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  1. De Roon is definitely getting the nod over Grant. He'll be first choice with Clayton I'm sure. if he hits the ground running I think he could be one of the standout players for us this season. I'm expecting De Saart to feature this year too, judging by what some of the staff and players are saying about him. Negredo is a great signing. His record at City wasn't at all bad, he just wasn't as good as Aguerro is all. We're talking about a newly promoted club here too. He might not be on Arsenal's or Chelsea's radar, but he'd be a good signing for established sides like Everton, Stoke, Southampton etc. That he's at Middlesbrough is a great coup for us. I think he'll work well in our system and if he can find his earlier form I think he'll be amazing for us. From what I've read the £100k a week takes into account loan fees too, so it's not all his wages. Ramirez is another good signing for us. Fair enough he might not have lit up the league when he was with Southampton or Hull, but he fit our system well and I think staying in the no. 10 role will see him do much better this time around than previously where he got shifted to the wings a fair bit as I recall. It's a shame the Subotic deal has broken down, but nevertheless I've been really impressed with the business we've done this window. Valdes brings great experience, as does Barragan who sounds like being a solid right back, while we've also got Fischer who could be a great signing for the future. It's always going to be a struggle staying up, but I'm pleased that we're making a good go of it and doing so without putting our finances in the toilet if we do get relegated. We've been really smart I think. Of the three promoted sides I fancy us the most to stay up as things stand, but whatever happens I'm really looking forward to this!
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    Euro 2016 thread

    lol at Ferdinand asking if anyone else kept their runner's up medals. Shearer keeping quiet.
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    Euro 2016 thread

    No idea how Portugal have won the tournament, but well done anyway.
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    Euro 2016 thread

    Well, it's hardly like I'm burning effigies of them, but saying I hate them is really no different to what people on here say about Clive Tyldsley, Townsend, Lawro, Savage etc is it?
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    Euro 2016 thread

    I hate them both equally in any event. I'd look twice if Danny Murphy said the sky was blue.
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    Euro 2016 thread

    To be fair, the good amongst us hate ourselves. Danny Murphy's "England in the quarters without facing anyone of quality" tweet was embarrassing even before hindsight took over. It's an appalling, entitled attitude that shows no insight or reflection on how good we actually are, or aren't as the case is, and it's bloody everywhere in the media until we get knocked out and shown up for being crap as ever. Then everyone talks about all our obvious failings, which actually just boils down to a lack of pashun* - how we admire Wales for pashuning their way to the semi finals with no other qualities whatsoever - and then we rinse and repeat for the start of the next tournament. We're still on course for the World Cup in 2022 afterall! *Not strictly true - we moan about grass roots reform, look at what Germany did after 2002, then what Spain did, then we're back to Germany, and now we'll be looking at what Wales and Iceland have done and how these smaller nations have organised themselves down to under 8s level and so on. How inspiring, how we could do the same - we will do the same - then Croatia will win a tournament and we'll have to ignore whatever Iceland did and try to work out what Croatia did. Whatever we find, we must do absolutely nothing to change anything about ourselves anyway, as dads picking tall Barry and fast Jack, with no footballing ability whatsoever, is the English way and therefore the best way.
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    Tennis

    I thought it looked like he was playing carefully as if he's not that confident in his back, but I'll cede to you on the point - you watch him far more than I do!
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    Tennis

    Makes for an easier semi-final for Federer if he gets that far. I don't think he looked very good yesterday though, and with Cilic, Nishikori and Roanic in his half still, I'm not sure the fairy tale is that much more likely sadly.
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    Euro 2016 thread

    Hodgson can't win. I don't think he's anywhere near as bad as everyone else seems to, and he gets no credit for anything that goes well. My hairdresser was laying into him the other month for showing little ambition or something... we got through qualifying undefeated, he's brought talented young players into the fold and he can only work with what we've got. What's he supposed to do? Sterling and Kane haven't played well, he gave them a half to turn it around and they didn't, so he hooked them off and his two half time substitutes score the goals that win us the game. Our defence isn't great, but then neither is the pool of English defenders, and he's not going to turn them into solid rock in the time he has with them if they're not already at that level from their clubs. And equally, he's not the one to blame if our goalkeeper can't stop a free kick taken from 40 yards away. Does he drop Joe Hart now? What if Forster makes an error against Slovakia? Does Heaton get a go, and then back round to Hart? I don't think he's the messiah or anything, and I don't agree with everything he does. But I don't think he's some clueless oaf either, and the lengths some people go to to avoid giving Hodgson any credit whatsoever is unfair.
  10. Could do with a bit more notice on when the next round of predictions are available* - it's not like we don't know what and when all the group fixtures will be, and you can change your predictions anyway if, by round 3, it turns out Germany are more likely to lose than win or something. *I'm rallying against the BBC here, not you Danster!
  11. I think you can see the beginning of the downward curve in Season 8, a bit more so in 9 and so on. It's a good few seasons past its very best by the time season 11 and 12 roll around.
  12. You definitely, definitely should. It was painful only putting it at number 2 on my list.
  13. Those scarf makers were quick getting these things made... Too quick, perhaps.
  14. I think clubs themselves have access to stats like that going down to really minute detail and players will be scouted using them, it's just figured that the general public wouldn't want to see them repeated at the end of every match report. And to be fair, I wouldn't. It's interesting to bring these statistics up in articles about them or about how they show the true value of a player's contribution (I think there was a brilliant article about Ozil last year which touched on this kind of thing), but as an everyday thing I couldn't be bothered. If I ever see baseball on tv I look at all the different stats scrolling along the bottom and it looks like ESPN collided into Bloomberg.
  15. Man Utd's sponsorship deals are incredible. "Official Filipino Photocopy Paper Provider to Manchester United!" "Thailand's Official Crisp Partner" "The Official Manchester United Dishwasher Tablet Manufacturer in Peru" And so on.
  16. I'll be hoping Sheffield Wednesday do it personally. Partly because I fancied them as my "there's always one who steams in late" team from quite early on (even though they didn't quite steam in that late really in the end) but also because it's easy for me to get to Sheffield so it'd make for an easy away day* for me. Selfish, I know, but there you go. *See also: Derby. cf: Brighton; Hull.
  17. I'm genuinely surprised at some of the comments about this squad being "same old, same old", "unambitious", "unexciting" or whatever, like Lampard and Gerrard had been called out of retirement. Or Roy settling for draws and being unambitious (100% win record in qualifying) or how qualifying form means nothing and we'll be shit in the tournament. We probably will, but that's not new to Hodgson. Someone said we're in the shadow of the other major European teams - yeah, and? Aside from a couple of occasions since like, 1950, when haven't we been? We're not Germany in disguise, disappointingly held back by Hodgson. I don't get the inclusion of Delph other than him having played for Hodgson before. I suspect he'll be cut, though I wouldn't be surprised if Drinkwater was the one to miss out (not because I think that would be correct, but, big club and all that). Wilshere has been excellent for England and is our best midfielder. He's not match fit or sharp yet, but if there's a chance he will be for the Euros then he has to at least be included in the provisional squad. It's a chance well worth taking, and I can't believe people don't see that.
  18. Was hoping for a Derby v Sheff Wed final, but it seems that's out the window. What is it with Derby and the playoffs? It's like the Premier League is the south end of a magnet that just repels Derby away as soon as they get close.
  19. The playoffs are great for the neutral and for those unlikely to make automatic promotion, but they're very cruel on those who just miss out on the top 2 spots (like us last year, and especially so Brighton this year). They do keep the league interesting for a good proportion of the teams in the league and avoid dead rubbers from February onwards, as people have said. I do think the team in third should get some advantage though, which is why I like the alternative playoff format of 6th v 5th, winner v 4th, winner v 3rd. If the team in 6th gets promoted after beating the 3 teams above in a row, then fair play, but it also gives the team in 3rd, who quite possibly finished 15 points clear of 6th, some advantage - they've had an extra break, they've avoided the risk of injuries and suspensions etc.
  20. I think the thing with the trophy was that it was only going to be presented to us if we won the title because we were playing at home. Brighton could have won the title too but the trophy wouldn't have been presented to them at the Riverside. I can understand Burnley's (and Brighton's if that scenario played out) frustration, but I do also understand how the league thought it would be nicer for whoever wins to have it presented in front of more of their fans than just the couple of thousand who were able to make it to the Valley or Riverside. I realise it takes some of the fun out of it though. In all honesty I wouldn't have cared myself if the trophy was at the Valley and yet we somehow won the league. Promotion was all we cared about and I'd have taken second place ages ago - Smithstock must be the only optimistic Middlesbrough fan out there, 'cos the rest of us just assume we'll shit it all up at every opportunity.
  21. Not sure, but I think it was done last year. Not particularly bothered myself but I guess it's kind of nice to celebrate with something tangible.
  22. Fully deserved on the day - really should have won that outright, but I'll take it. Wasn't sure about the red myself. Don't think it was malicious, but then it was high, studs showing and he obviously gave Ramirez a horrible cut. Can see why it was given, and I know I'd have been pissed off if he'd only got a yellow, but equally can see why Brighton would feel aggrieved. Gaston was our best player I thought until then so it was a huge blow to lose him. It's all history now though - we're going up! Best of luck to Brighton in the play-offs - they deserve to go up too.
  23. This game could be over but for a goal line clearance and some poor decision making in front of goal. Second half is just going to be an onslaught from Brighton - hope we can put one away on the counter.
  24. Yeah, Dembele really should have literally blinded Costa first before getting a ban. And breaking a leg is worse than losing an eye, obviously.
  25. I literally cannot sleep for thinking about the game tomorrow.
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