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View braunstoneagle's Profile braunstoneagle Flag the middle of bumf*** nowhere... 04 Apr 21 7.53pm Send a Private Message to braunstoneagle Add braunstoneagle as a friend

Originally posted by cryrst

Best part of 40 quid, I might be able to help Steve out with that one. only pulling your chain

yeah, i noticed that but could be arsed to go back & edit it!

 


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View Willo's Profile Willo Online Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 04 Apr 21 7.59pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by braunstoneagle

this sumer is going to be so interesting...

bearing in mind our last set of published account, without the AWB money we would have lost best part of £40, given covid lost revenue and spending on eze & ferguson, sorloth aside we could be looking at £60m loss these set of delayed accounts.

in my mind, i think anybody assuming we will spend £50m will be very disappointed.

i can see the majority of players given new contracts, mainly for amortisation reasons, but can see sakho, mccarthy, wickham, kelly & hennessey let go to save us approx £250k a week in wages.

we will sign 2 x youngsters & 2 x freebies to replace them.

i genuinely expect us to spend less than £20m this summer, and i am happy with that.

This will be a positive 'Sell' to any prospective new manager.

"You will need to make do with some aged players in the 'Twilight' of their careers.But you can sign 2 young players and 2 on on 'Free' transfers with a maximum spend of less than £20 Mill"
"Your objective is to play far more attractive football,keep us in the PL and move us up to the next level".

Reply from candidate "The second word is OFF".ZOOM call is ended.

Edited by Willo (04 Apr 2021 7.59pm)

 

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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 04 Apr 21 8.34pm Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Not sure how reliable ( if at all) but thought I would put it out there anyway

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View doombear's Profile doombear Flag Too far from Selhurst Park 04 Apr 21 10.19pm Send a Private Message to doombear Add doombear as a friend

Originally posted by Willo

This will be a positive 'Sell' to any prospective new manager.

"You will need to make do with some aged players in the 'Twilight' of their careers.But you can sign 2 young players and 2 on on 'Free' transfers with a maximum spend of less than £20 Mill"
"Your objective is to play far more attractive football,keep us in the PL and move us up to the next level".

Reply from candidate "The second word is OFF".ZOOM call is ended.

Edited by Willo (04 Apr 2021 7.59pm)


And that's why Hodgson will still be our manager next season if he wants to be.

 

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View AdelaideEagle's Profile AdelaideEagle Flag Adelaide 04 Apr 21 11.28pm Send a Private Message to AdelaideEagle Add AdelaideEagle as a friend

Originally posted by Canterbury Palace


So taking Kelly, Jeff and Mac out of it, we're currently looking at losing the following then...

GK - Hennessey, Henderson
CB - Dann, Cahill, Sakho
WB - van Aanholt, Mitchell, Clyne, Ward
CM - McCarthy
WF - Townsend
FW - Batshuayi, Wickham, Benteke


Assuming that Ferguson is going to be fit next season, I'd suggest...

Keep - Mitchell, Clyne, Townsend
Keep on reduced terms - Dann, van Aanholt, Benteke
Get rid of - Hennessey, Henderson, Cahill, Sakho, McCarthy, Batshuayi, Wickham, Ward

Harsh on Ward perhaps who has been great for us but we don't need three right backs plus Kelly who can cover there.

So that potentially leaves us needing a third choice goalkeeper, at least two CBs, another CM (RLC on loan would be ideal) and another striker. Frankly we need another winger option as well.

We canít get rid of Joel Ward just yet. Heís the type of squad player we need

 


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View Fatherken's Profile Fatherken Flag 05 Apr 21 9.58am Send a Private Message to Fatherken Add Fatherken as a friend

if we get rid of Wickham and Benteke who would lead the line ? Please don't say Zaha [ who may not be with us next season ] or Ayew who I would like to see leave .

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Online Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 05 Apr 21 10.13am Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by Fatherken

if we get rid of Wickham and Benteke who would lead the line ? Please don't say Zaha [ who may not be with us next season ] or Ayew who I would like to see leave .

Hell's teeth.
Both Benteke and Wickham are so important to us that they have to be persuaded to remain.
A total of 10 goals for us,between them, in the last 3 seasons.

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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 05 Apr 21 10.58am Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Willo


Both Benteke and Wickham are so important to us that they have to be persuaded to remain.
A total of 10 goals for us,between them, in the last 3 seasons.

But how many could Benteke score if we actually played to his strengths

 

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View davehuggins's Profile davehuggins Flag 05 Apr 21 11.07am Send a Private Message to davehuggins Add davehuggins as a friend

Midlands eagle, so right with your comment that is why I don't like the adverse comments for tekkers.

 

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View Eaglecoops's Profile Eaglecoops Flag CR3 05 Apr 21 12.03pm Send a Private Message to Eaglecoops Add Eaglecoops as a friend

The failure of our forwards IMO is largely down to our poor passing from both central defence and in particular our midfield who appear to simply pass the ball to the forwards and then sit back thinking their job is done. We could have Aguerro up front and we would probably only score a couple more goals a season. We should be spending our money where it is sorely needed which is predominantly central defence and midfield.

I think Batshuyai is lazy, Benteke is limited in his ability and Wickham is constantly injured or borderline so, therefore I no longer have any idea how effective he is. However, given our poor passing generally, our poor link up play with with our forwards and our inability to play to the strengths our strikers actually do have, is killing our scoring opportunities.

Iím tempted to say Benteke could still be prolific in the right set up as I see that in him, but maybe itís just wishful thinking.

Tufan, Gallagher and/or Loftus-Cheek plus a ball playing centre half (a Sakho without the calamitous events), would transform our team.

We also need an upgrade on the right wing. So 4 quality replacements required minimum plus another if Wilf is off.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Online Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 05 Apr 21 12.05pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by Eaglecoops

The failure of our forwards IMO is largely down to our poor passing from both central defence and in particular our midfield who appear to simply pass the ball to the forwards and then sit back thinking their job is done. We could have Aguerro up front and we would probably only score a couple more goals a season. We should be spending our money where it is sorely needed which is predominantly central defence and midfield.

I think Batshuyai is lazy, Benteke is limited in his ability and Wickham is constantly injured or borderline so, therefore I no longer have any idea how effective he is. However, given our poor passing generally, our poor link up play with with our forwards and our inability to play to the strengths our strikers actually do have, is killing our scoring opportunities.

Iím tempted to say Benteke could still be prolific in the right set up as I see that in him, but maybe itís just wishful thinking.

Tufan, Gallagher and/or Loftus-Cheek plus a ball playing centre half (a Sakho without the calamitous events), would transform our team.

We also need an upgrade on the right wing. So 4 quality replacements required minimum plus another if Wilf is off.

I have seen Loftus-Cheek play for Fulham a few times this season and he hasn't been overly impressive at all.

 

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Online Flag Midhurst 05 Apr 21 12.18pm Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Originally posted by Willo

I have seen Loftus-Cheek play for Fulham a few times this season and he hasn't been overly impressive at all.

you're right. He looked great and helped us tremendously when he came here on loan. But, he's definately a different player at Fulham. What's happened? Playing time? Injuries? Or is Chelsea's attitude towards him having an adverse effect.

Pity. I still think he could do a job for us with the right manager to motivate him. Someone like Roy for instance. Worked OK last time.

 

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