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  1. What formation will Swansea line up in? I guess with most of our team having played midfield at some point of their careers we'll be hoping to dominate the centre of the park. I do think it will be quite fluid and if we can't pick the formation what hope do Swansea have?!
  2. Anyone know how he's been doing in general for them?
  3. Not sure I'm familiar with all of those players, but I'm sure we'd be drooling if we had them fit and playing
  4. Owen doesn’t state that it was wages. The offer he refers to (which Liverpool couldn’t match) could have been the transfer fee - ie, Real decided to sell him to Newcastle and he agreed.
  5. Yep that's probably right isn't it. Who else have we had a free transfer in that period?
  6. City Ben


    Yep that’s right. I actually had the same thought as johnnymusicworks at the same kind of time. My idea was a little different though - what if Chelsea wanted to buy him but can’t because they can’t loan all their players out any more, under the new rules. If someone like Chelsea wants to continue to stockpile young talent, the changes to loan rules mean they need to find a new strategy. One such strategy might be encouraging their “feeder” teams to buy the player, with an option to buy him later if he does well. Again, all perfectly legal. Thats a slightly different theory to us simply buying him because they can’t due to the embargo. There is logic to the idea, but of course that doesn’t mean it’s happened!
  7. City Ben


    Yes they could have. The embargo is on player registrations, rather than agreeing future transfers. So Chelsea could have agreed and paid for an option. It’s perfectly allowable under PL rules, however the option would have to have been registered with the PL... and no such option has been registered.
  8. I think you're right, and what age are they all? HNM 18, JB 23, KP 23, AN 24. Wowser!
  9. Genuine question - what is all this about us putting "all of our eggs in one basket"? Doesn't the fact that Afobe signed mere hours after the EN deal fell over demonstrate pretty clearly that we had back up plans?
  10. One small thing not captured in that highlight reel is the very first few seconds of the game. From our kick off the ball is laid back to (I think) Walsh, and a QPR guy starts to close him down. Massengo calmly steps in front of him - almost a mini body check - to block the attempted tackle. Super canny. Love it! Imagine that being your first moment for your new team, in a new country, playing men’s football as an 18 year old. The lad’s got balls.
  11. Purchased! This is gold, there goes my afternoon. Thanks for the recommendation Dave
  12. I actually wonder if Nagy is Pack’s replacement and HNM Korey’s. No space for sentiment.
  13. Interesting how much further up the pitch Pack was for Cardiff.
  14. I think we’ve simply progressed past having Pack as our main midfielder. We haven’t been able to buy anyone to improve on him until now; now our finances and (dare I say it) reputation/ standing mean that we can. So we have. “Simples.”
  15. I think the stat you’re looking for, @Robbored, is “packing”.
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