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    Yann M'Vila

    Who knows, it might not even be true. I'd like to think we would have at least considered him though.
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    Yann M'Vila

    From the little I have seen of him, I really like M'Vila, and thought that we should have gone for him last Jan. Since then it seems he is a little bit of a nutcase, but for the price that is booted, it could be a gamble worth taking, A year and half ago he was being touted as a £20m+ player. There was someone on RAWK who mentioned in the summer that he knows one of the match analysts at the club, and he was aksed to put a video compilation together of both Allen and M'Vila. He was just junior level, so it was simply putting the videos together and not involved in any decision making. Seemed genuine enough, so perhaps we have looked at him aand decided he wasn't for us, for whatever reason.
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    Andre Wisdom - right back vs centre back?

    I believe that Tommy Lee is a Ragga singer/rapper. What he is saying is the he and Conor are on a Tommy Lee thing (listening to him) and I reckon "ya si mi Gaza man crazy" are lyrics from a Tommy Lee song they are listening to.
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    Go fuck yourselves FSG

    I kind of agree. I think we should spend some of that TV money before we get it, so now and in the next transfer window, after that, we should limit ourselves to 1 transfer per window, and put the money not spent on transfers towards the stadium so we can get it built as quickly and with as little debt as possible.
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    NextGen Series:Liverpool v Inter 8/1/13

    Fair do's, hadn't noticed any (then again not really been looking).
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    NextGen Series:Liverpool v Inter 8/1/13

    Ibe was 17 in December. Having said that, I don't think we should send any youngster on loan until they are at least 19 (unless they are going to another Prem team), as I think the coaching at that age is still more important than the playing of proper games for experience.
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    NextGen Series:Liverpool v Inter 8/1/13

    It would be, but they make a fair bit from developing their own youngsters and selling them, so don't think they'd want to take other teams youngsters on a develop them and not be able to get the transfer fee from it.
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    The ideal January signing

    We have already signed my ideal signing, my 2nd ideal signing is Walcott, who now doesn't seem like he will be on the move, so my 3rd ideal signing is Remy, who is available by the sound of things, and not too expensive either.
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    The ideal January signing

    Not quite wrong (unless I am wrong, which is also possible). You have to be abroad to sign pre contract agreement in the 6 months before it ends, but I think you can sign one 1 month before it ends in the country you are playing in. In reality though, a deal could also be agreed on the hush hush
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    Pepe Reina

    That may be the case, but is it a coincidence that it coincides with the start of the Premier League and the massive increase in TV money? If young keepers are not given a chance at the top, it becomes very difficult to reach the top. And just because a keeper is English, it does not follow that they won't be a good keeper.
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    Pepe Reina

    I'm a bit ignorant on keepers in other leagues to be honest, but who are Spains 4 or 5 world class keepers? I can only think of Casillas, Valdes and Reina. Who are Germany's as I can only think of Neuer? How many do France and Italy have? To be honest, I think we can say the other keepers are simply good, and not world class. Almost by definition, number of world class keepers must surely number less than 10. And then, if you think about the numbers, out of the thousands of prefessional keepers there are around the world, Spain have only a couple more world class keepers than England means that it is not statisticcally significant, it could be down to them having a system that makes better keepers, or it could be down to pure luck. Finally, pointing at the number of English keepers in the Premier League does not prove anything. The Prem is by far the richest league in the world, and the shared distribution of TV rights means that the lowest clubs revenues will be higher than the most other teams around Europe, for example there are 11 English teams in the Delloites money list top 30, and this means that English clubs are able to go out and get some of the best in the world. Looking at Code's list, the fact that you can see that there are keepers from all over the place goes to proive that. I don't know the answer, but apart from Spain, Italy and Germany, would I be right in saying that pretty much every nation that is represented, we have that countries number 1? Perhaps not when you include the back up keepers, but from the first choice ones, I'm almost certain. That simply means that it is very difficult for young English keepers to get a chance as they are generally up against an International keeper.
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    Darren Burgess

    Wasn't Burgess still here then though?
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    Darren Burgess

    I'm not doubting you, but how do you know that previous regimes methods were based on latest research, and even if they were, how do you know that Driscoll's aren't based on even more rececnt research?
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    Darren Burgess

    Only just come across the below article. I think since Burgess has left, we look a lot fitter, and we are suffereing from fewer injuries. Maybe its just luck, but what Driscoll says makes sense to me and it seems the lads were being overworked before, leading to fatigue and injuries.
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    bluto - the Suarez 'debate'

    I know my stats can be boring, but jeez...!
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    Nuri Sahin

    I'd say its the best free site, but EPLIndex is better. I don't like their player ranking system though, stats can be useful, but I don't think a multiple regression should be used to put a number to how good a player is. However the statto guy we recently hired also built a similar model, so it could be used in part for our future scouting of players.
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    The ideal January signing

    Well Sturidge is black
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    The ideal January signing

    Sturridge signed a 3 year contract in 2009, there has been no mention of that contract being extended that I have found in a google search, however there is apparently a 1 year option (not sure who has the option), and quite a lot of the press are reporting that he has 18 months left, so they are either wrong (not out of the question), or have more info than us (also plausible). I believed he had 6 months left, so thought we'd get him for £8-10m because of it, but with it being reported he will cost £12m, then perhaps he really does have 18 months left. EDIT: Sorry, meant 4 year contract, and obv hadn't seen Hanks response.
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    The ideal January signing

    Repeating myself here as I said it on the MF as well, but have seen Loic Remy being linked with Newcastle for I think £10m, and the little I have seen of him I really liked. Looked similar to Sturridge, but right footed. Seems to be out of favour now, so perhaps the times I saw him he played better than usual. But looking at his scoring record, I think him and Sturridge either side of Suarez, with all 3 of them swapping positions would be excellent, and could possibly get us 50 goals in a season.
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    The ideal January signing

    By the way Hank, as you're no longer a member, you are missing out on my excellent 'assist stats' thread, but in terms of our sporting bet, Gerrard leads the way with 5 assists in all comps. I think he might just make it to 10, especially if we get someone like Sturridge, but really he would smash it if our finishing had been better.
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    The ideal January signing

    A stat without a point has even less context than one with, no? (a rhetorical question) I don't remember seeing his goal in the olympics as I didn't watch any of the games. Unfortunately can't see Youtube clips and the like at work, but I do remember seeing him plenty of times getting into very good positions in the box for Chelsea coming from that inside right position and finishing off chances, something we are sorely missing. I think he can get 15 goals a season, and for £12m, that would be a bargain.
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    The ideal January signing

    I was just teasing Hank, as it was you who said every single word of that post (although not in the one post) to me when I was using some stats, so was just amused to see you using some contextless stats yourself. At least you didn't then try to disagree with yourself! Sturridge is the player who, not only did I want us to go for more than any other realistic target, but thought we would go for as well. So I am very happy. And that is from watching him play in the right forward role under AVB, and not on his stats. EDIT: Having said that, I did think due to contract situation it would be less than £10m, but I don't have an issue with paying £12m, as I think he is worth more at current market prices.
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    The ideal January signing

    I remember the 2 of us banging the Sturridge drum back just after the last window closed. Don't be swayed by the herd!
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    The ideal January signing

    That's just missing the most important aspect: The quality of the chance created. All chances are not equal. How difficult those chances are varies. But how difficult they are, and what type they they are, is important. It's even more important when you're comparing players. Using a baseless, contextless, essentially misleading stat is a pet hate of mine.
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