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27 Sep 2020 13:33:17
Apparently Alli is available and Chris Sutton has suggested he could come to us.
I know we were linked to him when he was at MK Dons but for me he is by far the most overrated player in the league.

He had one good season as an unknown but has been found out regularly ever since. Plays like a beemer/ merc/ audi driver who thinks they're all that because they've "made it".


1.) 27 Sep 2020 13:46:50
Alli is a good player had a poor season last year but before that I think his stats since he joined Spurs stand comparison with anyone playing in that type of role. I think he struggles with how Mourinho wants him to play, however I am not sure he is what we need right now, I would rather we bought a wide man and moved Jack into a more central position where I think he can create more havoc.

Just as an aside, I drive a Mercedes but I certainly don’t think I have “made it“ lol 😊.

2.) 27 Sep 2020 15:30:33
We want footballers not Boxers. 😊.

3.) 27 Sep 2020 15:31:57
Joking aside, totally agree John.

4.) 27 Sep 2020 16:09:49
Agree John, no doubt he improves us, but it’s one of the last positions we need improving in.

I rate Alli, just think he’s only really played in his position for two seasons. Did pretty well, and because of that success he just kept getting pushed further forward and then out wide which just never worked. He’s a number 8, old school, box to box, from a time when centre mids were expected to do both, go forwards and backwards, that’s how he made his name and needs to get back to it to see the best of him.

There are big questions about his attitude, seems pretty childish on the all or nothing documentary.



27 Sep 2020 13:32:09
The Sun obviously have their biases but are normally clued in on transfers. The Scottish Sun claim Brighton have expressed an interest in Edouard. Maybe that makes him available for less than we thought? No way they pay the expected £40mill on a player.




12 Sep 2020 10:15:28
I see Noel Whelan is up to his old tricks again. Claims Wilson not happening meant we panic bought our second choice.
Obviously does zero research before spouting off when Watkins was clearly our main transfer target from day 1.


1.) 12 Sep 2020 10:36:54
The guy is an irrelevant cretin. The man is robbing a living. Every man and his dog knew Watkins was Smith’s number one target.

2.) 12 Sep 2020 11:47:43
Agree ant, the Watkins deal took at least 2 weeks to thrash out it was almost there before any bid went in for Wilson, isn’t whelan a Leeds fan? Nothing but jealousy they couldn’t even convince their manager to stay on for more than 1 year cause he knows they going to do a Norwich and go straight back down😂😂.

3.) 12 Sep 2020 12:04:46
Just for clarity Whackattack Bielsa only ever signs 1 year contracts so it’s nothing to do with his lack of faith in his team, and I for one don’t think they will go down in fact I think they are more likely to do a Wolves or Sheffield Utd. Bielsa is a class act.

4.) 12 Sep 2020 12:07:02
I can never understand why ex-pros are considered experts in the transfer market. I don’t think they have any more idea than the rest of us and clearly don’t research much, if anything.

Kevin Phillips suggests we made a massive mistake in missing out on Callum Wilson. Well, firstly the guy didn’t want to move to Villa and, secondly, he has a paltry scoring record in the EPL, managing double figures once. All the Sky and Talk Sport place the guy on a pedestal as some phenomenal goal scorer. Complete tosh.

5.) 12 Sep 2020 12:35:42
If Wilson had stayed with Bournemouth for this season, I doubt that he would have scored half the number of goals Watkins scored last season.

6.) 12 Sep 2020 14:06:06
I do agree villajohn he is a good manager I was just having a pop at Leeds, wasn’t his last contract for 2 years with option to extend by 1 year, well so say the article about him signing the extension anyways, honestly I can’t see them doing a Sheffield or wolves he’s not as good a man manager as wilder or nuno, they threw away automatic promotion last year then rubbish themselves in the playoffs, and started to slip a bit this year also into the new year, bilic was also a good manager with Fulham but it didn’t save him, 1 thing for sure I think this year’s premier league will be tougher than last years, looking through the fixtures there’s none looking to easy, my money is on West Ham Fulham Brighton West Brom and Leeds to slug it out down the bottom, what u guys think who will be in the relegation battle?

7.) 12 Sep 2020 18:32:15
Look at Bielsa’s record, wherever he has been he has had success and he plays a brand of entertaining football which is why he is such a sought after manager. I have even heard Klopp refer to him as world class so that’s good enough for me. Time will tell whether Leeds tsurvive or not it I think they will even if it’s only because there are 3 worse teams which I think will be West Ham, Fulham and Albion I also have a sneaking feeling Brighton might struggle as well.



17 May 2020 09:06:06
If we stay up and get the reported £80mill asking price for Jack who do we think we could realistically bring in?
I think our starting lineup could look like this (Dunk being less likely with the owners strategy of younger players but best option within budget imo) .
Guilbert Dunk Mings Targett
Rashica Mcginn Benrahma
Samatta Wesley

El Ghazi

Only one cm on bench as both starting wingers could slot into that central position.

We could stick with Konsa who has been decent and look at right back instead but I'm struggling to think of any great options available less than £20mill who are significant upgrades.


1.) 19 May 2020 14:27:37
Not a bad line up however I would take a couple of players from Utd for Jack so I would ask for Axel and Chris Smalling.

I like you I know he is outside the age bracket but it gives us some premier league experience which we have been crying out for at the back, and ask for £55 million I would also ditch Wesley Engels Trezeguet Taylor and El Ghazi And I would look to bring in Harry Wilson, Benrahma Barkley Mitrovic and Batshuayi and go 4 4 2.

I am sure there are lots of other ways we could go and it’s great to indulge in a bit of Fatasy football, but I think we can all agree that whatever we do we need to do something different next season.

2.) 19 May 2020 17:34:57
I think Wesley will grow and he has shown at times that coming short to bring people into play is his strength. Wesley deeper with Samatta running the channels could work.

Utd wouldn't give Axel and Smalling for a combined £25mill valuation and Smalling is even worse than what we have imo.
I don't think we'd get enough for the players you listed to buy all of your wish list and ditching both wingers for Benrahma and Wilson would still leave us short in that department.

While his defensive work is poor you can't argue with the fact El Ghazi has won us points at the other end so should keep him for backup/ rotation.

3.) 20 May 2020 14:25:50
Smalling available for £15 mill apparently he has had a decent season with Roma and he certainly isn’t as error strewn as Engels. In terms of cover for the wingers I would use Louie Barry and Green as cover after extending his contract . I don’t think el ghazi or tres does enough at either end of the pitch although tres works hard that isn’t enough in the prem imo. However that’s the beauty of this is it’s all about opinions.

4.) 20 May 2020 18:19:55
With you on that John.

5.) 21 May 2020 06:19:53
Barry isn't really a winger, he can play on the outside of a 3 at a push but he's a number 9 through and through.
I liked Green for us at times in the championship but it worries me he can't even get into a struggling Preston team now. May be a case of just not the right fit and his pace works better for our counter attacks but you'd have thought if he was that good they'd play him.



25 Dec 2019 01:06:16
Maybe controversial but with the lack of pace in our side does anyone else think that the fact we have one of the biggest pitches is working against us?
Worked wonders with Young, Milner, Downing and Gabby but we're a completely different team now, may be worth looking at reducing the dimensions closer to the minimum limit which most bottom half teams tend to do.


1.) 28 Dec 2019 15:58:40
Seriously? I think you're clutching at straws fella or taking the p***.
The problem is playing championship football with mainly championship footballers under a championship manager. Result? Well I think we all know where we're heading.

2.) 28 Dec 2019 17:11:38
Clearly sensible people saw something in it. One thing clearly isn't going to solve everything but at least giving quick players less space and our not quick players a chance to get to the ball first is a small step towards a solution.
Everything at this level of football is minor tweaks, major overhauls statistically fail regularly so why not try things which could help.
Complaining about things while offering zero solutions gets you absolutely nowhere.




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27 Jun 2020 14:40:33
Don't worry everyone 4-4-2 solves everything, or it just leads to an even duller match with less attacking threat.


1.) 27 Jun 2020 15:28:36
That`s not the case at all rk, and you know it.
What people were asking for, was the Manager to try something different.
There is only so much you can do with a bunch of very average players, none of whom deserve their wages.
It shows when for the last 10 minutes, we had every attacking option available to us on the pitch, and we still didn`t force a save from their keeper.
We are down, and we deserve nothing more.

2.) 27 Jun 2020 15:28:51
Smith tried something new today and it didn't work but deserves credit for showing flexibility - The buck for our current situation will fall with him, and rightly so, but the players need to have a good look at themselves, with the exception of Luiz and Mings none of them looked remotely bothered today. We are going down with a whimper and everybody at the club, top to bottom should be ashamed mate!

3.) 27 Jun 2020 18:07:08
Our only attacking threat all season has come from wide areas due to the ineptitude of our midfielders in passing the ball. We took that away and look what happened.
The players were to blame before but you blamed the system, the same players played worse in a different system but now it's not the system. Inconsistency is bad debate, just hold your hands up and say "I'm glad we tried but unfortunately it didn't work".
I said it was too late to play something different due to the settling in period required and today proved it.

4.) 28 Jun 2020 10:23:24
I think your missing the point though RK, some fans have been calling for some flexibility (not just 4-4-2) for the majority of the season and when it arrives it's in game 32 of 38 and against bloody Wolves. You were right, it was too late, my point is and always has been "why didn't it happen earlier", "why didn't Smith show this flexibility earlier in the season", "why after 3 months of team planning did we revert to old ways"? And that sits with Smith! Today screams desperation from a man who is out of ideas? And we ended up back in his usual formation later in the game anyway, to no effect whatsoever!

Do we know for certain that another manager couldn't get a tune out of those players, it's not too long ago that fans were slagging Luiz and he's looking like an outstanding prospect since we returned (which Smith deserved credit for) - Can you say with certainty that another manager couldn't keep us up? We are in the bottom 3 on goal difference, under Smith we are down, I'm sure you can accept that, do we accept our fate and plan for the Championship or do we twist and see if another manager can get us over the line to Safety? If we are going down I want us to go down fighting, that's the bare minimum, that is not happening under Smith, at least show some fight lads!

5.) 28 Jun 2020 22:24:59
You were still calling for the change in formation to happen now despite it being too late.
Wolves had a lead to protect in those last 20 minutes we changed so the gaps down the side were no longer there as they parked the bus and more.
Until we're out of reach then we're not gone. Wolves was never a game to target for definite points anyway. Palace, Everton and West Ham are. 7 from 9 in those games and we probably stay up. There is not an immediately available manager out there who would come to us who could do any better of a job with these players with so few games left.



21 Jun 2020 19:11:25
I like Samatta and think over time he would come good so buying him in a summer and building a game plan that works for him would have made sense.
I'm feeling that a better January buy would have been Steven Fletcher, maybe Glenn Murray to fit the game plan better. Seeing what we lost when Davis went off we could really have done with an experienced physical player up there.


1.) 21 Jun 2020 19:30:32
I does not matter who we have, the will sit on the bench, our man Mr Smith, is set in his ways and does not change.
What about Baston, why get him when its obvious he will not play him.

2.) 21 Jun 2020 21:37:53
Only got Baston because he was free, don't even think Smith wanted him or maybe he was there as last resort due to Keinans injury record.
Being able to replace one with the other allows the dynamic to remain the same when one is tired. Replacing a hold up player with an "in behind" player clearly didn't work but we didn't have the right option off the bench.

3.) 21 Jun 2020 23:41:57
Well that`s not good then is it, that means he lied to us, he said we needed back up, we needed a striker, and he was available, and that he did fit the bill.
Don`t lie to the people that pay your wages, can`t anyone tell the truth anymore.



10 Mar 2020 08:22:05
Regardless of the performance, how is Michael Oliver still a referee, let alone Premier League? Multiple blatant dives and he gives the free kick, worst was Ndidi diving when Luiz was barely 3 yards away.
How VAR sticks by that penalty decision is beyond beggars belief.


1.) 10 Mar 2020 12:46:38
Rk you must have been listening to old dean to much starting to sound abit like him now! The truth is the players are rubbish and don’t want to fight for the club. In the real world if you don’t give 100 percent at your job you get sacked same should be with these waste of spaces! Going down going down going down.

2.) 10 Mar 2020 20:31:02
Where did I defend the team? I was taking the performance out of it, did not suggest in the slightest we would have got anything with another ref in charge.
Can we not criticize the bloke impersonating a professional referee separately to the ones masquerading as footballers?



16 Feb 2020 09:56:42
So apparently Sunday is the only day of the week we are yet to win on this season and we'll be only the second team to ever have the full house if we fix that.
Pointless achievement it may be but hopefully can use that as extra incentive.


1.) 16 Feb 2020 11:32:23
That’s an incredible statistic when you consider how many games we’ve actually won this season! 🤔.

2.) 16 Feb 2020 12:06:14
7 wins across 6 different days. To be fair, we've won more matches than Arsenal.



28 Dec 2019 18:26:39
We're back to all the trolls climbing out from under the bridge.
For peace of mind I think I'll join Flackie in the wilderness and support my club away from unconstructive hate.


1.) 28 Dec 2019 19:17:53
Can you understand us been annoyed I work my ass off in the freezing cold for minimum wage and go and watch that crap while they are all on 30k+ a week.

2.) 28 Dec 2019 19:19:53
rknewell, I have to say mate nobody on here or anywhere else for that matter is big enough or man enough, to to force me to give in and stop me from having an opinion or from making a point.
Ask yourself: if everyone had that ethic what's the point.
In my opinion your views are sensible, unbiased, and make good reading.
If you enjoyed this forum, you are the loser mate, nobody else.

3.) 28 Dec 2019 19:32:36
If that’s aimed at me I’ve been busy selling houses to Henry and whoever in Shirley. our transfer business in the summer was speculative when we should of been buying experience, if our owners have deep pockets then buying unproven players from lesser leagues than the Prem shoulda been backed up with experience. I don’t want Deano to go, I want us to stay up by the skin of out teeth if that’s what it takes, then try something different in the summer, be it a change of management or a clear out of players, short term I’d go 3-5-2 or 3-5-1-1 because our full backs can’t defend for toffee but are better going forward, a back 3 of any of the 5 centre halves we have, 1 DM + Grealish and another + 2 CFs, or El Ghazi behind a CF in a No10 role, all I can say really 🤷🏼‍♂️


4.) 28 Dec 2019 20:14:56
I think the issue is with the tactics, not the players lads - There is a side good enough to stay up there, I'm convinced - We need to move away from 4-3-3, it's not working, but will Smith? I doubt it!

5.) 28 Dec 2019 21:40:21
Thanks Dave. You are one of the handful that back up your opinion and offer something in return to a negative without just complaining.
Unfortunately whenever we go on a bad run the reasoned debates get overshadowed by the relentless lambasting from people who don't contribute any other time.
The players are lacking confidence to commit going forwards and the manager is stuck in limbo trying to patch holes rather than sticking to his guns with what was nearly but not quite working at the start of the season. Go down fighting as they say.
Currently have enough stresses between work and studying professional exams. Just feel a break from the negativity for a while is preferable at this time.
Ironically this seems to have sparked more reasoned solutions rather than complaints than I've seen for days.

6.) 29 Dec 2019 13:04:19
Thank you for your reply rk, appreciate it.
Best of luck with your exams mate, I have been there and know what it is like, Bookkeeping was my distraction.
Anyway, hope you have a rethink and look forward to having you back.
Take care mate.




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27 Sep 2020 13:31:41
Agree walkies. Our fans do forget too easily sometimes. We wouldn't be where we are if not for him.
Obviously have to replace once you have better quality but don't be a douche about it.

El ghazi should be applauded out to a new challenge. Trez can be a headless chicken sometimes but his goals kept us up so he should get the same when the time comes.




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26 Sep 2020 21:12:49
Given space and time el ghazi has a cutting edge. Unfortunately you don't get that in the prem.




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17 Sep 2020 11:53:22
I've caught enough glimpses over the last couple of years with games on in the background and from watching the highlights shows when we were down there. Most of the regular championship pundits always seem to make a point about his consistency also.

Probably won't be a world beater but world class left backs are almost non-existent these days and someone his level for that price is a no-brainer imo.




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16 Sep 2020 19:31:55
Henry is quick and powerful. Pretty steady defensively but not afraid to get forward and join the attack.
He's been a regular 7/ 8 out of 10 in the championship. Only minor concern is the long injury layoff he had.
He's at least as good as Targett though so if the rumoured £7mill is true then it's a snip and we should jump at it.




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05 Sep 2020 11:10:26
Odutayo only had a good record at U18. His form plummeted for the 23s which is why he was let go. If he couldn't step up to that level then he was never likely to make the first team at Prem level.





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29 Sep 2020 10:11:23
It is clearly working for us, West Ham and probably Newcastle to an extent. 3 clubs with massively passionate fanbases who maybe think too much of their history.
I honestly think with the right support we now have a squad who should be pushing top half.

Traore will usurp Trez but both deserve props for tonight. Trez did the hard yards while both teams had legs and Traores vision for the counter opportunities showed why he has been in a champions league squad.




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28 Sep 2020 20:53:26
I'm either way on Targett tonight. He had to be careful because of the yellow so he did what he reasonably could within the bounds of not getting sent off.
That being said, there was no reason to get the yellow. In their half, far enough away to pull out of the challenge, utterly stupid.

I personally would have thrown Taylor on at half time to maintain a level of defensive commitment but we didn't really need it.
While he hasn't scored yet in the league, Watkins is already proving a bargain. His all round game is exemplary. Not the tallest yet the ball just sticks to him like glue.




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28 Sep 2020 20:42:05
Jack was far more effective with space out wide last season. Centrally he just gets crowded out (although can use his skills to get a card or 2 for the opposition midfielders) .

Maybe with a better forward line he could do the business through the middle but if he's already effective where he is I don't see a reason to mess with it.




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28 Sep 2020 07:23:05
Smith said about needing a player to cover 2 positions. This almost guarantees it being King.
King can play wide or through the middle and leaves Jack playing wide or cm giving us more options.




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28 Sep 2020 07:22:25
It sounds a great idea but it's another subjective decision. Sometimes a player will avoid risking injury from tangling of limbs or planting their foot too firmly in the ground. You are then judging a difference between cheating and caution.
Fitness regimes make tendons ticking time bombs. Players will avoid unnecessary strain where possible.

Your suggestion would lead to the same issues we are having with handball where cards are being thrown around even when nothing untoward has occurred.