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20 Jul 2021 14:11:49
Ken - is your boy the ref in apocalypse wow - in the black and white stripped shirt? V v odd show but I watched it all and have set series link!

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1.) 20 Jul 2021 18:01:24
Yes that's him, bless him, the things you do for money! I hope if he manages to have a successful career and eventually gets on a talk show and is asked "What was your first role on screen" he can answer "Gimp" and stop the conversation for a moment! He gets the onscreen credit for it at the end. Obviously our age group is not exactly the target audience, at least you'd hope not. He gained a lot from it though talking to all the tech people certainly increased his knowledge. Some of the cast were up their own you know what but most people he met were great. Series all filmed over 5 days of long hours fed and watered plus hotel so looked after. Now back in the night job and auditions, life. I was going to post in a day or two we are down in London ATM playing with granddaughter. Great fun. Hope your quarantine is going OK!


2.) 20 Jul 2021 20:03:40
I know one of the 'pros' on that show and he said a lot of people had a really inflated opinion of themselves. Not the sort of show I'd normally watch but when you know someone on it, it's worth a look if only to give a bit of ribbing!


3.) 20 Jul 2021 20:18:23
Well i'm watching your son on TV so quarantine is absolutely fine and only 2 days left - assuming continued negative lateral flow tests for all.
ps hope you enjoy London and especially your grand daughter
pps I can guess which ones were not so helpful but all experience, knowledge and contacts are good in any field but particularly your sons chosen one.


4.) 22 Jul 2021 14:30:32
future, I've watched it a few more times now, things dad's do I guess and I'm getting into it a bit. Have to see the whole series anyway so I have to get used to it! Apart from sport I generally watch very little TV. Mainly because there not a lot worth watching most of the time. If you are interested he did a thing for social media a few weeks ago that made me laugh a lot. It's on YouTube about a guy who forms a new relationship with a power drill. Weird I know! But funny, at least I found it so. It can be found obviously on YouTube "on the tools bryan" it's 5mins long.


 

 

19 Jul 2021 20:15:14
Sky reporting that Sanderson has signed a new deal and will go to Birmingham on loan Excelllent news!

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1.) 19 Jul 2021 21:28:28
Yes agree mate excellent news.
I hear the club (us) rate sanderson very highly and it shows with his contract.


2.) 20 Jul 2021 10:52:33
Pleased Sanderson has signed. Maybe a loan nearer home was what he preferred, but personally not happy he has gone to that lot.


3.) 20 Jul 2021 11:11:34
I think removing the factor that Blues are 'local rivals' it will be a good loan for him. It's a step up from League one. Blues as a side aren't the best so he'll get tested which will see if he could handle the next step up. Blues in recent years have had a number of players go through their first team and onto much bigger things (Bellingham, Adams, Butland, Gray to name a few) . He's one of a number of young lads we've got on the books that I really hope prove they're good enough to pave a way to the first team.


 

 

18 Jul 2021 14:35:31
Reasons not to be cheerful part 2 - Ian had 3 but you will be delighted to know this is the last in the series.
Curent first 11 v first 11 in 2019/ 20
Taking into account age then and now plus the systems we are allegedly going to play versus the one we did
1 Sa v Patricio Many think that Patricio today is just as good if not better than Sa (I don't ) but there is no doubt that the Patricio of 2 years ago was someway better than the Patricio of today so surely a wIn for 2019/ 20
2 Semedo is a solid if not good prem RWB but a weakish RB whilst Doherty was an exceptional RWB and in 2019/ 20 we played RWBs. This year apparently its RBS so clear win for 2019/ 20
3 Otto better by a country mile than Marcal or RAN so win for 2019/ 20
4 Boly today v Boly 2 years ago. Age and CV/ injuries hurt today. 2 years ago he was imperious. He needs to do a lot to get back there. Win for 2019/ 20
5 Coady 5 or in a 4. Coady reads game v well, organises and picks a pass - all perfect for a 5. He is slow, not good in the air and (even taking into account his v strong game against Spurs at their place last year) is not a strong defender. All bad news in a 4. Easy win for 2019/ 20
6. Moutinho today or then - easiest win of all for 2019/ 20
7. Neves - draw good then good now.
8. Silva or Saiss - different posistions, different players, different systems. Saiss is a competent premier league player Silva to date is nowhere near that level. Big win for 2019/ 20
9.Jimenez then or now. Major injury means 2019/ 20 hands down
10 Traore - draw both brilliant.
11. Trincao v Jota/ Neto/ Podence. tough on Trincao but he hasn't kicked a ball yet and the 2019/ 20 guys were great so win for 2019/ 20
I make that 9 -0 with 2 draws
Witton is that more to your liking?
PS still time to stengthen and remember the 2019/ 20 first 11 was v v good and could have played Chapions league football so the drop off does not mean it is going to be a total disaster.
However hopefully it puts to bed the highly disrespectful stuff we have all seen on both this site and to be fair more regulalry on others that Nuno failed last year
The squad for a number of reasons including a series of horrific injuries got a lot worse! Indeed only 4 of the above 11 weren't affected in sone way last year [Coady, Neves, Traore and Saiss] and it wasnt Nuno's fault.
Ps still waiting for views on our best players in order.

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1.) 18 Jul 2021 16:55:24
Hi Thefutureisoldgold,
My list
Jimenez Neto Traore neves coady jonny dendonker.
Note Traore only 3rd due to his 4 goals and 9 assists season 19/ 20 last season 2 goals 2 assists from 37 games played was not good enough, but we all know he has it in him it's just him doing it regular.


2.) 18 Jul 2021 17:13:44
Phil - no Boly? Our best out and out defender in my view. Interesting that you have Dendonker - for me he is a great squad player but his lack of pace or quality on the ball make him a bench not starting player but its all about views isn't it.
V glad to hear about your night out even if you are suffering as a result - at moment I am self isolating - untill mid next week assuming all tests remain positive.
Fortunately loads of sport on telly - watching England cricket today having watched Lions rugby earlier on - in between cleaning weeds out of a cobbled path in the garden - boring and fiddly job!

{Ed077's Note - get well soon tfiog


3.) 18 Jul 2021 17:39:38
Oops I forgotten about Boly yes obviously he on my list.
Dendonker does the ugly un noticed stuff.
Like you say mate it's all opinions.
Hope you are not too bad and hope you get better soon.
It was a day and night out my brother wanted a curry and I think that's what made me ill. lol not supping pint after pint in the red hot sun.


4.) 18 Jul 2021 17:51:43
Phil thanks i'm fine one of the kids tested positive so whole family is in prison here - had PCR and am doing lateral flows regularly so far all clear!
Ed 077 tks!

{Ed077's Note - so you aren't in isolation but rather in quarantine?

Anyways, send my wishes to the kid. Wish the kid a swift recovery from me. Hope neone else gets a positive test tfiog. Vivid can be a horrible horrible thing to tackle


5.) 18 Jul 2021 19:00:14
I too mate hope your kid and family are OK.


6.) 18 Jul 2021 19:50:50
Ed 077 - you are corect!
All well here - just boredom and as you sat ED the worry that we pass it between outselves!


7.) 18 Jul 2021 21:00:59
future. Hope you and yours stay well! Its good to see that you are currently OK. Like most of the population (I think and hope! ) you are following the rules. I won't make any comments that could involve politicians, probably best not to!
Take good care of yourselves and hope you don't get bored too much.
Mind you its to hot to do much anyway.


8.) 18 Jul 2021 21:02:41
All the best on that Future. No 2 son got it, so had to isolate until a row of clear tests. He was a gym bunny, fit and 17 stone of muscle, he lost 2.5 stones in 10 days and for 5 days could walk no more than a few paces. It is not to be underestimated, good luck, and I love your posts.


9.) 18 Jul 2021 22:05:16
My thoughts as well tfig, I hope it all turns out safely for your family. Its an unknown worry never knowing if it'll pass or how it'll develop. You take mate and hope you can find something to occupy your time.


10.) 18 Jul 2021 19:02:20
Get well soon tfiog mate.


11.) 19 Jul 2021 09:16:41
Future- hope all turns out well for you and your family, you must be pulling your hair out in this weather 👍.


12.) 19 Jul 2021 17:43:21
All many thanks - negative lateral flow again this morning so only 2 days to go!


13.) 19 Jul 2021 19:23:27
Pleased to hear it👍.


14.) 19 Jul 2021 21:22:08
tks Wimborne. 17 stone of muscle is pretty impressive but I guess it proves no one is immune.
Delighted you approve of my posts - suspect we might be a v small club though!
I do try to be unquestionably loyal and positive but realism and balance keep stopping me from agreeing that everything is perfect all the time.
My view is that I am a critical friend - like when I was a governor of at my kids school- I really want things to go well but if the school/ club are doing stupid things then it is surely only fair to say so otherwise it might be assumed that you don't care!


 

 

18 Jul 2021 11:30:17
Reasons to be cheerful ( tks Ian Dury)
If you compare where the first 11 is now to where it was last season.
Sa replaces the aging Patrcio
Semedo is over his troubled start and looks solid compared to the struggling player we saw particualrly in the early part of last year
Marcal is fit (and RAN has also got 6 months under his belt and is transformed form the young lad we saw flailing in the water in the first half of last year) {Otto will also return at some point? ]
Boly has had a summer to recover from the effects of injuries and CV which obviously impacted him so badly last year
Coady has had the benefit of an international tournament to develop him as a player and man
Neves is certainly no weaker
Yes Moutinho still needs replacing but surely that is the prioriity over the next 2 to 3 weeks.
Trincao is a real prospect to cover Neto until he is fit which we didn't have last year. [Neto and Podence will be back at some stage as well]
Silva must be better for a summer's trainning (hoefully he is much fitter and stronger) plus the half season of experience he gained in his baptisim of fire last year must improve him surely.
Jimenez is back!
and we still have Traore.
Other than Moutinho isn't it fair to say we are looking better than we were at the nadir last year?

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1.) 18 Jul 2021 12:28:57
Looking in good shape, and having the fans back in grounds will help as well. I'd be very surprised if at least two more for the first team (CB, MF) don't arrive before the window shuts, even if they are loan to buys rather than an out and out deal this summer. They might not be players currently in the premier league, or even players we've heard of, but I think someone will come through the door now players are returning from internationals and holidays and transfers start being agreed at other clubs.


2.) 18 Jul 2021 12:36:38
I agree. We don't look any weaker. I didn't see the game against Crewe but from what I've read, Lage played a 442 attacking formation. These first few games are simply to build up the match fitness of the players who ended their season in May. Anyone who played in June will be a bit sharper.


3.) 18 Jul 2021 12:36:54
I like what you say but maybe a bit too much optism or have I got a dose of Nunoitis.


4.) 18 Jul 2021 13:05:36
Wittonian - Too much optimism! Oh my I will be ruining my reputation as the uber bear and getting a christmas card from Jeff!
Seriously though I am going to post another post comparing the current first 11 to its counterparty as at the end of 2019/ 20 later on. that's not such a positive read sadly.
But I do beleive we are def on the right track though after last year's debacle.
Personaly I think there is still a lot to be done (the current side is better than the nadir of last year but that won't be enough to return us to top 7 or potentially, depending on how Trincao and Jimenez for different reasons hit the ground, ssibly even close to it ) but hard to be critical of what has been done so far and with Boly and Jimenez back we are much stronger.
In my view our best players, if all fit, in order are Traore, Neto, Jimenez, Boly, Otto, Podence, Neves and Semdedo ( one way only! ) . {IT WOULD BE INTERSTING TO HEAR OTHERS LIST IN ORDER? ]
At times last year only Traore, Neves and Semedo were fully fit.
It therefore must be better as the missing players from last year get fitter, the new players, (Trincao and Sa) bed in and the other younger players {RAN, Silva, Kilman, MGW, Owen etc ) will be stronger for the experinece gained last year.
Ps Coady would be next on the list so sorry to him but the list was long already - showing what good players we have!?


5.) 18 Jul 2021 13:18:55
Considering we are getting a pre season which we lacked last year we are certainty no worse and possibly better. Trincao looks a good player and whilst I liked Rui I think Sa may prove better for us. By that I mean command the box more and come for crosses basically a different type of keeper. Hopefully we get the players we need then its the easy bit. Beat everyone!


6.) 18 Jul 2021 13:42:23
The lack of pre-season was a big deal last year Ken (IMO) . Most weeks we were playing twice due to the later start which took a toll on a smaller weaker squad carrying injuries. That said the younger players from last season should have a little more experience and even though we do still have many young squad players hopefully last seasons youngsters (Silva, Hoever, RAN and co) will show an improvement this time out enabling the squad to be less reliant on raw U23's making their initial step up to the first team.


7.) 18 Jul 2021 13:48:37
Agree ken.
Much prefer a goalie who comes out for the ball. Takes some of the pressure off the defence for set pieces etc.


8.) 18 Jul 2021 14:19:52
Also one who doesn't keep being beaten at the near post! (Picky I know)


9.) 18 Jul 2021 14:44:35
With what I saw yesterday I am not impressed, I know some players are missing and it is early season but I feel we need to strengthen the squad with experienced players. There are to many players who pass backwards as there first thought when a lot of the time they could turn and attack and the under 23s are the worst.


10.) 18 Jul 2021 14:48:50
Not picky Ken.
Happened to often.


11.) 18 Jul 2021 17:00:51
We'll all see when the season starts,
We have new manager the crowds are back, constant rumours of players leaving and players brought its still too early to have a good accurate assessment of how our season Will go but you would like to think we will have a good season at this stage.


12.) 18 Jul 2021 18:57:09
Might be the Nuno tactics will take time to get out of their systems baza.


13.) 18 Jul 2021 21:44:55
Some great posts above. I'm very optimistic for the new season. I do think we'll lose either neves or traore but that will be a means to an end with good replacements coming in. We've got a difficult start but sometimes that can be a good thing. Wolves 40/ 1 to finish top 4. Villa 18/ 1 and Brighton 33/ 1. I know where I'd rather put my few quid. We're an unknown quantity this season and I think we could surprise a few people. I was going to add a little negative on the end there to cover myself but thought no, sod it. Wolves top 4.


 

 

25 Jun 2021 11:38:22
Anthony Elanga is stated by the press to be a possible casualty of Manchester United's transfer policies this summer.
He is v young and raw but looks from the evidence of the game against us last season to be a signifincant step up from Silva.
If he is available, as allegedly is the case, for just a couple of million, (or on a loan to buy basis), would he make an aceptable cover for Jimenez/ Neto - he plays left wing or CF?
I know we can't have too many kids and need some experienced pros but he was v impressive that day aganst us.
ps looks like we have lost out, (If we were ever interested), on Bertrand who I think would have been great for us to Leicester (odd as they have Castagne, Ricardo Pereira, Justin and Thomas as FBs already? ) Hope we move for Van Anholt but fear his Euro performances may have put him out of our reach. Also he probably only plays LWB well not LB so it does depend on the system we will play - which might explain the reticence to buy RAN also more a LWB than LB.

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1.) 25 Jun 2021 12:10:03
Probably not signing ran, or vitnia
Mmm. He must AV someone lined up,
Might be players who are a bit bulkier? Taller.
Who knows what's going on. At this rate were going to start first lge match with whole new team 😮😮😮.


2.) 25 Jun 2021 13:16:10
Before we get carried away with who we might be buying let’s not forget that we have already bought a multitude of youngsters who have been allowed to languish in the reserves etc. I would imagine that Fosun would be expecting some progress under Lage.


3.) 25 Jun 2021 15:14:25
RAN and Vitinha are a bit lightweight for my liking. We already own Semedo, and skillful as he is, he is not exactly Mr Muscle either. It's been pointed out that we have a multitude of youngsters in the reserves. I'd rather Bruno thoroughly assessed them all in pre-season before we sign more. Nuno has a reputation of promoting youth, but I'm struggling to name who has broken through the ranks. Neto was an expensive signing and virtually oven-ready for the first team, so he doesn't count in my book, no more than Fabio Silva counts. I would have counted Max Kilman, but Nuno hardly ever played him. As for Taylor Perry and others, where are they in relation to the first team? Sanderson looks like he will be sold.


4.) 25 Jun 2021 18:53:29
I agree deep throat, a thorough assessment should be undertaken of the u23 squad and any that are surplus to requirements got rid of.
I think the core of the future squad is there and probably 4 additional signings are needed.
Centre back, 2 midfielders, striker and I think we are good to go.


 

 

 

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16 Jul 2021 15:15:17
Ken - indeed however WFH might change all that. My daughter could live in Gloucester and buy a nice house for the price of a v small flat in London and if she can wfh and only go in once or twice a month why not?
Prices are crazy in London but as you say wages - outside of the city- are little different. Teacher's feeble London waiting being a good example and they can't WFH really.
Fortunately we are retired -well I am - and the wife works within walking distance of the house so life for us is easy- just the worry as you said for the kids.
I left home at 17 and frankly my parents were shot of me in all but name. Today I suspect we will be supporting/ looking out for our kids for most of our lives!
Goodness knows who is going to look after us though when we get old - I spend a fair bit of time and money looking after my aged mother these days. Not sure my kids will be in any position to return that favour!
oh well it could be a lot lot worse so no point in moaning!

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16 Jul 2021 13:19:58
Wow -11k. Suspect that is less than the annual rent of a flat in most parts of London today.
My eldest daughter, who has an MA in a relevant subject from a good uni, works for a charity in London and is paid peanuts. Her partner is a garden designer who is trying to make his way independently - so prob earns less than peanuts but works all hours god sends.
For them to buy a flat in south London you are lookng at circa £450-500k.
Never ever going to happen unless we, their respective parents, bankroll them but for me with 3 that's a big big ask!
Without being political their is clearly a link here: rent returns are v high relative to interest rates and with some tax breaks still in place for buy to let landlords - which aren't for actual home owners - it is not surprising that they can always outbid young owner occupiers and keep prices high.
Plus if you are paying an obscene rent how do you ever save to get on that first rung without help from parents.
Once you are away it is a virtuous circle hence Robbie Fowler allegedly has hundreds of properties - the surplus rent forming the deposit for the next few properties and ever onwards.
Bizare that the current government has not fully closed the tax loophole as it is clearly a solid and rationale reason why youngsters in London for example largely vote labour - you can't be a capitalist without capital ie a house!
oops that sounded like politics - sorry!

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16 Jul 2021 13:06:06
good thread guys!

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16 Jul 2021 08:44:50
Madman - you can't argue with that. All the deals so far look smart/ creative if you like.
But as you say what is key is the big 2 deals still needed at CB and CM.
Yes Moutinho will surely leave freeing up a big slab of salary but not sure we have the bodies to let 3 go and only 2 come in.
We need a bigger squad so I d keep the other 2 and try and add at least the 2 mentioned.
But we all know that will cost money we may or may not have.
Hence this summer we may need to be creative again or look at very short term sol'ns until the finances are ( if they are as the noise intimates in a poor place) sorted out again. Are there any frees out there or players at the end of their careers available for nominal sums looking or one last pay day - (we can use Moutinho salalry? ) Giroud for example would have been great. I know i'm undoubtedly overly optimistic if I think that sort of player will come to Wolves sadly.
Thrashing about randomly and in no particular order and limiting myself to Prem league players (as I have no knowledge of overseas football) now that CP have bought the young lad from Chelsea Guehi, Dann and Cahil will not be resigned. Could they do a job for a year maybe. Sean Duffy is back frm Celtic and surely won't get a game at Brighton even if White is sold - cheaper than Dunk for a year?
I know these are bargain basement players but if we now have no money?
Of course if we have money then we can raise our expectations and the 2 you mentioned before Tarkowski and Dunk would be great.
Lindelof or Laporte might be a bit of a stretch but Bailly is prob available and Ake could be a steal.
In Mid Ziyech is available as surely is RLC and others, Gallagher? . At MU Greenwood or James might be sent out on loan for game time?
Milner might be allowed to leave on a free for solid service if Liverpool add players and surely we would be favourably looked on- might ask for Phillips on loan perhaps as well?
Sorry not that well thought out but its not easy to find quality players for nowt.
If I know of them so do all 19 of the other Prem League teams.

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15 Jul 2021 23:02:50
NES of the £58m of lost revenue I believe that only just over £2m won't be recovered in the future. This is the match day money for games played behind closed doors.
However just because we are getting a £56m boost don't think it will be all sweetness and light in 20/ 21 as there is no European football and we ended the year 6 places lower - losing a fair chunk of revenue accordingly.
Plus I strongly suspect our wage bill will be heavily up with Semedo and Silva joining and our contract amortisation would have almost certainly increased a well due to the 2 new guys - offsetting this though we did make huge profits on Jota and Doherty.

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30 Jul 2021 11:41:14
Ken - v v kind of you to ask. We are all clear of the C.V. and I have even been working - twice this week which I am loving. I take people on walks. Its going really well. Yesterday, my client, a mum with 4 teenage boys bought the drinks at our coffe break and then handed me a wadge of cash (it was embarrassing to count it so didn't) it was obviously more than was agreed and it turned out to be considerably more than double so v v happy! .
I have quite a few walks booked over next couple of months including some corporate bookings where I can charge a lot more. All come via word of mouth and repeat bookers - people come once and then come back with other groups or colleagues or clients - many of the walks are team building exercises/ marketing events that end at the pub!
Stopped posting (and even reading as often) when I saw Phil's note. Realised that although I liked some of the posts - yours always and there was for example also an excellent one a few days ago by Abbey wolf on the need to build our commercial actiivities - I find most of them v depressing and they just make me angry so not good for my mental health.
The thread on Neves - where many of our fans stated that they thought he was rubbish (as of course was Nuno) - added to the posts over the last few months where amongst others Doherty, Saiss, Boly, Podence and of course most regularly Traore were also decribed as rubbish and should be sold for pennies so that we can reinvest pounds in a kid from somewhere exotic who they had probably only heard about before on some computer game did it for me.
I know its all about opinions but I really care if Wolves do well or not and it seems to me that places me at odds with many of our posters.
That or their opinions are wildly different to mine - guess it is the later as many are seemingly blindly loyal to Jeff Shi (NOT WOLVES! ) .
Actually I suppose it is obviously the latter. For example I said last August when it becmae crystal clear, to those able to see, that we had a bad transfer window and Moutinho's legs had gone but virtually everyone else thought we had had an amazing window - many seemingly incredibly still think that we did.
Unless things change dramtically this will be the 4th window where we have had a v modest net spend and consequently the squad is now far far weaker than it was, whilst other teams march forwards and beyond us!
I read regularly that people thought [given injuries and C.V. (? ) ] we were ok last year as we came 13th - but obviously, despite it being regulalrly explained to them, they still don't understand that for a long period of time we were clearly the worst team in the league (5 points from a run of games of over 25% of the entire season! ) and survival was due to a great (pre Jimenez injury) start, Nuno's loyalty ( how he didn't walk when Jeff publicly humilitated him last Jan is a real credit to the man) and Traore's brilliance - yes the same man that although he virtually single handedly saved our Prem place over the last couple of months of the season and is seemingly wanted by most of the major super powers in Europe is rubbish and should be sold for pennies?
I will post again once the season starts but unless we as you say "get on with it" I fear that although the squad (even the pale shadow that it once - just 18 months ago - was) should be far far too good to go down your other comment about it being self inflicted still frightens me and the fact that only you and I and to be fair a few others see that or are willing to acknowledge it frightens and depresses me even more.
Sorry!

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20 Jul 2021 20:43:24
Come on Rated.
I love my new boss, he is much bettter than my old boss who the firm who pays my wages and controls my entire career sacked.
Please new boss pick me!
Being serious some will prefer him - mainly the one he picks that Nuno didn't favour - and some will hate him - mainly the ones that Nuno picked that he doesn't favour.
Other than that I wouldn't take too much notice of what the players say in the club sponsored press calls.

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20 Jul 2021 20:36:43
Over the last 3 years, including last years disappointing one when we only got 2 points from the 6 games, we have had a good record against these sides, particularly against Spurs, getting I think 19 points in 3 years. However the v poor 2 last year means that we actually got 17 in the previous 2 years from 12 games. This is actually in line with our season averages in those years.
So maybe it is a sign of our lower expectations or just realism of where we are now.
However I take your point re Brentford Norwich and Southampton and can only join you in hoping Lage can get us playing good and succesful stuff in the near future.

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20 Jul 2021 20:18:23
Well i'm watching your son on TV so quarantine is absolutely fine and only 2 days left - assuming continued negative lateral flow tests for all.
ps hope you enjoy London and especially your grand daughter
pps I can guess which ones were not so helpful but all experience, knowledge and contacts are good in any field but particularly your sons chosen one.

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20 Jul 2021 13:50:53
Deep - you are correct about it being an unusual summer but there are real points to be won or lost during August.
Not getting players in before the end of August will make it harder to win those early points and indeed the points available in early Sep as well!
I've read regularly that people think we will lose our first 3 games and that it is ok and doesn't matter?
It does those point are no less valauble than any others and teams that start badly often struggle to turn it around as opponents smell blood in the water and set up differently against you looking to win rather than perhaps just hope for a draw.
It just makes it harder and we don't need that whilst we are trying to bed in a new system as well as new players.
So let's do it the easy way and sensible way, get off our seats and work hard to get our business done early, so that we are ready to play and if others aren't so much the better!

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