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  1. Metrolink to either Salford Quays or to Old Trafford Met stop.
  2. It isn't a common strategy in the NFL as the financial benefits of a number 1 drafted QB only really came in a few years ago when rookie contracts became much cheaper. Teams have slowly started to cotton on now and more are trying it. If your aim is to try and tank the season there is no point in having players on large contracts so you want to try and get as much draft capital as possible and clear as much cap space. Plus having good players might mean you accidentally win (this hilariously kind of happened to the Jets who were even bad at being bad). Usually in the NFL if one team does something successfully others follow and Miami have seen Cleveland doing this and ending up with quality players like Mayfield, Chubb, Beckham Jnr, Garrett and Ward and thought they will have a bit of that.
  3. Doesn't quite work like that though, the contract for draft picks is not flexible like it was in the past so he would get the same no matter who drafts him as it is the draft position that determines the size of his contract. Being drafted at number 1 is way more important to players than where they end up anyway. The best way to win nowadays is a good QB on a cheap rookie contract and loads of cap space to sign veterans to make the most of that four year window before you get in the situation Dallas are in now. Miami is a good landing spot for him as they will have a huge amount to spend to put pieces around a number one pick as well as plenty of draft picks and a relatively easy division (assuming Bill and Tom can't last forever and the Jets and Bills carry on being themselves).
  4. Vardy's goal against Sheff U and how much Cags and Maddison have improved so far.
  5. There can't be many Prem teams fielding three academy products can there? Delighted for Hamza. Tackling can be a bit naughty but it gets you out of your seat doesn't it!!!
  6. Yeah but why let something good that actually happened get in the way of the narrative?
  7. He had a difficult game against Wolves who were sat really deep and we couldn't break them down. Despite not seeing much of the ball I thought he was very good against Chelsea, his movement was really sharp and the ball to him was always on. The key is to find those runs a bit better than we have been. I am looking forward to seeing Sheff U - entertaining to watch and it seems they have adapted already to not having as much of the ball as in the Championship which I am a bit surprised about. With respect to Bournemouth and Palace I think this will be a tougher test as Wilder's system could struggle against high-pressing sides (although to be fair it appears that most teams struggle against this). I think it will be a close but entertaining game. I hope Vardy gets a late winner just to see what his celebration looks like!!
  8. You'd think a change before we moved to the new training ground would be wise as surely the biggest part of the team to benefit would be the academy. It would be a shame to waste such an opportunity. I suppose the difficult thing for Rudkin is that we named Chilwell, Barnes and Hamza in our match day squad to start the season - two of those started and one came off the bench and did well. Not many other PL sides have three academy graduates in their match day squad and involved with the England setup so they could easily see it as doing its job just fine. Academies only need to produce one player every three or four years to be considered successful nowadays.
  9. One way or another this thread is so extreme in either direction that there could be some absolute gold in here in a couple of years time. I think he needs to improve in one of either two areas - finishing or assists. If he can add goals he will be brilliant for us. I wonder what Kevin Phillips is up to these days? Any chance he could come in and work with Maddison and Gray on their finishing as he seemed to help Vardy a lot when he was a coach here.
  10. That is what training is for! You have to be prepared on match days, you can't just wing it. For all we know Rashford could be doggo at them in training but I would be very surprised if that was the case. Pogba has taken enough poor penalties for Utd to give somone else a chance.
  11. After Claudio got appointed Mahrez was our designated penalty taker until he eventually got replaced by Vardy after he went through a bad run. I think Vardy scored several during his goal scoring run but I think only one of those was when Riyad was on the pitch when Mahrez was going to take it and was convinced otherwise due to the streak. More than happy to be corrected if wrong but I don't recall there ever being much debate about it on the pitch and if Mahrez was on the pitch he pretty much always took them.
  12. You can't afford to be missing penalties frequently in the premier league or air your laundry in public and it is the managers job not to let it get to that point. Pogba missed three last season so coming into this new season it makes sense to switch it to someone else and Solskjaer has gone all in on Rashford by getting rid of Lukaku. Having him as the penalty taker would help solidify him as the main man and give Ole a bit more authority which he really needs. I think it shows a lack of attention to detail too, he sounded a bit like Kevin Keegan when he explained it. Also, the main penalty taker needs to know they can miss one and not be taken off penalties. Vardy knows that he can miss one and not have Maddison breathing down his neck and doesn't need that extra pressure on him either. If your missing several then look at it again but Rashford hasn't missed one yet.
  13. Perhaps that is why we had both Ndidi and Hamza in the side against Wolves as they weren't 100% sure if more protection was needed for the back four or not?
  14. For someone who allegedly couldn't speak English he seems to be pretty vocal on the pitch which is good to see. You can tell he really wants to win and has that desire in him. Like any young player he will make mistakes sooner or later which we will have to ride out but I really like him. I suspect having Kolo around has really helped him a lot.
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