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  1. Exactly. If this was the case, it'd always be the same few clubs gobbling up all the good loans. And clubs in L1 and L2 wouldn't stand a chance. I'm hoping us spending months working towards this counts for something. Rather than the Johnny Come Latelies who've rocked up because they can't find anyone else. Getting good loans is partly down to good working relationships between certain clubs. We've got it with Chelsea. Hopefully, we can start it with Arsenal. Another point: if you were sending one of your brightest away, I'd want him to be at a club that was relatively stable, well run and well regarded. Leeds are never far away from a crisis, and whilst they have a new(ish) owner, I think it'll be a while before you could seriously say they were now a trouble-free club. Leeds being better than us may make little difference. Anyway, why are Leeds selling Roofe???
  2. All to do with dressing room dynamics. Players can get funny. Anyway, can't see the club offering him a new deal...yet. Assuming we're firmly in the top 6 by January, can see a new contract being offered then. Which will put his price up even further. All assuming he has another excellent season.
  3. Was reported. The Post and I think by BBC Bristol.
  4. Trouble is he's only been here a year. And a new contract would have to match Kalas's or exceed it. Kalas on £25,000 a week is our best paid player. Can't see us offering Webster £30,000 a week. We go up though...??!! Our wage structure will be blown to pieces.
  5. As others have said, a good striker (better and more clinical than Fam) will make a huge difference. You could argue, as things stand, we're merely consolidating what we had last season. Although it's not that simple. Dasilva was playing his first ever season in the Champ. And got better and better. Webster (if he stays) will continue to improve. I still feel like a creative midfielder is as important as another striker. Someone to offer something a little different. I remain unconvinced that Palmer is that person, should he sign. Brownhill drives the midfield forward, but was clearly knackered by March. Pack rarely offers much as an attacking threat.
  6. Ta. Yep, seen these. At times, he reminded me hugely of Tomlin (loan), but not nearly as good or as exciting. That ability to go past people for fun. The sort of pass that no one else attempted. The thing he needs to learn is when to pass and when to take on the second or third man. He started 2 games? Birmingham at home and against someone else...can't remember. He was subbed at HT v Brum, rightly so. Too many trying to beat the entire opposition teams type runs, only to be easily tackled and give the ball away. LJ said he wasn't fully fit, which would explain a bit. Let's see. I would think if comes, it's not to make the usual 30 mins cameo appearances. He'd be replacing someone like Paterson, another player who has plenty of skill but not enough application, and doesn't impose himself enough on games. For a low fee, I'm sure it's worth the punt. And the fact LJ spoke about wanting to sign him clearly means he has a lot more to give.
  7. Extremely relieved Dasilva and Kalas signed *before* Lampard took over. Was at the back of my mind throughout the whole will he or won't he become Chelsea boss? And there is no way Palmer will get anywhere near Chelsea's starting XI so any delay in him joining us will only be temporary. Whether he should be is another matter. I was underwhelmed, despite the occasional bits of sparkle.
  8. Maenpaa was our unsung hero last season. His injuries meant he didn't receive the plaudits that the likes of Webster, Kalas, Dasilva had. But, he barely made a mistake all season. This signing would make little sense. It's a funny business getting in a 2nd keeper, knowing they're only likely to play a handful of games.
  9. Whilst we’re all waiting (patiently!), time to ask: how do you like your transfers? 1. Out of the blue (e.g. Dasilva, wasn’t Baker?, and others I can’t remember). 2. Protracted, painful, losing the will to live? I’m of the former category. And am still burnt by the tortuous Tomlin signing. And that worked out well!!!
  10. Really good and pertinent point and I agree (and of course hope you're right). And we have two very recent examples to compare and contrast: Kodjia and Flint. Kodjia, whose head was turned after one good season, heard about interest from other clubs., and refused to play in our league cup game at Scunthorpe. Flint, whose head was turned by interest and a derisory bid from Birmingham, but who never refused to play. Contrary to what some of us thought at the time. And Lee Johnson confirmed this to be the case. Flint was the consummate professional in his final season. I don't think I ever saw his work rate drop or effort wane. And once we started chanting his name again, he seemed delighted and probably relieved.
  11. Here's the rest of the article. It's from the Irish Times: "O’Dowda, who picked up a knee injury back in March, was ruled out of Ireland’s opening two European Championship games that month, but made a point of travelling to Dublin to meet the new manager Mick McCarthy and attend the FAI player of the year awards, a gesture which is thought to have not gone down well with his club. O’Dowda travelled with the City team for their last game of the season against Hull City, but didn’t get in the match-day squad. In January, O’Dowda was linked with a move to Leeds United, but a price tag of £10m is said to have scared off interest. Around that time, City activated an option year on his contract and it seems inevitable that O’Dowda will now leave the club, which he joined in 2016 from Oxford United for around £1.25m."
  12. Think we'll know more in 2 years. Parachute payments soften the blow. If they make an immediate return, they should be fine.
  13. We won't. I share your concern, but am confident the only player who might go is O'Dowda. And if he does, it'll be for something stupid like £8m. And probably only to a promoted Championship side. I think we'll fight tooth and nail to keep Webster. For me, he's worth more than O'Dowda, although defenders rarely seem to attract the same sort of fees. I reckon Da Silva will sign for us. Kalas is a tricky one. No doubt we want him, but the issue will be: does he want to join, and are Chelsea going to quote hefty sums at us? If we sign him, it'll probably be for an initial £5m outlay, rising to something like £8m-£10. Webster was bought for £3.5m, potential rising to £8m, so it is possible. Brownhill? He'd attract more than O'Dowda, and like the latter, would probably only go to a newly promoted Champ club or mediocre Prem side. And he'd go for nothing less than £10m. Anyway, like I said, I'm not worried. Players come and go all the time. Only about a handful of clubs worldwide can afford to keep hold of their best, so it's part and parcel of football. Key thing is to be a bit phlegmatic about it all. Yes, it'd be a shame to lose X, but you know what, this is why you have an academy that you invest heavily in, nurture the best players from the lower leagues, and start over. This is exactly why we are doing things the right way and not splashing out millions on average players. FFP means every club has to be sensible. And letting one or two good players go a season is part of the process.
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