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joey_big_nose last won the day on October 9 2015

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  1. Transfers Part 3

    I'm surprised Tomlinson has not played more by now as he has looked decent whenever given a chance, and we haven't been blessed with players in central midfield. Long term he and Smallwood look like the ticket. If Willem can't step up we need another solid first choice there as Evans and Whittingham are not dependable, and Dack really is more suited to an attacking role. Outside of CM we have good options across the team. Wouldn't say no to better full backs, but not a huge priority. To me it looks like we have a lot of decent wide players and strikers. Lenihan coming back gives us more depth at CB.
  2. Transfers Part 3

    He is miles superior quality than League One - I'm totally flabbergasted that we still have him. Surely it's only matter of time till he goes. We've been lucky to have him so far. We have to plan that he won't be here in February, anything else is hugely short sighted.
  3. Premier League Stuff

    I wonder if Allardyce wants out of club management because he is hacked off about being binned off as soon as a club is stable and then a theoretically superior successor undoes his work. That's happend at half a dozen clubs now. I wouldn't be surprised if he says to Everton he'll take it, but only if they back him for 5 years.
  4. England World Cup Campaign

    Agree he is a quality player. Like Carrick put him in a weak team under pressure and he will look poor (because his entire game revolves around picking others out, so they need to make the runs) but if the rest of the team is firing he can pick a pass excellently and improve the team hugely. I think he will go on to get a lot of caps. We have no one else like him, and we need someone like him. Edit - if he'd played against Brazil he would of got absolutely mullered by the press and been a total liability, but against teams we can compete with he would do much better than the likes of Henderson or Livermore.
  5. England World Cup Campaign

    Much as I hate any united player Rashford is one of only a few players we have who looks like he could be a match winner at international level. Vardy isn't going to score goals against the best. If he could a CL club would have bought him long ago.
  6. England World Cup Campaign

    Very impressed with our defence last night. If I was the England manager I would be thinking Stones, Gomez and McGuire is a more assured lineup than Jones, Cahill, Smalling.. Most interesting thing is Southgate seems to be serious when he says he will play youth over experience if they want it more.
  7. News Thread Attempt 394

    This sort of mad thinking extends to public healthcare or climate change. It's essentially a prioritisation of ideology over data. I would personally say vastly higher threat of being killed in the US is a much greater infringement on liberty than whether or not you can buy a gun.
  8. News Thread Attempt 394

    It's an odd place the US. Its vast size, lack of effective central government, extreme power of lobby groups, and very old beaucracy make its politics very hard to comprehend. It's a huge battleship with a very wide turning circle that cannot respond to events. The power the president, Congress or state governments have to create effective domestic legislation is much reduced compared to virtually any other western democracy. To be honest even if there was the unified will to legislate gun control, to try and implement it in the US' chaotic system of governance is highly challenging. It's not really a nation or political entity in the way Europeans understand.
  9. Some second amendments proponents are beginning to amend their position. It's seems crazy that it requires an incident like that to do so, but there it is. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/identities/2017/10/2/16404900/josh-abbott-band-guitarist-caleb-keeter-las-vegas-shooting-gun-control

    Agree with this, talented players should get games. The whole team management thing where we play grafters over more mercurial players has hardly worked out for us. King, Cairney etc. were never properly tried. Quality like Chapman should get a regular game. We have enough water carriers like Smallwood, Evans, Bennett etc. to allow at least a couple of more risky ones in the team. Probably Mowbray sees himself as limited to one of either Chapman or Dack but I think we should try both at once. If it doesn't work he can sub one off.
  11. Premier League Stuff

    Yeah agreed, it was a stupid appointment to begin with and should never have been made. They would have genuinely been better off going for somebody like Mick McCarthy or Gary Rowett from the Championship. I'd have more faith in them keeping Palace up than somebody like De Boer who was just ill suited for the role in so many ways. I'm not sure its such a daft approach. Palace have a huge catchment area - South London doesn't have any major clubs and a massive population. Like West Ham in East London they have a real opportunity to set their stall out as a major top half Premier League team. De Boer the wrong choice perhaps, but how anyone can know after 4 games I am not really sure. Hodgson seems a terrible appointment to me. Exactly what they won't need. Allardyce will be swooping back into save them in February.
  12. Rochdale Away

    He's one of those players that most weren't that keen on. Reminiscent of Rhodes in that he had aspects to his game that were very good, but his all round he wasn't quite the full package.
  13. Rochdale Away

    I don't think that's bitterness. Its just a realistic appraisal of how Venkys are appalling owners and need to go. Nothing wrong with that.
  14. I don't think the balance was there really. We had a lot of good players, but no real wingers and no real defensive midfielders. Lampard, Gerrard, Scholes and Rooney all wanted to play in the same number 10 area of the pitch. We always looked narrow, congested and unimaginative with the ball. We could really have done with our best players being of a more varied type. Being forced to play the likes of Sinclair and Heskey on the wing tells you everything you need to know in terms of our options. Scholes playing deeper in midfield would have helped, but he didn't start doing that till later in his career, and it would have meant leaving one of Lampard, Beckham or Gerrard out, or playing them on the wing. All a bit annoying really.
  15. To be honest it's hard to argue with that lineup. Also telling that Scholes is in there, and the two players who kept him out of the England team and ultimately led to his retirement - Gerrard and Lampard - are not. Defense is not that great - none of those names except for maybe Cole was truly world class - but there isn't really many better names I can think of.