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20 Jan 2021 19:56:53
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20 Jan 2021 19:53:01
Anyone watching the city villa game want to explain to me how city's 1st goal wasn't given offside?

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{Ed047's Note - the Fergie factor 🤷‍♂️

20 Jan 2021 19:55:52
That goal shouldn't have stood.
It was an amazing game till then.

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{Ed047's Note - some proper football from both sides

20 Jan 2021 12:29:21
Ed, have you heard anything about Elanga's contract? I believe it's up in the summer? He seems a very promising player from what I've seen, great pace.

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{Ed002's Note - I am not really the one to ask about contracts as I generally have to enquire to get an answer.}

20 Jan 2021 13:07:04
I don't know much about his contract, but we have just signed Diallo and Pellistri who play on the flanks.

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20 Jan 2021 13:58:04
We also signed a Spanish winger from Atletico Madrid (Alejandro Garnacha), so that makes three young wingers signed between the ages of 16-18. Is there space for Elanga as well?

It's a fine balance between signing all the best young talent and being able to give those players the game time and chances they need to progress their careers. Nothing is more important to a young player than game time. If you're not playing then you're not learning.

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20 Jan 2021 17:20:16
Thanks anyway Ed, appreciate the response.

As we know with this club there’s not the clearest pathways for these kids shappy.

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20 Jan 2021 18:15:46
Garnacho is going to be a huge talent.

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20 Jan 2021 18:06:05
Thanks for the info Ed_Shappy.

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20 Jan 2021 11:53:02
Medina looks like a younger version of Rojo. I'd much prefer that we move for someone like Wesley Fofana who can defend and is good on the ball.

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20 Jan 2021 09:37:16
Morning. I must admit, when we have been linked with a number of CB's I was surprised when Scholes came out and said we should try and get Wesley Fofana. But watching him last night for the first real time, he was excellent. Read the game well, quick, comfortable bringing the ball out, did the simple things and for a small CB, done well in the air. Can see him being in high demand very soon.

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{Ed0666's Note - will take a lot of money to prize him away from Leicester. They don’t need the money and are top of the pile.

20 Jan 2021 09:49:32
Yh was a bit surprised when leicester spent such big money relatively on a 19 year old centre back and then even more surprised that he's played so many games at this stage of the season.

But he's done really well and looks to have all the attributes you need in a modern centre half. I think playing in a back 3 at the start helped him a bit with cover and also playing with jonny evans must have helped him a lot as well in adjusting to the premier league.

In hindsight what a bad move that was to let evans go considering what we've had at centre back over recent years. Mourinho would have loved to have evans at the back when he was here.

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20 Jan 2021 10:04:32
Small CB? What do you mean Ports? Do you mean he is young? Or do you mean he isn't tall?

Fofana is above 6'2" so I wouldn't call him short myself. He has looked really promising so far and he is so young and has many many years to still improve.

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20 Jan 2021 10:59:32
Leicester do have an amazing squad built from not spending a lot of money. Huge kudos to their scouting/ recruitment department.

Fofana is yet another success story amongst the others.

I do wish our club could pick up a point or two from them about smart acquisitions.

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20 Jan 2021 11:47:56
Deependra, I thought he looked short last night. Didn't realise he was that big. For some reason he just didn't appear to be a tall, big CB. No idea why I got that impression. Haha, my bad!

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20 Jan 2021 11:57:04
Leicester have a great scouting department by the looks of things.

They plucked Vardy from obscurity, signed Kante, Schmeichel, Evans, Ndidi, Maddison, Tielemans, Ricardo Pereira, Castagne, Mahrez, Justin, Soyuncu and of course Fofana.

While they have brought through young players like Chilwell, Choudhury and Harvey Barnes.

There recruitment has been excellent.

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20 Jan 2021 12:21:07
They bought Harvey barnes from shef utd didn't they? Or was he on loan?

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{Ed047's Note - he’s always been at Leicester, just out on loan a few times, WBA the last one

20 Jan 2021 12:49:55
Dodgy, Barnes has come through their academy, just loaned out a few times. Proof that sometimes loans can be what makes a player.

Although now thinking about it Leicester did sign the donkey that is Harry Maguire, so that goes against their scouting department. But kudos to their board who managed to sell him for a handsome profit 😂🤦‍♂️🤯.

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20 Jan 2021 13:11:35

No idea how they found Schmeichel haha plucked him from obscurity.

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20 Jan 2021 14:43:29
GDS, While Schmeichel may have been well known, he had failed in a battle with Joe Hart in the fight for the No.1 shirt at Man City. He then moved to Notts County and then Leeds before he made his way to Leicester City. He has since stepped up to become one of the best keepers in the league for many years.

Not obscurity like Vardy coming from non-league, but a well scouted player who suited the club and was able to step up and help them win a league title.

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20 Jan 2021 14:53:17
Yeah I thought that when I read schmeichel GDS! Good post though Shappy. When you stop and think they have some great players either developed from youth or bought in young before they have the big price tag.

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20 Jan 2021 18:11:46
They have good coaches.

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20 Jan 2021 07:39:01
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 20th January 2021

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20 Jan 2021 05:44:29
Ed could you get a round up of plauers we are interested in?

I know you have told us what positions but could you let us know what players we are chasing if possible?


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{Ed002's Note - I have done that as well.}

20 Jan 2021 06:36:51
Here it is Singh, from our lovely Ed002.

Don't expect too much in terms of arrivals January.

Manchester United have agreed to complete the transfer of Amad Traore by December 31 to allow him to move in January subject to a Work Permit etc.

Before next season starts: G (third choice), CB, DM, LM, RW (I expect Cavani to be extended)

Pau Torres (CB) Manchester City have him as an option. Manchester United have him as first choice but only if sufficient sales are made. Barcelona has a sustained interest but price will likely be an issue and they may look to horse trade some players - but little will become clear before the election is completed.
Ben White (CB) an alternative to Pau Torres for Manchester United, but seen as expensive because of the "English premium". Spurs have sustained interest but the funding will go on other priorities. Liverpool could look to white to boost their HG quota if they opt for a January addition. Brighton will look to hang on to him.
Raphael Varane (CB)

Konrad Laimer (CM/ DM) RBL are aware that there are clubs looking at Konrad Laimer for next summer and some of the interest is driven by the price of Zakaria which has put interested sides off. Bayern Munich have considered Laimer, as have Borussia Dortmund (as a Weigl replacement) and Manchester United (but not until they have sorted out their midfield problems) .
Declan Rice (DM) Price is against a move but there is some interest from Manhester United.

Saul Niguez (CM) Not January
Moises Caicedo (CM/ DM) My understanding is that he impressed when Manchester United were following up on looking at another player who they had first seen in the Real Sociedad reserves. There has been interest in Caicedo from a couple of other sides including PSV and Chelsea. }
Jadon Sancho (RW) messed everybody around last year and may be offered elsewhere.
Ousmane Dembele (RW) would only be interested in a loan.
Samuel Chukwueze (RW) Lyon interest went after Villareal requested €75M for a player they value at far, far less. His agent is hawking him around the Premier League but clubs don't see value in the price or goals return and he comes with a required "must be a starter if fit" caveat which few English sides would agree to. Wolves may look to him if Adama Traore departs in the summer. Manchester United and others would be keener at half the price.
Jack Grealish (LW/ LM/ AM) and expensive option, but versatile.
Thiago Almada (AM) The situation is a little bit complicated and there is a chance of a slightly strange deal involving Sporting Lisbon and Manchester City (who were close to making the signing last season) . Atletico Madrid looked to an offer but the amount and payment terms were not what Velez Sarsfield were looking for. Inter Milan, Arsenal, Manchester United, PSG, Barcelona and Zenit St Petersburg have had scouts watch the player. Concerns exist that whilst skillful, he may not be suitable for the more robust European leagues.
Isak Bergmann Johannesson (CM/ AM/ W/ F) I am aware he has been watched by Odense and Burnley on several occasions. Manchester United, Oostende, Liverpool and Brann have had scouts at games recently. The Burnley link will be because of his father.

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20 Jan 2021 08:08:56
Thanks Ed and Deeps.

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20 Jan 2021 13:19:50
No worries mate.

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19 Jan 2021 21:09:40
Brendan Rodgers doing a number on Lampard. he might end up replacing him soon too 🤷‍♂️. Honestly though Brendan deserves a lot of credit for how Leicester are performing this season (and last) .

Great to see a northern Irishman doing so well, I love how he sets his teams up and you can clearly see a style and pattern of play. His players clearly know what they are doing and look happy too.

Surely next time a top job in England comes up he will be very high on the list. Ps I'm not saying Leicester aren't a top team btw.

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19 Jan 2021 21:15:24
I am.

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19 Jan 2021 14:23:25
So it's Fulham tomorrow night, who have been in better form recently while looking difficult to beat.

Granted they are drawing a lot of games but they are much improved since the start of the season, as are we.

Be interesting to see what side we go with, as we play Liverpool again the following Sunday (if it's 0-0 again I'm taking a break from the site 😂) .

I'd go full strength against Fulham. Bruno definitely needs a rest but it would be good to get one last performance out of him before giving him a week or two to recharge his batteries.

I wouldn't be surprised to see McFred again, as Fulham are an energetic team, or perhaps Matic and Fred.

Finally a shout out to Leicester who have quietly gone about their business. If they beat Chelsea tonight, and it's a big if, they go top. That's a huge achievement for them as they've continued their good form without really taking up any headlines.

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19 Jan 2021 19:11:19
I like Rodgers wazza. He is a really good coach. His teams play the right way. He has won a lot with Celtic but never got over the line with Liverpool and blew up last year with Leicester so there are question marks over his management but there are signs that is improving.
He gets his teams playing good football imo that's for sure.
He needs to get over the line if he does with Leicester even top4 with them is a great achievement i think he will get a crack at one of the really big clubs again at either chelsea city or ourselves.
He went really close with Liverpool there were a slip away from winning the league. I think he has it in him and i'd put him slightly ahead of poch.
A draw is the best result for us tonight imo.

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19 Jan 2021 21:00:19
Chelsea have just conceded there 50 goal in 28.5 away games. i'm amazed at that, there defending as a team isn't great but that's awful.

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19 Jan 2021 21:02:51

Was Rodgers not a junior at United a long time ago? I have it in my head he was.

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19 Jan 2021 21:51:46
Ken, I completely agree. Rodgers is doing a brilliant job and you’re right in saying Leicester have a clear style of play. They are looking really solid now. The game is still ongoing as I type and they are on the verge of a clean sheet having just achieved the same against Southampton.

I also think we made a mistake letting Evans go. Although he’s at the end of his career now he could have done a job for us over the last 2-3 years in comparison to what we’ve seen.

I really like Justin as well, he’s been great this season.

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19 Jan 2021 22:03:42
Maddison looks back to his best and they have found a player in fofana.
Chelsea will be disappointed not of scored tho .
Leicester have played well could of had a few more . Sat deep played on the break only had 33% possession.
They do it very well.

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19 Jan 2021 22:13:11
Agreed jred. They are making the most of what they have available. Great achievement for them to be top at the half way stage. Time will tell if they can have a better second half to the season than they had last time out.

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20 Jan 2021 00:09:20
no redman.

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20 Jan 2021 01:44:42
Seems a good coach but worth recognition that Leicester is a well run football club and has been for some time.

Rodgers would be an interesting option but never see it happening.

I doubt this even being considered and any changes will be knee jerk and whoever's available will arrive.

I'd take the Ajax coach and management team if we ever make a change or Paul Mitchel and Naglesmann.

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20 Jan 2021 12:22:29

Actually Rodgers had trials as a schoolboy under SAF, but he didn’t make it. He spoke highly of how SAF treated him.

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