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  1. I have posted on this thread many times that a Norway style relationship will likely be the end game for the whole of the UK (not just the special arrangements in NI for Single Market alignment under the Protocol). You can't keep defying gravity. At some point the penny has to drop.
  2. Quietly excited about him signing, let's see how he manages to settle in and make an impact early on. I am assuming the club hasn't paid £5 million for him to sit on the sidelines all season!
  3. The only reason the club should have to sell JWP is if they are offered absolutely ridiculous money. I'm talking £60-70m. It needs to be way in excess of his market value to give us half a chance to rebuild. But I would like to hear our board come out and say he's critical to our future and not for sale. Nobody is indispensable but he has a real chance to become a one club legend.
  4. It's more the fact players like Carrillo, Hoedt etc delivered painfully little for the fees AND wages we spent on them. Thankfully we did recoup some money via loans, but I've no doubt we have suffered financially even with VVD's sale. We aren't a club that can afford to spend £15-20 million on players (plus their wages) and they turn out to be crap or amazing once every 10 games. Ralph has borne the brunt of this in the transfer market. He's not blameless with some of his decisions this season, but he deserves to have some money to work with this summer. We might not have to sell at all,
  5. Great post. I have to be honest and say I hadn't really thought about the limitations he's had to work with in the transfer market. The club needs to give him some backing this summer. We need a few new faces and maybe move a few on as well. I totally get the club is still paying the price for the 2016-2018 recruitment disaster, we spent big money on several players who delivered very little. But we need to freshen up otherwise I fear next season will be a relegation battle.
  6. Interesting if true! And yeah, perfectly doable as the Eurostar to Lille is pretty quick (if on time lol). Suppose it would be no different to Saints players commuting from the Midlands or far South West for example.
  7. Just spotted that Lille are Ligue 1 champions this season. Jose Fonte turns 38 this year but he's played a big role there, and still going strong! How we've missed his leadership at the back for Saints. Yes he probably left at the right time for all parties, but we haven't properly replaced him in the 4 years since he went.
  8. Well, despite our best efforts today...😆 We finish the season with 68 league goals conceded. Only WBA conceded more. Massive work required this summer.
  9. McCarthy for me is superior to Forster. However he seems to have lost his way after contracting coronavirus. Hard to say whether that's the cause of his poor form or not, might just be coincidence. Hopefully though he will be back to his best soon.
  10. Yes good shout re United! They have it all to do.
  11. Walcott would be a decent free transfer, before his injury he was doing alright for us. I can see him becoming more of a squad player than regular starter, but that's fine with me. He's an upgrade on Long now, and his influence on the younger players should be helpful. Makes sense for the club to utilise him as much as possible with the Academy.
  12. So the Baggies are finally relegated! They put up a decent fight over the last couple of months but it was always a matter of time. We are ever so nearly there now. Fulham play Burnley tonight, they *could* afford a draw but would then have to win their final three games. One of which would be against us. Lose tonight and it's game over. Even if they draw or win tonight, as long as we match their result v Palace then we can finally put this weird old season to bed. Still utterly stacked in our favour, hopefully it will be resolved mathematically tonight!
  13. Given the circumstances with the early red card, a very good result. Great to see the team battle hard last night, it's been a while since we have seen that. Now 10pts clear of Fulham with 5 left to play, very nearly there with regard to mathematical safety! Decent chance we will have achieved that by the time we play them, which will be a relief in the context of our poor form.
  14. Absolutely. The odds are very much in our favour. I'm not confident we will sort our own form out, but even that shouldn't be enough to allow Fulham to catch us now.
  15. It's very difficult to see us going down now with 36 points. Fulham realistically need a minimum of 6 points from their next three games. But if we fail to pick up any points before the Fulham game and they then beat us, we would be very vulnerable going into the last couple of games. The vast majority of outcomes are still well in our favour, which is good! But there is a recent precedent, remember Swansea in 2017/18? Their bellyflop over the line with 2 points from their last 8 league games went a long way to keeping us up.
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