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19 May 2022 22:19:52
Despite the penalty Beundia head and shoulders above everyone as man of the match but he'll be dropped again Sunday.




27 Sep 2020 13:33:17
Apparently Alli is available and Chris Sutton has suggested he could come to us.
I know we were linked to him when he was at MK Dons but for me he is by far the most overrated player in the league.

He had one good season as an unknown but has been found out regularly ever since. Plays like a beemer/ merc/ audi driver who thinks they're all that because they've "made it".


1.) 27 Sep 2020 13:46:50
Alli is a good player had a poor season last year but before that I think his stats since he joined Spurs stand comparison with anyone playing in that type of role. I think he struggles with how Mourinho wants him to play, however I am not sure he is what we need right now, I would rather we bought a wide man and moved Jack into a more central position where I think he can create more havoc.

Just as an aside, I drive a Mercedes but I certainly don’t think I have “made it“ lol 😊.

2.) 27 Sep 2020 15:30:33
We want footballers not Boxers. 😊.

3.) 27 Sep 2020 15:31:57
Joking aside, totally agree John.

4.) 27 Sep 2020 16:09:49
Agree John, no doubt he improves us, but it’s one of the last positions we need improving in.

I rate Alli, just think he’s only really played in his position for two seasons. Did pretty well, and because of that success he just kept getting pushed further forward and then out wide which just never worked. He’s a number 8, old school, box to box, from a time when centre mids were expected to do both, go forwards and backwards, that’s how he made his name and needs to get back to it to see the best of him.

There are big questions about his attitude, seems pretty childish on the all or nothing documentary.



27 Sep 2020 13:32:09
The Sun obviously have their biases but are normally clued in on transfers. The Scottish Sun claim Brighton have expressed an interest in Edouard. Maybe that makes him available for less than we thought? No way they pay the expected £40mill on a player.




12 Sep 2020 10:15:28
I see Noel Whelan is up to his old tricks again. Claims Wilson not happening meant we panic bought our second choice.
Obviously does zero research before spouting off when Watkins was clearly our main transfer target from day 1.


1.) 12 Sep 2020 10:36:54
The guy is an irrelevant cretin. The man is robbing a living. Every man and his dog knew Watkins was Smith’s number one target.

2.) 12 Sep 2020 11:47:43
Agree ant, the Watkins deal took at least 2 weeks to thrash out it was almost there before any bid went in for Wilson, isn’t whelan a Leeds fan? Nothing but jealousy they couldn’t even convince their manager to stay on for more than 1 year cause he knows they going to do a Norwich and go straight back down😂😂.

3.) 12 Sep 2020 12:04:46
Just for clarity Whackattack Bielsa only ever signs 1 year contracts so it’s nothing to do with his lack of faith in his team, and I for one don’t think they will go down in fact I think they are more likely to do a Wolves or Sheffield Utd. Bielsa is a class act.

4.) 12 Sep 2020 12:07:02
I can never understand why ex-pros are considered experts in the transfer market. I don’t think they have any more idea than the rest of us and clearly don’t research much, if anything.

Kevin Phillips suggests we made a massive mistake in missing out on Callum Wilson. Well, firstly the guy didn’t want to move to Villa and, secondly, he has a paltry scoring record in the EPL, managing double figures once. All the Sky and Talk Sport place the guy on a pedestal as some phenomenal goal scorer. Complete tosh.

5.) 12 Sep 2020 12:35:42
If Wilson had stayed with Bournemouth for this season, I doubt that he would have scored half the number of goals Watkins scored last season.

6.) 12 Sep 2020 14:06:06
I do agree villajohn he is a good manager I was just having a pop at Leeds, wasn’t his last contract for 2 years with option to extend by 1 year, well so say the article about him signing the extension anyways, honestly I can’t see them doing a Sheffield or wolves he’s not as good a man manager as wilder or nuno, they threw away automatic promotion last year then rubbish themselves in the playoffs, and started to slip a bit this year also into the new year, bilic was also a good manager with Fulham but it didn’t save him, 1 thing for sure I think this year’s premier league will be tougher than last years, looking through the fixtures there’s none looking to easy, my money is on West Ham Fulham Brighton West Brom and Leeds to slug it out down the bottom, what u guys think who will be in the relegation battle?

7.) 12 Sep 2020 18:32:15
Look at Bielsa’s record, wherever he has been he has had success and he plays a brand of entertaining football which is why he is such a sought after manager. I have even heard Klopp refer to him as world class so that’s good enough for me. Time will tell whether Leeds tsurvive or not it I think they will even if it’s only because there are 3 worse teams which I think will be West Ham, Fulham and Albion I also have a sneaking feeling Brighton might struggle as well.



17 May 2020 09:06:06
If we stay up and get the reported £80mill asking price for Jack who do we think we could realistically bring in?
I think our starting lineup could look like this (Dunk being less likely with the owners strategy of younger players but best option within budget imo) .
Guilbert Dunk Mings Targett
Rashica Mcginn Benrahma
Samatta Wesley

El Ghazi

Only one cm on bench as both starting wingers could slot into that central position.

We could stick with Konsa who has been decent and look at right back instead but I'm struggling to think of any great options available less than £20mill who are significant upgrades.


1.) 19 May 2020 14:27:37
Not a bad line up however I would take a couple of players from Utd for Jack so I would ask for Axel and Chris Smalling.

I like you I know he is outside the age bracket but it gives us some premier league experience which we have been crying out for at the back, and ask for £55 million I would also ditch Wesley Engels Trezeguet Taylor and El Ghazi And I would look to bring in Harry Wilson, Benrahma Barkley Mitrovic and Batshuayi and go 4 4 2.

I am sure there are lots of other ways we could go and it’s great to indulge in a bit of Fatasy football, but I think we can all agree that whatever we do we need to do something different next season.

2.) 19 May 2020 17:34:57
I think Wesley will grow and he has shown at times that coming short to bring people into play is his strength. Wesley deeper with Samatta running the channels could work.

Utd wouldn't give Axel and Smalling for a combined £25mill valuation and Smalling is even worse than what we have imo.
I don't think we'd get enough for the players you listed to buy all of your wish list and ditching both wingers for Benrahma and Wilson would still leave us short in that department.

While his defensive work is poor you can't argue with the fact El Ghazi has won us points at the other end so should keep him for backup/ rotation.

3.) 20 May 2020 14:25:50
Smalling available for £15 mill apparently he has had a decent season with Roma and he certainly isn’t as error strewn as Engels. In terms of cover for the wingers I would use Louie Barry and Green as cover after extending his contract . I don’t think el ghazi or tres does enough at either end of the pitch although tres works hard that isn’t enough in the prem imo. However that’s the beauty of this is it’s all about opinions.

4.) 20 May 2020 18:19:55
With you on that John.

5.) 21 May 2020 06:19:53
Barry isn't really a winger, he can play on the outside of a 3 at a push but he's a number 9 through and through.
I liked Green for us at times in the championship but it worries me he can't even get into a struggling Preston team now. May be a case of just not the right fit and his pace works better for our counter attacks but you'd have thought if he was that good they'd play him.




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15 May 2024 19:35:12
There will be a vote on abolishing VAR for next season.
I don't think it would be good for us to lose VAR until automated offsides are in use and reliable as our offside trap benefits so much from it.
No VAR leaves us in 1 of 2 positions.
1. Assistants play it safe and flag any marginal decision. We benefit but any rewards are then tainted and leaves a bad taste in everybody's mouth.
2. Assistants don't flag marginal decisions and we suffer. Emery then has to completely change his approach or we end up losing him one way or another.


1.) 15 May 2024 21:27:41
I don’t think var is the problem. Technology is a wonderful thing unfortunately it’s the idiots using it. Agree var is good for our high line.

2.) 15 May 2024 23:25:01
I was thinking the same, our high line catches so many offsides that I think losing var will have a negative effect on our results, just improve it, all it needs is a bit more speed in getting results, I see nobody complaining about the use of similar technology in rugby. mostly small clubs blaming it as an excuse for being crap imo.

3.) 16 May 2024 10:40:07
Agree with most of what's been said above and you can pretty much guarantee that after a few goals that shouldn't have been goals are allowed then most will be crying out for VAR again. The process and people around VAR need to be improved but overall I think it creates fairer outcomes for all.
I've been banging on for ages about how we've got a much deeper cultural problem in football around cheating, behaviour of players (and managers) and for me, worrying about VAR with all the housery that goes on every week is like worrying about the style of curtains when the roof is caving in.

4.) 16 May 2024 13:49:34
Well said DBS

5.) 16 May 2024 21:16:24
What it needs is ex players on it, people who know about football, and aren’t just there to back the ref up .

6.) 16 May 2024 22:52:14
I've always said 1 ex referee (not current so no vested interest), 1 ex player or coach and 1 complete neutral if only being used for the big decin3sions.
Subjective decisions they each get a quickfire yes or no and majority wins. Depending on the outcome either the ref checks the monitor or sticks with the original decisiok

7.) 16 May 2024 23:09:56
Given the uproar about an alleged allegiance of Stuart Attwell as a VAR ref and questions about his impartiallity, can you imagine fans/clubs trusting the judgement of say, an ex Liverpool player trying to give an objective opinion on a Man Utd incident? I'm also not sure how many ex players would be any better than refs given the standard of punditry these days.
However, I do like the idea from a few years back about having a panel of ex pro's (assuming some kind of training/assessment as a prerequisite) retrospectively assessing simulation/cheating not picked up during the match. We've seen how kicking the ball away was almost instantly eradicated with automatic yellow cards.imagine if retrospective yellow cards could be issued for'd have a huge impact.
Bringing back some kind of integrity to the game would also make refereeing a lot's all connected.
Anyway, I'll get off my high horse now and get back to the wine.

8.) 17 May 2024 06:53:35
That's why there are 3, so a bias from an individual can't take over. They can also only recommend a review and not make the decision themselves so the responsibility falls squarely on the ref on the pitch.

9.) 17 May 2024 10:08:55
I think if you want to speed up the VAR process and improve the match experience for the fans, which most people see as one of the main flaws of the current VAR process, adding deliberation and a mini jury to each 'major decision' probably isn't going to help. Streamlining a process doesn't usually involve making it more complex.

10.) 17 May 2024 15:26:24
Who said deliberation? Each person says yay or nay from their first impression from the clips and then it goes to the ref as cleared or for him to review, that's actually less discussion than currently happens.

11.) 17 May 2024 17:11:32
Deliberation, scrutiny, it what you want really, but if the suggestion is to just do a very quick review, give an instant reaction and move on then I don't think it solves any of the problems we currently have and just adds more people to a process which inherently makes it more complex.
Part of the reason VAR takes so long is because of the forensic nature of the post match analysis and subsequent criticism which leads them to take more time to make a decision in the hope of making fewer errors. Essentially a vicious circle.

12.) 17 May 2024 19:12:47
Meh, I just think it becomes more palatable for the majority if it is quick and independent and the final decision falls firmly on the referee.
They wouldn't be the ones making any decisions, just pointing out incidents the referee should be checking or taking a closer look at.
A limit of a few seconds with no slow motion I would think is fair to then back the clear and obvious threshold and it's not 'clear and obvious' in the sense of how it is now, more that the panel could make up their own mind without 50 different speeds and angles.



14 May 2024 22:28:08
Now we can relax.
Amazing season and acheivement considering the last 10-15 years.


1.) 14 May 2024 23:10:06
Three points from relegation in October 2022. What a journey in just 18 months. ?

2.) 15 May 2024 06:33:36
Hopefully just the start of the journey menace.



13 May 2024 22:33:14
I didn't see that coming after that first half. I wouldn't say we were bad outside of the mistakes for their goals but it just felt like one of those days where we should have scored 5 but just couldn't find that final touch.

Fair play though, they really turned it on when it mattered. Subs again made a difference, even Zaniolos cameo helped stretch Liverpool and Duran, for all his whinging, shows how much he wants it.

Happy for Chambers, doesn't get a sniff and had a couple of horror shows this season but he was the reason we got that second goal.




05 May 2024 16:23:16
What was Mcginn doing with that crossfield ball when Dougie was right there to pass to and why did Konsa put a foot in when Adingra couldn't hit a barn door anyway.
It shows how threadbare we are when we have to replace Rogers with Cash as an attacking option.


1.) 05 May 2024 16:30:59
Oh, and another great refereeing performance. If you're not giving Rogers a penalty, why are you giving that one?

2.) 06 May 2024 17:57:05
100% on the Rogers pen, was almost identical to the 1 they got





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10 Jun 2024 23:14:48
Archer is not a hit for this season as the obligation is for 1st July.
I don't think the damage is as bad as being reported, contract renewals have pretty much all been at the 4-5 year mark to reduce the impact.
I think the more accurate reports are where we need to sell to buy rather than being forced to make a big sale. Barkley agreement has been deliberately delayed until July and there are no other concrete purchases on the immediate horizon for the same reason.
We will make use of some of the freed up investment from 3 years ago falling off and then it'll be funded by sales. Don't expect a £30m+ signing unless Ramsey, Doug or Watkins go (preferably Ramsey for me, only Luiz if we get £70m+) .
Smart shopping on the free transfers should be enough if the wages are right. The UEFA wage % is more of a problem than PSR.




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12 May 2024 12:02:03
Different disciplines but you should be able to apply some comparisons.
A weightlifter in competition every 3 days will at some point be at a disadvantage to one at a similar level who competes once a week.
It's not that the team can't run but it should be patently obvious that an opponent who has had 7 days controlled training and recuperation has an advantage physically over one that had to compete at a high level 3 days prior.




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12 May 2024 07:43:28
It's an attempt at education rather than an argument because this is about science and not something subjective.
As I see you've treated this in the same vein of Covid deniers where opinion outweighs evidence there's clearly no helping you.




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11 May 2024 13:08:25
They didn't do half the work they do now 40 years ago, try actually doing some research and you'll see number of sprints, running speed and distance covered are all far higher than they were. That also doesn't take into account all the additional gym work which was non existent even in the 90s.
You also clearly don't understand how lactic acid and muscle fatigue works. As much as you might want to keep running through that brick wall, the body just refuses to hit the levels you want it to.




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11 May 2024 08:59:19
All-star, football fans like you are a big problem within the game.
They aren't just doing 2 games a week. They have matches, training, gym work, tactical meetings, charity visits, press engagements and then homework watching clips.
Mental exhaustion plays just as much a part as physical exhaustion. Having to take in so much information and then having to constantly second guess your opponent during the game will be tiring in itself. Add to that the constant barrage from pitchside from fans and coaches.
Your response is similar to a first time marathon runner. It feels like it'll be easy because in the first few miles the lactic acid hasn't built up yet. They then realise each mile gets much harder because less oxygen/blood flow is making it to the necessary areas.
Ice baths and cryochambers only do so much, especially when you're right back at it less than 36 hours later.





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14 Jun 2024 17:22:43
This window is all about timings. We're going to be linked more with outgoings for now due to PSR but as soon as July 1 hits we will start to look more active the other way.
Bailey, Ings, Digne and Buendia were all signed in the 2021/22 season so expect some allowable losses to be freed up for the new season.




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13 Jun 2024 18:30:03
I know Purslow has gone but he always spoke about being sustainable in the future by making a big sale each year with an academy player making a step up.
Of the top players we have, I would say he is the one least indispensable, and we're getting 2 young players who can go on to be just as valuable.
Emery kept his previous clubs competitive while selling big names so I don't see why he won't manage it with us. He at least knows with us that we will reinvest as much as we are allowed to.
Hopefully all the new sponsorship deals Heck has been working on will allow us to better cover player salaries.




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11 Jun 2024 20:48:47
All-star, the value of the players we take will count as profit, not just the cash. Whatever is classed as the trade value will then be spread over the next 3-5 years depending on contract length just like any other new player.




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09 Jun 2024 21:36:39
He's not due back until at least September, I doubt he'll even be doing light grass work until August.




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27 May 2024 07:14:47
The only place that is saying he is a free is footballinsider and the only thing they are inside is their own backsides.
That aside, I'm on the fence. He clearly has ability but Luton was good for him.
He was surrounded by players who were physical rather than technical which allowed him to just do his thing.
For us, he will need to start working harder again, just like Tielemans has had to, and I don't think he's quite got that running in him.
He's better than Iroegbunam but it's high wages for an old head to be 4th choice in the attacking half of the pivot. I'm not comparing to Dendoncker or Chambers because they were competing for the defensive half that it would be suicide to include Barkley in.
Callum o Hare is a definite no also. He wasn't at our level before and he spends his fair share of time on the treatment table. He just doesn't have the physical presence to fit into an Emery team.