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  1. I'm a little more romantic than others and feel a partnership with Christensen, along with James, Loftus-Cheek, Mount and Abraham playing fairly regularly, would have produced the comradery and willingness to play for each other that enables players to excel beyond their means . Man City obviously think he's great, and I think he would have been better here.
  2. Really grew to love the stadium design after initially being shocked by it. A real shame, not sure projects like that ever recover, but rather get replaced with a more achievable yet unremarkable new stand.
  3. Bought it at lunch and took it home to get the 20GB update happening while I came back to work. I agree but I'm hoping for a good story and actual repercussion to decisions, not the perceived ones in Elder Scrolls/Fallout.
  4. Anyone getting Kingdom Come: Deliverance tomorrow? I think I will.
  5. You’ve missed my point a little. I never said we would stop signing stars, we will as well as players with potential, players to fill a roll, players for experience etc etc. Just not every window and every position every time we sign someone. There needs to be some perspective. Of course Lampard makes a good point, I totally agree with it, but I also can see an older player being complacent and a younger player being hungrier in another case. But again, we aren’t abandoning signing top players. It’s just not every signing in every window. We also don’t f**k ours up like other clubs seem to and have to buy new stars straight away. Lacazete was highly sort after last summer , do you think they’d still be after PEA if he’d bagged 20 goals by now? What happens when we spend 400M in a summer and 2 other teams do as well. One of them has to finish third then right? What happens when we try and make this right with another 400M the following summer but another 3 clubs do the same and we can’t get everyone on the park. 800M in two summers and nothing.. but we’ve signed the stars? What kind of atmosphere would that create. Perspective. Also how many clubs have replaced a bronze statue worthy icon with another one immodestly after? You talk about replacing champions with champions like it’s easy to do. We’ve had two titles since Cole left and JT hardly played last year. Drogba was a cameo three seasons ago. You can only take a hit when you have 5 all time champions move on the space of a few years. That’s not a regressing squad though and we have not done badly at all to keep the leadership and traits they all showed.
  6. You've more or less proved what I was saying, even though I wasn't directing it at you. The last two winners of the premier league haven't done so on the back of signing genuine top class players. Granted Kante is a star, but he wasn't when Leicester signed him and I think players like Moses and Alonso along with Conte's tactical changes were the hallmark of our title winning season. The total disregard of coaching meaning anything and this lust for ready made stars to fill up our fantasy team is the point I'm making. But how many times do big players underperform at new clubs as well? There's not guaranteed solution by investing in them. Yes you can't deny star players are going to be capable of more, but good players can become great players at a club like ours. What are you complaining about? What's wrong with signing a genuine star every two seasons? People scream for more depth, so we spend all window trying to sign players that are not going to be picked every week but with great pedigree none the less to sure up our squad YET people complain. I call BS on the fans seeing the squad regressing. In what way shape or form is it regressing. It's the total opposite, we are a younger playing squad with more years in the legs than the one last year or the one before. It's a myth and it's compounded by the fact people think a player with 10 goals, some bad misses and an injury concern is a flop. If we shipped out every player that didn't hit the ground running we wouldn't have some of the players you'll look back on from yesteryear. Fail to secure Hazard long term? This is his sixth year at the club. Zola was here for 7. In a world where supporters like you want to pull genuine stars from other teams (I won't even start on the hypocrisy of that) how many years will be deemed long enough for you? How many titles? Do you think he doesn't want to win the CL with us? You're right about one thing though, I don't think anyone will stop supporting us because I don't think the signings we intend to make or will make represent a sign that we won't compete for trophies anymore. So we will continue to do so but you'll never stop complaining.
  7. Anyone who's upset with not signing Aubemeyang, Sandro and Mahrez in the same (January) window and piss talking about Barkley, Dzeko and Palmieri. And there are loads of em.
  8. Wow. Another press conference with same questions repeated which Antonio answered exactly the same as the last 6 times. When he decides to leave/is sacked, it will be as much about the absolutely nonsensical repetition and gossip reporting as it will be about any lack of support from club leadership.
  9. There's plenty wrong with having your expectations at a level where you can only tolerate top 20 players, 3 of them, each window. Especially considering the best teams win leagues, not the best players. It's absurd the winging that's going on. Imagine, IMAGINE, sit there and conjure a thought about the the uproar there would be if we were going after an unknown Spanish right back from Marseille for 9 million pounds right now. I tell ya what, there would be some quotes for a generation there.
  10. Saw someone say this the other day and it rather resinated with me. I can’t wait to sign more players of this ilk so we can ship off the fairweather supporters
  11. Did Everton not even register him because of his injury? I guess he’ll be pumped then, if he gets off the then bench.
  12. This blooding of youth has gone far enough I tell you!
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