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  1. Puel played a way too aggressive side today. Ricardo is not ready to be a fullback in this league. He’s a good wingback though. Harry looked a step off the pace after two international games. Morgan is just not going to work out this season. Get Soyuncu in the team and play Armartey at right back. Away from home leave out Grey and Ghezzal, start Albrighton and we will be more compact and will be OK. Maddison is going to have to be our creative threat along with Ricardo down the right. We have the players, it’s just Puel needs to understand that we are not able to play as wide open away from home as we were today.
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    Bournemouth v Leicester - Pre match thread

    If Puel thinks Soyuncu is ready he has to start. Wes has been just about OK defensively but when he has the ball at his feet he slows us down horribly when we transition from defense to attack. We need another central defender who is comfortable in transition like Maguire. For Puels style to fully gel we need Soyuncu starting it as simple as that. It will also help Perriera at right back if Soyuncu’s mobility and comfort in possession is next to him. If it’s not Bournemouth it has to be Huddersfield at home where the new defensive era starts.
  3. FoxonMaui

    James Maddison Confirmed

    I commented on his tendency to release the ball late when we signed him. He got away with this in the championship but got a lot of heavy challenges as a result. In the Prem he is going to have to learn on the job to be just a little quicker in moving the ball on. The fact he looks very much at home at this level at his age and after just four starts is pretty amazing and he will no doubt in my mind get better very quickly. With regards to Puel pulling him off early in games I think he is doing a good job of protecting him at this early stage in his Prem career. He’s a bit lightweight at this level right now and after about 65 minutes you can see him begin to struggle. Puel deserves credit in my mind for not pushing him too hard at this point. It’s a long grinding season and we do not want him injured as he is already very important to how we play.
  4. Either way this game is going to cause me pain. Cannot really get myself up for wishing for a Spuds victory , but the thought of seeing Moaninho get thoroughly stuffed at Old Trafford leaves me with no easy choice here. Cmon yee spuds !!!! I feel ill already.
  5. The golden rule for survival in the Prem is a solid defense and a forward who will give you 12 to15 goals. Cardiff, Huddersfield, Southampton, Newcastle, West Ham, and Burnley are all leaking goals ( Cardiff not yet, but you can see it’s coming) and only West Ham (with Arnautovic) have a forward who is capable of getting close to that number of goals and they perhaps have the weakest defense because Pelegríni has never been in a relegation dogfight and from the way he is setting up that team he is way too wide open. What are the odds of fat Sam being back there by Xmas? I think Arnautovic might just save West Ham and I think Benitez’s luck ran out last season. So for me it’s Cardiff, Huddersfield and a toss up between Southampton and Newcastle for the third. West Ham and Burnley will also be sweating it out come March in my mind. I like what Watford are doing, tough in the tackle, hard working and have pace and a manager that’s getting them to move the ball forward quickly. They are going to be hard to beat for clubs eight downwards. Everton have solved their goals issue it seems but their defense looks awful. Bournemouth are over achieving again but I am not convinced they will be able to last with their small squad. Palace are an improved side but they are going to lose a lot of close games until they replace that donkey Benteke with a consistent scorer to go with Zaha. I like Brighton , they have a lot of heart and play for each other but they are short of quality in the final third and they will end up down near the bottom by March. Fulham are a complete unknown, can their new players integrate and can they tighten their defense. I like their manager , but the Prem can be cruel on teams that cannot get clean sheets. For me their defense is suspect. As for us I’m quietly optimistic. I think Perriera is a great signing, as is Maddison. A lot depends on the combination of Mendy and NDidi, can they settle in and give our back 3-4 consistent cover so we don’t give away silly goals. We need to be very solid at the back this season as I can see us needing to have to eke out a number of 1-0 wins to end up in the top seven. Seeing if Soyuncu can step up from the Bundesliga right away would be a huge help. Our biggest issues I see are still right back and Inheacho. With Inheacho I am most concerned about his lack of pace, he just does not seem to be able to create space for himself when he has the ball and when he is chasing the ball he just cannot seem to get away from his defender. He disappears from games ( Saturday is a perfect example) and saying he got no service is only half the story as he rarely find space to receive the ball. Regarding Armartey I kept noticing that whenever he got the ball near the half way line he was doing a pretty good impression of Simpson and his hesitation and backward passing was just killing our momentum. I just don’t think having him and Wes alongside each other on our right side is the way forward for Puels style of play. I think Liverpool will focus on pressing us hard and running at Chilwell and Armartey, if he plays and things could get ugly quickly. Having said that I love how we are investing in youth and I am sure we will end up good enough this season to be higher than we ended up last year. Next year with Soyuncu, Benkovic and possibly Barnes in the mix and if our owners hang onto this young nucleus, we are going to be a pretty amazing Side next season.
  6. FoxonMaui

    Leo Says Farewell

    Thanks Leo your crucial goals and performances in the great escape and the title winning season will never be forgotten. I will now keep an eye out for Pachuca’s results and maybe catch you playing on a televised game Liga MX game out here on Maui. Wishing you all the best for you and your family.
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    Man U 2-,Leicester 1 post match thread.

    Maddison looks like he is going to settle in the Prem quite comfortably. Perriera is a tidy player and does not give the ball away cheaply. Gray actually worked very hard on both sides of the ball. Inheacho lacks the pace to go by defenders at this level. Chilwell show promise but until he can pick a pass in the final third or deliver a decent cross, it all just window dressing. Vardy should have started that game and been pulled off on the hour rather than coming on with 30 mins to go. Armartey is turning into a bomb scare. Let’s get Soyuncu in the side pronto. Kasper looks sharp and motivated. Wes, well what to say, he managed to hide out most of the game. Silva, has to pick up his tempo or he’s just not going to find the passing lanes he needs. NDidi looked a little off his usual pace. On the United side, Fred looks nothing special at all for the cash they paid. Rashford looked lost and Mata looked very ordinary and seems like he’s now lost a step. Someone should buy Pogba a skirt and makeup, he acts like a girl!! I think united with struggle to make anything better than 4th this year. As for our season, I think the signs are good, we are a young side and will get younger with Benkovic and Syunuco. Think Puel has the right idea and direction. Worried about Silva, we need him to step up. Can see us getting a lot better over the next month with Wes and Armartey potentially both out the starting eleven. I can see a real big case for us going 3-5-2 but Puel May just not be up for that. For me it’s a way to get Vardy and inheacho on the pitch at the same time which I think we have to do to have our best team.
  8. FoxonMaui

    Leonardo Ulloa - Gone to C.F. Pachuca

    His contribution in the title winning season was vital! Like many of us I will never forget the relief I felt when he swept home the late goal against Norwich , scored that nerve jangling equalizer from the spot against West Ham and then the sound of the roar in the stadium when you headed in the second against Swansea. Unforgettable Leo, you will always be a legend in the story of LCFC. On top of that you are a great guy from all I have heard and seen. I remember late after the Athletico game in Madrid watching you taking the time for chats with people before you left the stadium. Wishing you the best for you and your family.
  9. FoxonMaui

    As a new season starts....

    Remember walking into a building supply store on Maui and spotting an English guy who is a mad gooner fan just before the Sunderaland game at the start of the season. He asked me how I thought Ranieri would do. I said I really didn’t have a clue but that somehow we had learnt how to win in our “great escape” and that if we came out with the same attitude from the start we would really be dangerous. He laughed at me in that usual big club fan way we all know and predicted Arsenal we’re going to win the League!! Little did we know. Was in England for the Swansea game in the run in and will never forget walking out of a restaurant in Wycombe with friends in the late evening and checking the Spurs West Brom score on my phone and seeing they had pulled the score level, what an amazing feeling that was!!
  10. When I saw Maddison’s highlight reel the first thing I said was that he has to learnt to release the ball sooner as he tends to invite contact from opposition players. In the Championship he was heavily fouled and ended up injured. In the Prem he will get killed if he continues to play the way he does and he will be out injured a lot. He’s a bit cocky, which is not a bad thing but he needs to wise up and learn to protect himself by staying away from unnecessary contact. This kid is going to be playing for England by January IF he can stay fit.
  11. FoxonMaui

    Spurs 5 (FIVE) - Leicester 4 (FOUR)

    Simpson, Wes and Fuchs are done at this level, sad but true. Goodbye Riyad, will never forget the amazing goals and assists you gave us. For me the greatest natural talent to ever play for us and I was on the terraces in the days of Worthington and Weller. Jaime Vardy, we would have been relegated without your leadership from the front this season. The guy is a legend. Bet that dweeb Southgate has him on the bench in the group games and we struggle to get out of the group at the WC. He will probably turn to Vards when it’s too late. Iheanacho ran himself into the ground today and suddenly he looks like a real talent. Think he will be a nailed on starter next season. Diabete is a real talent, quick feet and a diamond in the rough. Anyone who rates Gray above him doesn’t know football. It’s amazing he’s come out of a short spell in league 2 in France and already looks like he can handle the prem. Yes he runs into trouble but so did Riyad when he first got here, and often still does. This kid has a chance to be a terrific player in the next two years. In my opinion Puel deserves a chance to have a transfer window and 12 games next season to get things right.
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    Premier League, 2017-2018 Season Thread

    ?☺️?? lovely to see Borinhio dumped out of the CL by Sevilla. Sweet, sweet sweet!!!
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    Premier League, 2017-2018 Season Thread

    Stopped watching the Rottenham game at 62 minutes, didn’t want to endure them winning, so took a walk on the beach. I should have known they would bottle it!!! I think the term “spursy” should now become enshrined in the English vocabulary. Pottechino is such an idiot , it was obvious that when Juve made their first change that the smart move was to pull a forward and bring on Moura to fill midfield and slow the game down. Reminds me of the Chelsea game in 2016. Naive at best but more likely arrogant and stupid.
  14. I am fine with any selection that does not include Simpson, Morgan and Gray, and that starts Dragovic, Silva and Diabate. I would also be ok with three at the back or a 4-3-3 with Iheanacho alongside Vardy. I just want to see a side put out that can play on the front foot and is capable of passing out from the back. If we don’t quickly get our act together this season will turn truly ugly with us slipping down the table and getting knocked out of the cup by Chelsea. An implosion like that will see Mahrez gone and maybe even Vardy NDidi and Maguire gone as well by August.
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    Adrien Silva

    I cannot understand why Puel did not bring Silva in the last 30 minutes of yesterday’s game. If Silva is deemed not fit enough to go a full game, OK but we were crying out for some creativity and you would think he could go full out for thirty minutes. There has to be some internal issues going on for Puel not to bring him on. Does anyone on here really think we were better off with James in that last thirty minutes!! James had a chance to jab the ball in from three yards at one point and he was so slow to react that he was beaten to the ball by two players who were way quicker. If we want to be successful playing a more possession based game, then Simpson, Morgan and Gray cannot be picked and Dragovic, Silva and Armartey/ Albrighton ( at right back) have to start. Personally with the players we have right now against Bournemouth I would go three at the back or Albrighton at right back so we could easily move into a wingback formation when on the front foot. Simpson and Morgan were just awful for our ability to move forward in a fluid manner yesterday. Gray should never never start ahead of Diabate as he does nothing to help link up the play. Diabate is always looking to involve other players and move the ball on quickly. In my opinion that horrible first half was all on Puel for picking Simpson, Morgan and Gray to start.
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