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    Quote Originally Posted by Nixonator View Post
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    4411 in both halves.

    The season before last I would have been extremely confident with Stephens & Kayal being our first choice CM partnership in the PL, but Kayal is struggling to return to previous form despite quite a few opportunities last season. There's a possibility he could be outmuscled as well and is generally a peripheral figure at set pieces. I think Hughton wants a CM with greater strength and an aerial presence which is evident from both Delaney and Neto.

    That's the change I would say will definitively happen from the lineup you gave, new CM for Kayal.
    I agree. That's why I have this recurring fantasy that Rohan Ince may yet have a part to play. I know he doesn't really, but that's why it's a fantasy.
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      As always, no need to panic this early. Fees are being inflated to crazy money.

      Isn't it right that prem teams have to announce a squad of 25? if so then there will be a fair amount of pretty good players who may need a move to have a more realistic chance of playing, and that is when fees & wages should become more realistic.
      I see it exactly as this also. The market will eventually have to bottom out. The fees at the moment are ridiculous. 30 million for Arnautovic 50 million for Ross Barkley. All that the extra millions from the TV deal serve is to give over inflated prices for players.
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      yet another winger slips through the net zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz !
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      I see it exactly as this also. The market will eventually have to bottom out. The fees at the moment are ridiculous. 30 million for Arnautovic 50 million for Ross Barkley. All that the extra millions from the TV deal serve is to give over inflated prices for players.
      I don't think it has any chance of bottoming out. Certainly not in this transfer window because there are a few deals part way through negotiations so any changes in fees are not going to affect us in this window. Also I don't see it ever changing because you look at every football forum and every transfer window there is so much anticipation and expectancy from fans for new arrivals to their team that I can only see transfer fees going one way and that is upwards
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      I hope not... he is part of the 2 in the likely less-often played 4-4-2...
      Yeah, but in practice Baldock is more in 4-4.5-1.5 formation. He does a lot of defensive work. Anecodotally, he covers a lot of grass in a game.
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      Yeah, but in practice Baldock is more in the treatment room than ever on the pitch.
      Just corrected that for you
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      I don't think it has any chance of bottoming out. Certainly not in this transfer window because there are a few deals part way through negotiations so any changes in fees are not going to affect us in this window. Also I don't see it ever changing because you look at every football forum and every transfer window there is so much anticipation and expectancy from fans for new arrivals to their team that I can only see transfer fees going one way and that is upwards
      This.

      And there will be no relative bargains in late August. Selling clubs and greedy agents will know exactly what positions clubs are desparately trying to fill.
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      We need 2 new strikers otherwise we're really going to struggle
      I couldn't agree more. Goals keep clubs in the PL.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Weststander View Post
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      I couldn't agree more. Goals keep clubs in the PL.
      That was certainly true last season with the three lowest scoring teams relegated.

      Having checked the three previous seasons it was not the case though.
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      Gator Goose Collison? Is that some American cousin of mine I don't know about?
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      Goals are the key for a struggling team in the Premier League. We won't be keeping many clean sheets, no team in the bottom half does when you're up against quality attackers every week. So being able to hurt other teams is a must. Sadly I don't think there is a case to be made for any of our current strikers being capable of scoring more than a handful of goals in a Premier League season so we need to focus the budget on this area. We need at least two new strikers and one needs to have some form of track record of scoring goals at a good level. Anything less is just asking for trouble. Even signing one striker would be unacceptable as we need options. Plus you can't pin all your hopes on one man, find he is injured in the first month and then be relying on a 34 year old with minimal top flight experience/success to lead our attack. Even crap teams have good strikers - Watford have Deeney, Palace have Benteke, Swansea have Llorente, Bournemouth have Defoe, West Brom have Rondon etc. That's the level we need to reach. Anyone thinking Glenn Murray or Sam Baldock can do the job is sadly mistaken and we can't take a £120m gamble on them.

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