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    Palace at Home - Pre Match

    There's a huge case on here for N'Didi starting from Last Sunday on but I wouldn't throw Mendy on the scrapheap just yet. It was Wilf's best game in ages but he was caught out for the 3rd goal.Also he hasn't dominated the Palace game in the past and got sent off in last seasons home fixture. He was aided in large part by Tielemans alongside him but Mendy might also work well with the Belgian lad. I suspect N'Didi has a higher performance ceiling than Mendy and that he is more valued within the club (Mendy is still looked upon as a Musa/Slimani era bad signing for many) but it's worth using both players at some point with the new signing.
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    UEFA Champions League 2018/19

    Penny for Graeme Souness' thoughts right now!!
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    If only...

    And we didn't have the Prawn Sandwich brigade to put up with either,
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    Vardy

    I don't believe Vardy is anywhere near as bad recently as people have been making out.He's not the ball of energy he was in the first seasons back in the PL but he does still puts the frighteners in defences. Some of our link up play was superb on Sunday but Vardy's absence felt like the missing piece of the puzzle. Tielemans arrival could be a big help to him. After next season we will enter the post-Vardy era unless he leaves earlier or gets injured. This summer is vital for finding a new striker.
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    Kasper Schmeichel...

    Kasper and Vardy may not get on with Claude but that doesn't mean that either side is right or wrong. There was plenty of people willing to lay into Pearson as he didn't seem to favour Drinkwater or Albrighton and some are probably the same people sticking up for Claude now. The power of the title winning team is by and large waning in any case. Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs and Okazaki are not in the first team anymore and are in the last few weeks with us. It's really just 3 players close to starting now. Not that I agree with player power conspiracies but we aren't beholden to them. Peter always has been a bit of a prat anyways. He should be glad that Leicester rescued his sons career.
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    Puel In / Out Poll (12/01/19)

    I still don't know what way to judge Claude's time with us. The last 3-4 months of 2017/18 were so underwhelming/uninsipring that I was in favour of his removal there and then. This season he has bought some very good players. Ricardo has been excellent despite a dodgy start. Maddison has been effective if a little bit undercooked recently. Ghezzal hasn't been above and beyond Mahrez but hasn't sunk to Musa standard. Evans has proved a good fit. He's unfortunate that he came in the backdrop of the Silva debacle that weakened our midfield. The major flaw is that he hasn't addressed the state of the attack. Vardy hasn't been in the form of 2015/16 but he is still a menace to teams. Was right he was dropped for the West Ham game but we were no threat without him. He was the only player to score a goal against all of the top 6 sides last season. You can't go into battle against them without Vardy. He has done OK this season and will hopefully leave a good legacy. He's certainly not as damaging as his replacement in Southampton or a Pardew. It does seem that he is running out of time though.
  7. No idea. Camera was late catching up to it. Kerry were bragging about how they laid down a marker after beating them in a league game back in 2015 only for Dublin to win 4 All Irelands in a row. They would be wise not to make the same mistake after the win last night. Though with all their attacking flair the next decade is nicely setup for them.
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    Tielemans

    That was highly impressive from Tielemans today. He's here for a few months and no more but if he makes a difference to our attacking play and set us up for someone else to replace him after then it may be all worth it. Has Danny Murphy said that he should move away from Leicester to a bigger club like Liverpool or Spurs yet?
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    Next Club Captain?

    Most of the side are too young or inexperienced for it so Maguire or Kasper. Likely that 1 of the 2 may not be with us next season mind.
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    Mendy

    He's been good for us overall this season especially after we had no expectation for him at the start of the year. Hasn't been that good recently but pair him with Tielemans and he might be a lot more effective. If Claude does go in the summer then I would think Mendy is gone too. N'Didi and Hamza are the preference for most of us and in the club too I reckon.
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    Spurs Away Post Match 3-1

    A rousing performance that on another could well have been a win but it's another brave defeat. Possibly our most respectable loss of the season because we played quite decent at times. Our workrate was admirable throughout but just the finishing as ever was our downfall. It's cost us around 10 more points that we could easly have had by now. Tielemans was outstanding. Dragged N'Didi's display up with him.Barnes missed a lot of great chances but played well. Yes Ricardo was at fault for the second but no one was Junior Lewis/Musa level bad. In fairness to Spurs they battled right through aswell and were clinical when the chances came their way. It's better that we lose a game like today with nothing to play for than this time 3 years ago. There's a lot of similarities to 2014/15 in that we play well but don't have the wins to show for it. Claude has been a tad unfortunate that he hasn't got results of late but not having a formidable attack is a huge issue the last 2 seasons. Looking at the team today it was really all change. Only 1 of the title winning X1 started today (Kasper) so going to a top 6 side lie Spurs and giving a good account of ourselves gives us optimism for the future. Surely too strong to get bogged down in a relgation battle too you could argue. Need to bring that level of erm intensitee to Palace and Brighton now. Easier said than done!
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    Tottenham Hotspur (A) Match Thread

    There's no justice
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    Tottenham Hotspur (A) Match Thread

    Excellent so far but again not much cutting edge up front.
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    Tottenham Hotspur (A) Match Thread

    Tellyman is just what we need. Decent start by us here.
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    Tottenham Hotspur (A) Match Thread

    Score 4 goals last season away to Spurs and now we have none of those players in the starting line up today.....
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