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11 hours ago, StanSP said:

 

Eddie Howe has aged over the summer...

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Just so good that we are not the pundits' choice to be in the mix as in seasons gone by.

 

Sheffield United/Norwich and Brighton for me.   Us to finish 6th!

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12 hours ago, StanSP said:

 

Interesting that most Bournemouth fans are pissed off him as after the Chelsea rumours, his form and effort have been notably poor 

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17 minutes ago, Cardiff_Fox said:

Interesting that most Bournemouth fans are pissed off him as after the Chelsea rumours, his form and effort have been notably poor 

Wonder if he had a clause added or removed from his contract 

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Steve Bruce given permission to talk to Newcastle. Might be in the minority here but I feel really sorry Newcastle fans. Seems like Ashley genuinely despises the club and it's fans and it's almost as though he's so wealthy that he can afford to just take the piss out of them. I hate the guy and I'm fairly indifferent toward Newcastle. 

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4 minutes ago, Paddy. said:

Steve Bruce given permission to talk to Newcastle. Might be in the minority here but I feel really sorry Newcastle fans. Seems like Ashley genuinely despises the club and it's fans and it's almost as though he's so wealthy that he can afford to just take the piss out of them. I hate the guy and I'm fairly indifferent toward Newcastle. 

 

More fool Steve Bruce for going tbh, why would you want to be a puppet? I know he is a fan of the club.

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It’s weird, I tell myself that I actually quite like Newcastle but I constantly slag those weird Geordie twats off. Odd.

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It is just a really dull appointment, isn't it? There's no mystery or intrigue about Bruce, what you see is what you get and that isn't anything exciting.

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I’m not sure about Villa’s business to be honest. Whilst comparisons with Fulham are lazy because the only thing they have in common is the fact they’ve both spent a lot. Villa’s business is a lot more considered but I don’t think that’s overly positive either.

 

They lost a lot key players in the summer due to loans expiring, so a few weeks back their squad was significantly weaker than the side which scraped through the playoffs. 

 

Theyve signed a few of those loanee’s on permanent deals, El Ghazi, decent if not overly spectacular, Hause, a back-up and of course Mings, good defender but for a vastly overpaid sum. They’ve also lost their top scorer and have replaced him with a complete £22m wildcard. Matt Targett is a solid full back but I also think Neil Taylor is fairly decent so I don’t see it as massive upgrade.

 

Therefore, the only area you could even they’ve strengthened this summer so far is Left Back (as they had Mings last year). I watched the playoff final and thought they were a poor side and I haven’t seen anything yet to change that

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Some Arsenal fans on Twitter giving Chris ‘Bell-end’ Sutton some pelters over his remarks on Arsenal’s offer for Tierney. 

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8 hours ago, Hollyfox said:

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Those bloody pop up shops on the hard shoulder of the M1.

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We are Brighton talking about why a move to Leicester would be a step up for dunk. 

 

The prospects of us finishing top six. Man u in a mess. Chelsea unproven manager and a transfer ban. lollol Arsenal having a transfer budget the size of a 9yo girls weekly pocket money lollollol

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20 minutes ago, sylofox said:

We are Brighton talking about why a move to Leicester would be a step up for dunk. 

 

The prospects of us finishing top six. Man u in a mess. Chelsea unproven manager and a transfer ban. lollol Arsenal having a transfer budget the size of a 9yo girls weekly pocket money lollollol

For those that want to read the full article

 

http://www.wearebrighton.com/newsopinion/like-it-or-not-leicester-would-be-a-big-step-up-for-lewis-dunks-career/

 

According to reports from various different media outlets, Lewis Dunk to Leicester City for £45m is all but a done deal.

As soon as Harry Maguire completes a successful medical with Manchester United, Dunk will be winging his way to the King Power Stadium to replace the England international at the heart of the Foxes defence.

Remarkably, there are some Seagulls fans out there who seem to think Dunk shouldn’t move to Leicester if the opportunity does indeed arise.

They say that signing for the 2015-16 Premier League champions who have finished ninth for the past two seasons wouldn’t be a step up on playing for Brighton, who collected 36 points last season and who haven’t finished higher than 15th in the top flight for over 35 years.

It’s a view that takes wearing blue and white tinted spectacles to the extreme. Leicester could be great for Dunk’s career at an age where he needs to be making the most of his undoubted talents.

Why wouldn’t you want to swap a team who most bookies have pegged as fourth favourites for relegation for one who some believe will finish seventh?

In fact, there is every chance that Leicester could crack the top six this season. With Arsenal having a transfer budget that is on a par with a nine-year-old girls weekly pocket money, Chelsea serving a transfer ban under a manager whose career record reads one sixth placed finish in the Championship and Manchester United in transition, there looks to be a real opportunity for someone to break the monopoly.

Leicester have an excellent manager in Brendan Rodgers who, if you ignore the fact that he can often sound like a bad David Brent tribute act, is probably one of the best in the league.

They are spending money and on paper it looks like they are doing it wisely. Youri Tielemans has arrived from Monaco and Ayoze Pérez is a proven Premier League performer signed from Newcastle United.

Those two add to an already impressive squad. The likes of Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel are experienced campaigners and in Demari Gray, James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Harvey Barnes, Leicester have a number of young English players who are only going to get better. The potential if they can keep their squad together is huge.

Of those, Chilwell has begun to establish himself in Gareth Southgate’s England side and Gray has also received a call up. It seems a matter of when rather than if Maddison makes the jump from the Under 21s to a fully fledged Three Lion.

Dunk’s international hopes could receive a significant boost by moving to Leicester. Those three are on the cusp of the England squad while a look at the man who Dunk would be replacing at the Foxes is a story in itself; Maguire having gone from relegated with Hull City to World Cup hero and England international in his two years at the King Power.

Some Brighton fans point to Dunk being “one of our own” as a reason for him to stay. But that’s clutching at straws a little.

Yes, he came through the ranks at the Albion and has worked his way from teenager in League One to England international in nearly 10 years with the club, but he only joined in the first place because Wimbledon moved to Milton Keynes and it was too far to travel for a 10-year-old.

Dunk is in fact a big Chelsea fan. That’s what made him being linked with Aston Villa earlier in the summer seem a little more credible given that he’d have been working under his idol John Terry, who is currently assistant manager at Villa Park.

It seems to be forgotten that Dunk also tried to force a £5m move to Fulham through in the summer of 2015. He handed in a transfer request and was subsequently dropped by Chris Hughton, only regaining his place in the starting line up three months into the season when Uwe Hunemeier and Gordon Greer were struck down by injury.

A move to Villa wouldn’t have been a step up for Dunk. If it was the Premier League newcomers he was heading to, Brighton fans would have every right to lament the transfer given that Dean Smith’s side will be fighting for survival along with the Albion this season.

Leicester won’t be. Unless something goes seriously awry in the East Midlands, they’ll be battling away in the top 10 and Dunk will be enhancing his England credentials.

From a Brighton point of view, the fee is fair as well. We’re getting £45m for a 28-year-old who may not improve much further, who has one international cap to his name and who has only played two seasons of top flight football in his entire career. Tony Bloom will be receiving half of what he paid to build the Amex – for one player.

Nobody wants to see Dunk leave, but it isn’t hard to see why he might want to take the chance. And if he does, it will be well earned.

He’s been a huge part of the Albion’s rise through the divisions and at an age when most defenders are in their prime, you couldn’t blame him for wanting to enhance his international credentials at a club which can challenge for Europe. After all Dunk has done for Brighton, he deserves the opportunity – if Leicester are willing to give him it.

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Just now, The Bear said:

£45m for Dunk. ****ing hell transfer fees have really gone crazy. 

Where does it end? How long until we're talki g about the first £1bn player

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15 minutes ago, The Bear said:

£45m for Dunk. ****ing hell transfer fees have really gone crazy. 

Can’t believe folk over reacting to a transfer deal that’s not even happening 

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1 hour ago, davieG said:

Arsenal having a transfer budget that is on a par with a nine-year-old girls weekly pocket money... 

Absolute gold. 

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1 hour ago, The Bear said:

£45m for Dunk. ****ing hell transfer fees have really gone crazy. 

So have wages...........Players on £300,000+ a WEEK is obscene.

 

Still can't work out how a businessman, who creates wealth, employs and gives a living to hundreds of people, is a fat cat if he's on £1M a year or gets a decent bonus, but a footballer earning that every month is a hero and people are walking around with their name on their back!

 

It's a very strange world!

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