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#1 Memmaclub

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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 14:52

I have to say the last player we bought when I thought this guy is quality international and got some big club experience was Jonny H. I am not overlooking jelavic as he was a gamble that so far has paid off.

But Jonny H was the last of the signings we made on the front foot to improve the team.
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#2 c1982

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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 15:00

Peter Degn - I was ultimately disappointed though!
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#3 StevO

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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 15:24

Fellaini, had seen him play against the shite. Didnt realise it was the same guy when I heard the name, when I realised it was the big afro from Leige I was pretty excited.
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 15:29

I'm excited by every signing....so NaismithPosted Image .
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 15:49

I remember hearing that we were looking to get Royston Drenthe on loan from Real Madrid on the morning of the close of the transfer window.

Maybe more from his reputation, rather than seeing him play, I actually didn't think we'd be able to get him.

But get him we did. Pity he didn't live up to that reputation!
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 15:51

I'm feeling quite tired and was thinking back to years past rather than recent signings, such as Cottee, Ferguson or even Peter Beardsley. All fairly successful players, who scored some vital goals and I was quite excited about them all. When we brought in Radzinski from Anderlecht I think it was, I was quite hopeful, had seem him do some good things and thought we could have quite a player there. Bit skeptical with Jelavic at first, but he has shown what a fine player he is, and I'm quietly confident for him again next season. I remember one player we almost signed in the summer of 1997 I think it was, was Ravanelli, I would have loved to have seen him at Goodison, speculation went on for a while, but in the end it came to nothing, I was genuinely disappointed at the time. This was around the time we also tried to lure Andy Gray back as manager after Royle's departure, but he decided to stay with Sky Television. Other signings I remember that excited were Maurice Johnston, Paul Gascgoine and Mark Hughes to name but a few.
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 15:58

Heits and Drenthes for me. Heits more so, never ever thought we'd see someone of his calibre because back in his AJAX days, he was looking like one of the best young CB's in the world....
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 16:26

Drenthe was pretty cool, and even Stracq had my underpants fizzing, bless the ugly try hard little argy's socks.
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 16:50

saha or baines for me...didn't know enough about johnny beforehand to get excited..what i saw of saha i knew he was class and proved to be for a short time...and baines always looked good
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 17:01

Drenthe for me. Knew he had class but didnt realise he was such a prick!
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 17:06

Saha was a crock, that was my concern and the reason I didn't get overly excited with him.

Fellaini makes my desk wobble, every time he steps out in the royal blue jersey but prior to him being spectacular, I only had the Liverpool - Leige game to go off. He looked promising, didn't realise how good he could be.

I'll embarrassingly admit, I was excited about van der meyde prior to him playing, coming from Inter, scoring THAT goal against Arsenal (!?), I was buzzin. What a bump to earth that signing was.

Who else...not sure really? Probably Yak as well.
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 17:28

Really excited, like "he is going to be absolute class and I know it" = andrei kanchelskis. Since him we had our record broken with Beattie, aj, yak, and felli but kanchelskis was proven quality and exciting to boot.
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 17:45

I would have to say heitinga and bily collectively excited me.
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 18:31

Billy excited me.

Did a bit of research and he ooked a class player. Think in another team he still has the potential to show some real class.

Drenthe excited me too :(

Beattie did too....i gotta start questioning mu judgment haha!
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 19:37

Really excited, like "he is going to be absolute class and I know it" = andrei kanchelskis. Since him we had our record broken with Beattie, aj, yak, and felli but kanchelskis was proven quality and exciting to boot.

Me too, massive leap forward in terms of the quality we were able to attract.
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 22:16

kanchelskis was class..we all knew he would be..even at the age of 10 i knew he'd be ace! i mentioned saha cos we all know all good he can be when fit and bothered...he was great for a spell here
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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 23:30

Heitinga was the main one for me. Had always been touted as one of the golden generation of Dutch players and a mainstay of the national team from a young age.

Similarly Drenthe based on the hype from his u21 days.

From a bit earlier, I would probably say Kanchelskis and Limpar. Both quality and exciting players.
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 11:06

I can't actually see a time soon when we will do this again. I remember when a couple of 2.5mil signings were just squad fillers. Now I get excited about us being linked with anyone.
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 11:21

From reading through, Billy, Yak and also VDM all got me excited.
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 11:55

Ive given it some thought, its a really good question. Heitinga is the only one that had me really excited in recent memory, for the others I was either just grateful to have signed someone or didnt know enough about them.
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 11:59

Jelavic for me.
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 12:35

Bit of a strange one but the last signing I got excited about was James Beattie. He was on fine form for Southampton and I thought he could be a class striker for us, sadly he never lived up to the potential but I do think that he was a decent player for us, I'd be excited by signing someone like Dempsey but I don't think that that's going to happen anymore...

So yeah, James Beattie.
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 12:37

Jelavic for me.


Him and Pienaar (re-signing on loan!)
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 13:00

Bit of a strange one but the last signing I got excited about was James Beattie. He was on fine form for Southampton and I thought he could be a class striker for us, sadly he never lived up to the potential but I do think that he was a decent player for us, I'd be excited by signing someone like Dempsey but I don't think that that's going to happen anymore...

So yeah, James Beattie.


i liked beattie..and that goal against fulham was one of the best i've ever seen..if a 'big' player had scored that we'd still be hearing about it
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 13:05

i liked beattie..and that goal against fulham was one of the best i've ever seen..if a 'big' player had scored that we'd still be hearing about it


Had that goal in mind at the time of writing that post, it's a wonderful finish.


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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 13:21

it is fantastic..that and the mcfadden goal vs charlton are amongst my favourites
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 14:50

I think the my point is excited that they would improve the squad and take us forward. I think the summer of jonny and Bily is the last time we improved the squad.
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 15:44

Jelavic for me.



Thank fuck 4 that!

I cant beleive nobody else got excited about Jelavic signing
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 15:58

i didn't know enough about him to get excited
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 16:00

i didn't know enough about him to get excited


With Marco (for once today) on that one.

Didn't know much about him and couldn't say I was getting excited.
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 19:25

Vinny Samways and Mikael Madar. Both had the tools but lacked passion in my opinion.

Edited by Noble Savage, 26 Jul 2012 - 19:27.

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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 21:33

I always thought Nigel Martyn was quite a coup. I never really feel like we properly replaced Southall until Martyn was there, and then Howard.
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Posted 26 Jul 2012 - 21:47

I don't remember Samways doing much at all, apart from the Only goal against Blackburn Rovers in the Charity Shield in 1995, think we only paid Tottenham about £1.4 million for him in the summer of 1994, and didn't stick around much, this was also the time when we got Earl Barrett, from Oldham I think it was, or maybe Aston Villa, can't quite remember.

Also Limpar when we got him from Arsenal earlier that year, and had a big hand in the final day escape against Wimbledon, I was initially excited about his arrival, but despite a flair player and alongside Kanchelskis, didn't live long in the memory. Also, Amokachi, when we got him after USA 94, I was quite excited a little, heard a lot of good things at the time and thought we could have quite a player here. Made his name at the end of season in a FA cup semi-final, but apart from that, not too many standout moments.
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