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    "donald"

    It's not really an argument though. Biden is at least in a position of rationality. Trump is the worst political leader of modernity. I would literally take anyone who can play within the norms which Biden will.
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    "donald"

    Yup as long as she plays a tight game. Trump tacticians are going to be looking at her figuring out how to optimise their messaging to motivate the racist and mysonagist vote, without alienating more moderate conservatives. Sad, but literally what they will be discussing right now in HQ.
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    Season Restart

    With the season about to restart does anyone know what the squad fitness status is like? Keen to know if Dack and Holtby will be available? Also news about the frequency of fixtures.
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    Season Restart

    Just looking at this rationally what will actually have changed by October? Unless the population is significantly vaccinated by then (highly doubtful) nothing, and with the colder months coming and people spending more time indoors there will almost certainly be an increase of infections. October is likely to be more risky than now which makes this statement bizarre. I think it's all wishful thinking. For fans to be able to get back into the stadiums we either need 1) An effective vaccine or treatment that removes/minimises the risks 2) Accept the risks of increased transmission and deaths that come with it (which to me seems incredibly unlikely to happen)
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    Coronavirus

    Mixed messages are a real problem. The most simplistic way of putting it is if you meet people outdoors, stay 1m away and do not share food/drink/utensils etc you have a vanishingly tiny chance of infection. So MOTD staff not wearing masks is fine by me. Agree that just isn't clear though from the government messaging.
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    Politics

    House of Lords is a total embarssment. Just full of political doners of various stripes, many of whom don't even bother to scrutinise legislation which is the whole reason the institution is supposed to exist. On its last legs - need to come up with a viable alternative soon.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    That's probably our best lineup at the moment but suffers from extreme narrowness. Also I'd have Evans over Johnson though when fit (a rare occurrence). A "best we can do" side missing three players, which has three number 10s in it, and excludes two strikers who cost us a combined £12m tells you everything you need to know.
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    "donald"

    He's not actually got any real gumption. He'll go, just say that the election was rigged fueling right wing conspiracy theorists for a generation. The crumbling of the American political system continues to accelerate. It's not so much worrying in terms of the November 2020 electrion but where they will be in 2024 or 2028. Could end up with a full scale insurgency eventually.
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    Coronavirus

    Yes it's a ban on all meetings of households indoors. So pub okay to meet mates on the tables outside, but indoors can only go with your partner/housemate. In reality though reckon everyone will be staying in.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    Yes, plus he's a guy who thrives on crosses. We are hardly going to be providing that with Brereton and Gallagher running up and down the wings.....
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    Summer Transfer Window

    I don't know - it will be a major reason to hugely reduce the budget I think. It'll spook the finance guys massively and they will recommend minimising all spending.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    I guess they are trying to keep people employed. Plenty of companies are doing it and I fully support it.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    I reckon our chances (and anyone relying on ticket receipts) of spending any money this season has just taken a huge blow. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53556072 We may well be weeing with the willy we have.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    Even if he's brilliant I would really think carefully about spending 2m on a central midfielder when we have so many of them and it's the area where we already have the best quality.
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    Tactical Ramble for 2020/21

    Yeah I'd be thinking 442 and try and get Armstrong and Gallagher to form a partnership to get the best out of both of them. But then you're left with what to do with Dack, Holtby, Rothwell and Buckley. The squads balace is a joke. Too many central players who are compromised by having to play some of them wide.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    I don't really agree with this. We conceded a lot of goals this year - and while definitely the majority of the blame sits with a poor keeper and fullbacks Tosin was okay but not first rate defensively, he got beat in the air a few times and pulled out of position from time to time. If he stayed I would be fine with it, but there are improvements we could make there as we need to bring someone else into the team.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    I know Tosin's a pretty rare centreback at Championship level but I wouldn't say its critical to get someone with his technical skills. A blood and thunder defender who gets his head on everything, has pace and is positionally good would would arguably be an improvement over him. That shouldnt be too hard to find (I hope). Id take that over a passer whose positionally weak or poor in the air any day.
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    Tactical Ramble for 2020/21

    Cool - where did you get the stats from? Comparing positions to the Championship mean seems a really good way to do analysis.
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    Tactical Ramble for 2020/21

    Wow that's a comprehensive analysis! Thanks for putting together. Where do you get the stats from? Very insightful. If we don't sign anyone I would agree your proposal makes sense. Only quibble I would have is I don't think Holtby can really play in a central two. I'm sure Evans would be the preferred partner for Travis, then failing that Johnson or Davenport. All that said if we don't sign anyone we are going to really struggle. In the setup you propose we still need to sign a keeper, and I would not be at all comfortable with four of the players mentioned being regular starters in the positions mentioned - Downing (age and engine), Williams (positioning, heading, pace), Brereton (everything), Nyambe (positioning, heading). And beyond that a couple of injuries and we would be in all sorts of trouble. We need to sign some players, principally quality GK, CB, LB and a scoring striker. And we need to try and be a bit more straightforward tactically in my opinion.
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    Danny Graham

    Yes, a real shame he wasted that talent. Could have been a top Championship or even a decent Premiership player. A lot of paralells with Bentley.
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    Danny Graham

    Good player for us. Had a few memorable moments but top for me is scoring this frankly unbelievable team goal against Derby. Really need a striker to come in of a similar quality and experience now Edit - only just realised that hes had by far his longest spell with any club with Rovers.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    Bloody hell, we just shouldn't be looking at centre mids at all. It's so depressing we are.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    Yeah but hardly in the same league as Tugay, Le Tissier, Okocha et al.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    I'm not a big one for decrying injustices, but that Tugay was not included in the BBCs "best Premier League players to never play for the big six" (Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Spurs, Man Utd) is up there with best of them. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52440999 Bizarrely David Batty was in there. And ludicrously Shearer wasn't - and he was on the panel! I suppose they thought it would be uncomfortable to have a Shearer love in with him in the room. I wouldn't have swapped Tugay for any of those in there. Though choosing between him and Le Tissier would have been a tough one. Also while being bitchy how can Spurs be in the "big six" when they've not actually won the Prem or FA cup in the whole Premier League era?
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    Smallwood signs

    Travis improve anyone he plays with. Evans is totally different prospect with him, as Downing, Johnson or whoever. I would say the one area of the pitch we need to sign absolutely nobody is central mid (we currently have 8-10* of them even with Smallwood gone)- whether that be attacking cm or defensive cm or box to box cm or whatever. If we do I will go mental. We do however need to sign players in every single other position. Sadly I am fully expecting Tony to sign 3 centre mids. *8= Travis, Evans, Johnson, Rothwell, Davenport, Dack, Holtby, Buckley. Downing and Bennett who are used there also takes you to 10.
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