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  1. devilsadvocate

    Summer 2020 Transfer Thread

    This would give us a 23 man squad containing: The 1st Eleven from last night bench of new Gk, new forward, Milner, Keita, ox, Matip, minamino youngsters looking to break through- Williams, new LB, hoever,, Jones , Elliot
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    Summer 2020 Transfer Thread

    I’d be happy if we brought in a back up keeper/backup left back and a forward to replace Origi. Outs Adrian (replaced by new gk) lovren ( replaced by hoever) Lallana (replaced by Curtis Jones) Shaqiri (replaced by Elliot) origi ( replaced by a new forward) Shame we never got Werner as he would have been an ideal replacement for Origi and we could have probably raised the 50m with the above sales. Seems the sticking point was the 200k per week wages.
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    Summer 2020 Transfer Thread

    We either didn’t want him or can’t afford him. The end of the transfer window will tell us which one, as we’ll either sign a different player or no one. To go through 2 summer windows with no signings is definitely a gamble. As City found out this season a long term injury to a key player without an adequate deputy can derail your season.
  4. Can’t compare SPL to EPL, imo provided Bundesliga is finished then our league will be competed aswell.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Moshiri has pumped half a billion into Everton including his 77% acquisition and 350m in director loans. A recent report valued the club at 257m. Moshiri is supposed to be an accountant but to my layman eyes this seems to be a terrible investment. It’s the equivalent of ploughing 500k into a house worth half that cost, you’re never gonna get your money back. This is before any investment he makes into the new stadium or debt is loaded onto the club. They’d have to be sold for a billion quid for him to break even.
  6. That's a decent idea let to let the bottom 6 play their home games at home but I bet you all of a sudden they be like that's great what about this/that/the other. Also am guessing the reasons they don't want teams playing at home is to stop fan gatherings which if say West Ham beat villa on the final day to survive then you're gonna get fans gathering.
  7. I think it's now pretty clear it's not gonna be voided. it will be played out bcd or it will be curtailed as finalised via ppg. Seen as the clubs are clearly shitting themselves regarding the finances (Burnley/ palace/Southampton chairman's comments) then unless the government take it out of their hands it's certain to be played out. The plans re bcd/ neutral venues seems to have the support of the bulk of the league and given the choice of this or curtailment(ppg) which will cost them a lot more than if it's played out I think they'll get the 14 required votes. If they make it clear relegations will happen regardless of curtailment then you'd guess 17 clubs will vote to resume. The 3 that won't will be clearly West Ham/Watford and Brighton who will try and use this situation to wriggle off the relegation hook and hope for curtailment or relegation being removed. If they're outvoted with the 14 club majority met then they have to go with it or refuse to play. If they refuse to play then they'll be deduct points and go down anyway. They could try to sabotage it by claiming players testing positive but am guessing the testing will be done independently and it would be highly suspicious if those particular clubs all of a sudden start getting a large number of players becoming infected. At this point I'm the most confident that it will be finished than I have been for a long time.
  8. Any players too scared to play should be offered the opportunity to sit out until a vaccine is available and be enrolled into the furlough scheme at £2,500 per month. Let's see how many of them take up that offer. my guess is all concerns will suddenly evaporate.
  9. Out of interest did the French clubs vote for the outcome there or have the league just decided?
  10. Surely clubs would be within their rights to not pay any players who decide they don't want to play!
  11. Why single out football though? Should B&Q be reopening whilst there's not enough PPE? It's not football responsibility to provide PPE its the governments.
  12. This is becoming tiresome now. If it's not safe to finish this season behind closed doors in June/July why is it going to be safe to start a new season in Aug/Sept? if it's not safe now then it's not gonna be safe until a vaccine is discovered surely?
  13. Serie A training to resume on 18/5, looking to restart early June.
  14. Yeah it will be a total anti climax but the only important thing is we win it and break this fuckin hoodoo. Hopefully Klopp will use it as a incentive for us to go out and win it again next season to put it right and allow us the mother of all celebrations for number 20.
  15. Exactly! People need to stop pissing their pants over this Dutch decision. If Scotland decide to curtail they've already confirmed Celtic will be champions. Our case to be crowned champions is more clear cut than Celtic's so why are so many convinced that the premier league will fuck us over? Also it's not gonna be voided. Voided means expunged/never happened and UEFA have confirmed this isn't allowed If leagues want European slots for their teams. It will either be finished or curtailed (NOT VOIDED), if it's curtailed each league will decide the final standings based on sporting merit and if they wish to crown a champion or not and relegate/promote. I believe the decision is not just the premier leagues to make and a concencus has to be met by the both the EPL/EFL. IMO the league will be finished regardless particularly if Germany get started without any hiccups but if it's not we will be crowned champions.
  16. Let's face it the Dutch league couldn't really crown Ajax champions fairly could they. Belgium on the other hand and Scotland have already identified who should be champions. Am still of the opinion that the premier league will be completed anyway but if it's not we'll be crowned champions.
  17. They haven't voided though have they! Cancelled and voided are 2 different things completely. voided means didn't happen all results expunged where's as cancelled means cut short. Holland have decided to not crown a champion which seen as they have 2 teams level on points is fair. Belgium (Scotland soon to follow) will name a champion as there's 1 team well ahead. 1) it's more likely the premier league will be finished 2 if it's not we will be declared champions
  18. There's no mention of isolation camps within the Bundesliga plans.
  19. Agree the Bundesliga return is going to be the test case to see if behind closed doors is feasible or not. if it's a success ( I think the viewing figures will be huge ) then the other 4 big leagues will move heaven and earth to get in on the action. From a players perspective again if they see their Bundesliga counterparts resuming games I think there won't be many who will refuse to play.
  20. The next step will be Scotland to cancel their league and crown Celtic as champions which seals our fate imo. The way I see it now: Leagues will be completed behind closed doors. or Leagues that can't do that despite best efforts (ie it gets to end of July/Aug and still not restarted, run play offs to decide euro places/relegation if possible. smaller league for financial reasons/government forced, will cancel and decide final standings based on ppg. Where there's a clear champion (Scotland/Belgium) they'll crown them and where's there isn't a clear winner (holland) they may decide not to have a champion but use current standings for European qualification. Relegation is gonna be the tough one to decide.
  21. https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/news/newsid=2641715.html Directions from UEFA to all national associations & no mention of null and void thank god. 1) complete the season if possible 2) resume with different format if necessary ( possibly some type of playoff to decide European qualification/relegation if no time to complete league ) 3) if not possible let sporting merit decide cancelled leagues
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