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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Unless you think you've replaced him with Pedro; who is basically Schurrle-Plus.
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    Schurrle: he took a year off after winning the World Cup. Maybe he got a bit billy big bollox. Maybe he wanted to go home to Germany and be treated like a hero. But whatever, he didn't turn up for the 14/15 season. And he wasn't even particularly good to begin with. No-one would be talking about him if he hadn't been here. He's average. I will never understand the obsession some have with pining for old boys. It's almost like a hobby for some.
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    Have to say I don't see Luiz as a particularly Conte type player either. He is all about positional discipline, and Luiz is very much a free-spirit. All of Conte's teams have defended "sensibly", get in front of the ball, make it hard for the attacker. Defend "properly" first and foremost. Luiz isn't that player at all. He likes a long-ball over the top, and Conte likes that too. Beyond that, I don't know. We'll have to see I guess. I think there is a reason this has been done so late. At best he was low down on the list; and TBH I doubt he was on the list at all. As for whether we have "backed" Conte; well, we have smashed our net spend of the last 3 years in one summer. Nearly doubled it. In that sense, we have backed him, and how. Whether we have given him what he needs is another matter. We've given him what we could, and you can't ask for that much more I guess. Whatever, a net spend of over £100m, our highest net spend in over a decade, expectations of him will be a lot higher now. A squad that was champions a little over a year ago, with over £100m extra spent on it? Conte will be expected to mount a genuine title challenge now. I would have liked the pressure on him to be a bit lower TBH.
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    He may need games, but he doesn't need games in the Dutch league.
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    He. Is. SLOW. And trust me. That's the right term.
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    I'll remind you of this. He makes Bane look like Bolt.
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    Kinda hope that Alonso story isn't true TBH. He may be cover for CB, CM, and possibly LW, but he'll find it hard to get games at LB; and that sorta defeats the point, especially at that price. Good on the ball (for a defender), slow as all hell, and doesn't defend particularly well. Maybe it's an improvement on Ake, Baba, etc; but I don't see clubs from other countries wasting (fairly big) money on very minor upgrades like that. I'd hate to see a left-side of defence made up of him and Terry. In fact, the most natural place in the team for him would probably be instead of Terry in games where we are going to see loads of the ball but set-up ultra-defensively anyway. I don't know. We'll see I guess. I agree. I think you just wouldn't play them together TBH. Stylistically very similar. And TBH, both have made a fan of me in a really short space of time.
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    Couple of pens in there too. Consensus of those that (actually) watch Vitesse was that he was crap. I have much higher hopes of Abraham making it here; in fact, given his wage demands, I don't think Solanke will even be here next year.
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    Fairly safe bet that Solanke isn't going to be considered for the first team until/unless he signs a new contract. Like Aina last season.
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    TBH he's much more Marchisio-lite. Runs around a lot, good intelligence on the pitch, not particularly talented or outstanding at any aspect of the game; but no real weaknesses either. He's a bits and bobs guy. Does a job, doesn't really stand-out.
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    Sorry, I thought you had "proof" that spending millions on training was a guarantee of success. That was what you said, after all. Forgive me if I seem somewhat confused. This was a conversation that started by someone saying that we should be run "like a business", "shutting up shop" on transfers and developing our own talent. My point was that although you can train someone to be good at most things you would need to do in a work environment; being an elite level sportsman is a very different matter. That's why we cheer these guys on. I have no idea if you are agreeing with me or disagreeing with me TBH. You seem to be disagreeing, but it's hard to tell. I like that we have a good youth academy. I really do. I hope that these kids can come through and be a help to the first team. Maybe one or two will become genuine first-teamers. But if you actually want "bringing youth through" to be a strategy, you either set your sights lower than we seem to, or accept disappointment more than we want to. There is no "formula" to bringing through "youth"; you just get lucky sometimes. You can increase your chances of success, through good scouting (which is "buying players", just doing it earlier and having less chance of getting it right; speculation I guess), good training (what I guess was being discussed), and weight of numbers (buying more lottery tickets). But ultimately, it's luck. You are no more certain to find a Messi than a Marin; and you are most likely to find a Mitrovic. Training doesn't change that. Arnesen came in a decade ago; promising to save the club millions by buying £100m players when they were worth £2m. How has that worked out? Is it because our coaches aren't good enough? Or is it perhaps an unrealistic (although laudable) strategy; and something we should be looking to as a potential embellishment, rather than relying on?
  12. So, you admit you were trying to wind me up by being deliberately obtuse and provocative, and other posters were egging you on? I'm sure you feel very proud of yourself.
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    So, all we've got to do is find someone nearly as good as Bolt, and buy them? And if we do that, we can prove that spending millions on training kids from the ground up is the way forward? As opposed to finding players who are at the top level or nearly at the top level, and buying them?
  14. Maybe. We'll see, I guess. Sure seems like they are backing him. Sure seems like City are backing Pep too. We back the players. Every time.