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Spudulike last won the day on March 26 2015

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  1. I agree with that 100%. Moral issues aside, I can't see how the current model can be sustained. I don't know what happened to FFP. I don't know if it's even a thing these days, in practice.
  2. Where does it stop though? How long til we see a player sold for a quarter of a billion? There must (I hope) be a natural value level?
  3. Some of this window's other prices confirm that. It's long past the level where a single player can be 'worth' more than the entire cost - players, backroom staff, grounds - of entire lower leagues. I still can't see how BT makes money from the EPL while chucking money at clubs.
  4. There was that hype. The whole pre-season coverage was wrong and the media couldn't acknowledge it. Being honest, most punditry is sort of educated guesswork. The media want angles but the clubs are more important than managerial rivalry.
  5. It's an annoying double standard. Pep was so hyped, perhaps the media felt they had to cut him some slack, as an alternative to admitting they were wrong.
  6. That's true. I hope Pep does try to change Walker as City's defence was poor at times last season. Pep was very slow to adapt to the PL and, generally, was given a free pass by the media. An English manager, given such a large club, would have been held more to account.
  7. So Walker's left us for City. No issue with that particularly: his head was turned and the price was good, and a tidy profit. My issue (and I am late to realise this) is that, at the very top clubs, there's little skill in making transfers. Walker is a good player, well established and known to be reliable. City have just, it seems, said 'He's good. Buy him and the manager can fit him into our system and make it work'. It's, superficially, as basic a process as choosing players for playground football. 'He's good - pick him'. I appreciate that a lot more skill goes into identifying talented players in lower leagues, or from abroad, but the top clubs are just buying 'good' players because they seem safe buys. Put another way, did Jose want Lukaku specifically or did he want any forward from a list of recognised, capable, PL forwards? Was Lukaku a case of 'We need a 20+ a season striker; find one'. Was Walker bought because he fitted a very short description of 'good right back'? E. g. 'We need a good right back, get me one'.?
  8. Good Lord no. Players like Tammy Abraham and Demarai Grey. They need experience but they should be where we look for coming tournaments.
  9. Damn. Undeniably :-) That's a good point in a way. Hodgson had a team of naturally fast players and we looked slow and uncertain. What a mess.
  10. True. However, and I am cynical about this, I think England managers have a genius for wasting talent, and choosing wrong formations and tactics. The last Euros were a new low. Particularly following on from the abysmal preceding World Cup. Nearly all of Hodgson's decisions are still incomprehensible and I don't think Southgate will be any different. There's a strong vein of conceit in England managers that makes them - I think - make weird decisions (Kane on throw-ins and corners) in the hope that they'll work and be proved clever. For that reason, I wouldn't put it past a manager to take Rooney to the next WC. I just hope, next time, we're less of an embarrassment than recently.
  11. That's a fair point but surely he can't go to another World Cup? He's done little (in fairness, neither did anyone else) at the last two we attended. He's definitely slower and, with - we hope - younger and fresher players coming through, he must be in the past internationally? Looked at another way, he didn't work wonders, in World Cups, when at his peak (lots of reasons for this of course and few are his fault).
  12. He is a good buy but arguably no more consistent than he was at CFC. He's not a goal a game forward and there'll be a weight of expectation on his shoulders. Still, a statement of intent from Utd.
  13. Re. Rooney to Everton, I think I'd be unhappy if I was an Everton fan. Rooney left at 18 - for understandable reasons - but, if he goes back, he's long, long past his best. He's clung on at Utd for at least three seasons and what can he now offer Everton, on the pitch? If he comes out with the usual stuff about loving Everton, being keen to return to his team, it will ring even more hollow than usual.
  14. I have to agree there. In my mind's eye I imagined CFC players laying on the pitch in devastation but it was some handshakes and cheerio. I don't get that and I don't think it's just a CFC thing. I love the Cup and it didn't fit feel like a special occasion, which is gutting. Being interested in winning deffo helps as, despite what the pundits said, Arsenal didn't play brilliantly. They worked hard and it covered a lot of weaknesses. Mertesacker, Sanchez, and Ospina stood out for ability. The others mainly worked hard.
  15. I'd forgotten about how Hiddink handled Hazard: good point. Player power needs dealing with in some way, in general terms not just at CFC. The relationship between multi - millionaire players and their manager is something I don't understand. I know that a team relies on, for example, Hazard playing well, but there's still a basic employer/employee relationship where you try your best to work well. Payet's, drop in form at West Ham and subsequent move was a classic example of a player saying 'F*** you' but the clubs don't play hard ball, they let it happen. God knows what happened with JM. There are so many rumours but it looks bad and you now see JM investing time in player relationships at Utd perhaps based on what happened at CFC. Even he's had to adapt.