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Online SuperFlat

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Re: Other clubs' transfers
« Reply #4075 on: Thursday 14 February 2019, 04:07:49 PM »
He was cool as f*** about 10 years ago. Didn't move with the times.

Offline Optimistic Nut

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« Reply #4076 on: Thursday 14 February 2019, 06:26:06 PM »
Bit weird that at a club like that, the top scorer in club history only has 100 league goals.
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Offline Kanji

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« Reply #4077 on: Thursday 14 February 2019, 07:28:36 PM »
:lol: 120/12=10; checks out.

haha, it was only in 3 seasons that in all comps he didn't hit double figures -- (2017-2018, 2015-2016, and 2013-2014) since joining in 2007-2008 with Napoli
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Offline themanupstairs

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« Reply #4078 on: Thursday 14 February 2019, 07:33:42 PM »
Delightfully cynical read about the January transfer window:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2019/feb/01/transfer-window-premier-league-deadline-day-barney-ronay

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It was reported in December, quite casually, that 400 people had queued on Christmas night outside a branch of Next in Nottingham to be first in line for the 6.30am Boxing Day sale.

Nobody objected to this. The people queueing were described as “bargain hunters”. It was as though this is all just fine, normal behaviour. Rather than, say, mass acquisitive hysteria, the shared conviction there is a some kind of happiness to be found in waiting six hours in the festive cold in order to pay marginally less for a cable-knit V-neck jumper that starts to look slightly sad and disappointed the first time you wash it.

I’d like to think those 400 people sprinting into Next at 6.30am on Boxing Day felt euphoria at first. Followed by a slow dislocation of the senses: drowning in fleece and wool-mix weave, struck with silent angst on the escalators. Before finally giving in to a rising tide of rage, the urge to smash and tear down and break out through the plate glass, to rip the half-price roll neck from their shoulders and howl at the dawn, perhaps after stopping off in Costa for a panini.

It seems unlikely this was how it played out in practice. Public displays of consumerism have become a form of shared affirmation, something to be celebrated and waved around like a flag, as anyone who follows football will know already.

Watching transfer deadline day play out on Thursday evening it was tempting to wonder if English football will ever start to question its own obsession with performative spending. This is a sport that always seems to be coiled on the starting line outside Next, maxed-out credit card in hand, face pressed up to the glass, already drooling over the knockdown gentlemen’s smalls.

People know all this of course. We raise our eyebrows on social media and express a weary disquiet. In the January transfer window net spending for the season rose to a record £905m. Going by the figures for 2018-19 at least £220m of the overall spend will leave football in payments to agents and in-betweeners. This is what the transfer window is for. It is a circus but a circus that is laughing right back at you. Meanwhile there is less green space, no drainage at the rec, no workable changing rooms, less will to participate. When will we start to resist?

It’s also a lot of fun. Deadline day was, as ever, a brilliantly slick production. Sky Sports News was fronted up in mid-afternoon by two eager, gleaming men dressed as corrupt high-end estate agents. A countdown clock spun at the edge of the screen, ticking down the minutes to deadline hour.

It is the roving reporters who are the real heroes of this show. Vinny O’Connor was at Liverpool, gamely freezing his feet into the car park asphalt on our behalf. “Jürgen Klopp has just left for the day. I wonder what message that sends.” Nobody really wanted to say.

Tim Thornton was at Huddersfield standing in front of a snow-dusted fence, looking healthy and eager, like a handsome farmer advertising muesli. He seemed unshakably optimistic. “We will of course bring you any news as soon as some happens.” In the corner the doomsday clock swung closer to 11pm.

Later the rolling studio show was renamed Deadline Day: The Countdown. Peter Crouch has gone to Burnley. Sam Vokes has gone to Stoke. Wilfried Bony, the scorer of six goals in the last three years, is off to Qatar. Apologies if you heard some bad language there. And we can go live to Kirsty Edwards, who has been stationed in the barren wastes of the Leicester car park all day and who has, you feel intensely reassured to notice, remembered to wear gloves.

It is all deeply engrossing. But somehow it does not really fit the staging any more. With seven minutes left on the clock Sam Allardyce began to talk a little jarringly about austerity as the studio thrummed with confected excitement about “getting Michy Batshuayi over the line”. When will we start to resist?

English football has a tonal problem at moments such as these. The Premier League is obsessed with competitive spending, with the idea success really can be whistled up out of a shopping spree. This is its founding principle, Thatcherism in shorts.

It just seems increasingly jarring and vulgar. We are a cash-strapped nation these days, full of people working harder and longer and feeling ever more stretched.But wait. Here comes football again with its wasted millions, hat askew, a drunken lord gurgling down Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill at the back of the bus as it trundles on towards the edge of the cliff.

There are some things that could be done about this. The January window should go for a start. It’s disruptive and inane. It offers a misleadingly easy way out. A culture shift may help too. Perhaps we could venerate a little more the methods of someone such as Mauricio Pochettino, who has built a strong team while “not spending money” (even typing those words, it is hard not to work in a note of shrill outrage).

Clubs could stop presenting the purchase of a player as a moment of triumph in itself. For the rest of us the idea that it is fine for supporters to be needlessly priced out because this is the will of The Market could be dismissed as defeatist rot. Who is all this benefiting anyway? Apart from the people who always benefit, those whose job it is to promote this profitable flux; while the rest of us stand, noses pressed up against the glass at every splurge of the money-gun, hypnotised by someone else’s show.

Wow. Not sure I've ever read a better football piece anywhere.
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Offline cubaricho

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« Reply #4079 on: Monday 18 February 2019, 04:48:41 PM »
Nani to Orlando City official.
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Offline Tribesman

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« Reply #4080 on: Monday 18 February 2019, 06:08:49 PM »
West Ham want to replace the aging Zabaletta and sign Antonio Valencia.

Offline Tomato Deuce

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« Reply #4081 on: Monday 18 February 2019, 07:11:00 PM »
Nani to Orlando City official.

No idea if he’s any good these days, but at 32 he should have a few years left in the tank.

Offline morla84

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« Reply #4082 on: Monday 18 February 2019, 07:17:38 PM »
Orlando City Official is a terrible name for a footy team

Offline sbnufc

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Offline Ketsbaia

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« Reply #4085 on: Friday 22 February 2019, 10:22:29 AM »
Might force them to play the brilliant youngsters on their books - off the top of my head there's Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi and Mount.

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Offline xLiaaamx

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« Reply #4087 on: Friday 22 February 2019, 11:37:47 AM »
Kenedy gunna get his dream then :lol:

Online ToonArmy1892

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« Reply #4088 on: Friday 22 February 2019, 11:47:34 AM »
Haha, f*** off Chelsea, shithouse of a club.

Offline Dr.Spaceman

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« Reply #4089 on: Friday 22 February 2019, 11:57:14 AM »
It's only 2 windows, not exactly going to relegate them.

Offline Raconteur

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« Reply #4090 on: Friday 22 February 2019, 12:03:03 PM »
Surely it's pretty significant that the frigging FA was found guilty of breaching child protection laws regarding the transfer of minors? You'd like to think the governing body would be above board...
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Offline Tomato Deuce

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« Reply #4091 on: Friday 22 February 2019, 02:41:49 PM »
Lucky for them they’ll be able to recall any of the 40+ players they have out on loan.

Offline toon25

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« Reply #4092 on: Friday 22 February 2019, 03:23:57 PM »
He great irony is that they’ve broken the rules on bringing in players they’ll never f***ing play.

It’s a travesty that these larger clubs can afford to dominate and hoover up young talent to the extent that a lot of the smaller clubs are ending their provisions for youth squads. Mate of mine is an FA education inspector and said that even PL clubs like Huddersfield are struggling to justify running youth teams.

Offline Interpolic

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« Reply #4093 on: Friday 22 February 2019, 03:32:29 PM »
:thup: And our best youngsters never play, so their development is f***ed.  The likes of RLC should be a PL regular at 23.

Genuinely think there should be a limit on squad sizes / youth players on the books / loans, to put an end to this.  But it's the rich, powerful clubs at it so if they're not complaining then the governing bodies reckon they're doing their job properly.

Offline The College Dropout

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« Reply #4094 on: Friday 22 February 2019, 03:40:48 PM »
:thup: And our best youngsters never play, so their development is f***ed.  The likes of RLC should be a PL regular at 23.

Genuinely think there should be a limit on squad sizes / youth players on the books / loans, to put an end to this.  But it's the rich, powerful clubs at it so if they're not complaining then the governing bodies reckon they're doing their job properly.

Agreed. 

Something like 35 players 22 and over on a clubs books.

Anymore and they must be released.

Offline triggs

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« Reply #4095 on: Friday 22 February 2019, 04:56:19 PM »
Easiest way to do it is to restrict the amount of players you can loan out
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Offline Ketsbaia

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« Reply #4096 on: Thursday 14 March 2019, 11:52:15 AM »
Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of Eder Militao from Porto, who has looked quite good there.

Offline The Prophet

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« Reply #4097 on: Thursday 14 March 2019, 01:14:44 PM »
Like clockwork, the 'English football is great' narrative is back. The reverse us true when no English teams progress to the latter stages of the CL. It's almost like it's a knockout tournament where the amount of teams rest progress from a particular nation has no bearing on that league's quality.
It's basically what gives us the upper hand even in times of crisis. "Cannit wait man, we're gonna batter them, hope it's 4 or 5 nil, fancy such and such for a hat trick, we're going got Europe, they're a yo-yo team" Then five minutes into the game "s***, why haven't we scored? They've had a shot! Why aren't we all over them? How come there are two teams in the game? f***, what if we don't win? f***s SAKE CLEAR IT SHOOT TACKLE HIM BOO! What if we lose, PANIC PANIC BRUCE MAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHY DID HE MISS THAT SHOT, IS HE A MAG?! IT'S BECAUSE BRUCE IS A MAG! f*** OFF STEWARD ARE YOU A f***ing MAG? BET ALL THESE COPPERS ARE MAGS, AND THE MEDIA! THE REF'S A f***ing MAG! AM I A MAG?! Wait, blacked out for a second there. Ah, f***, we've lost again."

Offline Optimistic Nut

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« Reply #4098 on: Thursday 14 March 2019, 01:47:03 PM »
Tbf the past few years our top clubs have been way behind Europe’s best. I’d take the current four to give anyone as good as they get at the minute.
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Offline Astroblack

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« Reply #4099 on: Wednesday 20 March 2019, 11:53:39 AM »
Saul rumored to be going to City for 80 million.  :anguish: