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kaosmark2 last won the day on December 23 2014

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  1. Absolutely. I know some players do actually get playtime there, but so many just waste a career. I hate the hoarding of talent only to leave it festering.
  2. Salah only really failed at Chelski because of how they function. Sign any hyped 21 year old, play them 10 times, then if they don't set it alight loan them out and sell them on at break-even/profit. Same happened with De Bruyne.
  3. Firstly, the daily mail whipping up racism and talking bullshit isn't anything new. Secondly, as charlierc said, white is a stupid away colour choice for a team that plays in B+W by default. Mostly, I think it's a non-story. I suspect Saudi football supporters would be following the club anyway, or at least the ones who don't have a prob with their gov, and I don't think a change kit colour choice is going to affect that. Similarly, anyone who boycotts it because of this link, would probably have boycotted the club anyway. Vague, fairly meaningless associations and links are going to do nothing. Most people have decided to either continue supporting the club, to boycott the club despite not having been a fan before, or to barely care apart from a bit of whining about another club. I don't delude myself into thinking that many other lifelong Newcastle fans are going to not fund the club because of the Saudi ownership like I am. I also don't think that things like this matter to the vast majority of football fans. Away kits get mocked for billions of reasons, but I think most fans really don't care about what another club's away kit is or what reason they have it. It's a nothing story, and its existence and links have more to do with Daily Fail racism than anything football fans pay attention to.
  4. I rate Dubravka, question is what the target is next season. I'd have thought the aim should be top half, but if it's trying to get a Europa League spot, then maybe.
  5. Personally, and I could well be wrong, is that I think there'll be one fairly big signing and a bunch of squad improvements. A high-profile forward, a respectable LB, and a respectable CB signing seems likely.
  6. It's incredibly mock-able habit. Main thing is when these cheesy things work no-one gives a shit.
  7. Not sure there's going to be a superstar signing. To make the obvious comparison to City, maybe a Robinho or some other high-rep young striker, but I'm not sure the club can attract them yet, certainly not an equivalent of Aguero. Still a few seasons away, but at least there's the spine of a team in now. Having an actual midfield in place instead of a 2nd line of bad defenders is a nice change.
  8. Key changes I've noticed under Howe vs Cabbage Face: There's 11 players playing for 95 minutes, not 7 players for 75. The ball moves forward with passes not hoofing. When the personnel changes, the off-the-ball defensive shape doesn't. It's resilient and solid regardless. When the personnel changes, the on-the-ball attacking shape does. It's fluid and penetrative.
  9. Yeah, absolutely. I've only succeeded at about 7 or 8 runs, but just keep finding more nice little bits. Really nice level of challenge with both the meta-progress making each run technically easier(mostly), and the Pact of Punishment letting you up the difficulty again slowly.
  10. I'm now fully on the Hades bandwagon (albeit typically late). So much my type of game. Riffs off mythology, has its own story, rewards repeat plays while mastering a style and having variation. Main other thing I've been playing is Octopath Traveller. Just a very nice JPRG.
  11. Lee Hughes was a hugely different situation though? Dangerous (drink?) driving is idiotic and he deserved his sentence, but it's not the same issue of morality.
  12. Finding India absolutely hilarious. I'm hoping SA/Windies do a number on Aus, but genuinely really enjoying this tournament, moreso than I ever expected to enjoy T20.
  13. I don't think we can win the urn, as you said, can't see us taking 20 wickets consistently, but between it making a spinner more pickable, and strengthening the batting and fielding, I think we stand a chance of taking 2 tests. I feel like the pink ball in Adelaide, if we can hold our own batting-wise, then Anderson/Broad/Robinson/Woakes/Stokes or some combination of them + Leach can take 20 wickets even with Wood rested, then it's just hoping that Wood (+Mahmood if he gets promoted mid-series), can bring enough heat in one game to nick another. It's a fragile Aussie team, with little match practice behind them, I don't think it'll be as bad as the last 2 times. I do feel sorry for Woakes though, over the last 18 months he must have thought there's been chances to stake his spot as a premier all-rounder and he has to isolate/get injured/etc. almost every time Stokes is unavailable.
  14. Stokes going to the Ashes. I think that means a 3-2 loss in now achievable? Can't see us winning it without Archer/Stone/Mahmood unless Wood manages to get through all 5 games in great form, but I think Robinson will do well there, and it makes it easier to play Leach/Parkinson.
  15. Not following a link to that but lol at that headline.
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