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  1. Eddie

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Jim, I've been around here long enough to know that you are smarter than that.
  2. Eddie

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Well, he did manage to make Everton's bench on a couple of occasions last season, so it seems about right that he would at least expect to be in the discussion to make ours.
  3. Eddie

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Whatever gets you off.
  4. Eddie

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Or it was just an observation on the different ways that people were reacting (including sometimes two different reactions from the same people). You're the one who has struck the arrogant tone but thank you for introducing me to the concept 'English' football. I can't wait to experience more of it.
  5. Eddie

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I do love periods where I can just be an observer on this site. One week - 'we've extended the contract of our backup keeper??? Why??? We need a better first choice' Next week - 'why would we sell Raya? We could never replace him!!!'
  6. Eddie


    Whilst this is purely anecdotal, as an expat living in France, I can tell you that I know a great number of British expats (and people from elsewhere) who have claimed benefits whilst living here. I would be hesitant to quantify or qualify it, but I would estimate that a good 20-40% of the British expats I know who have lived here for a considerable amount of time (say 3+ years and not just here on a single work assignment) have claimed unemployment benefits whilst being here. There's no stigma to being on unemployment here and expats adapt very quickly to that idea.
  7. Eddie

    Fútbol, Le Foot, Voetbal, ποδόσφαιρο

    Just a tip for next time - if you're going to semi-condescendingly explain what something is you had better get it right. The European Golden Shoe isn't awarded simply to the player who scores the most goals, it's a weighted system. Modric won the champions league, the club world cup, and was runner-up in the world cup (where he won the best player award). Now, I think a lot of people would take that over a league and two domestic cups, if you don't that's ok, it's a subjective award. My point is that you called it a farce. It's not like they selected Joe Hart as the winner. I mean, that's one of the dumbest things I've read in a while. They finished 32 points clear of 5th. Now, Messi is their best player and an amazing one at that, but they've got a lot of talent in that side and, whilst they may not have won the league without him (which is still saying his individual impact is worth 14+ points), they definitely wouldn't have been 32+ points worse off. By that logic, you'd arguing that Messi + our team from the mid-2000s would have won the league every year. Hyperbole in the extreme. The guy above has said this is like two fanboys arguing, to me it comes across more like a couple of kids who've just discovered who Messi is telling their friends that he can fly.
  8. Eddie

    Fútbol, Le Foot, Voetbal, ποδόσφαιρο

    So Messi has had the best calendar year for 10 straight years? The question isn't has he been the best overall player. It is whether or not he has had the best year.
  9. Eddie

    Fútbol, Le Foot, Voetbal, ποδόσφαιρο

    Not really. I said that Messi underperformed at the world cup, not that he shouldn't be in the top 3 because he didn't win it. Pretty simple really. Griezmann was good at the world cup, but not spectacular. If you interpreted my statement as being that anyone that won the world cup last year would have to be higher than Messi then I would have to rank Messi no higher than 24th.
  10. Eddie

    Fútbol, Le Foot, Voetbal, ποδόσφαιρο

    No one is doubting Messi's greatness, but calling that a farce is saying that you fundamentally don't understand what the award is. The ballon d'or isn't for the greatest player of the time, but for the player who achieved the most in that calendar year. Messi failed to really impress in Russia, and in a World Cup year, underperforming at the season's major tournament is going to make winning the ballon d'or difficult. He was beaten in the voting by a world cup runner up (who was also voted the best player of the tournament and who was also a key player in a Champions league winning side), a Champions League winner who had another great year (winning the CL is undoubtedly a better achievement than winning La Liga, dull as it is), and two world cup winners (one of whom had a record-breaking domestic season and the other who had a good all round year. For me, Griezmann is the only player who probably shouldn't have been ahead of him and you can maybe convince me that Ronaldo and Messi were a push last season, but to call it a farce is, in itself, a joke.
  11. Eddie


    I don't know how you can reach that conclusion.
  12. Eddie


    Would I guarantee that Reed would be a long term success? No. He wouldn't be the first player to do well on a loan spell here and then fail. Obviously, he is a bit different to Brereton because he's more experienced and dropped down a level to play here. The jury is still out on Armstrong. A great loan spell in league one, a poor first half of the season the Championship, and now a good run of a few weeks.
  13. Eddie


    Anyone who has been in football long enough also knows that judging players 6 months after they were signed, for good or for bad, is a very dangerous policy.

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