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April 28, 2017, 04:37:27 AM
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they seem to throw obscene amounts of money at everyone

Isn't that what you have to do now? That's what Liverpool got in trouble for not doing.

If you want to offer one kid free school as a deal sweetener cos he looks the dogs bollocks then you've got to offer the same to every kid in your academy.

Great for the kids, and not like the football clubs can't afford it.


July 19, 2017, 03:30:00 PM
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That Chilwell looked excellent in the World Cup

He looked excellent against us last year too, would be a great successor to Baines

September 11, 2017, 01:39:59 PM
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But surely you wouldn't stick by a shit player when it could ultimately cost your team games/points?

*cough* Williams *cough*


March 08, 2018, 10:34:12 PM
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ITK info re Under-18's:

Today, just 4 of the current U18 squad were given a Pro contract with Everton.

Dont know who they are yet, but there will be very many disappointed lads being released.

It's a tough world.

Is that retention rate normal? It seems low but I canít tell without context

March 05, 2019, 11:40:09 PM
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That Dennis Adeniran looked a really powerful and fast CM, something the first team is sorely lacking.

Anyone know anything about him?

March 06, 2019, 12:17:18 AM
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Didn't watch this game but like what I've seen from him in the past.

Had a quick google and apparently we have high hopes, we payed Fulham £4m for him last year but he was out for half a season with an injury, doing well now heís back up and running


April 16, 2019, 07:07:25 PM
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Its wonderful for the players and their families to win this league but it means very little to the club.
The main aim of the u23s should be to provide players for the first  team. Ajax probably have the most successful football academy in Europe. Their youth teams are famous for playing the same system as the first team so that when they get into the first team they are ready to slot straight in. They are currently 7th in their youth league but have provided 11 players in the current Ajax first team (5 of these are regular starters in the first XI)
Of the team that won the PL2 two seasons ago, 4 are currently in our first team and DCL is the only one that can be considered a regular starter in the first XI

To be fair, itís much easier to step up to the Eridevisie than it is to the Premier League. The PL is the fastest/most demanding league in the world, and no clubs have several youngsters stepping up from the same crop.

April 17, 2019, 05:06:04 PM
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..............Sambou is out of contract in June  ,I thought I read somewhere he was being released ?

Yeah, Sambou isnít making it in the PL, not enough to his all round game