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Offline mike

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8385 on: September 28, 2020, 08:46:16 PM »
Alpay had a good first season, was injured for most of 2001-02 then had a miraculous recovery in time for the World Cup. He did well there, then when he came back decided he was too good for us.

Yeah pretty much. He stayed around for start of O'Leary season, scored and shushed the fans, got booed for it then had a scrap against Beckham playing for Turkey and we cancelled his contract.

One thing I would say is him and Mellberg were like rocks for first 3 months of 01/02 season when we were top going into November so that's a what if for me given he got injured a few weeks later and Staunton playing weekly was a clear downgrade from then on.

He really was hero to zero.

Offline richtheholtender

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8386 on: September 28, 2020, 08:55:10 PM »
Now is the time to strengthen again

Offline Holy Trinity

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8387 on: September 28, 2020, 08:58:04 PM »
Something special this way comes.

I said it last week and I'll say it again! I'm convinced something big is happening.

I predict at least one sit up and take notice signing in the next 5 days.


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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8388 on: September 28, 2020, 09:03:33 PM »
I saw RLC play for palace against Leicester the other year, playing very deep, and he was incredible. I hadnít realised how good he was until I saw him in the flesh. Best player on the pitch by miles.

Offline Footy-Vill

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8389 on: September 28, 2020, 10:34:43 PM »
I saw RLC play for palace against Leicester the other year, playing very deep, and he was incredible. I hadnít realised how good he was until I saw him in the flesh. Best player on the pitch by miles.
Did you see him v Brighton this season first match?
Way off pace.  That concerns me.
The issues with him of course is getting him up to speed . Ability and attitude not in question as I see it

Back when Ioan at Palace had a solid spell for the season. Interesting if hes to be the one coming into Villa.

Offline frank black

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8390 on: September 28, 2020, 10:37:04 PM »
We require a left back IMO

Offline Holy Trinity

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8391 on: September 28, 2020, 10:40:30 PM »
We require a left back IMO

I fully agree with you. I like Matts attacking runs and involvement but and starting to see him as a liability in defence.
We can't buy everything this window and let be honest I dont think he will cost us that many points between now and Jan.

If he's still not working by then get someone in off the continent as a punt

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8392 on: September 28, 2020, 10:56:41 PM »
We are actually in a position where we can't buy the finished article with the potential of a player like RLC, so taking a risk and getting him fully fit might be a big step to move us forward. We have a decent 3 in the ones that played tonight, Hourihane is the weak link in general play, but his goals and assists are invaluable and we are a much more threatening side with him playing, so right now you can bring a player in that needs a bit of time and get them up to speed.

We still need to get better at doubling up and stopping crosses late in games when Jack and Trez tire, but a more solid left back at some point has to happen. Especially with Jack in front of them.

Also struck me tonight that when he starts scoring, any striker coming in is going to be sitting on the bench for a long time. Watkins is a menace, and going to be very, very good. Still think another wide player that can play across the front is needed, we are finally at the point where we need to add options to the side.

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8393 on: September 28, 2020, 11:13:44 PM »
I feel that it's a bit harsh on Hourihane to say that all he does is score goals and gain assists - what else is there?

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8394 on: September 28, 2020, 11:17:48 PM »
I feel that it's a bit harsh on Hourihane to say that all he does is score goals and gain assists - what else is there?

I was making the case that he should stay in the team! He goes missing for periods, whereas even when hes having a bad day such is the way McGinn plays he is always in the thick of it, but his attacking element is far, far too important to drop until there is a noticeably better upgrade. 

Offline tomd2103

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8395 on: September 28, 2020, 11:31:12 PM »
I feel that it's a bit harsh on Hourihane to say that all he does is score goals and gain assists - what else is there?

If he is going to play, I think he needs to play in the more advanced role where he has a certain amount of freedom and not so much defensive responsibility.  I think his best performance for us was in that position when he scored a hat-trick against Norwich a few seasons ago.

Still think he is one to come off the bench in the closing stages when we are after a goal.

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8396 on: September 28, 2020, 11:33:33 PM »
I feel that it's a bit harsh on Hourihane to say that all he does is score goals and gain assists - what else is there?

I was making the case that he should stay in the team! He goes missing for periods, whereas even when hes having a bad day such is the way McGinn plays he is always in the thick of it, but his attacking element is far, far too important to drop until there is a noticeably better upgrade. 

Ah, fair enough!

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8397 on: September 29, 2020, 05:27:15 AM »
I was thinking about the long list of English midfield players that are hyped as the next big thing only to turm out as mediocre. We have Ross Berkeley who kicked up a fuss to leave Everton, got injured bulked up and slowed down. Rice is a decent water carrier but not much more, Foden is another tidy footballer but not a world beater. RLC looked promising but his body is not up to it. I think Mount and Madison have something to offer and are good PL players but not world class.
The list goes on.

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8398 on: September 29, 2020, 06:13:46 AM »
If we sign a Barkley -  then Hourihane will be out of the team (lets hope that we do sign Barkley)

Offline ChicagoLion

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Re: Summer transfer, gossip, speculation and the usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #8399 on: September 29, 2020, 06:18:45 AM »
I feel that it's a bit harsh on Hourihane to say that all he does is score goals and gain assists - what else is there?
tackling, intercepting,covering,  liking up play, closing space Running off the ball.

 


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