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14 Mar 2017 17:55:15
Just seems Lukaku's turned down the contract. Hoping that means the terms he was offered rather than he won't sign one full stop.


1.) 14 Mar 2017 19:15:25
I think it"s the latter Windsorblue, that"s his perogative. if he goes he goes, would rather him stay like but that's football for you. Hopefully we get top dollar for him and then hope Walsh unearths a gem from somewhere.



05 Mar 2017 17:38:04
Didn't like the formation today. It looked like a 4-3-3 but for that you need two up top either side of Rom who will go wide and put balls across. Far too narrow for me and our midfield looked like they were on top of each other at times with no passing option in front on either side. Coleman and Baines can't be expected to cover the length of the pitch for 90 minutes and the Spurs centre halves are too good (Vertonghen's slip aside) to go through. Should have taken advantage of the fact the Spurs full backs bomb forward and try to get in behind to get balls across.




25 Jan 2017 18:11:55
Anyone else think a cheeky loan punt for Fabregas would be worthwhile? Whether he would come is a different question, but he's not getting a look in at Chelsea so would live to see us at least make an enquiry.


1.) 25 Jan 2017 18:39:03
He will not leave Chelsea, every Club needs a strong Squad and Fabregas is playing a part in Chelsea's. Aren't we trying to build the same.

2.) 25 Jan 2017 18:42:34
That's not a bad shout Windsor mate. Actually surprised no other club has come in for him.

3.) 25 Jan 2017 19:02:27
Besic is nearly fit again so it's going to be interesting who Koeman plays in midfield without adding anymore midfielders.

4.) 25 Jan 2017 19:17:39
People saying Rooney shouldn't come bk because his age isn't cesc the same age

{Ed025's Note - rooney is 31 and cesc is 29 shakey..

5.) 25 Jan 2017 19:57:26
It's scary he is only 29. He seems like he has been around for ever

6.) 25 Jan 2017 21:00:40
He's a s*#@ stirring cheat if you ask me . Good player like.

7.) 25 Jan 2017 21:58:44
He's far more creative than Besic. Like I say I can't see him coming to us, but surely it's worth asking the question.

He's been wasted at Chelsea because he's hardly played of late, so would imagine he'd look at a starting place in the premier league, especially given that we're hugely on the up.

8.) 26 Jan 2017 09:59:11
We need a right winger a CB, LB and a GK before Cesc. There will also be yeams in the CLafter hi as well.

He's a good player but not at the top of his game and will be in decline. Our recent policy of buying young and in the ascendancy of their progress is a much better path to follow.

9.) 26 Jan 2017 10:39:03
I think that was supposed to say "teams in the CL after him as well".

10.) 26 Jan 2017 14:23:34
I agree we need this positions filling, but not necessarily ahead of a creative midfielder who can unlock teams that play very deep.

For me Robles deserves a run until the end of the season plus we look decent as we are playing three at the back which I think is a system Oviedo can do a job in if Baines is out.

My concern is that when we play teams who park the bus we don't seem to know how to break them down. Davies seems to bring the best out of Barkley and makes him more effective at breaking down stubborn defences, but the lad's still a teenager so can't possibly be expected to perform at this level in every game between now and May. Hope I'm wrong but would imagine he'll need a break before he breaks down, and Barkley doesn't look anywhere near as creative without him.

Also, if Barkley gets injured we have nothing creative in the side at all, whereas at least we have some options in the other positions you mention who could do a job for a game or two IMHO.

11.) 26 Jan 2017 15:02:52
I also meant to put striker on the list.

I don't see Cesc moving Ross out of his position. This means like Rooney he would need to sit in the bench.

Not sure Cesc or Rooney would move from one bench to another.



19 Jan 2017 21:16:19
Question for Ed002 - are football players registered as individuals for tax purposes, i. e. paid PAYE, or are they registered as limited companies?

I was listening to a debate on TalkSport earlier about the money footballers earn and it made me think about how much tax they pay. In theory the enormous money from abroad that's pumped into the PL through broadcasting rights and therefore into players' pockets could actually be a huge benefit for the economy, if they are paid PAYE?


{Ed002's Note - Actually a really good question but a generally boring answer in the modern day. Back in the fairly recent day (a) all EPL clubs have returned the Revenue's questionnaire regarding the use of trusts and the payments of expenses; (b) a number of EPL clubs were already negotiating a financial resolution; (c) at least one EPL club had already settled with the Revenue was now in discussion with them over some rather more trivial issues that will require a number of players to make settlements; (d) at least one Championship club settled a small amount; (e) at least one EPL club cancelled additional perks (free tickets to games etc.) following some discussions with the Revenue over another issue; (f) There are a number of clubs that made payments in to Trusts; (g) two EPL clubs have settled a separate matter related to the payment of money related to the image rights of a player who has represented both side; (h) that the Revenue are not simply looking at trusts, but at all payments made to and on behalf of players.

There have been instances in the past where players have been paid via offshore trusts, limited companies for services rendered to the club and in tax-exempt oil paintings and cars. These were referred to as “loopholes” and they have pretty much all gone by the board now, although I know of one now ex-EPL player who was until not too long being paid via his residency of Monaco.

The clubs all realise that there was a need to resolve these issues and to settle because the consequences of litigation are potentially very harsh. It won't be perfect, but it won't be that bad. Other counties are ahead or behind England on this but the days of yore have pretty much moved on with respect to abuse.}

1.) 20 Jan 2017 07:52:12
Sounds like a mess to me Ed. Also sounds like some were sailing pretty close to the wind. I am surprised there have not been any cases as per Spain and Messi. Perhaps our tax collectors are more reasonable? lol

2.) 19 Jan 2017 21:49:45
Thanks Ed. I know in Trent years HMRC has moved to close many loopholes such as giving employees gift vouchers as perks etc, and I guess tickets for friends and family given to players would fall into that bracket.

Similarly the ability to pay a company's named directors in dividends at solely 20% corporation tax has been almost completely abolished.

Surely the 'right of substitution' definition on a limited company would also come into effect here, because there is now way you could argue that that would be the case for a professional footballer setting themselves up as a limited company.

That said, it could explain Oumar Niasse.

{Ed002's Note - Much of the limited company, trust type approaches are behind us now.}

3.) 19 Jan 2017 22:36:38
I hadn't thought about the clubs' positions but of course they would have avoided paying statutory levies such as employer's NI, pension, death in service etc if players were registered as limited companies. They would only have paid VAT on invoice values and that could have been reclaimed if the club was VAT registered.

Frightening to think how much players and clubs would have avoided paying given that the legislative changes and loophole closures were so recent.



23 Jun 2016 20:04:43
Just seen on the SSN whispers board that we have an interest in Mata. Any thoughts on a) whether we have actually shown an interest or b) if anyone else thinks he'd be a decent signing? I for one would take him in a heartbeat.


1.) 24 Jun 2016 04:07:24
Mata to slow for Koemans liking, Mane much better option very fast and knows where the goal is.

2.) 24 Jun 2016 06:33:59
Mata would be an outstanding signing and one that would make people stand up and take notice.

He is in his peak at 28 but I'm not sure he will leave United. His wages and fee are going to be huge and whether this would be the right way to spend our money I'm not sure.

If you want impact though this would be the way to do it.

3.) 24 Jun 2016 14:14:41
dero, how is Mata too slow? He bought Tadic at Southampton and he's not exactly fleet of foot. Both base their game on letting the ball do the work and beating the opposition with one pass not beating them for speed.




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14 Mar 2017 19:20:19
I know Ed, clutching at straws! If SW had signed him there'd probably be a player hiding in there somewhere, but given that Martinez bought him I very much doubt it.

If we keep progressing this season and can make a dent in the top six, I think we'll be an attractive option for some decent strikers. Even if it's just a loan initially for someone like Martial I'd be happy, because if they get goals and we start bothering the top 4 it will be another step in the right direction.


{Ed025's Note - the direction the club is going we will entice decent players windsor, we can now afford to go the extra mile on the wages front and that will make all the difference mate..



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14 Mar 2017 19:12:20
Niasse could do a job given the way he's played for Hull. Not a 25 goal replacement but he's got 10 more games to prove us all that he has the potential for 15 or so a season.


{Ed025's Note - i wish that was true windsor, unfortunately he is a lemon mate and we will all have to realize that..



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09 Feb 2017 20:26:56
He looks a decent potential addition to me. Granted I'd prefer Javier, but would definitely take Abel.




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23 Jan 2017 08:34:41
Wasn't Lookman his replacement?




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20 Dec 2016 19:21:57
It was a hospital tackle and he should've gone off. What annoys me more is that Dim White talked about that more than the back to back challenges from Rojo that deserved GBH charges.





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28 Mar 2017 19:58:13
For me the most important thing is keeping RK and SW.

I personally think Rom will stay another year beyond the summer because, if I ran the club, I'd have sat him and Ross down and said "we'll build the team around you, who do you want? ". Now we have the money to make that happen and I think both are waiting to see if we do it.

If RL scores against the lot over the park and we win, imagine the volume that his name will be sung at. If he leaves for a CL club he may not play every game so the question is does he want to be a bit part in a "big team" or a legend in a legendary team.




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23 Mar 2017 13:54:39
Would imagine he was being kept back for the qualifier and I for one am delighted if he only plays one out of the two games.

Re Southgate, I personally don't think it was a bad appointment. No 'big name' manager would want the job because it's a lose-lose with the English press, plus he seems a lot more open-minded than his predecessors, e. g. 3 at the back, giving Keane and Livermore a go etc. Nobody will agree with all the decisions he makes, but at least he's experimenting a bit. The telling decisions will come when Henderson, Rooney, Kane etc are fit - will he revert to the same old?




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05 Mar 2017 17:44:42
The reason we're not top four yet is consistency. The teams ahead of us find ways of winning even when they're not playing well, whereas we have too many off days and, when we do, we don't even scrap for it.

We've got the (part) owner, manager and money now to change it though it my opinion and are getting closer every week. If we can keep Koeman and Ron then I reckon we'll be fighting for CLand trophies next season.




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05 Mar 2017 17:39:31
I personally think those two are OK if you have the youth and pace of Holgate in a three, but neither are agile enough for a back two.




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05 Feb 2017 19:11:24
Very well said mate, excellent post. Never been so optimistic in my 30 years as a supporter.

A lot of credit for this has to go to BK who could have sold the club years earlier to the wrong person / people and we could have gone the way of Leeds, Birmingham and Portsmouth. Instead he held out to find someone I never thought he would - a rich investor who shared his passion, morals and, seemingly now, his love of the club.


{Ed025's Note - im with you there windsor..