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Everything posted by paulw66

  1. Petr Cech retires

    What more to say.......quite simply the greatest GK we have ever had, and IMO, in the top 3 PL Gks of all time. That night in Munich.......the save from Carrol's header in the FA Cup Final. Top man, top pro, top GK. Thank you.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    That's the trouble with Morata, is that when he is bad, he is useless. Drogba or Costa, and Giroud to be fair, even when playing poorly would occupy and harras defenders. Morata goes missing.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    Not sure it was just injuries. Think he enjoyed himself off the field too.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    ha, yes! oh dear.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well, he wont be able to complain if it goes sour. He has been given his regista, and now it looks like, his CF
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Come this necessary?
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    To be fair, we haven't had many, so the sample is small. Weah did ok. Kovacic is TBC Maniche (oh dear) nad Queresma were a waste of time. Didn't Enrique De Lucas join on loan? He wasn't up to much.
  8. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    After Fabregas' departure, if we look at those who might well move on in Janaury or the summer, the list gets quite long without seriously impacting the first team, and hopefully will generate some decent funds for some proper first team players in the summer: Batshuyai, Morata, Drinkwater, Cahill*, Moses, Zappacosta, Emerson * will go for nothing What fees does that bring in? Difficult to say. That would leave us with: Kepa, Willy, Green Luiz, AC, Azpi, Rudiger, Ampadu, Alonso.......probably a full back short. Jorgingo, Kante, Barkley, RLC......then depends what we do with Kovacic and do we buy Paredes Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Pulisic, CHO........lots of uncertainty here with everyone bar Pulisic, but if 3 out of the current 4 stay, that looks fairly healthy. Higuain, Giroud.........again, lots of uncertainty here. Both could leave. Go big for Icardi, with Tammy as no.2?
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    I guess time will tell. So long as he doesn't spend half the game on the floor, that will be progress.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yup. A bit of sticky plaster for now. Sort the problem properly in the summer.
  11. Media / Press

    This is of course, the sensible summary.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    I was saying anything bad about Anelka, was I? I'd still have Higuain over Morata any day of the week, which is all the argument boils down to. Is he the long term answer? Of course not. Will he contribute more than Morata would from now until May? I think so.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    you do't back anybody, you just say everyone is rubbish, players or managers
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    From what you read, we are paying him the same as what he was already getting, so hopefully he is coming for football reasons. The Bertrand sale was odd. Cole was coming into the twighlight of his career, and there was an opening there. We sold him for 10m, then have since bought Luis, Rahman, Alonso and Emerson....he would have got decent playing time had he hung around IMO. More than Morata. Which is kind of my original point. He wont do any worse, and hopefully will do better.
  15. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    It is not about number of penalties. it is about the absurdly soft ones Liverpool get.
  16. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    Then from the position they are / were in, I towuld be a massive flop. Even compared to what happened in 2013/14, referees are making life very easy for you. If you can't win the league with the soft penalties you are getting, then you never will.
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well, he couldn't have done much worse. Morata has 5 PL goals, Giroud 1 and this for a team who are 4th, averaging over 2 points a game. There is a significant potential upside here, with little downside. It's funny, when the board "don't back their manager" there is outrage against the board, then when they do, it's a case of the manager blaming his players...... Morata has been given plenty of opportunities (in all senses of the word) and just hasn't taken them. Do you really think Morata would thrive in a different system? If so, which? He has failed in Conte's counter attacking team, and he is failing in Sarri's possession based style. Is Sarri right to blame the player in this instance? Yes, I would say so.
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    Nice to see you, Jimmy. If nothing else, an optimist to outbalance the wave of pessimism on here.
  19. Petr Cech retires

    Best Chelsea keeper since the dawn of time
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    Higuain not in the Milan squad tonight........
  21. Media / Press

    If it had been Chelsea fans, 4 years after a load of Chelsea fans had killed 39 fans in Turin, perhaps you would question their "innocence" The police, the stadium staff and others made huge amounts of mistakes that day, particularly with the subsequent cover up, but the idea that Liverpool fans take literally zero blame is what I find a farce and I don't buy it. The videos show fans climbing over walls and turnstiles trying to get in. That's blameless behaviour, is it? How many games had been held at Hilsborough prior to the disaster, and how many people died? Then Liverpool show up, not that long after they caused a wall to fall down in Turin, and this is all some massive coincidence? There have been plenty of accounts of fans witnessing Liverpool scallys trying into grounds for free since too. Crystal Palace and Istanbul are two that spring to mind.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    Have you ever seen him play? Me neither.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    I would argue none of the above is true. When Kepa signed he said that his agent had been contacted weeks before to sound him out if Courtois didn't commit. The club knew Courtois' future was in doubt, and plans were made accordingly. The press didn't get hold of it, so for us it seemed like a last minute panic. With Allison, by all accounts he had a straight choice between us and Liverpool and went there. JP, where are you?