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  1. TeaMen Tom

    Wolves A Post Match Thread 4 - 3

    In Claude's defense, he asked his team for a response after a dreadful start - and got it. They attacked very effectively and gafs aside, Gray behind Vardy was not a bad combo. He got let down by some simply dreadful defending. Simpson finally gets a chance to start, he needed to do better. And Wes got burned twice. Those breakdowns aside, they were decent. If you replace the manager with 3 big clubs coming up and go 0-3, then where are you? I'd let it ride with Claude for the time being. Maybe we're seeing the ex player come out in him a little bit. He was fired up on the sidelines today - a little more of that. Still you get the feeling that this team is underachieving. Top has a big, big decision to make moving forward. I just wouldn't make it this week.
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    Southampton Home post match, 1-2 loss.

    Mendy having a bad game is an understatement. He sucked - main reason for the loss. Ricardo wasn't up to his standard today either, which didn't help as he had a role in both goals.
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    Christian Fuchs to Aston Villa

    As a NE Revolution fan, I can tell you that Fuchs at 33 would immediately become the club's best defender. He'll play another 3 years in MLS.
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    Kelechi Iheanacho / Nacho Man

    The only reason he sees the pitch at all is due to his price tag. He's done nothing in games that matter.
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    Newport post match thread 2- 1

    There's still too much crap on the team and it brings the overall quality of the squad down. Iheanacho sucks. That all said, the goals were kind of flukes. With the backline that started Newport shouldn't have had a sniff of the goal. It was one of those days. But losing to a mid table League 2 team...hopefully Claude had them hitchhike home.
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    January Transfer Window Thoughts & Rumours

    We'll see how this all plays out. Some in the media here are calling it a bad move for him.
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    Who do you want January 2019

    I question whether that amount is accurate but apparently he is headed there according to the latest
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    Who do you want January 2019

    Yes, I'm showing a little US based bias here - but can someone tell me why Leicester aren't in the mix for Dortmund's Christian Pulisic who apparently wants to play in the EPL? Chelsea is supposedly offering 45 million. But that aside, he can play any of the 4 attacking positions, offers some needed toughness and he has proven that he can score in the Bundesliga. LCFC's advantage is they can give him a better promise of playing time - which with the next world cup cycle approaching and a new US manager in place - would have to be appealing. They're planning to build the team around him but for that to happen he needs to play. No guarantees of that at Chelsea or any other top 6 club. He'd add depth, probably push Maddison and Gray and be an immediate upgrade on Iheanacho. And he's 20.
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    Post Match: City 0 - 1 Cardiff

    Vardy's been dealing with a groin problem. He goes nearly 90 vs Chelsea on Saturday. 3 days later nearly 90 vs City, and then 4 days later he's right back out there. I wouldn't necessarily question taking him off unless we want him to break down. Same with Albrighton who's doing even more running. These guy's aren't machines. I have a bigger issue with him running out the Mendy/Ndidi combo yet again and not even including Choudhury in the 18. Predictably, they were sluggish at a time when the team needed to push the ball forward. Ricardo looked pretty much gassed at the end himself.
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    Puel 'Facing the sack' - reports

    I don't think Claude is a much above an average manager, but what no one seems to take into account is average teams can look really good for a couple of matches - and crappy for another couple. That's what average is all about. LCFC has some above average players - but also some crap that prevents the club from having consistently good results. When you look at their overall talent level, it's average. Better than the bottom half of the league, nowhere close to the top 6, somewhere in the 7-10 range. For every Vardy, there's a Iheanacho. The games come fast during the holidays and Claude tried to get away with running most of the same guys who helped beat Chelsea & City. It's not surprising that they'd look sluggish for large portions of the match. This is what average is all about. Average coach, average talent level - average results.
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    Man City H Post Thread 2-1

    Very happy for Choudhury. Seized his chance when he got it.
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    Man City H Match Thread

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    Man City H Match Thread

    Kasper if you can't kick it to anyone give it to McGuire and let him move the ball forward...
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    Man City H Match Thread

    Claude why take him off? Ugh...
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    Puel 'Facing the sack' - reports

    Team has underachieved for the most part under Claude and I don't believe has punched above their weight this season. Too many listless performances and too many non-competitive matches against big clubs. But I wouldn't sack him unless they have someone lined up. This interim stuff and uncertainty heading into the transfer window I think would only get the buzzards circling to come in and try to get McGuire, Chilwell, Vardy etc. The biggest thing I see with Claude is these guys don't start competing until they go down a goal. I think some of that is on the players due to their own make-up (too many not mentally tough enough maybe?) but some of that has to be on the manager if he can't draw more out of them.