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  • kentmonkey 6 Jan 2021 22:32:29 24,090 posts
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    Yeah some of those are well off it seems.

    E.g. I'm fairly certain they have averaged Willian's signing on fee across his contract. Which inflates it.

    Who knows for certain, but some of those feel really far off.
  • askew 6 Jan 2021 22:57:35 22,605 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    Some players get very large appearance bonuses etc which may as well count as salary
    Dougs wrote:
    Ozil's seems low
    By jove, I think we've cracked what that non-negotiable was…
  • SnackPlissken 7 Jan 2021 11:20:00 2,607 posts
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    Looks like Balogun is going to agree a move to a foreign club. Either we're being held to ransom by his agent or we're letting go someone insanely talented.. Eddie seems more up the pecking order atm but he hasn't had a great season. From what I've seen of Balogun he looks really bloody good.
  • Dougs 7 Jan 2021 12:19:23 97,448 posts
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    It's probably playing time that he wants. He does look good, but at the same time it's hard to get all hand wringy about it.
  • SnackPlissken 7 Jan 2021 13:25:10 2,607 posts
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    I think we do have every right.. because Laca is nearing his 30s. Auba is in his 30s.. there's no foresight in our youth/transfers at times. Are we going to go out and land another striker in the next few windows?

    Edited by SnackPlissken at 13:26:06 07-01-2021
  • Kay 7 Jan 2021 14:03:15 20,924 posts
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    SnackPlissken wrote:
    Looks like Balogun is going to agree a move to a foreign club. Either we're being held to ransom by his agent or we're letting go someone insanely talented.. Eddie seems more up the pecking order atm but he hasn't had a great season. From what I've seen of Balogun he looks really bloody good.
    They both have the same agent too, which might have made discussions a bit trickier. After seeing how successful other talented young English players have been in Europe, can totally understand why he'd want to move there to get more playing time and help his stock rise even more.
  • Dougs 7 Jan 2021 14:27:09 97,448 posts
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    Meh, I'd obviously like to to keep him but also think it's unlikely that he'll be a 25-30 goal a season striker in the near term. Ideally we'd get him to sign a new contract, loan him abroad for a season and then integrate him. But if he wants to move on, so be it. As I say, not going to stress about it.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 7 Jan 2021 14:50:26 22,315 posts
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    Sounds like Villa are COVIDed up to the tits.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 7 Jan 2021 14:51:33 22,315 posts
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    Liverpool will get a bye if they can’t play tomorrow presumably.
  • Blackmarsh63 7 Jan 2021 14:53:19 3,966 posts
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    Grealish been to another party has he 🤣
  • muddyyfunster 7 Jan 2021 14:59:24 804 posts
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    If it were a choice I'd prefer to keep Balogun and lose Eddie. No real rationale beyond gut feeling that Balogun might have a higher ceiling. I'm fairly confident that Nketia will never be more than a squad player whereas Balogun seems more of an unknown.

    Not that fussed about him leaving, it's more that it'll be yet another player who had considerable market value going for nothing. More wasted resources.
  • Jono62 7 Jan 2021 15:02:15 26,345 posts
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    We can play our development side.
  • Kay 7 Jan 2021 15:22:19 20,924 posts
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    muddyyfunster wrote:
    If it were a choice I'd prefer to keep Balogun and lose Eddie. No real rationale beyond gut feeling that Balogun might have a higher ceiling. I'm fairly confident that Nketia will never be more than a squad player whereas Balogun seems more of an unknown.
    I agree, but that's probably why he's leaving - Balogun probably feels he's already good enough to be on the first team somewhere, whereas Eddie is happy to be a squad player.
  • kentmonkey 7 Jan 2021 15:40:13 24,090 posts
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    Balogun will be amazing. Absolutely sure of it. Easily a 20 goal a season striker in two years.

    I'm also absolutely sure it won't be for us.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 7 Jan 2021 15:41:46 22,315 posts
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    Jono62 wrote:
    We can play our development side.
    That would be great. At the very least if you could knock them around and tire them out a bit that would be really awesome for the rest of us.
  • damagedinc 7 Jan 2021 16:12:26 3,006 posts
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    Balogun will stay same agent as saka..the whole tactic from the agent is to leave it till last min. Arsenal want him and balogun wants to stay..just agent playing silly buggers now. Expecting it to sort itself out though
  • Jono62 7 Jan 2021 16:17:08 26,345 posts
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    Southampton vs Shrewsbury off due to Covid

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55563342

    Probably be the same for the Villa vs Liverpool game, then.
  • Jono62 7 Jan 2021 23:14:27 26,345 posts
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    Game on tomorrow with our development team. Be good to see Louie Barry play.
  • Syrette 8 Jan 2021 09:58:23 51,003 posts
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    Damn, that's a huge hit West Ham have taken selling Haller to Ajax at a £20m loss...
  • You-can-call-me-kal 8 Jan 2021 11:15:27 22,315 posts
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    The whole Haller thing completely passed me by. I had no idea they’d signed him, how much for, or how badly he’d flopped.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 8 Jan 2021 11:20:47 22,315 posts
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    Jono62 wrote:
    Game on tomorrow with our development team. Be good to see Louie Barry play.
    I wonder if that will have any impact on the midweek fixture with Spurs. If you’re able to field an FA Cup side how can you then say you don’t have enough players for the league?
  • muddyyfunster 8 Jan 2021 11:40:00 804 posts
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    damagedinc wrote:
    Balogun will stay same agent as saka..the whole tactic from the agent is to leave it till last min. Arsenal want him and balogun wants to stay..just agent playing silly buggers now. Expecting it to sort itself out though
    Hope you are right. I think he's already had his head turned by someone like Dortmund who has offered him more money and a starting role.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 8 Jan 2021 13:55:25 22,315 posts
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    Brentford have COVID cases including the manager, who PEH was hugging lots at the end of the game the other day.
  • SolidSCB 8 Jan 2021 14:01:59 14,596 posts
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    They really need to get it stopped. Steve Bruce of all people speaking sense on it. It's out of control now.

    Seems unfortunately it will take an older manager getting it bad or a universally loved played going down with long Covid to spark anything.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 8 Jan 2021 14:05:30 22,315 posts
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    Or prioritise them with vaccines, which would open several cans of worms, but if they deem them crucial enough to be risking their lives to entertain us, then they should be prioritised.
  • Decks 8 Jan 2021 14:14:09 28,417 posts
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    SolidSCB wrote:
    They really need to get it stopped. Steve Bruce of all people speaking sense on it. It's out of control now.

    Seems unfortunately it will take an older manager getting it bad or a universally loved played going down with long Covid to spark anything.
    2 of our best players are still out with it months later and it hasn't triggered anything. It's completely crazy to keep pushing on with it now.
  • General_Martok 8 Jan 2021 14:15:16 1,669 posts
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    We have a case now, although in our reserve team, Pellistri.

    We're screwed.
  • General_Martok 8 Jan 2021 14:16:17 1,669 posts
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    You-can-call-me-kal wrote:
    Or prioritise them with vaccines, which would open several cans of worms, but if they deem them crucial enough to be risking their lives to entertain us, then they should be prioritised.
    They're not crucial at all. Therefore stop playing.
  • DakeyrasUK 8 Jan 2021 14:26:05 4,815 posts
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    So man city really do buy their trophies!

    https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-city-fa-cup-trophy-19584739
  • SolidSCB 8 Jan 2021 14:26:55 14,596 posts
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    Yeah those poor Newcastle lads keep springing to mind. To potentially have your career cut short and your life affected for however long it may be for the sake of playing games in front of no one, all so you can honour a TV deal is a shit state of affairs no matter what money you are on.

    Like I say though, until it's a big name manager or a key United/City/Liverpool type player it seems to be put up or shut up.
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