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1 minute ago, messerschmitt said:

I can't see the point of Benkovic going on loan to Celtic unless his time here is over, When he came back from Celtic it was said that we couldn't use him in the Prem having only been at Celtic so we'd be no closer to using him ourselves. He's coming towards the end of his contract having never played here. Surely a permanent move is the best option now, especially with Celtic needing a CB. What do you think muzzy_larsson

You've got to get him playing somewhere though; no point just keeping him and not playing him. Cardiff didn't work out. I think Celtic is actually sensible. 

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2 minutes ago, The People's Hero said:

You've got to get him playing somewhere though; no point just keeping him and not playing him. Cardiff didn't work out. I think Celtic is actually sensible. 

I get what your saying, after all his time here I guess I'm saying I can't see the point of keeping him, If Celtic want him him at all I think the times right for a permanent move, I know previously they wanted a move. I know swaps are almost unheard of these days but an Edouard swap looks like it would suit everyone.

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Just now, messerschmitt said:

I get what your saying, after all his time here I guess I'm saying I can't see the point of keeping him, If Celtic want him him at all I think the times right for a permanent move, I know previously they wanted a move. I know swaps are almost unheard of these days but an Edouard swap looks like it would suit everyone.

 

Yeah. Watch this space I suppose. They like Benkovic and BR is known to be a fan of Eduoard so I'd just keep an eye on that.

 

I actually think we might be able to get Edouard anyway and I wouldn't rule out a loan each way initially.

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Just now, The People's Hero said:

 

Yeah. Watch this space I suppose. They like Benkovic and BR is known to be a fan of Eduoard so I'd just keep an eye on that.

 

I actually think we might be able to get Edouard anyway and I wouldn't rule out a loan each way initially.

Actually that sounds really sensible, Dissapointed for Benkovic I thought he looked a really good player, excellent at bringing the ball out, you can tell he's played in other positions and very decent at taking a chance in front of goal, but its got to the point where his contracts running down and we could end up having signed him for 13M and leaving for free having hadly ever playing him.

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1 minute ago, The People's Hero said:

GO GET ME STENGS.

...mentioned that loads of times, not going to happen sadly!!!

His link up with Boadu is a big feature in Boadu scoring record this season, the ideal scenario would be to get both.

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There's a genuinely excellent player in Benkovic; that's very clear, but if he's not up to the rigours of modern football, or if the injuries have taken their toll mentally, then we may need to let him move on. He may just need a fresh start and perhaps a less physically intensive league might suit him. I don't watch enough SPL to comment, but defenders who aren't physically 100% robust, very rarely flourish in the PL.

 

It happened to an extent with Kramaric where he just didn't suit us for whatever reason at the time. I think all of us could see he was technically wonderful.

 

Maybe the same happens with Tavares.

 

Knockaert maybe fits in a similar box of technical and good fun, but not quick/strong/hard enough to be PL?

 

And perhaps with Nacho - as when he's on song and properly focussed, he's techncially very good (but conversely when low on confidence and momentum, he can trap it further than i can kick it)

 

 

 

I'm not 100% actually on Edouard but we 100% need to freshen up our attacking options. I also need to learn to spell his name in preparation.

 

 

Always a chance I'm talking rubbish.

 

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3 minutes ago, sacreblueits442 said:

...mentioned that loads of times, not going to happen sadly!!!

His link up with Boadu is a big feature in Boadu scoring record this season, the ideal scenario would be to get both.

100% agree. You need both!

 

 

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15 minutes ago, messerschmitt said:

Actually that sounds really sensible, Dissapointed for Benkovic I thought he looked a really good player, excellent at bringing the ball out, you can tell he's played in other positions and very decent at taking a chance in front of goal, but its got to the point where his contracts running down and we could end up having signed him for 13M and leaving for free having hadly ever playing him.

Cags and Benko were almost panic buys when we lacked CB's when they signed on. The irony being that it was Benko who they had focused on first until Cags took his chance the following year. When BR came in it was obvious through his comments that he never saw Benko as a premier league player.

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11 minutes ago, OllieLodge96 said:

There has to be a struggling Championship side we can get him too so he can start playing regularly. There is potential there and he still is young for a CB

I think the only issue with that is I can't see a struggling team putting their hopes in a player that hasn't been playing at any level for ages (apart from the occasional cameo) 

 

Normally the struggling teams are lacking goals so they try to bolster their attack. I could be wrong, but I don't think any team in that division is struggling much defensively, more offensively? 

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Perhaps I’m missing something with the benkovic to Celtic connection? 
 

He went to Celtic when Br was manager and since then they’ve changed scouts and the management set up. What’s the connection now? 
 

are the board pushing for this or is it simply fan speculation based on the fact he was decent there? 

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18 minutes ago, sacreblueits442 said:

...mentioned that loads of times, not going to happen sadly!!!

His link up with Boadu is a big feature in Boadu scoring record this season, the ideal scenario would be to get both.

I followed AZ a lot last season and Stengs, Boadu, Idrissi, Koopmeiners and Wijndal were unbelievable. They were like Frankfurt the season before as my favourite European team. However, this season Stengs and Boadu have been very mediocre. Stengs has improved a bit recently but Boadu has been worryingly poor this season. I think AZ have probably peaked with these players and several will be sold, its Wijndal and Koopmeiners who are having quality seasons again though.

 

I'd still love Stengs and Boadu though, £50m would easily get the pair.

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2 minutes ago, Lambert09 said:

Perhaps I’m missing something with the benkovic to Celtic connection? 
 

He went to Celtic when Br was manager and since then they’ve changed scouts and the management set up. What’s the connection now? 
 

are the board pushing for this or is it simply fan speculation based on the fact he was decent there? 

Speaking to Croatian outlet Sports Novosti before he left, Benkovic said: “I have been really pleased with my season at Celtic. Of course, you can always do better, but I have played a lot of games at a very high level. Everyone at Celtic has told me they are happy with me.

“I have spoken to Neil Lennon. He told me that he would like me to stay at Celtic for another season.

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1 hour ago, AjcW said:

Speaking to Croatian outlet Sports Novosti before he left, Benkovic said: “I have been really pleased with my season at Celtic. Of course, you can always do better, but I have played a lot of games at a very high level. Everyone at Celtic has told me they are happy with me.

“I have spoken to Neil Lennon. He told me that he would like me to stay at Celtic for another season.

Played at a very high level?  Did he play somewhere other than Celtic? Asking for a friend. 

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12 minutes ago, ARM1968 said:

Played at a very high level?  Did he play somewhere other than Celtic? Asking for a friend. 

Played against Leipzig to be fair ;) 

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6 hours ago, AjcW said:

My worry is, Bristol City, who desperately need a CB (probably 2) aren't banging the door down to get him back...

Good point but I wonder how much we ask a club for wages wise? If they also see him as a potential injury risk it probably puts them off. There's got to be a reason why there aren't many takers and if you can't force your way into a Bristol or Cardiff side then probably it speaks volumes. 

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2 hours ago, yorkie1999 said:

Diego Costa, scores goals and everyone thinks he’s a cvnt apart from fans who he plays for... bit like Vardy

Have you actually seen him play football in the last three seasons? A worrying amount of people on this forum think he’d be a good signing. God forbid.

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13 minutes ago, Heymister2015 said:

Watching almiron for Newcastle! Great work rate and technical ability. I think with a better coach/better players around him he’d make a great signing. Great attitude 

...love his tenacity!!!

Very much a player who incorporates our DNA and as a squad player, he would be a great asset. Perhaps he could just be the player we need when all is going wrong to lift the team by his industry and never say die attitude. 

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I personally wouldn't be surprised if we don't bring anyone in this window. Brexit, COVID must be having an impact. I think we'll be trimming down the squad rather than adding to it 

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