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20 Apr 2024 10:20:34
Plotted up at the Village Hotel in Cardiff looking forward to the first of our 'cup finals'.

I'm guessing his starting team will be:


KWP, Bednarek, THB, Manning

Brooks, Downes, Stuart Armstrong, Aribo

Adams, Adam Armstrong

It's hard not to go with that but I do feel Fraser will be needed at some point.

Any thoughts on this?

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24 Sep 2023 11:10:10
Apparently RM not playing Alcaraz because he doesn't trust him! GREAT.

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24 Sep 2023 08:44:38
I am wondering if a formation change can get us out the rut

Go 4 4 2 - let Stu, Edozie and Sulemana run at them with Charles adding protection. Get some width and pace down the channels, if Adams is misfiring even put Alcaraz or Sulemana up top to get our best players on the pitch. Stu as captain.

KWP. THB/Stephens Bednarek Manning

Sulemana. Charles. Stu. Edozie

Alcaraz. Adams/Armstrong

I am clutching at straws. Let me know your thoughts.

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13 Sep 2023 14:15:20
Team to play Leicester city


KWP HB Bedrenek Holgate Larois

Alcaraz, Charles Downes

Frazer Adams Sulemana

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13 Sep 2023 10:41:58
Friday night is going to be a tough test of RM and his tactics. I expect Maresca to play 3 centre backs, 2 wing backs that tuck in quickly, Ndidi Winks in front and protecting. He'll play a wide right player to stop Manning coming forward and 2 of Iheanacho Daka Mavididi up front. After about 70 mins expect to see Cannon Casadei and maybe Vardy on the pitch looking to get in behind a then frustrated Saints back 4. Hope I'm wrong but I think most coaches will adopt similar tactics when playing us this season

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08 Aug 2023 21:53:07
After yet another dismal result against a lower league team is it too much to hope that we never see Alex Mccarthy play another first team game, hopefully Saturday will be a much improved performance

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03 Aug 2023 16:43:51
Would you be happy with the below final squad?

Who else would you sign?

Would love to know your thoughts

New GK/Bazunu

New CB/Stephens
Bednarek/Zach Awe



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02 Aug 2023 19:53:16
Well ridiculously the new season starts in 48 hours. And I'd have liked us to have gotten more done in the market so that we had a settled squad moving into the season, but it is what it is.

I'm happy to see the club playing hardball over fees - pay us the money, or you don't get your man. Easy. And good that we aren't messing about with the odd few million (which is a stupid comment in itself) - Liverpool not paying another £5m for generational talent Lavia and West Ham not getting close to our JWP valuation is hilarious. And good riddance to them.

I still fully expect the following to leave;
Sulemana (£12-15m), DCC (£5m to Lyon is done), Onuachu (£10m), Perraud (£15m), ABK (£25m), Salisu is done for £18m, Lavia (£50m)

I expect the following to go but there doesn't seem to be any imminent movement and maybe we end up holding on to them;
KWP, McCarthy, Lyanco, Aribo, Che, Tino, Djenepo, Alcaraz, Tella, JWP

I think near the end of the window we may lose KWP, Alcaraz, Che and JWP, but still we may end up getting near £180m if we sell 8-10 of the above.

We need;
- A Goalkeeper to battle Bazunu
- Another CB - Lyanco, Stephens, Bednarek might all stay, but Salisu, DCC and ABK likely all going
- A strong centre mid, Romeu ilk, Championship experience, maybe two if Lavia and JWP both go, we look very light in there. Downes and/or Skipp?
- A forward. Piroe the obvious candidate

Total outlay around £50m, bank the rest, can use in January if necessary but also keep if we have a mare of a season and aren't totally screwed for the next few years.

But amazingly the following may well be our squad on Friday;

Bazunu; Livramento, Bednarek, Bella-Kotchap, Walker-Peters; Ward-Prowse, Charles, Smallbone; Alcaraz, Adams, Tella

Subs: McCarthy, Stephens, Aribo, Armstrong x2, Mara, Smallbone

Squad: Bree, Lyanco, Edozie, Larios, Manning

Expecting Perraud, Djenepo, Onuachu, Sulemana and Lavia not to play for us again (or play fleetingly) and be sold in the coming weeks, mainly to Ligue 1

But that's still a very big and talented squad, and any decent offers for players we can afford to palm off, hopefully we accept. And I think that squad, if we keep the majority of it, is Top 3 at worst.

Despite that, prediction for Friday - 1-1.

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01 Jun 2023 16:07:45
Transfer windows opens soon and I'm sure deals are already being done in the background.
Think we are going to lose to players wanting to stay in the prem:-

Bella kotcha



And then we have some dead wood and retirees leaving.
Means a huge shake up with our team that I'm looking forward to.

We have some huge talent on loan that hopefully will come back into the first team too.

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21 May 2023 10:38:48
squad for next season Martin will bring in some Swansea players (Grimes and Woods) lot of players leaving I think (Burnley lost 12 players)


Livrmento Lyanco Bedrenek Perraud

Alcaraz Grimes Diallo

Edoize Mara Sulemana

Stuart Armstrong

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