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Everything posted by BaneIvanovic

  1. Strootman was the deepest in their 4-3-3, Van Ginkel played a box to box role alongside him and Maher. Really happy that we've got him now and it's always great to see us moving so efficiently in the transfer market this early on.
  2. The worst is when Sky love to do their 'Sky Sports understands ..' or 'According to Sky sources ...'
  3. Oscar's contributions are too subtle for such deluded MOTD fans. I bet they think that because they see someone like Coutinho more than Oscar on highlights and jump to such conclusions or because they hear Hansen creaming himself over Coutinho. It's fairly obvious that you'll stand out more in an average side as opposed to when you're playing with a team stacked with world class players. (I think Coutinho's a good player but he's not better than Oscar, no way).
  4. Have you watched the Nigeria-Spain game? Nigeria have done really well today and if they had their best striker fit today, they'd have scored at least a couple.
  5. Ugh. I can't bear to think about the possibility that the waste of oxygen will be wasting a spot on the bench and will be on a handsome £175k p/w whilst doing benchwarming duties.
  6. In fairness, that was more injury related as opposed to just a sudden erosion of the player's ability as has been the case with Sneijder and Torres
  7. Sneijder can jog on, tbh. Mourinho simply cannot bring back his 2010 form. His decline is probably the only thing remotely similar to Torres' one.
  8. Sheva was different too as when he came he wasn't at his peak, whereas Torres was meant to be in his prime years.
  9. Routledge, Pablo, Michu and De Guzman are all players who are capable of playing as the central attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 and are all better players than Piazon. You're making out as if Piazon was a key player for Malaga or that he excelled there on loan, too, which isn't the case.
  10. Because their attacking midfield options, currently, are all superior players to Piazon. For all we know, they could strengthen in that area even further (or drop Michu back to play in his 'natural' position, which is behind the striker) which would potentially drop him further down the pecking order if he went there on loan and struggle to get suitable minutes like Josh struggled too at Swansea. Style of play shouldn't be the key factor in sending him out on loan, it should be how much playing time he should be getting. It's not as if Palace are some hoofball team who aren't able or interest
  11. His playing time at Swansea would be significantly less than what Palace could be offering him (and he won't be a guaranteed starter there). At this point of his development, playing time is crucial.
  12. I'm sure there have been cases when a player's been injured but still signed for the club. Carroll to Liverpool springs to mind but there must be other examples.
  13. Of the top of my head, his goals this season came against Everton, Benfica, Rubin, Steuea, Aston Villa, Nordsjealland, Shakhtar, Newcastle, Reading, Sunderland, Arsenal, Brendtford, Leeds, Monterrey, Wolves. I might've missed the odd opponent out but not stellar opposition is it?
  14. Xabi Alonso rumours doing the rounds again, the Sunday Telegraph running with that story this morning.
  15. Boateng's one of Milan's best players, tbf, and his versatility is always a plus. Could definitely do a job as a b2b midfielder if partnered with a more defensive minded midfielder.
  16. Ancelotti wanted Torres in the summer of the WC, not when he was already out of form in January 2011. I'm sure there was a pressure on Carlo to change his system so that Torres was integrated into it somehow.
  17. A Lada is reliable and never lets you down/breaks down
  18. De Rossi's is a world class player but he's had a woeful campaign this season.
  19. Llorente's been nowhere near looking like he's callup worthy this year.
  20. Yeah, he's gone from utter sh*te to poor/mediocre at best.
  21. I agree (re: double season), but we had the machine that was Frank Lampard who would guarantee you a double digit goal tally in the league (and 20 goals a season in all comps). If you want to have title aspirtations, you need to have a striker who can provide 20 goals a season domestically and have others who will chip in with the goals. We fulfill the criteria with the latter but don't with the former, yet, and I hope that that will be resolved this summer.
  22. In an ideal world, we could combine Ramires' dynamism and energy with Mikel's technique, strength and passing, we'd have the perfect player to play the 2 in our formation and whilst they're both good players individually, this isn't the way to use them. Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez, Gundogan, Bender, Vidal, Alonso etc all the the types of players who would fit the bill for that description so looking for a world class player who can primarily be a deep lying playmaker but also offer so much in other aspects in the game is key. However, the problem we face is that there aren't that many playe
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