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46 minutes ago, OhForAGreavsie said:

I thought there were mixed messages coming out of the press conference on Friday.

On the up side, "We're waiting, we have a plan", is encouraging and to my mind translates as; bids are in,the door has not been closed on them so there's hope but, in case they don't come to fruition, we also have a plan B with perhaps a plan C and more backing that up.That all sounds very organised and sensible, especialy if we are involved in one or more of these transfer chains where our link has already been agreed in principle and we're just waiting for the the other pieces to come together....

On the other hand, Antonio's body language did not suggest any great confidence that anything was actually going to come off. There was no sense that he was trying to conceal any deals he knew were very likely to happen. Quite the opposite if anything.

It's just too late for the big name signings. Unless their club already got a replacement, they simply won't let them go for anything but an absurd amount of money.

At this point, the most attainable players are aspiring/younger ones, but even those, the better ones, have been moving to other clubs.

Sadly this squad as it is simply can't challenge for anything and is a couple of injuries away from another fiasco.

I honestly never seen anything like it... you can compare us to liverpool or arsenal, but when they had their down seasons, they still had abundance of players: all they needed was a couple of youngsters deliver to challenge (like liverpool did at one point). We on the other hand, do not have the number of youngsters (to play the odds) and neither do we have the overall quality in the senior players. 

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4 hours ago, xPetrCechx said:

WHAT

It's called 'clickbait', there's nothing substantial enough to prove it. It's basically your average '£200m warchest' situation. 

I thought you off all people would appreciate that :lol: 

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6 hours ago, LDN Blue said:

It's called 'clickbait', there's nothing substantial enough to prove it. It's basically your average '£200m warchest' situation. 

I thought you off all people would appreciate that :lol: 

Lol...

I knew that...

Just checked your reaction. :)

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WOWWW!!
So Costas getting 30,Lukakus gotta get 20+, Bats 15.
Wonder what Eden and the rest of the lads gonna get between them?
Leagues ours!
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This summer we have signed the best CM in the league, a forward with huge potential and are actively chasing the best defender attainable to us.

If we pull Kalidou off we have signed a new top spine that will serve us for the next six years, and we still have people constantly bashing the board for no reason.

Id be genuinely worried for some people if we operated on a transfer committee like Liverpool do, imagine this place if we signed Klavan and a late 90s Arsenal reject? :blink::drunk:

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3 hours ago, Tomo said:

This summer we have signed the best CM in the league, a forward with huge potential and are actively chasing the best defender attainable to us.

If we pull Kalidou off we have signed a new top spine that will serve us for the next six years, and we still have people constantly bashing the board for no reason.

Id be genuinely worried for some people if we operated on a transfer committee like Liverpool do, imagine this place if we signed Klavan and a late 90s Arsenal reject? :blink::drunk:

We also need a natural LB and move Cesar to his natural RB position. Im sick of playing right footed full backs on the left. We sold Luis with him only starting a handful of games and told Baba his to attacking -_-.

Let's just pay the money and get Rodriguez. Would suit us very nicely.

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On 8/4/2016 at 8:22 PM, The Skipper said:

I'd be more willing to give Batshuayi a chance than sign Lukaku to be honest. We need another attacking player, but it doesn't necessarily have to be a pure striker like Lukaku. I wouldn't mind if we signed a top winger and moved Hazard central as a second striker, for example. 

Yeah but an injury to Bats and if Diego sulks around all season again and we'l be well short. Having said that I guess we dont have europe (man that's gonna be hard to get used to!) so dont need as big a squad

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1 hour ago, skottytee said:

Yeah but an injury to Bats and if Diego sulks around all season again and we'l be well short. Having said that I guess we dont have europe (man that's gonna be hard to get used to!) so dont need as big a squad

I think Lukaku will be a good move for him and us. With Conte hopefully going to use 2 up front at times this season having him and Diego would be devestating. And Bats in on as sub on rotation would keep everyone happy and fresh. Plus it will give Costa the push e needs as hes always been assured of starting. 2 other great strikers will make sure hes trying. Plus Costas looking happier (and healthier) than I've seen him.

Im happy with oiur wingers. Eden and Moses buth different but are going to be on fire. Cuadrado IMHO is more attack minded than Willian and likes staying wide plus getting behind defenders..

We get that CB and LB sorted and I see us being in the mix up at the end.

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3 minutes ago, Unionjack said:

I think Lukaku will be a good move for him and us. With Conte hopefully going to use 2 up front at times this season having him and Diego would be devestating. And Bats in on as sub on rotation would keep everyone happy and fresh. Plus it will give Costa the push e needs as hes always been assured of starting. 2 other great strikers will make sure hes trying. Plus Costas looking happier (and healthier) than I've seen him.

Im happy with oiur wingers. Eden and Moses buth different but are going to be on fire. Cuadrado IMHO is more attack minded than Willian and likes staying wide plus getting behind defenders..

We get that CB and LB sorted and I see us being in the mix up at the end.

Yeah defo a couple of key defenders short. Everyone banging on about Utd and City, let us remind them we are the team to beat. Pep has only managed in a one or two team league before, Jose seemed to be losing his marbles a bit last season. Why not us?

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3 minutes ago, skottytee said:

Yeah defo a couple of key defenders short. Everyone banging on about Utd and City, let us remind them we are the team to beat. Pep has only managed in a one or two team league before, Jose seemed to be losing his marbles a bit last season. Why not us?

Youre preaching to the converted bruv., I'll be screaming my damned fool head off tonight. Be off soon to get the vocal chords well lubricated. 1st game of the season n all they're a bit rusty!  Show these fuckin Pikeys whos in charge of London!

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1 minute ago, Unionjack said:

Youre preaching to the converted bruv., I'll be screaming my damned fool head off tonight. Be off soon to get the vocal chords well lubricated. 1st game of the season n all they're a bit rusty!  Show these fuckin Pikeys whos in charge of London!

haha yeah wtf did our government give a load of pikeys a stadium like that for lol

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11 minutes ago, skottytee said:

haha yeah wtf did our government give a load of pikeys a stadium like that for lol

Probably trying to save the hedgehogs! Keep all the Pikeys in one place so the hedgehogs can start breeding again

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I want to be optimistic about this new season, I really do, but tonight is the first match and it seems we still don't know what formation we are going to play, we've failed so far to use the market address our main issue which is the back where we've weakened if anything, and regardless of what formation we are going to settle on we have glaring weaknesses in the team. 

The positives are that we had a good preseason and should be physically fitter than most teams and that Eden looks to be back to his best. But I don't know how far that alone can carry us.

I think it'll be a tougher season than most expect. Unfortunately, I see us struggling to get top four, let alone mount some title challenge. 

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Pretty much. I know Tomo likes to say we are waiting for the best players available, but seriously you had all season to get things done. 

You knew we was crap when you sack Mourinho, that's when you needed to start working. 

Seasons start and they have hardly done a thing. 

 

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7 hours ago, Parky said:

We also need a natural LB and move Cesar to his natural RB position. Im sick of playing right footed full backs on the left. We sold Luis with him only starting a handful of games and told Baba his to attacking -_-.

Let's just pay the money and get Rodriguez. Would suit us very nicely.

Cesar is better on the left defensively, the last thing we need to do right now is jepordise the one bit of defensive solidity we have got, maybe long term but right now, no, also having Cesar LB helps vs the growing influx of left footed right wingers.

Would be CB and RB if I had the choice, I wanted Clyne when he was available but that ships sailed.

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46 minutes ago, Fernando said:

Pretty much. I know Tomo likes to say we are waiting for the best players available, but seriously you had all season to get things done. 

You knew we was crap when you sack Mourinho, that's when you needed to start working. 

Seasons start and they have hardly done a thing. 

 

We had a defender all but signed, but he done his ligament and that was the end of that.

Yet I bet if we had Rudiger people would be moaning that we didn't try for Koulibaly.

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38 minutes ago, CHOULO19 said:

I want to be optimistic about this new season, I really do, but tonight is the first match and it seems we still don't know what formation we are going to play, we've failed so far to use the market address our main issue which is the back where we've weakened if anything, and regardless of what formation we are going to settle on we have glaring weaknesses in the team. 

The positives are that we had a good preseason and should be physically fitter than most teams and that Eden looks to be back to his best. But I don't know how far that alone can carry us.

I think it'll be a tougher season than most expect. Unfortunately, I see us struggling to get top four, let alone mount some title challenge. 

Good job you want to be optimistic then eh ;)

Blimey we aint had a bloomin gae yet and our own supporters have already written us off ffs!

I'm notgoing into the season with blinkers on but we got 3 weeks left of this super silly season and we know owt can happen!

I'm not too bothered about having 'A' formation cause its been fluid. Starts as one and goes into another.

The positives are I'm happy with all of our players apart from 2 and 2 halves. I wouldnt miss Cahill or Bane if they went missing in the jungle. JT will have to do till Happy is fully ready. And Oscar IF Conte has him in full Jack Russell mode is at his best defending in the top third IMHO. So IF hes staying round then I hope hes awake.

I think our main thing to get right is our central midfield.

Conte at Juve protected his weakest area and for a time it was their backline. So he used a strng CM to keep pressure from them. Matic was missing last year(he was probably in the jungle looking for the rest of the lads lol) So will we use a Matic/N'Golo or go with a 3 man MF and put Chalobah or Cescy dictating play from deep. We stiill MIGHT sell Cescy to Juve which tho I dearly love him I think Chalobah is going to be a great B2B player and I would love to see him in a 3 with Matic n N'Golo. We would own the center of the pitch.

 The only thing this teams desperate for is a CB and tho Ola and Dave could manage OKishhh we need a left footed LB too.

So those 2 and Lukaku we got pretty much a team I would back at the bookies against anyone.

Have some of my optimism bruv. I got some to spare ;)

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Im pretty sure number one thing Conte needs in his team is strong defence. If we wont have a good defence, we are pretty much fucked and Conte will get the boot before new year.

If we however strenghten our back line by signing new defenders or if Conte creates a miracle and turns Cahill, Terry, Ivan good again, then we just might have a chance in upcoming year.

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