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  1. The club are clearly constantly scouting and monitoring all sorts of potential new players. No doubt sometimes the club goes out to find a player to fill a gap in the squad, sometimes to improve an area of the first team. And sometimes there are probably players that might not immediately be one of those two things, but get on the list as they tick all the other boxes of the kind of player we are after. I see Smozdics as one of those, right attributes, became available, we get him. As we know, in a year or two he could go on to be worth £m's, but clearly is a slow burner this season, as rightly pointed out already ala Brownhill, O'Dowda, Eliasson and Moore etc.
  2. The Nagy to Palmer to Afobe off the shoulder of the last defender....great combination. Birmingham closed him down much quicker second half - a compliment in itself. Be exciting to see him when he knows the team better, but performance 1 was a very good box to box showing, tackles, interceptions, confidence, tidy, technical, pacey, read the game, late runs into the box etc.
  3. Without knowing exactly what Brighton might offer Webster, a 6 fold increase in salary for a championship player moving to prem is not unheard of i'm sure. The likes of Bobby and Bryan went from 5/6k per week to 30/40k per week - so LJ has experience of players wanting to take the chance to increase their salaries 6 fold.
  4. Ah! Yeah he's not always 100% reliable, that's for sure.
  5. Didn't the original rumour come from Nixon and therefore one of his agent contacts? I'm not sure this guy has any sort of credibility either way, so could be guessing/tweeting for hits.
  6. Sounds like his valuation is close to being, if not has been, met. It's a lot of cash, realistically too much to turn down and I know a lot of people have already gone into football manager mode to spend the incoming cash but.... I for one would be gutted to lose him, regardless of the cash. He was the ONE player I wanted us to hold onto this summer. The extra 'quality' that this squad is now begging for. And at this stage, to replace him, we'll be potentially scrabbling around, being quoted inflated prices. Having said that, I think there are more potential CB's out there than forwards, so I hope the club's done its preparation for this and a loan replacement from the prem is lined up and rest of the cash is spent on the forwards we need, to soften the blow.
  7. Not really - think you'd have to be reading quite a lot into Klopp's comments there to conclude that. There was no reference to previous loans, or previous clubs etc - just complimentary to Rangers and saying it was a good year for the player. I think Klopp has a bit more class than that, to be having a dig at us or anyone else and ultimately, why would he? He's seemingly not particularly bothered about Kent either. He clearly wants to move him on.
  8. I’d agree with this. The reality is the players would have/will still be off match sharpness and competitiveness. Palace were a big step up in class to who we’ve been playing so far. We did set up with a bit of a ‘have a go’ attitude which were unlikely to do again anytime soon. It seemed to me, one of the big downsides of having 1 up top, mean’t we had 3 players in Eliasson, Szmodics and Weimann all looking to get into the box to support Fam or getting out high and wide up the pitch, with the 2 wing backs bombing on into the midfield spaces left by them - creating a whole load of space that was easily exploited by the skill of a counter attacking Palace side. Plus some individual errors down to concentration. Hopefully lessons will be learned, but no panic buttons yet for me.
  9. The signings so far have basically brought us, squad wise, back to where we were at the end of last season. The fact they’re permanents is better for business, but doesn’t make them better players. Pre-season signs don’t show any of the ‘next generation’ of youngsters are ready to really impact the first team early next season, at the moment. So i’d agree with the OP - I think we need at least a CM and 2 forwards in. A 4th in the form of a RB would be ideal. I wonder if we’re struggling to off load players or if we’re waiting on movement in, surprised we haven’t seen more out yet, but surely we need to offload 2 or 3 and perhaps a few loans. Big week coming up and I’m sure they all the know the realities, especially after that Palace performance.
  10. Nixon reporting Villa have made contact with us about Webster.
  11. The other side of the coin is how often do we have a thread on here complaining about referees? Weekly? VAR is supposed to be making the refs jobs ‘simpler’ I guess, but agree we need to limit and control it before it takes over. Like Hawkeye in cricket were virtually every decision is now checked, because they can. The problem in football now I guess is the money/stakes/competition is so high it’s unviable for major games to swing on incorrect decisions, that we see were wrong at home on the replay 10 seconds after it happens.
  12. I’m not saying for one second LJ tells him all his future plans. I am saying however, that I’ve heard MacGregor call LJ “mate” in a press conference and that it is often MacGregor who seems to ask those ‘interesting’ questions that give LJ the chance to make his most sound biteable statements to the press. It is completely in my comprehension that LJ could cultivate a relationship with a reporter where there is a scratch my back situation. LJ feeds him some exclusives....for example the 6/7 new transfers this summer scoop he ran a few weeks ago in exchange for asking LJ a specific questions so he can use the media platform to get his message across. Nothing new there, it’s been done by politicians, businesspeople and sports people for years.
  13. Interesting he only has 1 year left on his deal. Given how proactive the club have been in keeping him signed up (remember THAT contract extension?!) what's happened this time? Is LJ stalling this time? Also has anyone else noticed in the press conferences.....MacGregor - always seems to be the one to ask very specific, often pointed, questions and LJ is always ready with a detailed answer? I've thought it for weeks now. For me, they sound too prepared and I think MacGregor is having a quiet coffee with LJ every week..... So what does he ask him this week - "you've only got a year left on your deal...." followed by "what about your Chelsea loaness..." which LJ says I want to keep them all. Quite the message. It's been said elsewhere but it's getting clearer to me LJ expects some serious backing this summer and he's been ramping up the rhetoric the last few weeks. Those who think he won't be off because his job here is too cushty underestimate how ambitious and how confident the man is in his own ability, IMO.
  14. I don't imagine the same turnover of first team players as last season, unless we include Kalas and Da Silva who will be very tough to hold onto. Players that will be in demand that we'd ideally like to keep: Webster and Kelly (but both would leave for big money) Players that are mutually beneficial to sell: COD Players that we'd might like to sell, but are probably happy to stay: Baker, Taylor, Frankie, Watkins, Pisano. Players that will get another season: Walsh, Eisa, Adelakun, Moore. Moving on the fringe that aren't helping us progress will be key to opening the space for the quality additions we need and the pathway for the 2/3 knocking at the door. Minimum CB, RB, 2 CM and 2 CF coming in for me. You can see why 6/7 additions have been mentioned. Hopefully 7 is the LB JDS.
  15. Who is most danger with FFP next season? Or should I say, least? Want them out of the way....
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