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  1. I heard Aneke was scouted heavily by Villa when Bruce was there. Bearing in mind we now have the recruitment bloke that worked with Bruce, I'd say there's a chance we're looking again.
  2. Surprised Payne got let go at Huddersfield. He always looked quite lively and a threat when I've seen him play. I would have thought them dropping into the Championship would have seen him play more. Probably not what we're looking for but wouldn't surprise me if he gets picked up by a lower end Championship team and makes an impact.
  3. I read somewhere yesterday in some article that one of the PL clubs has there club name tied to the stadium, Chelski I think. If they move grounds, they have to change name. If the fan base had some sort of consultation, could we not have devised similar safeguards? https://www.propertyweek.com/news-analysis/who-owns-premier-league-stadiums/5090883.article Check out the bit about Chelsea.
  4. Best post of the thread. Sorry mkowl, yours are more knowledgeable and informative but you never mentioned passing hairy balls.
  5. I was thinking about this myself. Its not just the sale amount that is significant. Somebody is welcome to come and shoot holes in this but hear me out. IF we sell the ground to DC and become tenants, would it be correct to say that everytime there is a maintenance/development/safety/legal issue, the Landlord (DC) would have to foot the bill for this and not the tenant (the club)? So therefore the daily running and upkeep of the stadium is borne by DC and not the club. Maybe DC can raise outside investment for the stadium more easily if its not "tied" to the club, as most people will readily admit, football clubs are black holes for money. Lots of questions, most will probably be answered by those far more knowledgeable than me in a flash. I think there is a lot of nervousness because its another step into the unknown. We've not seen any positive examples of other clubs doing it. It looks great in the short term, but maybe there are more long term benefits to it. Do all clubs own there ground? Are there any examples elsewhere in Europe where clubs lease the ground on favourable terms? Food for thought...
  6. I said Choudhury earlier on in the season from Leicester, but he seems to have caught Rodgers eye with some good performances in the last few weeks. He is the sort of strong defensive midfielder that we need. He'd be a great addition if Leicester do decide to spend on a more established name, but I rather think the horse has bolted with that one. Same with Barnes I think. Rodgers seems to rate him, so can't imagine they will be going anywhere unfortunately.
  7. Just having a look round too, I'm not sure if the Pope is already dead on this, but there was a report.... https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2019/05/05/report-sheffield-wednesday-bag-six-figure-bonus-from-jordan-rhod/ that we bagged a 6 figure sum as a result of Norwich going up as part of Rhodes' deal to Norwich. So on top of any loan fee we received and the savings in wages, it has turned out to be a decent bit of business. I know the source is questionable, but they are referencing a story in the Sun on Sunday. Apologies if already reported on a thread somewhere.
  8. On some other thread I dug out a stat from Transfermarkt that his goals to minutes ratio this season would have been good for about 15-17 goals this season based on the amount of minutes Fletcher played and I think that was without the hat trick in the cup. If we get a decent fee for him, then I'd be happy for him to go. Otherwise, I really would like to see if SB can get the best out of him. Norwich struck gold with Pukki, he had his golden season. I think Rhodes went to Norwich thinking he'd be in with a shout of a starting spot each week.
  9. Biggest crock I've heard on here for a while. I'd still go for Zidane because he also led his country to a World Cup and euros, but Beckham was a World class midfielder and anybody saying otherwise is way off the mark. The man was a regular alongside Zidane, Figo, Ronaldo, Raul, Carlos. Flippin crap weren't he...
  10. Been saying that since he got here. He's got all the attributes bar a strong physical presence, then again neither has Kieran Lee.
  11. Divisive rubbish. Stop looking for an argument and move on.
  12. Most significant thing on that if its verbatim...... "I've offered him a new contract".... Not he has been, or the chairman has, or the club has, "I have". Its only words, but its a million miles away from what we've heard before. We're in good hands.
  13. Said it last year too, i'd take Jonas Knudsen, Nathan Byrne as good competition at full back.
  14. Got 10 goals and 10 assists in L1 in 17/18 in a team that got relegated playing as an attacking midfielder mostly. I'd like to think playing with better players somebody like that would be a good candidate to fill a void we most definitely have and not break the bank. We got Kieran Lee at 24 and he went on to become one of our best players as he matured. Similar background, schooled at a big club and dropped down the leagues. I always felt we missed a trick with Ollie Watkins who started off in L2, dropped again before becoming a regular at Brentford. As it turns out we probably didn't have 1.5 million to spend on him, but I thought he was a type of player we were missing. Weeds did it with Roofe. Why do we insist on looking at bigger, more expensive names? I for one would be glad to see us pick up relatively inexpensive players. Good coaches do just that, they coach.
  15. Why? You don't want us to go looking for a bargain. 6 foot 4, runs like a gazelle, strong as an ox but schooled under Wenger at Arsenal so can probably play a bit. Decent age. Averaging a goal every 2 this season, but importantly, most seem to think he's a better bet at CM than CF. Besides, he was heavily scouted by a lot of Championship clubs including Villa last season, probably by the bloke who joined us recently as part of the back room staff.
  16. I've been critical in the past. I think we're all correct in that he needs to play higher up the park. He invites teams on to us when he drops deep consistently. However, the key to BB is playing intelligent footballers with him. He looks unplayable at times with Hooper in the side. Bannan's problem has been lack of options when he lifts his head. Hooper provides options all over. When he drops into the space, he creates space in behind, he provides a 10 yard pass option knowing he will probably retain the ball and use it well. That way Bannan feels he can advance up the pitch knowing we will retain the ball. I have a feeling all SB will do for next year is provide options for Bannan when he receives the ball. Runners up top, someone dropping deep, runners from midfield, wide players. All very simple stuff. The best option SB can find for next year though is the one that doesn't involve Bannan whatsoever. That way, when he starts drawing opposition attention, which he will invariably do when he is in good form, we can play around him and still be creative. That is where we have lacked so often before. Stop Bannan and the creativity stops with it. It all goes back to what we said after the play off final. We have to work much harder to give ourselves the space and opportunity to play.
  17. Buzzer, floater, spreader, runner. We still lack the runner. Been saying it for nearly 3 years now. Reach can do it, KL can do it, but I'd still prefer a more aggressive central midfielder type.
  18. Chuks Aneke at Mk Dons........you heard it here first.
  19. Everybody quite rightly remembers the goal. I remember Lawrie Madden cooly waltzing up the right touchline, bringing the ball out with seconds remaining. It just stands out as a memory.
  20. Knew what? That he dropped below the standards Watford set? It doesn't mean he wasn't fit for purpose at Sheffield Wednesday. Therefore, in a real simple way, it's caveat emptor I would imagine.... Let the buyer beware.
  21. Maybe if Bannan hadn't been a flash Harry and simply squared the ball instead of a s##t backheel....
  22. Nope, but 2 played anti football, 1 wanted to play him without any supply and Farke stumbled upon Pukki who up until this year had a scoring record like Nuhiu. So I'd say it was a more accurate statement to say that he's not been utilised correctly. It was always my first thought that Karanka bought him to stop any of the other teams around him getting him that January window. I'm not going to get into a slanging match over him, but here's another way of looking at it. This season at Norwich, he averages a league goal every 166 minutes according to Transfermarkt, which was his scoring rate at Blackburn, Fletcher has a slightly worse average than that and Joao slightly better. He's also been in the squad 40 times, so injury free. If he played the same amount of time Fletcher has this season, my guess is he'd be up around 14-15 goals at this stage. He hasn't been used correctly since he left Blackburn. I'm not saying that he's going to be our saviour. Wednesday fans want another DEH, I'd settle for a Micky Quinn if he put the ball in the back of the net off his large derriere 25 times a season.
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