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  1. Welcome Ross Barkley

    Despite Barkley's injuries and lack of progress over the last season or two, his potential is undoubted and I think for £15m it's worth a punt. Given that he would have cost us £35m in the Summer this is an excellent deal, financially speaking at least. The pressure is on though; he's 24 I believe and therefore not exactly 'young' in footballing terms any more, he'll need to hit the ground running. I would have thought Conte will play him in Bakayoko's or Fabregas' role in the 3-5-2 system, depending on how far forward he wants Barkley. I'm not sure he has the defensive discipline to play a DM role so it would seem logical that he'd be the alternative to Fabregas, providing a key link between midfield and attack. I suppose he could play wide in the front 3 of a 3-4-3 but I don't think his attributes fit those roles particularly well. Really not sure how this gamble will go. He adds good depth to the squad at the very least, but at this point I don't see how he improves the first team. Lastly, I fear that he might end up blocking RLC's path into the first team squad. I know RLC hasn't really shone at Palace despite a good start, but I am a fan of his abilities and I don't think he's inferior to Barkley at all. Maybe this could give RLC the kick he needs to get him performing more effectively, but at the moment it looks like we might have too many players in midfield positions heading into next season.
  2. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    On the opening day of the 2014-2015 season Kevin De Bruyne started and was arguably our best player on the day in win against Hull. For some reason it all went sour from there with Mourinho, and granted he was poor against Swindon and in another League Cup game, Sunderland I believe. That said, I followed him closely on loan and knew how much talent he had. I honestly think any other manager in world football than Mourinho, who can't be bothered with young players and who invariably favours industry over skill, would have given KDB enough time to prove himself. On a side note though, Salah never showed much of anything for us and, whilst he played well at Rome, I don't think anyone could really have foreseen him developing so much this quickly since.
  3. A frustrating and underwhelming day, especially given how well we have done against Arsenal at home in recent seasons. We just couldn't find any real fluency in our game, several players weren't 'at it', so to speak. Credit to Arsenal though, for once Wenger decide to apply some pragmatism to his team selection and formation, and as a result they were able to stifle many of our attacks. To be fair they created more than we did as well. A draw isn't terrible but it does feel disappointing. Hopefully we can bounce back against Stoke which will be a tricky one too.
  4. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    Really excited to see how Bakayoko develops, his potential is huge. We've lacked drive from midfield for years which he brings along with much more. Bakayoko is a much better fit in a 2 man midfield than Matic, and he looks to be superior in all facets, technical and physical. He and Kante should complement each other very well. One other thing I've noticed about Bakayoko already is that he plays very intelligently and tactically without the ball; He seems to be in the right position a lot of the time to intercept. Also he doesn't just automatically pass it sideways like many average CM's that you see in the PL. Early days of course but so long as we keep him fit I can see Bakayoko becoming a very good player for us.
  5. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    This can't be write as Bournemouth are on zero points as well. Fake news from Sky Sports.
  6. What are your expectations this season?

    I think we'll be in the mix for the Title but I reckon it will end up in Manchester. It's been a long time since anyone retained the Title, it just seems to get tougher every year to accomplish. My main concern to be honest is Top 4 consolidation, anything above that is a bonus. I'd quite like to go on a run in either the Carabao or FA Cup, but at the same time keen to see the squad players used. Being honest again I think our best chance of winning any silverware is in either of these cups. Going to Wembley again would be good. In terms of Europe, I think it will be difficult to get out of the group but we should be able to. I hope we can get to the Quarters, but I'd expect us to draw one of Barca/Real/Bayern at that point and then bow out. Would like a decent trip!
  7. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    Palace are the first team in Premier League history to lose all 4 games. They are also the only team in the Football League that have not yet scored. The writing's on the wall for De Boer I think.
  8. Danny Drinkwater

    We needed another CM and now we have it. I'll be honest I'm neither excited nor too disappointed in this signing either. I think he can do a credible job for us, but I don't think he's more than a slightly above average PL CM. Hope he proves me wrong, nice to have another English player I suppose too.
  9. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Never really understood this notion of AOC becoming a CM, he doesn't have enough natural footballing ability to play in that position. I don't see how we gets into the Liverpool team as a CM or even an AM. I do think that he could become a good RWB though, like Moses he's a good athlete with average technical skills, an overall skillset which suits the RWB role well enough. I don't think we've really lost much here, although I guess having an Englishman who could have done an average job in a many positions would have been useful.
  10. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2016/2017

    Having won 3 European Cups in 4 years, and now being the first team to retain the trophy in the competition's modern format, surely we are looking at one of the great teams? I feel like this Madrid side doesn't get the recognition it deserves. I mean, they've won the European Cup more times than Pep Guardiola's Barcelona, yet some would have you believe that Messi & co. were the greatest team in the history of the game. I suppose that because Real don't ascribe to sime kind of morally superior, abstract 'philosophy', then their achievements are deemed inferior by the overwhelmingly idealistic media. Whatever the case, their record in Europe is utterly phenomenal and I doubt we'll see another team win the competition as frequently in such a short space of time for a while. Finally, I know he's an egotistical c*ck but you have to admire Ronaldo. The man always delivers on the biggest stage.
  11. I swear Arsenal fans have been saying the same thing every Summer for years.
  12. Even our support felt flat IMO, I thought the atmosphere against Tottenham in the Semi Final was much better.
  13. I think Matic does a decent job and gets some unfair criticism at times. But I do feel he is limited in certain ways and a player than we can find an upgrade for. We shoud look to sign a true box-to-box midfielder next to Kante with a superior engine and passing ability to Matic.
  14. The most disappointing aspect of yesterday for me was that the players just weren't up for it, before the game my biggest worry was how motivated they would really be. Arsenal were much better than us in every department and completely deserved their win, but I can't help but feel frustrated by the fact that we are by far the superior team on our day and would surely have won that had the players really wanted it. We've only ever won the Double once in our history and I feel like we've let a great opportunity go. It's still been a great season of course - in truth I feel a bit spoilt to have won the title given what the realistic expectations were back in August - but this does put a downer on things. There's a big summer ahead now and we need to strengthen the squad significantly.
  15. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2016/2017

    Sky just wanted to milk as much money out of the run-in and were seemingly allowed to do so.