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13 Mar 2019 17:04:40
Congratulations, Declan Rice!




08 Mar 2019 18:37:18
I think we can score three at Cardiff.

Hernandez, Lanzini and Arnautovic.


1.) 13 Mar 2019 13:19:00



03 Mar 2019 11:27:52

Ditch the sentiment. He’s a hothead who thinks too much of himself.

We can do far, far better by looking elsewhere this summer.


1.) 03 Mar 2019 14:38:06
Agreed, I don't rate him and a nasty piece of work by all accounts.

2.) 03 Mar 2019 19:18:15
shelvey is kinda the opposite of what we need in our midfield, with rice already playing the sitting role where does the pace and energy come from?

3.) 03 Mar 2019 20:28:41
Sorry to disagree re Shelvey, hothead yes, nasty yes, but love to seem him with us, no place for softies in the defence, love a toughie at the back and up front leading the line!

4.) 03 Mar 2019 20:56:42
Fair play, Chelms and I have no doubt that he has some talent as a footballer, but I have several concerns:

1. He frequently runs the risk of being carded

2. His arrogance and opinionated attitude is not what our dressing room needs

3. If Benitez, who is a good man manager, has kicked him out of his match day squad, there will be very good reasons for doing so. MP doesn’t need the hassle when he is building a cohesive squad to challenge for Europe next season.

I too, like strong and competitive players, but you can be a tough competitor (like Rice) without being ugly about it and rubbing up referees the wrong way.

For the money that’s being mentioned (£20m) I am sure that Husillos and MP can find better.

Ah, well. Differences of opinion are healthy! 👍.

5.) 03 Mar 2019 22:15:41
Definately nasty, he tried to kill Harry Potter 😀.

6.) 03 Mar 2019 23:12:35
Markro, yes I will agree with all you say, but as always it’s down to who wants to come to us not who we want unfortunately? I think it’s all a bit silly reading about we’re interested in this one then that one, knowing none are seriously coming to us! it’s all so stupid, then as Mike said in a post about home grown players becoming super expensive after Brexit? Shelvey’s been linked with us for a while, I can’t believe that players when they are linked to other clubs don’t tap others at that club for info? He’s a London bloke, I personally would not Like to freeze in the north east being an Essex man!

7.) 04 Mar 2019 07:38:19
Very good Sdl!

Fingers crossed we can attract the talent MP wants, Chelms.

8.) 04 Mar 2019 09:06:12
Shelvey isn't a bad player, but I don't see him being an improvement on what we already have. We have Declan Rice in the holding position, we have creativity in Manuel Lanzini when he is fit, now we need an engine to permanently replace an ageing Noble. Not that I have anything against Noble, but he isn't getting any younger.

Shelvey is not a box-to-box player, he sits deep. not a problem, but we have Rice for that.

I'd much rather pay more money and get someone like Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

I have no idea if we are evening looking at Ruben, but he is young, strong, physical and is a box-to-box player.

9.) 04 Mar 2019 17:06:05
I like Shelvey and if Dec gets injured or red carded we need someone to keep pushing Dec and if Pel. wants him i don't see that being a problem. Another London lad would be welcomed.

10.) 05 Mar 2019 08:35:50
What about shelveys passing range? Top draw . You don't see him make any pass without enough pace on it . How many times do we see some of ours hit a pass and it comes up short? He would improve us in that area,



28 Feb 2019 23:00:05
I wonder if Arniie’s absence was more sinister than feeling “ill”?


1.) 01 Mar 2019 07:02:59
Markro, I would say yes having seen this sulky man child’s absence due to so called “injuries” since the China transfer saga came about in December! Since then when he has been on the pitch he’s been anonymous anyway, sooner he is not around the club the better for me!

2.) 01 Mar 2019 18:44:13
Lets see what happens tomorrow, I for one ( after being at city wed night ) believe that an Arnie with the sulks and a fever is better than AC, but let's wait and see.

3.) 02 Mar 2019 10:50:22
Realistically, AC had little to do because he got very little service. We were on the back foot for almost the entire game and defended as well as we have done all season. He even had a difficult chance on target with his wrong foot resulting in a very good save from the keeper.

Having said all of that, the game has passed him by during his long injury absences and he is now far too one dimensional for modern football. He should not be offered a new contract and should be a part of the wholesale frontline clearout we need in the summer. Perez has shot his bolt with MP, Chicha isn’t good enough to be the one up top and the brothers Arnautovic should reap what they sow.

I’m looking forward to the arrival of at least two new, high quality strikers before next season.



23 Feb 2019 21:27:58
I don’t expect much away at City, but I’d like to see Lanzini in for Snodgrass. We might as well take the attack to them.

We can and should however, win all four of our games in March, which will push us closer to that seventh spot.


1.) 24 Feb 2019 07:58:04
As long as we aren’t in a relegation battle, which we won’t be and don’t qualify for Europe in any way, I will be more than happy! I think European games knacker players, pick up minor or major injuries that affect Premiership form unless you have a really sizeable squad that can replicate each other when replaced like for like, then for me Euro football is an unwanted stamina and injury sapping competition! How long has “burn out” been cited as a factor to shortening form or injuries. If we can afford to waste as much money as we have paying astronomical wages to players that are simply non Premiership standard quality, we are not in need of any European earnings!

2.) 24 Feb 2019 10:38:32
Ambition is a great thing, but we must not fall into the trap that Burnley did this season and qualify for the second rate European competition. Look what a disaster for them and the many clubs that preceded them over the years. That competition is a poison chalice and we must steer clear of it. A Premier league season wrecker in my opinion.

3.) 24 Feb 2019 11:56:27
On the other hand chaps, am I right in saying by winning the Europa league you qualify for champions league, that could be our only way to get to play champions league football (as it's going to be difficult to get into the top four, ) therefore attracting quality players, but I completely understand what you're saying.

4.) 24 Feb 2019 12:13:00
I understand the hesitation/ reluctance to be involved in Europe if the squad isn’t up to it, but we do need to have ambition moving forward.

With the apocalyptic clearout that is going to happen this summer, we could well be on the way to strength in depth with players MP has chosen (and we know that he assembles top squads) .

I also have real optimism about the rest of the season with our injured players returning.

Take a look at our March fixtures -

Newcastle (H)
Cardiff (A)
Huddersfield (H)
Everton (H)

I can’t see why we shouldn’t have a good shot at all 12 points, which would boost confidence for the trickier fixtures in April.

Happier days ahead. 😃.

5.) 24 Feb 2019 20:14:59
I agree with Marko and think we should be bold and go for it.
In regards to Burnley I can’t help thinking their dreadful form had a lot to do with Dyche’s insistance on picking Joe Hart who I think is a terrible keeper. Since they have put Heaton back between the sticks they have won a lot of games and lots of clean sheets!

6.) 25 Feb 2019 13:09:45
Europa League is only negative for clubs who cannot assemble a decent LARGE squad, and with no disrespect to Burnley, they couldn't do this. Their league success that got them there was based upon a team with little rotation and injury and a GREAT first half to the season. Their decline started in February 2018, NOT once the Europa league games started in Late July. In summer they did not have funds, or the attraction, for better players to build a capable squad, and they suffered injuries in goal. In short, their poor from in the first half of this season mirrored their form in the second half of last season, it had nothing to do with Europa at all.
WHU are different, we have a bigger wage budget that COULD assemble a squad, providing the wage structure is managed well. And i believe we have a manager who will only show ambition to win things. He talks about a big club mentality, well that means winning whatever you can. If we get some luck, our INJURIES will not be half as bad next season and we will have a squad again.
With CL an option now via Europa i think it is attractive, it does help attract players, and we have a good crop in the U23s that could be given more opportunity.

7.) 25 Feb 2019 23:38:19
Everyone is entitled to an opinion and there is no right or wrong but for me I rather we qualify for Europa league and play in it than not. Doubt we would win it at this stage and it would be a distraction but so is the FA Cup and EFL Cup. If we want to move forward we need to be competing in these things.

Success leads to more success. Teams that play in the Europa league, while not Champions league status, do get noticed by players across Europe and would allow us to sign some players who might not join otherwise. Also players we do have will want to achieve things and playing in Europe is one of those things.

8.) 26 Feb 2019 07:45:17
MP refers to the importance of a “big team” mentality.

Big teams play in Europe.

9.) 26 Feb 2019 11:48:18
Yeah, I for one would love a crack at Europe. Can even blood some of the younger talent a lot more for the really easy games. Would be a great experience for them and indeed a carrot to help attract top talent.




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18 Mar 2019 16:12:29
Nasri’s quality is undeniable. He, more than anyone else, changed the game on Saturday.

We need to sign him up before anybody else starts showing interest.




16 Mar 2019 17:06:57

Well, I said we’d score 4, but I wasn’t expecting that!


1.) 16 Mar 2019 18:06:39
Well, well, well, what a helter skelter of a topsy turvy game was that🤣😂 well you got the 4 right Markro, at 1-3 down I was saying to myself “Stevie/ Markro, the “old boy got it right”😂🤣but of course delighted to have got it wrong👍Sdl, yes Arnie was s—-t again! Leave him out and get rid! I am not a fan at all of this short passing possession football, especially passing it backwards, get it upfield into the opposing area! Not an Hernandez fan, but he did it for us today, great diving header goal when he could have gone with his feet👍👍.

2.) 16 Mar 2019 22:20:14
When HUDDERSFIELD go down we should be all over their midfielder BACUNA he's a ready replacement for NOBLE next season looks a real talent for me I know theypaid a fair price for him but i'd be amazed if he didn't have an option to leave if relegated. COYI.

3.) 17 Mar 2019 07:24:11
Whorya, yes Bacuna would be a great addition for us, Premiership savvy, no settling in to worry about, must be other vultures hovering around the relegation possibles eying the likes of him up though? He is a young Dutch boy on a 3 year deal from 2018 with a further year option after that, he was very prominent for Huddersfield yesterday! Our defence yesterday was non existent almost at times, at 3-3 it looked almost certain for them to score when there were at least 2 Terriers 3 yards from goal with only Fabianski to beat when he pulled off another game changing save and the second attempt was blazed over the bar, had they scored it would have been disgraceful after the comeback from 1-3 down! Lucky we were not in the position we have been at this time for the last season or so when that huge miss happened!



16 Mar 2019 14:16:08
Arnie and Antonio start. It’s an attacking line up.


1.) 16 Mar 2019 15:31:15
And we look terrible again : (.



15 Mar 2019 15:55:38
Every pundit I have seen so far is predicting a win for us (even Lawrenson! )

Should that give me confidence, or make me worry?


1.) 16 Mar 2019 08:30:59
Markro/ Stevie, the predicted line up either way looks good to me with surely goals in it for us, whether we have either Lanzini or Antonio in today, it still looks a strong team to me, but performances can differ so greatly from exspectancy as we know! It looks like Arnie is in, I hope he gets his legs in gear and decides to show some fight and determination for the team instead of looking like a lazy so and so that couldn’t care less, we all know how he can terrorise defences and score goals when he decides to turn up! Maybe either of your predictions could just happen, but I will be more than happy with a one goal difference in our favour👍🤞🤞⚒⚒⚒⚒COYI.

2.) 16 Mar 2019 14:22:55
Chelmsford, I know I said in another post I can see us winning 5-0 I've actually gone for 4-0 in my super 6 prediction I hope I don't regret changing my mind, fingers crossed for a big win.



15 Mar 2019 15:33:15
So, apparently we’re willing to let Chicharito go for in the region of £8m to £10m.

I have to laugh when I see that sort of report. The club knows exactly how much it wants and if that amount is met and all parties are ok with it, the deal is done.

If you were a team interested in buying him and you had seen that, would you offer the £8m, or the £10m?


1.) 15 Mar 2019 17:28:29
Markro, don’t think the Orient could afford that money😂🤣 give him to them and offer to pay him £5k a week which is too much🤣😂.




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15 Mar 2019 19:47:42
Oi! Stop raining on my parade!

I know, I know - but I can’t help but hope.




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15 Mar 2019 16:28:35
Is your doubt based on the idea that they are too high profile for WH? If we don’t strive for better players than we currently have, we will never improve.

It is indisputable that the overall squad quality went up last summer because the owners invested heavily and the new manager had the clout to bring in better upgrades.

I don’t know what our budget will be for the summer, but the departure of a tranche of high earners and their transfer price should put us in a decent position to upgrade yet again.

It might be a longish road, but as the squad improves and our results improve correspondingly, surely the higher profile players elsewhere might consider moving to us.

It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on strikers who you think should be realistic targets for the summer.




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15 Mar 2019 15:58:26
I’m sure you’re right and I wouldn’t want him anyway IF we’re genuinely considering the likes of Gomez and/ or Marega.

I can see a serious clearout of our current 4 strikers.


{Ed002's Note - I very much doubt either will be joining West Ham.}



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15 Mar 2019 15:53:40
I suppose it’s down to the player, then. Does he want to play regularly, or warm the bench and watch Kane?

And, of course, who will pay him the most?


{Ed002's Note - There has been no approach from West Ham, and no "bid gone in".}



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17 Mar 2019 16:47:55
How is it that we can defend so well against the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, but concede five goals against Cardiff and Huddersfield?

Yesterday’s game was bizarre.




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16 Mar 2019 10:26:16
I’m on that wavelength!

BIG win today. 😉.




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15 Mar 2019 14:57:46
They are one and the same! 😂😂😂😂😂.




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15 Mar 2019 09:58:22
Like most on here, I enjoy the speculation, the “wouldn’t that be fantastic if it could happen, ” stuff, as well as stories/ reports more grounded in what is more likely.

I want the club to be better and more successful, so I’m happy to read about those possibilities.

Don’t let my dreams fade and die! 😏.




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15 Mar 2019 09:47:27
Interesting - I went for 4:0 on my Super6 prediction.