Groundhopping Owl

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  1. I suppose you'd have to look at how football transfer fees by themselves have inflated over the last 20 years - obviously a difficult and subjective task as no two players are the same, but I'd argue they're roughly five or six times higher now than 20 years ago. Examples being Shearer's transfer to Newcastle for £15 million - today Lukaku goes for five times that, and I rate Shearer as better than Lukaku. Andy Booth, a top second division scorer went for £2.75 million, today Britt Assombalonga, a top second division scorer (with a dodgy injury record to boot) goes for 6 times that.
  2. Same when Boro beat us 2-1 at Hillsborough the season they went up, man of the match and scared our defence to death. There's a lot of talent in there and I genuinely believe he can kick on and cement a place in the team as one of its stand out performers. Depends how his form is at the start of the season, as he's clearly a confidence player.
  3. "Another user wrote: 'If Cardiff City had any sense of humour, they would give Sean Morrison the number 2 shirt'."
  4. I remember after Jones was sacked and Gray was trying to keep us up, the January transfer window shut without us signing half the players we needed. A few days later we announced the double loan signing of Leon Best and Sam Hutchinson, then Gary Gardner came in a few days later. I said to a mate at the time "Best is a decent signing, but the other two... f*ck me we're desperate."
  5. Rob Staton on Twitter Confirmed: #BarnsleyFc defender Marc Roberts has signed for Birmingham City
  6. Players who struggle to break into the Scotland team include Scott Arfield and our very own Jordan Rhodes. Just because Strachan is a clueless berk who doesn't know a player when he sees one doesn't mean we should be turning our noses up at a player who played 33 games for a Premier League club last year (bear in mind that Burnley wanted him to stay and he rejected the deal). Maybe they're not the most glamorous name but they're a considerably better side than we are, given they finished a comfortable mid-table in the Premier League last year.
  7. Very pleased with this. Carlos likes intelligent footballers and Boyd is definitely one of those, a winger with an enormous work rate who crucially can both cut inside and go outside. Anyone turning their nose up at a player who played 33 games in the Premier League last season is mental. He's free so it's a deal with absolutely fantastic value.
  8. I like his little moustache. A throwback.
  9. I'm happy for someone to contradict me because I haven't seen all that much of him - but from the little I have seen of him, I've always thought of Aden Flint as far too slow and cumbersome to be a particularly good defender, but he gets more hype than he's deserving of because of his threat from set pieces.
  10. Yeah Manga has got a new two year deal. Gutted, would have taken him over any of the names mentioned except possibly Ayala. Really dominant player and would have been free.
  11. Genuinely wouldn't be so sure about that. I think there'll be regression on last season - but there's a lot of positions for them to regress into without them ending up in the bottom three and I rate Hecky as a manager. They're recruiting some really talented players on cheap deals this summer, the signing of Lindsay will prove to be an excellent one imo. Also, I'd love Yiadom here, but I would hazard a guess that our fans hurling abuse at him when his shoulder had popped out of place at Oakwell might have spoiled our chances a bit
  12. Elsewhere in Scottish media The Scotsman are linking Celtic with Charlie Taylor, which would be another clever signing for them.
  13. Well The Daily Record are linking McLean with Birmingham and Rangers today.
  14. That's a brilliant deal. He's been dynamite for Man U reserves, but Preston manage to get him permanently and on a long-term deal.
  15. I could be wrong but I don't see Roberts leaving Barnsley unless a Premier League club come in and offer him huge money. He's been linked with Burnley, but Swansea supposedly came in for him in January and he didn't go. I think he is actually a Barnsley fan so getting him to leave may be pretty difficult.