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Everything posted by c1982

  1. This signing gets better by the day...
  2. Gordon for me - loved his direct play and always looked dangerous. Nkounkou looked very bright too - they linked up really well. It’s clear many on display don’t have a future here but I’d confidently say that this pair do.
  3. James - genuine world class player. He wasn’t always involved but every single touch was top, top quality - we’ve lacked this for so long - SO GOOD! Same can be said for Allan and Doucoure and low and behold Gomes suddenly looks quality, Coleman shines, Gylfi comes on and does well... even Pickford - I’ve criticised him in the past but under less pressure, he did what he needed to do very well. I haven’t felt this good/relaxed watching us for a long time. COYB!!!
  4. Refused to celebrate... maybe not for us but possibly pushing for a move or maybe promises were made last summer e.g. ‘Give us one more season Wilf...’
  5. 1) Richarlison 2) Gordon 3) Richarlison 4) James 5) Gbamin 6) 5th
  6. He’s already signed for Villareal... next!
  7. I see it as Keane, Mina, Holgate and Tomori being our 4 cbs. I would prefer Tomori be a bit part player here and Gibson/Branthwaite be playing every week at Championship level for a year. In an odd way, this signing gives Gibson/Branthwaite more opportunities long term. Chances of us signing Tomori long-term are slim but maybe we don’t actually need him beyond this season as one of our youngsters could come back ‘ready’ next season. Could prove a smart move.
  8. I expect Noble wants a reaction... I’d guess he’s more popular with fans than Gold, Sullivan and Brady. It could be a way for Noble to get out of the club as a hero/‘legend’ and could help build momentum with the fan vendetta against the ownership.
  9. On Watford’s owner... Pozzo runs an international scouting team of 25 to 30 people who seek players through attending every significant competition around the world, especially in developing markets like South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe.[6][7] Pozzo is reported to have a pattern of investing small sums of money into high-risk players. His larger clubs’ network has helped his business to minimize player acquisition costs while maximizing the profit from surging transfer fees as players are transferred and loaned among ‘sister clubs’ and later sold at a premium achieving high retur
  10. Despite this, they’ve just had one of the best periods in the clubs history - 5 years (not certain of this?) in the top division and a FA Cup runners-up in that time. It seems ridiculous what they do but, up until the Pearson sacking, it kind of worked for them. As for players, despite the huge turnover of managers, the team always seems pretty settled (bar post lockdown/ Pearson) so I’d feel pretty confident should we send players there. The big advantage they seem to have is with their links with Udinese and Granada (I think?) - they seem to get decent players in and I think this will see th
  11. I’m sure he was linked last time Thiago was linked to Man U when Moyes took over. Could make sense that if Thiago’s going to Liverpool, his brother/agent may explore the option of getting a move over too - it’s whether we want/need him.
  12. I personally think Watford will dominate the Championship next season so am quite happy for a couple of our young fringe lads to be part of that.
  13. My 2+2 = Ospina Ancelotti signed him at Napoli. Brother-in-law of James Rodríguez. Adds to the Colombian connection.
  14. The fee will be nowhere near £40m! The fee will be less than £10m and reported as undisclosed - similar to us selling Schneiderlin - it’s about getting the player off the wage bill. James will have to take a big wage cut for it to happen. 3 year deal now is perfect in my opinion - there’d be no guarantee that he’d choose us as a free agent next summer and it’s whether Real would sanction a loan in the final year of his contract anyway. He’s clearly someone Ancelotti knows, rates and trusts so we need to put our faith in that.
  15. It’s Gbamin, ibll. Fingers crossed that the wait will be worthwhile after a nightmare first season!
  16. TalkShite aren’t the best for reliable info but hey ho...
  17. I would imagine we’re looking for a left footed centre back with all 3 senior centre backs (Keane, Holgate, Mina) we have being predominantly right footed. I expect, we’ll want to loan Gibson and Branthwaite out at Championship level.
  18. They sold Hojbjerg but have since signed Walker-Peters and a centre-back from La Liga. I think the big difference is that they don’t have the massively overpaid deadweight that we have. Players like Tosun, Bolasie, Bešić, Sandro, etc will have a massive influence on the moves we make this summer - fail to find solutions and it could prove very frustrating!
  19. He’s doing loads of these to wind people up. Last week it was St Maxim to wind up Newcastle fans. This week Ings. Ignore!!!
  20. The dreaded 48 hours!!! I hope it’s not a Riquelme, Moutinho, Sean Davis, Banega, Wagner Love, Manny Fernandes (on a permanent), Witsel, etc. 48 hours!
  21. I will add, my preference is always signing young up and coming talent but I don’t think we’re in the position to sign another Kean who may need a year to get used to new country etc. we can do that next summer when we’ve got a settled squad (who have just won an FA Cup and finished in the top 4).
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