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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from markjazzbassist in Summer Transfer Window   
    Still complete crickets on sales - Connolly, Pennington, Beni, Besic, Bolasie, Sandro, Tosun and loans - Gibson, Branthwaite, Simms, Broadhead, Adeniran. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee reacted to Aidan in Niels Nkounkou   
    Keep him. Digne should be expected to play the amount of games we have this season and if worst comes to worst Nkounkou, Delph and Kenny can cover at LB. Not ideal, but if this lad turns out good we dont need to buy cover for next season. 
    Unless a loan could be sorted for the right player, of course. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee reacted to Hafnia in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    Just to put perspective on this.... Gylfi and Walcott's wages for one week would probably pay Salford's entire team for the season. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from pete0 in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    Took a few mins on lunch to take a look at other PL clubs and how they approached this round. Found it even more interesting than anticipated.
    So far Newcastle, West Ham, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Fulham have announced lineups. 
    # of starters from PL game to start Cup game:
    Newcastle: 1 Javier Manquillo
    West Ham: 1 Issa Diop
    Palace: 0
    West Brom: 1 Dara O'Shea
    Fulham: 2 Denis Odoi and Neeskens Kebano
    For those saying most of these are just trying to avoid relegation I completely agree with you but wouldn't we also expect their fans to say avoiding relegation is more important than Round 2 of the Carabao Cup. It's a very similar argument to the top 4/6 convo. @SpartyBluesaid it well above. We have a squad of players use them. It's a gosh darn League 2 side!
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from Palfy in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    If Rom's first touch was dreadful Kean's is atrocious. Complete cinder blocks. As someone mentioned stop trying to get his back to goal and let him loose out in the wide areas to run at defenders. Rom ended up being great for us with headers and inside 12 yards. That's where Kean will succeed, not as a hold up striker. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from Sibdane in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    If Rom's first touch was dreadful Kean's is atrocious. Complete cinder blocks. As someone mentioned stop trying to get his back to goal and let him loose out in the wide areas to run at defenders. Rom ended up being great for us with headers and inside 12 yards. That's where Kean will succeed, not as a hold up striker. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from chicagoblue in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    If Rom's first touch was dreadful Kean's is atrocious. Complete cinder blocks. As someone mentioned stop trying to get his back to goal and let him loose out in the wide areas to run at defenders. Rom ended up being great for us with headers and inside 12 yards. That's where Kean will succeed, not as a hold up striker. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from chicagoblue in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    Yikes!
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    AlbanyNYToffee reacted to Isaiah in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    Thank God these players are no longer the basis of our midfield.
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    AlbanyNYToffee reacted to MikeO in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    Lostl?
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from markjazzbassist in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    Espn+ baby! They've got contracts for both cups. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from Matt in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    Took a few mins on lunch to take a look at other PL clubs and how they approached this round. Found it even more interesting than anticipated.
    So far Newcastle, West Ham, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Fulham have announced lineups. 
    # of starters from PL game to start Cup game:
    Newcastle: 1 Javier Manquillo
    West Ham: 1 Issa Diop
    Palace: 0
    West Brom: 1 Dara O'Shea
    Fulham: 2 Denis Odoi and Neeskens Kebano
    For those saying most of these are just trying to avoid relegation I completely agree with you but wouldn't we also expect their fans to say avoiding relegation is more important than Round 2 of the Carabao Cup. It's a very similar argument to the top 4/6 convo. @SpartyBluesaid it well above. We have a squad of players use them. It's a gosh darn League 2 side!
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from dunlopp9987 in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    Espn+ baby! They've got contracts for both cups. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee reacted to Cornish Steve in what are our realistic expectations for 2020/21?   
    I know I cause frustration every time I make this point, but it's so important (in life, in business, in sport, in everything). We succeed when we focus! What exactly do we want: to win a cup wth virtually no prize money just so we can claim, like Bala or New Saints, that we're "in Europe" or to become a powerhouse team once again, earn many millions more for finishing in the top four, and genuinely earn our right to play in Europe because we're good enough? We have to choose, because a lack of focus will mean we achieve neither - or the wrong one.
    In Martinez's first year, we finished fifth, thrashed Arsenal at a critical juncture, and genuinely thought we might qualify for the Champion's League. That was with a different owner and much less in the way of financial resources. Now we have a manager who's won it all, who can attract the biggest names, and has already proved we can beat top teams on their own turf. If we focus, focus, focus, we really can qualify for the Champion's League. There's simply no way we can allow a non-entity like the League Cup to get in our way. Playing the first team against Salford might cost us two points or more in the league, result in an injury we can't afford, and (most importantly) create the impression that we're simply out there to play another game like any other. No! We can't afford that mentality. If we're to become a top team once again, we must be prepared to sacrifice the less meaningful opportunities for the real opportunity.
    I don't give a hoot that Man City take the League Cup seriously. Their B team is stronger than most A teams in the Prem, so they're at the point where they can try to win everything. We're not there. We don't have that kind of squad. We must decide what we really want to be - and to my mind it's to become a Top Four team this year. Let's stop dinking around like a low-tier or mid-tier team hoping for a bit of luck to "reach Europe" and instead set to the real task of winning many more millions and creating a lasting dynasty. Anything less is a travesty for a team with the history and pedigree of Everton.
    (Incidentally, the best thing that happened to us in that 13-14 season was losing to Fulham in the 3rd round of the League Cup. I only wish we'd lost to Stevenage in the second round instead of winning in extra time - because it may have cost us two points the following weekend.)
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    AlbanyNYToffee reacted to SpartyBlue in Salford City (cup) Wednesday 16/9/20   
    No athlete is immune from the injury risk a number of games in a short time span with a shortened preseason would bring. They aren’t 22 either. Can you imagine what the response will be if any key player gets hurt in a game like this? The priority this season is Europe and the most likely path is our league finish. I would not risk our result Saturday or our longterm prospects because we think Gylfi, Iwobi, Kean, Davies, Kenny etc.. aren’t good enough to beat a league 2 side. We have a squad for a reason and if you’re not playing the reserves in a game like this then all they are is insurance against injuries.
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from Matt in Spurs (Away) 13.09.2020   
    Sorry for being tardy to the party, didn't get to watch until last night. Longest time I've avoided football news and social media in a LONG time. Because that match was so amazing and my/our expectations have skyrocketed for the season I'd just like to point out a few things moving forward:
    1. Hopefully we made Spurs look bad but I'm not confident that Spurs were ready for that match. They looked woeful. 
    2. Team shape - absolutely fantastic. It allows every player to thrive. Carlo is even beyond my wildest dreams. Just an incredible footballing mind. 
    3. Defined roles - I love how the bench roles are now clearly defined as well. Delph for Allan, Davies for Doucoure, Siggy for Gomes, Walcott for James, Kean for DCL. That allows the subs to be more effective when they come on. They'll change depending on if we're chasing or leading the game but going into every match they'll know where they're meant to play. So important. 
    4. Holes - We still lack depth at important positions. Should Allan get hurt will Delph be fit or can Doucoure fill that role and then Davies fills Doucoure's? Obviously Walcott cannot fill James' shoes so he better stay fit. The one that worries me most is Richarlison. The assumption is Kean and DCL could partner up top but I don't think that's a recipe for success. I realize I'm asking for depth for probably our two best and most dynamic players which isn't easy but we won't be able to field that starting XI every week and if we want to achieve our goals we need to think about how to fill those boots when they'll inevitably be out for a period of time.  
    We've all been here before. It's the hope that kills you and good lord am I filled with hope right now. 
     
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from barryj in Spurs (Away) 13.09.2020   
    Sorry for being tardy to the party, didn't get to watch until last night. Longest time I've avoided football news and social media in a LONG time. Because that match was so amazing and my/our expectations have skyrocketed for the season I'd just like to point out a few things moving forward:
    1. Hopefully we made Spurs look bad but I'm not confident that Spurs were ready for that match. They looked woeful. 
    2. Team shape - absolutely fantastic. It allows every player to thrive. Carlo is even beyond my wildest dreams. Just an incredible footballing mind. 
    3. Defined roles - I love how the bench roles are now clearly defined as well. Delph for Allan, Davies for Doucoure, Siggy for Gomes, Walcott for James, Kean for DCL. That allows the subs to be more effective when they come on. They'll change depending on if we're chasing or leading the game but going into every match they'll know where they're meant to play. So important. 
    4. Holes - We still lack depth at important positions. Should Allan get hurt will Delph be fit or can Doucoure fill that role and then Davies fills Doucoure's? Obviously Walcott cannot fill James' shoes so he better stay fit. The one that worries me most is Richarlison. The assumption is Kean and DCL could partner up top but I don't think that's a recipe for success. I realize I'm asking for depth for probably our two best and most dynamic players which isn't easy but we won't be able to field that starting XI every week and if we want to achieve our goals we need to think about how to fill those boots when they'll inevitably be out for a period of time.  
    We've all been here before. It's the hope that kills you and good lord am I filled with hope right now. 
     
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    AlbanyNYToffee reacted to Hafnia in Spurs (Away) 13.09.2020   
    Can't help but thinking spurs went for hoijberg cos Levy is tight and he was available for £15m.  Concerned as to why we were after him based on what I seen.... No better than Davies. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee reacted to Hafnia in Spurs (Away) 13.09.2020   
    Regardless of what happens this has been levels above what I expected. I hoped for positives but this is like a new team. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee reacted to badaids in Spurs (Away) 13.09.2020   
    I don't know who this young number 19 lad is but he looks mint.
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    AlbanyNYToffee reacted to comeonyouspurs in Spurs (Away) 13.09.2020   
    Hi Guys, Spurs fan in peace – I write for a website spursforlife and just wanted to give a bit of opposition insight for the weekend ahead.
    If the fixture was played last weekend, I’d be a lot more confident but now that you’ve got three new midfielders to call upon, that confidence has dissipated slightly and I think it will be a much closer encounter than when we met at the tail end of last season.
    I think its fair to say both managers have had their “bedding in period” and now it is time to show what both Mourinho and Ancelotti can really do as the captains of their respective ships – with that said are their ultimate ambitions slightly different.
    There’s always been an interesting link between the two clubs, as we’ve both been in the shadows of crosstown rivals and when you look at the league positions across the Premier League there is a relative amount of symmetry.
    With that said, Tottenham have found an ascendency that Everton have been striving for over the past couple of seasons (albeit with our own element of regression to boot) and once again, it comes down to trying to break the glass ceiling as it were.
    For Tottenham there is a sense that top four is the minimum but I don’t think that will be easy when you consider the business that the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have carried out over the off-season.
    While if you look at Everton, the first step will be a return to European football and who knows even a first trophy in more than 25 years (although I should not pontificate too much about trophies, as we’re not all that better in terms of drought).
    It should make for an interesting encounter on Sunday, I must admit I am going to have to show my bias and opt for a home win. Will be keen to see how both clubs fare and what kind of opening weekend marker they can lay down.
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from nutmegwolf203 in Marcel Brands (DoF)   
    In many regards I agree. Plenty of dicks out there doing exactly that. Where I think this situation is different is in the profile of the three signings. Add in Richarlison and Digne and you could argue these three signings are immediately 3 of our top 5 players in the squad. To sign marquee players on team-friendly contracts at a club like ours is very difficult to do. The credit is more down to the profile of the player rather than the age I guess, should have been more clear. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee reacted to Btay in Summer Transfer Window   
    That there is 600k per week or 31,200,000 pounds. Absolutely insane waste of money.
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from Bailey in Marcel Brands (DoF)   
    Again I think we agree on this we're just not understanding each other's points I guess. I'm not trying to make him out to be a genius. I just want to give him credit for getting these contracts right. I completely understand he gave long contracts to younger players as you'd expect. My point is that in order to attract names like Allan, James and Doucoure you have three things to sell: winning/Europe, contract, and 'project'. We obviously don't have winning/Europe. That leaves contract and project. From Brands' perspective it would have been much easier and quicker to sweeten the pot for these aging players by agreeing to 5 year deals when they're past their prime. That likely would have been enough to get them across the line. Instead he leaned hard on Carlo and sold the project. 
    For example we get Doucoure at 27 on a 3+option contract. He's (seemingly) a far superior talent than Schneiderlin, Gylfi and Bolasie yet all 3 of them signed 5yr contracts at the same age. 

    5 year contracts put all the risk on the club. 2-3 year contracts distributes much of the risk back to the player. It's definitely a sports culture difference between US and England. We're so quick to sign a player to an extension that still has 2-3 years left on their current contract. I've never been a fan of that. If you want to reward a player simply increase his wage and release clause. Nothing says you have to make the contract longer until there is 1 year left on it. 
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    AlbanyNYToffee got a reaction from Bailey in Marcel Brands (DoF)   
    In many regards I agree. Plenty of dicks out there doing exactly that. Where I think this situation is different is in the profile of the three signings. Add in Richarlison and Digne and you could argue these three signings are immediately 3 of our top 5 players in the squad. To sign marquee players on team-friendly contracts at a club like ours is very difficult to do. The credit is more down to the profile of the player rather than the age I guess, should have been more clear. 
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