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  1. He'd have to be one of the two. I actually feel it might suit him more becoming a bit more of a central/penalty box player as he ages. Nunez the 'inside left' forward Salah 'inside right' forward...? As I said i don't think we'd go to that system anyway.
  2. Not saying it is what we should do or will but i feel a 4-4-2 where Bradley is the full back and TAA is the right sided midfielder/dare i say winger might be the only way you'd get both in a side. I just don't see TAA in a 3 man midfield.
  3. Have we though. Salah is doing pretty much what Salah always does. Nunez is roughly scoring at same level Firmino did and i'd say Diaz and Jota combined make about same contribution as Mane did. And the overall amount of goals we scored in league last season was pretty much in line with the average over last 5 years.
  4. Watch them just hoover up the very best alternative.
  5. When you start arguing with yourself you have gone full TLW. Nice work.
  6. Not having a pop but what is this based on - has something solid come out? Or is this just an assunption because new deal has not been signed yet? I get why people may feel there is a problem when deals are not done - but maybe it is just a case of all involved are totally cool that it has edged into final year and there is no problem it doing so and everyone involved is relaxed. I'm not saying it is case, but it just feels to me people rush to assume there are problems in these situations.
  7. She was quite incredible on election night - never seen anything like it. She has been called out for some of her shite lately - maybe she is a bit worried. https://metro.co.uk/2024/07/14/laura-kuenssberg-slammed-bias-unprofessional-interview-21224843/amp/
  8. I am going to have to block it as a source on my google suggested articles on phones internet homepage. As i have read stuff off there like the above and numerous other articles I was watching out for during election run up their articles are now coming up on it day after day.
  9. There is no point trying to keep a player who wants to go - if they don't want to play for us then off they go. So in this scenario based on fact we'd never sell him to a rival in this country and assuming Real Madrid would want him I don't see a problem with having a gentlemans agreement with him in place for if he wants to go there that secures us the biggest fee possible. Much better than him running his contract down and fucking off there and us getting fuck all.
  10. On phones where you put money on after they picked up so they could hear you, you could call club call for free because all you had to do was listen - no need to speak.
  11. Ladies and Gentlemen we have a winner in the torygraph's most cuntish and cryarsing but saying absolutely fuck all of any note article competition. Some cunt called Liam Halligan is responsible for this pathetic shite. This is beyond pathetic.... The end is in sight for Keir Starmer’s honeymoon period The ‘lucky general’ may have it good for now, but an economic storm is on the horizon I keep hearing media colleagues call Sir Keir Starmer a “lucky general”. The Labour leader, after all, is presiding over a huge 174-seat House of Commons majority, his party boasting 64pc of MPs, despite attracting just 34pc of all votes. Given that just 60pc of those eligible actually bothered to cast their ballot earlier this month, Sir Keir’s Labour Party was supported by just one in five of the electorate, securing half a million fewer votes – yes, fewer! – than when Labour lost heavily under Jeremy Corbyn in 2019. Yet such are the foibles of our first-past-the-post voting system that Labour now has 411 seats – 209 more than during the last Parliament – with Starmer presiding over an administration with practically unchecked legislative powers. The new Prime Minister’s luck continued last week, as he hosted the European Community Summit at a sun-drenched Blenheim Palace – Churchill’s birthplace, no less. Broadcasters feasting on free ice cream overwhelmingly concluded the summit went well, as “Starmer reset our relations with Europe”. Few found space in their bulletins to report the fact this first UK-brd post-Brexit summit with European Union leaders was instigated by Rishi Sunak – with Starmer getting credit for his predecessor’s efforts to maintain good cross-Channel relations. The focus on summitry and sunshine also meant there was subsequently little mention that public sector borrowing in June was much higher than expected – rising to £14.5bn last month, according to Office for National Statistics figures on Friday, far more than £11.6bn forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility. So, in a single month, the Government just borrowed an additional £2.9bn. Labour says its hugely controversial plan to add 20pc VAT to school fees will raise around £1.7bn. This is a policy which, for all the glee of the party’s hard-Left, will seriously disrupt the education of potentially tens of thousands of pupils, to say nothing of the lives of hard-working parents striving and struggling to send their children to an independent school. Ministers say the money raised by making the UK pretty much the only country in the developed world to charge VAT on education is “vital – as it will pay for 6,500 new teachers”, but that amounts to a mere 1pc rise in state school teacher numbers. The public finances just deteriorated by an amount approaching twice what will be raised by this spiteful policy – and barely anyone noticed or commented. Starmer is a lucky general indeed. The state of the public finances isn’t Labour’s fault, of course – the party has only just entered government. But the tightness of the state’s balance sheet will seriously complicate the ability of Starmer’s administration to fulfil its manifesto commitments. That is one reason Labour’s post-election honeymoon – now in full swing – will be quite short. Despite headline inflation being down at 2pc, the cost of living crisis is far from over. Food and energy prices remain some 30pc and 60pc higher respectively than they were prior to the pandemic – with necessities accounting for a much higher share of the spending of lower-income households. Consumer confidence is low, with new data showing retail sales down 1.2pc in June, far more than expected. The official fine print shows that sales of goods remain 1.3pc lower than prior to the pandemic, even though consumers are spending around 20pc more to obtain those goods – such has been the impact of inflation. And despite having hit the Bank of England’s target, inflation is proving to be extremely stubborn – the precise opposite of “transitory”, the word of choice among our policymaking establishment, as they airily dismissed those of us who repeatedly warned of a post-pandemic inflation surge. Core inflation – stripping out food, energy and other volatile factors – remained at 3.5pc in June, the same as the previous month. Service sector inflation is also still far too high – up at 5.7pc, again having stayed the same as in May. Digging further into the data, producer price inflation across the services sector – covering four-fifths of our entire economy – remained up at 3.1pc between April and June, compared to the same quarter last year. This reflects high employee labour costs – with wages rising by an annual 5.7pc during the three months to May, too high for policymakers at the Bank of England, but far too low to make a serious dent in accumulated price rises since lockdown, with the consumer having endured the worst inflationary surge in almost 50 years. Beyond the UK, there are further signs that far from abating, inflation could soon start rising again. The World Container Index, which measures the average price of shipping by sea, has just climbed to almost 4,000 – a value not reached since the end of 2022. This index has more than doubled since the beginning of May – and is up fourfold since the start of the year – not least due to geopolitical risks including attacks by anti-Israeli Houthi militias on ships trying to enter the southern mouth of the Red Sea to access the Suez Canal. With many freight vessels forced to take longer and more expensive routes, spiralling shipping costs will be passed on in the price of manufacturers’ inputs, commodities and, above all, consumer goods in the coming months, feeding directly into headline inflation. That’s why the Monetary Policy Committee won’t lower interest rates from their 16-year high of 5.25pc at its next meeting in August, and probably not in September either – with the next meeting after that in November. These latest borrowing numbers, depressing as they are, will probably embolden Starmer’s party to raise the UK’s already 70-year high tax burden even further. Which again, won’t please the vast majority of voters. This will indeed be a short honeymoon for Labour’s lucky general, not only with the media but much of the public. Unless there’s a growth surge soon, I reckon that Starmer’s all-conquering administration could even be a one-term government.
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