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Posts posted by TheFunkeyGibbon

  1. I don't understand why Nike and other big sporting brands don't take inspiration or copy the concept designs we see a lot. 
    These are nice: 
    Some of those a really good. I love the hoop throw back to the 80's design.

    The actual one? Nah. I didn't buy last year's but I'll pick it up cheap now because I'm not buying that monstrosity.
  2. Well it's going to get quiet in here, since we can sign any players until the summer of 2020...


    Of course we can still sell players but I would hope that we don't because if we start that we'll be unable to strengthen. I guess this means Kovatic will be going back to Real too.

  3. Yeah Chelsea are in for Arrizabalaga, Kovacic and Fekir for £600M and Messi in a swap deal for Danny Drinkwater and Courtois, Drinkwater being the key piece to get the deal over the line.
    It's tricky, I mean how do you convince Drinkwater to move to a little club like Madrid?
  4. I’m seeing some reports out of Spain that we are looking at Kepa
    He's good but *very* young. It'd be a hell of a gamble taking a young kid away from home like that. Maybe if we bought him this year, loaned him out like we did Courtois and played Willy this year it might make sense but I'd be concerned if we were to make honour number one this year.
  5. Hopefully we can ship Bakayoko and Drinkwater out if we bring someone new in.
    Or just ship them out anyway.
    Bakayoko especially.
    I'll drive him if need be.
    As long as he's not doing the directions, I don't want to end up the wrong side of the country.
    Thierry Henry looked pretty rubbish a Juventus until a different coach poached him and helped him realise his tallent by playing him in the right way. Bakayoko had one lousy season under Conte, how do you know that he won't respond better to Sarri and look like the player Jardim had everybody purring over at Monaco?

    Everybody laughted when we signed Lampard from West Ham, how was that 22 year old going too strengthen our team? I believe he did okay once he was given a chance.

    Everybody expects instant results but that's not how it works for the vast majority of players.

    Give the guy a break.
  6. Apparently we've offered £30m plus Drinkwater for Zaha... which has been turned down.

    The market is ridiculous. £60m for inconsistent wingers like Zaha and Mahrez while Barça are quietly picking up Malcolm for just over half that?

    At this rate we would be better placed to keep giving CH-O a run out, if Zaha is £60m then he's got to be worth at least £65m [emoji23]

  7. With the US market his transfer will generate a lot of income and talents that can unlock defences don't come cheap. There was a lot of chatter about why would City sign Sane and what a waste it was. Turns out that sometimes a highly thought of tallent can be worth a punt. Germany is a pretty similar level of physicality to the EPL too so it's not like he's coming from the Netherlands or Italy where you can't be sure if they can hack it.

    Personally I'd be pretty excited by this and it's a statement signing to be sure.

    Still don't know why we aren't looking at Fekir as a Fabregas replacement though...

  8. That's good business by Fulham. £18m is bugger all by today's standards sadly and they obviously got their bid in, made an offer a were efficient. We don't even have a clue whom will be managing the team next year so maybe there's a reason for not wanting to join us.


    We're standing by while Arsenal, City and Liverpool are strengthening and we're standing still waiting for Real to come and take Cortois and Hazard off of us. [emoji849]



  9. No way will we pay more for Drinkwater than what we paid for Bakayoko. No chance, £25m imo and we are leaving the rest to Drinkwater to push for a move.
    This seems most likely the strategy. If he wants a move then he needs to make an effort, if not then we shouldn't over spend.
  10. Neymar has paid the clause and is essentially a free agent now. Of course how he is paid that back by PSG is between him and them.

    I can see them making a big hug for Hazard and possibly a renewed bid for Coutiniho.

  11. Give him a chance, he can't become a 30 goal a season striker with 10 minutes off the bench every other week.

    It's clear we are trying not to play the money game at present which is why we aren't throwing money at the Lukaku issue and despite rumours there has been no evidence of bids for Morata or Belloti, so why not give Batshuyai his chance and buy in somebody like Javier Hernandez to support him? Simply throwing money at a situation isn't always the answer. We have a great academy it's about time we proved it was there for a reason. Spurs got Kane from theirs, let's show them up by using Abraham (next season unfortunately) and others.

  12. Arsenal - Mustafi, Utd - Bailly, City - Stones. Liverpool signed other players.

    As a stop gap for a year Williams is a much better defender than Luiz.

    Mustafi - Unproven
    Bailly - Unproven
    Stones - Proven Liability
    Williams - Proven outside of Swansea?

    I'm not sure you're getting better with any of these guys.

    Williams is unlikely to be what Conte wants, he has that committed, combative CB in JT, Cahill or Zouma.

    Mustsfi and Bailly *could* be good but who knows? It might take them months, even a season to settle and even then their game might not be suited to the league or our team.

    As for Stones... well we've seen what he is capable of and I'm sure as hell he's not a £50m defender.
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