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  1. Hip Hop discussion

    Best I've heard in the last month -
  2. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    Belgium have notoriously been known for having only 1 or 2 decent strikers to choose from. Their best WAS Benteke for a season or 2, then Lukaku took over. But during both of their best periods for their national team, levels weren't near their club form. However, they've always been the best of a bad bunch, which shows how crap the rest of the country's strikers are, including their 3rd option. Bats was introduced only because there were literally no other Belgian strikers playing for a club of note in the top 5 leagues. Never in his career has Michy been praised as being a great player. If Belgium value quality over who's with the biggest club, Michy will be dropped ASAP and Mertens will be their leading man.
  3. General Transfer Talk

    Illarramendi deserves another chance, if he was cheap, and this was football manager.
  4. Claudio Marchisio

    Bench players. Experienced players. Familiar players. Why presume Conte doesn't want one? Not every transfer is supposed to be geared towards getting 'the most talented player out there.' If raw talent is what teams needed to win Arsenal would be top dogs. Without the experience of 30+ year old players, Chelsea & United wouldn't have won half of our trophies, nor Juventus under Conte. Our manager clearly excels with experienced players. (2 of our 3 most consistent this season, Luiz & Pedro, are both 30 this year.) And surely nobody expects this current team to win the CL? Surely again, it can't be expected more-so if we bring in young talent who're barely exposed to the competition, & the demands of long, full seasons around tougher players. We had some of the best young players around for 5 seasons; we didn't go on a great CL run with those players, though. I've far more faith in our team being elevated if we bring in a player who's seen and done it all, putting in consistent performance after consistent performance for a decade, as opposed to bringing in a new gem which we have to carefully nurture. It's pretty black and white; you either bring in experience or you bring in potential. We don't need more players with potential. We need results next season, not almost-good-enough results 5 seasons from now. Experience is key and we've been losing experienced players in droves. Now is the time to sign some players the manager trusts to come on and shore up or influence a game. You're missing an opportunity if you choose to turn down a model professional. He's one of the few players we can target who'd inspire the young ones around him simply by always having his head on & a proactive attitude, like Fabregas. For what we needed then, Meireles was a good buy. For what we need now, Marchisio or any level-headed midfielder with heaps of experience will be a good buy. There's no coincidence the only Juve players from Conte's tenure that he seems interested in are 30+. He doesn't care about bringing in any of the many talents they have at or under 21 years old. He knows. So get to know.
  5. Claudio Marchisio

    Dream squad player IMO. One of the few players you can bring on without needing to change your shape, tactics, etc. Most of our bench players equal a drop in quality once they come on since they're not integrated with the team properly. Marchisio doesn't need integrating, he's that dependable.
  6. 19. Diego Costa

  7. 19. Diego Costa

    Indeed, every very-attractive offer seems to instantly interest him for months on end. You simply don't want players like that around long term.
  8. 19. Diego Costa

    To compare Costa to Drogba is like comparing Suarez to Messi. The stats may say they're in the same league, and heck, maybe they are, but there's the intangibles. Most of us would cry for Drogba. A personal loss of his, any sort of devastation, even him leaving, it'll cause wet eyes, and it's not just because he scored goals. Exactly the same with Messi. Absolutely untrue for both Costa & Suarez; though if they played for Atletico & Liverpool still, there would be tears. So what I'm saying is, they've already bonded and given themselves to other clubs. They're loved by other fans more than their current fans do; they contributed more to their previous clubs than they do to their current (that shows how great Costa was for Atletico), and their hearts are owned by those that first showed them true love. Costa's heart was already won before coming here; we could do nothing to turn him into a legend a la Drogba. There's no romance. For Drogba; we set the stage for him. For Suarez, Liverpool set the stage for him. We won't have another legendary or universally-loved striker until the context is different; until we aren't counting on a mega-sum signing, and instead, being hopeful over a youth product or cheap wunder-player from elsewhere. That's where the romance is, that's where the bonds are formed, and that's where the loyalty is honed.
  9. Radja Nainggolan

    Damn Spike, back at it again with the facts
  10. 19. Diego Costa

    And Ibra's 35. Is he too old to be coming off our bench?
  11. Antonio Rüdiger

    Emerson is apparently being watched by everyone, and is Roma's only other jewel beyond Naing. It'll be him. There's no way Conte could be into Rudiger, we'd get better defending from an end-piece of bread.
  12. Alvaro Morata

    Honestly i'm thinking Tottenham more likely than us or Arsenal. It's time for them to act on the fact they've come so close to a league title again, only to miss out due to lack of depth (IMO). Having more options would really appease everyone there. Arsenal fans would be deluded with hope if they signed him on the other hand. Us? I don't think our fans would be excited, and that could be good - he could only over-perform.
  13. Alvaro Morata

    I think Conte's interest is sparked by Morata's pro attitude and elite mentality. He's a player you can keep on moulding and creating until you're happy with him, because he's that happy to improve his game if he can. But yes, the idea of him leading for a Champions League contender would be truly shocking. I would've thought a brilliant career for him would be made from just leading the line for a club like Sevilla. It seems he's stuck between jumping from top club to top club since it looks good on his resume, missing the fact that an even more impressive career & player can be created by playing for lesser teams.
  14. Radja Nainggolan

    Now that's a statement, admitting to speaking with a club all the while the player's been saying how loyal and dedicated they are to their team. Perhaps after experiencing the Roma curse of not being able to win anything, he's shifting from idealist to realist.