the departure of Nacer Chadli to West Bromwich. At least Nkoudou could see the funny side of it. “Nkoudou signs but I’m 40 years old now so I’m not sure to be as quick as I used to be,” he tweeted a few minutes after the deal was confirmed by Tottenham.
  15. Well Claudio certainly kept that one up his sleeve. To unleash Amartey in that role and for him to have such an outstanding game was quite a surprise! Nervy end but we dominated for most of the game. Still perhaps lack a bit of sharpness but we are looking good for the most part. I thought Simpson had another good game and Shinji seems to have gone up a level this season. Drinkwater must surely be in the England squad - he's got right back to where he was last season and you can see him getting even better.