Sleeping Dave

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Morata himself is on record stating that everyone knew Real would exercise the option basically throughout his second season at Juve and that it was difficult in that period as he didn't know what the future held for him - would Real keep him or look to sell him on at a nice profit... Doesnt take too much imagination to consider what that realisation may have meant in potential playing time at Juve once it was known.
  2. Maybe make your kind up? Possibly? Solid? Doesn't sound I was proven too wrong then. I'm not fixated with having super stars for every position in the squad - not at all. But I am rather interested to have AMs who doesn't jump out of tackles or are regularly caught in the headlights, who doesn't lose the ball as soon as it is given to them and who are weak mentally. Such a player won't be a hit here. They are decent players, but not players that we miss or were wrong to let go. At the time, neither were even close to compete with the other AMs we had. They were at least a level or two below - that's why they didn't get too much playing time. Cause we had better options.
  3. Media / Press

    Women football is the same. Heavily skewed towards lesbians. One theory goes that the females who are lesbians have a greater incentive to stay in the sport through the teenage years as they are surrounded by like-minded females. While a lot of the straight females decide to give the sport up. I can't say whether that is true or not, but for the Swedish NT the vast majority are openly lesbian. That's a fact.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    9 days to go... Tick tock.
  5. And has Salah and Cuadrado gone on to prove me wrong? Is either good enough to be starting regularly for us? Maybe Salah now (with a change of style). Still no for Cuadrado. At the time neither was what we needed. Much like Bats now. It's easy to look back and say "look how that player has developed, we should have given him more games". Sure. But at what cost?
  6. Why is it hypocritical? Because I don't happen to share your opinion on Bats? In my world, you don't pay £32m for a striker and spend time and wages to develop him into what you hope may be a 10-15 goal striker. You buy those for that sort of money (when he was bought) to deliver the 10-15 goals now.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    To be fair, that has always been his strength from his youth years. I suppose it just took him a bit longer than expected to be able to transfer that to the big leagues. He's extremely talented. That was never in doubt. The doubt was whether he could transfer his talents to this level. Time will tell but I sure hope he does. It's not a bad comparison actually. They do remind a lot of each other. Same style of running with the ball and similar build. I definitely think RLC can become a dynamic CM.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Ah, good spot there Pete. Very funny! If we spunk £50m on VVD I will go absolutely mental. 1. He's not a very good defender. 2. We don't need another obstacle for Christensen 3. Let's spend that £50m on a top talent AM 4. We have Rudiger 5. A 6th defender does sweet FA for the depth of our squad I think RLC will have a considerably higher stock compared to Barkley once this season is over. I think RLC should be allowed a full season at Palace bar something obvious, such as him being a viable first pick in January type scenario. 1. I think you're being far too harsh on Alonso there. I don't think Alonso is weak, just a touch low in the pace. But I find him to be a very balanced and all-round type of player that's also strong in the air. I really like him. Azpi has also played as a LB for a title winning side... 2. Well we had both and found it fit to dispose of both of them without really replacing adequately. Perhaps Luiz could provide a very good solution to two issues really. Tactical agility and another CM option when we opt to play three CMs. I'm thinking a sort of 2-3-2-2-1/4-3-2-1 type formation where Luiz is the DM and flanked by Bakayoko and Kante or Fabregas. ----------------Courtois ---------Christensen-Cahill Azpilicueta-----Luiz-----Alonso -----------Kante-----Bakayoko -----Willian------------Hazard ----------------Morata The balance could also be altered with by swapping Azpi to CB and moving Moses to RWB. Perhaps a viable strategy for some home games we are expected to dominate. 3. Yep - we definitely need a striker. I'd say viable competition/complement to Morata. 1.1 Again, think you are harsh on Alonso. He was immense last season and has started pretty well so far hasn't he? 2.1 I hope you mean replacing in the starting XI and not the squad. He's made an extremely exciting start that's for sure. A season with games at CM and AM will do him a lot of good. I do think his best position may be as a CM long-term. I really hope he'll prove to be a success story. Oh absolutely. But he'd also dramatically improve a match day squad that includes Hazard and Pedro. I really hope Loftus-Cheek won't be yet another one we sell on for peanuts. The start has been extremely encouraging for him but I do think Gullit may do him a disservice by talking him up too much too soon. Let him get on with it and see how he does by December. I think you may miss the point. Mahrez massively improves our squad. He's a great player and even though he may not be an automatic starter he'll be a core 16 squad member. We need more players of his quality and then spice it up with a few real cherries.
  9. Sure, attitude is great. What would have been even greater is if he would actually improve. So far I have seen no improvement at all from him. Not sustained improvement that can't be attributed to randomness at least. Still can't play with his back to the goal, can't link play and isn't very intelligent either in his tactical understanding or in his movement. Being a good finished just won't cut it - way too much work to get him to where he needs to be imo.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Wow. So this is what desperation looks like huh? Shelvey and Andy Carroll... 😂😂😂
  11. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Well he was the only Palace player who looked like he could have started for Liverpool. He was heads and shoulders their best player. By some distance.
  12. If that is indeed the case, one has to wonder what on earth is going on at the club. Not because Remy is some savour or fantastic player, but merely because he is a player.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Both RLC and Chalobah having great games for their respective clubs. Meanwhile we've got one available central midfielder for one of the toughest games of the season.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    With the start Oxlade-Chamberlain has had so far, I can't see any scenario where Arsene Wenger sees a benefit of selling. 11 days to go now. I'm watching this unfold (well, nothing is actually happening, but you know what I mean) with a sense of bewilderment of what's going on. I seriously think that unless we see a good few players arriving in this timeframe we're in for a really ugly season.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Absolutely this. Especially the first part. MThat's Salah was and remains talented is not up for discussion. It's the application of that talent that was missing. Confidence means the world in football, and once you have it you just execute every part of your game just a little bit better. It all adds up and before you know it you're in the zone. Plus he'll fit their style of play very well. As he would have done here under Conte. I wish him luck, he's a good guy and I'm happy he's starting to realise his potential. Well done Mo.
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    Oh perhaps I just didn't understand the analogy then! We seem to agree:) Well I certainly hope you'll be less wrong then me! But please let you be wrong as the club surprises us all on deadline day with five new players lined up next to a grinning Conte.
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'd say we need more than four in reality. GK: Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo DF: Azpilcueta, Christensen, Luiz, Rudiger, Cahill WB: Alonso, Moses, New RWB, New LWB CM: Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, New CM AM: Hazard, Willian, Pedro, New AM, Musonda Jr. S: Morata, New S, Batshuayi One could even argue that would be the bare minimum one should find acceptable. There's an argument to have 22 senior outfielders - I.e two more taking the total up to seven new players. Optimally it should perhaps be seven, bare minimum five with the most likely scenario for me right now being one or two new players. That would mean we'd end up with 16-17 senior outfielders. Last season we started out with 19 (incl Chalobah).
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    It's a funny clip but he does seem somewhat agitated to me. Maybe I'm over -thinking the situation? In any case, seems like the man sitting next to Conte had to step in before he said too much towards the end?
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    Hi mate. I must admit that I have a bit of a hard time following that analogy. It is not in Chelsea's power to decide where Costa has to move. They can decline offers, but thy can't accept one and force Costa to move there against his will. The club should have known there was an actual market of one club and one club only. The man himself has stated so publicly on a number of occasions consistently over time. You've said as much yourself. We're in a situation where we either make up with the man (foolishly I haven't given up completely) or sell him to Atletico for the offers that's on the table. The third option is the worst case scenario for all parties - we let him rot in Brazil and fine him his wages along the way. This would be a rather silly route to take out of spite.
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yes, quite a material difference Kev.
  21. Eh? You must be joking right? Isn't that exactly the question one should be asking? I don't care if he's something that doesn't fit the way we play. What good is he for us if he can't play the role we require of him? If he's to be a starter for us, then he needs to master the role that's required. My assessment is that he's not ready. How is your reply even a little bit relevant?
  22. But wouldn't it be fair to judge him on what he can do for us as a club? Last time I checked, we've played with a lone striker for the best part of the last decade.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well sure - but we had a much bigger squad last year. This year we don't even have a squad. We have a first XI. If you think me being wrong last year automatically means I'm wrong this year I think you may be in for a surprise. 14 days to try and save our season as far as I'm concerned. We don't even have enough players to focus on both the PL and CL. What's the point in qualifying if we have no chance to perform?
  24. I'm still a little bit at loss how some seem to rate him so highly on here. Sure he was decent towards the end of last season but is he anywhere near ready to be starting for us as a lone striker? No, not at all imo. I think we may come to regret only having two strikers this season.
  25. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm in neither of those camps. I don't believe every rumour but is still incensed we sign players later than any other PL club. I also do not believe (for a second I might add) that we will strengthen sufficiently by deadline day. You simply don't sign 4-5 quality players in a two weeks window. It ain't happening. Personally I'm quite prepared for a disastrous season by our own yardstick. Right now I can see us competing for 4-7th position in the league.