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  1. joey_big_nose

    Brexit

    In the key question of "is the country in favour of a hard brexit, soft brexit or no brexit" last nights result doesn't actually say that much. Country still seems critically divided based on voter share. Where it does seem to make a huge difference is the individual party Brexit policy of Labour and Conservatives. Surely they have to get off the fence now for their own political survival. But it doing so both parties could be split forever. Unenviable choices for party leadership.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I would say in today's market Dack could be worth 20m off the back of some good form. Not at the moment because he's had some poor games, but I can see him hitting the heights again. With the best will in the world Reed and Gallagher are more like 10m combined. So no....
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I'd pay 3.5m tops for Gallagher. 5m is way too much in my estimation. If we say got Gallagher, gk, a lb, a rb and a cb that would be decent business. How we do that on our budget I'm not sure. Linked to this I don't really think we should prioritise buying a central midfielder, but that seems to be near the top of TMs shopping list. I'd be happy loaning someone in again as we have Travis and Davenport coming through, plus Evans and Smallwood hanging about. Obviously I would like an upgrade but limited funds need to be spent up front, at gk and in defence for me.
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    Brexit

    It's not possible without a change over in the MPs in parliament. Foreseeably if a general election is called Brexit party could win seats, and that would change things significantly. The situation is very very bleak. Probably the most likely course of events ATM is: 1) Brexit is deferred again because we still can't come to an agreement on a deal. Or a "confirmatory vote" is held and the deal rejected so we stay in. 2) Brexit, much like the SNP have been in the past, are buoyed by huge insurgent support furious by the above, and start to look viable candidates for the next general election in a number of seats. 3) Conservatives to head off Brexit party tacking their support tack hard right. 4) left / right electoral divides deepen. British politics becomes more and more dysfunctional. I think chances of a no deal are low, but the ongoing impact to British politics is going to be chronic and severe as a large section of the population (30-40%) are going to feel cheated. Whatever happens this is going to be the issue that defines and is continually debated over the next 30 years.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Bellamy is the best striker we had since Shearer. Absolutely sensational on his day, could (and did) win games on his own. Quality he showed was up there with Henry or Anelka. If he'd had half a brain and more luck with injuries could have had a much better career.
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    Brexit

    To be honest I don't really think this helps. We're not going to get anywhere if 30-40% of the electorate are dismissed as "gammons and racists". Lots of people at both ends of the debate (no deal brexit one end, and rescinding article 30 at the other) who reckon they can somehow get the outcome they want. Not going to happen sadly. Some compromise will have to be found, as societal breakdown is the only other alternative. It'll be a shoddy compromise that everyone hates, but it's the only way out.
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    Brexit

    The barmy electoral system for the European parliament, plus the fracturing of the vote going on both left and right, make it very hard to predict how votes at the parliamentary election translate into seats... Interesting thing - Vince Cable on Andrew Marr sounded quite confident that there will be a confirmatory vote. I can see his logic. Vast majority of Parliament do not want No Deal. As there is no consensus on what a Deal would be the only way to head that off is to provide a binary choice on some iteration of May's deal (which Brexit party supporters hate) or to stay in EU (which obviously Brexit party deplore), and keep no deal off the ballott. However should Vince get what he wants and one of those two outcomes (probably Remain based on recent polling), then a Brexit party fulled by absolute fury will turn from a single issue party to a fully fledged populist insurgency against the political establishment with around 30-35% of the vote. It could become a candidate to one day be in Westminster amazingly. It's depressing just how poor all the possible routes out of our current predicament are.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Like a lot of players during that period he had one or two really good seasons but couldn't sustain it. Same for Bentley, McCarthy, Santa Cruz, Reid, Savage, Dunn. I guess testament to Hughes skills to get them all firing at the same time when we ha finished 6th. Only genuine top class players were Tugay, Freidal and maybe you could argue Nelsen. After Hughes left a lot of performances dipped.
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    Englands summer tournaments

    I'm excited about the nations cup. Should be a cracking set of 3 games, a bit like the playoffs. I think weve got a really exciting squad. Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell, Henderson (who I've come round from skepticism to really liking), Sancho, Sterling, Kane, Radford are all really decent players in my opinion. I reckon we can do it.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I honestly reckon that's on the low side personally. Could easily be 200 pages before we see someone come in.
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    Brexit

    I sort of agree with the eye opener thing. But then again I don't think many European countries could claim to be much better. On May. I don't actually think her stepping down would have or will solve anything. It's not really her as an individual whose the issue, its the fact that politically we are absolutely riven in the UK with no real prospect of any sort of compromise. When she goes there will be a new face but the carnage will continue.
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    Brexit

    Anyone watched Brexit Behind Closed doors on iPlayer. Very very funny. Belgian documentary about Brexit from the EUs perspective. My god we look absolutely shambolic!
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    Champions League 2018-2019

    There is a certain level of realism required. How on earth do you level the playing field? One option is to close down the CL and the PL and actively force away viewers somehow as they are the ones who are generating ever escalating mountains of cash soaked up by the big leagues. Other option is to tax the big leagues and give it to smaller teams. That's already happening to an extent but it needs to be hugely extended. But which turkeys are going to vote for that Christmas? It's only a matter of time before we see the drawbridge go up and a European Super League is formed relegation free. The sad fact is it would be quite self sufficient and successful. Some fans would be sad to be playing Ajax or Milan every Saturday rather than Everton or Wolves but they'd get over it. I suppose other side of the coin is would we and the other 85 league clubs be that devastated if we lost the top six but had a more competitive domestic league? I think it could be better personally as it's so predictable (that one Leicester season aside) who gets in the CL anyway.
  14. joey_big_nose

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    We've only got 4 players who look like they might have the required quality to get promoted - Lenihan, Travis, Dack and Rothwell. We need to hold onto them all if at all possible.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Fair enough - always like to see a bit of data supporting an argument. Personally I don't think we're going down the crossing route. We're more of a passing side as you say. Would be very useful for us to have some fullbacks who can cross mind.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    There's absolutely no way we will be able to sign 10 players better than we have. If we get 4 we will have had a very good window.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I think you're being a tad harsh. We have a lot of good young attacking quality that other teams in this league will be jealous of. We desperately need some solid defenders and strikers but the nucleus of an exciting squad is there.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Third time lucky! But in all seriousness why would we focus on signing a player like him when we have Dack, Rothwell, Armstrong, Chapman, Butterworth all vying for attacking midfield roles? Our need is much greater in other areas. With limited resources we need to focus on defence and strikers.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    His stats this year have been horrendous, we've only won about 10% of the games he has played in, ultimately resulting in him being dropped for the last run of games. He gets beaten frequently in the air and on the turn. He's a huge liability sadly and the number one culprit in our horrendous form in February and March until he was dropped in April. He's finished I think. Gone from first name on the team sheet to barely a squad player. I don't take any pleasure in saying it, and thank him for his service, but he has no future at the level I would say.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    We will need to keep one of Evans or Smallwood. I guess probably Evans. So we will go into next season with Travis, Davenport, Evans, Buckley as the central midfield options. Looking at that it does seem like we might need one more experienced head. Guess key question is are we going to sell Bennett, Mulgrew, Smallwood and Evans or keep and crowbar them in. I think Mowbray could stomach selling Smallwood, and the recent dropping of Mulgrew suggest we might try and find a way to sell him if anyone's daft enough to take him. But Evans and Bennett will be sticking around. So I can see Bennett getting played in central midfield a fair bit.
  21. I think on balance we've got more reasons to be optimistic than pessimistic next season, mainly due to the bough wave of young talent coming through. Let's make 4 top signings over the summer (LB, RB, CB, CF) and hit the ground running come August.
  22. I like Conway's endeavour, and with the right sort of target man striker (eg. Gestede) he can rack up a lot of assists. But he wasn't really that good - otherwise he would have got many more Scotland caps and would not have stuck around when we were relegated. Good servant, nice bloke, but in the same bracket as Bennett and Evans. Not going to move us forward. At 34 he needs a new challenge.
  23. Team id like to see ----------------------------Leut Nyambe-----Lenihan-----Williams----Bell -------------------Travis------Davenport ---------Chapman------Dack------Rothwell --------------------------Brereton Subs : Raya, Magloire, Bennett, Evans, Conway, Butterworth, Graham Last chance to see the young players before we get into recruitment over the summer.
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    Champions League 2018-2019

    Also I think he's too similar a striker to what else they have. They need someone they can play a more direct game with when required (like last night). Lewandowski, Diego Costaz that sort of player, but obviously a bit younger.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    You could invert the question and ask "who would most supporters want to start most games next season" and I only come up with 4 names - Lenihan, Travis, Rothwell, Dack. Outside of those 4 it's a really mixed bag. Grahams getting on - if he can keep it up great, but I don't think we can rely on it. Bell, Nyambe, Chapman, Armstrong, Raya all could be good Championship players but are learning atm and have mistakes in them. Williams and Brereton have had poor seasons up until the last 4 games or so. Think its risky to depend on them too. Outside of that it's really a case of the players not being good enough. I would say we need to compliment those core 4 players with around another 4 solid and high quality players who look destined for promotion. The others in the squad can fit around that core eight. We'd be better off getting 4 really good players rather than 6 or 8 modest upgrades. I don't think we have the capability to complete more than 4 quality signings. So if I picked 4 roles it would be CF, CB, LB, RB. Means we would have to persist with Raya and Leut, and hope Davenport or another youth player comes through in CM. AM and winger I think we are sufficiently covered as you can play learning players in those roles. Priority has to be defence as it's been really poor.
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