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    Goose that laid the Golden Egg.

    I hope you are right. I'm not sure Chilwell will be here next season, perhaps not even by February, and Maguire is likely to go at some point in the near future as well. My genuine question though still remains, do we have the structure currently in place to have a chance of making this happen? Others have commented about our youth team coaches and know far more than I do, so I don't feel able to express an informed opinion on whether we do or not. The new training facilities will certainly help, I would have thought, attract good young talent.
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    Goose that laid the Golden Egg.

    For clubs like us there is probably no real alternative to what you say. I'm not really saying we shouldn't do it just that to sustain it will be very difficult and eventually the conveyer belt of young talent will run out. Southampton are the shining example of this. I fear to bring this up on here but the full implications of Brexit are yet to be seen. It may well result in more British youngsters getting more opportunities but we will have to wait and see. Personally the discussion is wider than just our club it is about to maintain the permier league as a true competition. Our victory gave hope to many but that hope is fast receding into the rear view mirror.
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    Goose that laid the Golden Egg.

    Excellent and well thought out post. However, I'm not sure the football world and especially the premier league works that way any more. We seem to be heading for a closed shop of the top 5/6 clubs who just turn up and buy the best players from clubs such as ours. I suspect under your model that the best scenario would be to attract young talent maybe get a couple of seasons out of them and then they will simply be hoovered up by the bigger clubs. Then we have to press the repeat button over and over again. This is fine but is heavily dependent upon; 1 Having the coaching and development staff in place to do this and I would question whether we do at the moment 2 The number of youth players progressing to the first team and player successfully on a regular basis would require a significant percentage increase from where we are now. 3 The quality of players coming through to be always consistent enough to ensure survival in the premier league. I suspect the truth is that for clubs of our status the chance of developing squads for the long term is now so miniscule that it is virtually impossible. Unfortunately the development and wishes of players is far too tied in with the wishes of agents. Agents do not make money unless their get big wage increases for their players or make sure they are sold. I'd like to hope you are right but sadly I'm not convinced.
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    Danny Drinkwater

    There's a lot in this. Also the shining example of how the grass isn't always greener. Had he stayed at Leicester would he have got more England calls? He certainly would have at least played. Must be questions over his fitness. Shame was a very decent player for us.
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    Chilwell to Manchester City

    Exactly what I thought. Man City may buy a lot of players and spend a lot of money but their transfer fees are always around the 50-60million mark and no more. I'm afraid they won't be the only club to come looking at our young English players. Our title win just 2 years ago seems light years away now in terms of the development of the premier league. Something needs to be done or the so-called big six will just keep raiding the rest for their best players who end up not playing that often and we end up with the same top 5 or 6 year after year.
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    Loss of momentum when attacking

    This is absolutely spot on. Do we have anyone in the squad capable of playing this way? I don't think so. Absolute priority to have this option and as soon as possible. We are just too easy to play against. Our striker is too often completely isolated.
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    Crystal Palace (A) 15 Dec Pre Match Thread

    Just as we should be targetting this as a winnable game so will they, especially after last season. Who knows, both sides pretty poor really. Home advatage might just swing it their way though we are about as inspiring away from home as we are at home.
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    Kelechi Iheanacho / Nacho Man

    It may actually be possible that Akinbiyi was a better buy than him. Akinbiyi scored 11 in 58 appearances for us Iheanacho has 16 in 81 appearances for us and Man City. Both capable of bad misses. Akinbiyi possibly had more pace but definitely tried more.
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    Premier League Home Form Since February

    The manager has had more time with the team?
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    Spurs 0-2 Post Match Thread

    Glad I missed it by the sound of it. But in truth did anyone honestly expect any other result. The top 5 are way ahead of the rest of the league and we are one of the sides that could finish anywhere between 10th and 20th. At the end of December we will have a true reflection on the season when everyone will pretty much have played each other side at least once. We have some promising young players and one decent striker but we sold by far our best player in the summer and despite some half decent replacements he is a big loss. My main concerns are; Inconsistency- only to be expected with young players and with those with little top level experience The lack of creative players - far too much depends upon Maddison Too few goal scorers who score on a regular basis- could possibly be addressed in January at a cost Move the ball too slowly especially in the transistion phase and we are far too static- no idea how this can be resolved Lack of intensity- Young players should at least be able to do this but we are far too passive in games, far too nice and not aggresive enough. I have to say that this seems to be becoming more endemic with each and every passing game. I'm not calling for fouls etc but sometimes you need to get into the face of the opponents. A year after Puel'sappointment we have either abandoned this approach or the players are just choosing not to do it. As for Puel I have never been convinced and whilst we are doing ok in regards to league position this month could see us slip down some places and be closer to the bottom than 7th. I understand all the pro arguments but is there really any genuine improvement or is it all a bit emperor's new clothes type of thing? We get the odd half an hour or so when we do look good but most of the time it is turgid rubbish if we are honest. We manage to beat opponents in the bottom half, not always that convincingly, but against the top sides we seem to have no hope of getting a result and I wonder if the players really believe they can beat these sides. The next few games will tell us a lot about where we really are.
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    Up next.. SPURS (H).

    We won this fixture last season playing a high tempo game with a certain amount of aggression and were on the front foot from the start. This is how you beat the top sides but we simply don't play that way any more.
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    Up next.. SPURS (H).

    Not sure Spurs will be too concerned about what we do really. The top 5 in the league are, at present, streets ahead of the rest. Ok you get the occasional result such as Wolves against Chelsea but generally speaking the top 5 beat the rest more often than not. With our injury list and their very good current form I can't see beyond a heavy defeat here. Their defence is good and I can't see us scoring especially if Vardy doesn't play. Hard to think of many of our players who would get in their team on a position for position basis. Kane always scores against us. 3 or 4 nil to them I'm afraid. Of course there is always hope.But whether hope is a good thing or a bad thing is a different question.
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    Fulham 1 - 1 Leicester Post Match Thread

    Let's revisit in 5 games time and see if this still holds true. Comparing our run to Arsenal is a tad misleading really.
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    Kelechi Iheanacho / Nacho Man

    Big worry at the moment. Low on confidence, doesn't appear to work that hard and his first touch has either deserted him or he simply never had one. He was a big money signing who at present is failing to deliver. Whilst the top sides can afford a big money signing not to work, we can't. As it stands we have no cover for Vardy who looks like they can score goals reliably. We are currently 2 attacking option injuries away from a crisis.
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    Fulham (A) Match Thread

    Hard to see what other options we have considering the injuries. Fulham to win 2-0. Our first team is decent but many of our back up players are short of the required quality.