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  1. joey_big_nose

    World Cup 2018

    Belgium player for player should be up there with the best teams but they just don't look that convincing. Look a bit mentally fragile (like England tbh). On paper they should beat us easily, but for whatever reason I am pretty sure we will get a draw.
  2. joey_big_nose

    FA Cup 2017/18

    Really amazed anyone enjoyed the cup final. It was dull as dishwater I thought. Can't comment on the Royal wedding as I would rather remove my eyes with a rusty spoon than watch celebs oil around in stupid hats for hours.
  3. joey_big_nose

    Phil Jones

    Sort of agree Den, but a) he looks very unlikely to get into a very mediocre England starting xi b) my guess is Man Utd will be signing new central defenders in the summer. No doubt he's a good player but I think it's a hard push to say he has reached his potential. Thought he was superb for us, but as others have said he's not improved as he has aged as you would expect.
  4. joey_big_nose

    World Cup 2018

    Lingard is quality and one of our only two creative midfielders in the squad (the other being Loftus-Cheek). Don't think we should drop him for anybody! However we could easily have dropped Cahill or one of Alexander-Arnold/Young and brought Shelvey. I get the vibe Southgate doesn't like him on a personal level. Wonder if they had a run in when they were both in the youth setup?
  5. joey_big_nose

    Phil Jones

    Got all the raw attributes but you have to say still not the finished article. The pen he gave away in the cup final was atrocious.
  6. joey_big_nose

    Summer 2018 Transfer Thread

    Both fair points.
  7. joey_big_nose

    Summer 2018 Transfer Thread

    Bjelland is one of the best names I've seen for a while..! On Hoilett I was a huge fan of his, think he has loads of quality and should really be playing at a higher level. Exactly the sort of player (quick, creative) we need. However surely his wage demands are massive, and his mentality is deeply suspect. Plus when has a player coming back to us (or any other club) really worked? Can't see it happening.
  8. Further on taxes found this document and thought it very interesting. Breaks down where taxes come from ie. How distributed across the population etc. https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/9178
  9. Interested in the above... Is that true? Have we seen a decline in higher rate tax payers in the UK? I think actually it has increased. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.cityam.com/265759/record-number-people-now-paying-highest-tax-rate/amp?source=images
  10. joey_big_nose

    World Cup 2018

    Don't think even with a proper left winger it would have worked that well. Tactically any team would struggle to accommodate more than one of Scholes, Lampard and Gerrard effectively. All three of them expected total freedom to do as they please in midfield, lacked the versatility and pace to play out wide, and the discipline and defensive quality to be effective holding players. In essence they were all far too similar to one another. But then if an England manager left one or two of them out (say for Hargreaves or Carrick who were more balanced choices) he would get pilloried, so really whoever was in charge was onto a hiding to nothing. The best teams not only have good players, they also have good balance across the team and an effective system to deploy those players. Spain and Germany in recent years have epitomised that. England have had some good players between 2000 and 2010, but never a good balance, nor an effective system. One thing I will say for Southgate is we do actually look better balanced than we have for a long time, and I do like the 343 system he has put together which is a lot more fluid than I've seen from the national team in a long time. It's just a shame the players available are pretty weak.
  11. joey_big_nose

    World Cup 2018

    I think Delph will primarily be seen as backup for Rose at left back. Where he plays for Man City.
  12. joey_big_nose

    World Cup 2018

    Hmmm.. to leave out all of Lallana, Wilshire and Shelvey excludes a lot of quality. You'd think taking one of them over a defender makes sense. We've got six players who can play full back/wing back, and six who can play centre back, that seems like pretty extreme overkill... Southgate will be thinking Delph can provide cover in midfield also. Looking at that squad Lingard and Kane are going to be absolutely critical, also a lot of expectation is being heaped on Loftus-Cheek. Seems he is likely to play a major role if we need creativity. I am bemused why we don't take at least one other wildcard.
  13. joey_big_nose

    World Cup 2018

    Out of that lot I could easily see Colombia or Poland beating us in the second round. We're about their level at the moment, let's not kid ourselves.
  14. joey_big_nose

    World Cup 2018

    Yes, only players you can say with your hand on your heart are international quality are Kane, Sterling and Walker. Everyone else are decent enough, but more laboure than arte really. Lingard has shown something to be fair. Pickford had an absolute shocker against West Ham which is worrying. I think France, Germany, Brazil, Spain etc. are not too bothered by us, and who can blame them. If Southgate gets us to the quarters he will have done very well.
  15. joey_big_nose

    World Cup 2018

    Don't think so, on MOTD they say he's only managed 8 or 9 since December. Wikipedia has him down as only playing 19 games all season. For England Hodgson tried to shoehorn Wilshire into a deep lying playmaker role at Euro 16 with mediocre results. Wilshire more naturally wants to play further forward, and would dribble out from deep rather than pass. Advantage with Shelvey is he naturally wants to sit deep and pick out runners with quality forward passes. Reminds me a lot of Carrick. Think he could work well alongside Henderson in the middle. Would mean dropping Dier though which I doubt will happen. Plus arguably with the 343 formation Southgate has hit on the defenders are the real playmakers (which is a bit bizarre, but I quite like the oddness of it, and the defenders we have are very good passers). So maybe we don't really need a Shelvey type in the middle. That said think it would be a good option to have on the bench, to bring on if we are trying to breakdown a defensive team.
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