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Report: Alcaraz to depart this summer

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Antolin Alcaraz will not be offered a new contract by Everton and will leave the club as a free agent next month according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Paraguayan, signed by Roberto Martinez a free transfer from Wigan Athletic, will follow fellow veteran defender Sylvain Distin out of Goodison Park after two seasons with the Blues.

Due to a succession of injuries and competition for places from the likes of Distin, Phil Jagielka and John Stones, he played just 14 times for the Blues.

Alcaraz made his last start in the ill-fated Europa League Round of 16 second leg against Dynamo Kyiv which saw the Blues' hopes of making it to Warsaw shattered in a 5-2 defeat.  


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Geoffrey Risebrow
1 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:35:37
The day gets better!
Colin Glassar
2 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:39:50
Adios Antolin, good luck in the future. You werenÂ’t great but neither were you as bad as some claimed (except maybe in Kiev).
Brian Wilkinson
3 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:40:45
ItÂ’s a start, things are looking up.
Kunal Desai
4 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:41:18
Best news in a very very long time. It will be a relief once he has signed for another club otherwise we could do another Pistone.
Frank Crewe
5 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:39:12
All together now

So long sad times, go long bad times
We are rid of you at last
Howdy gay times, cloudy gray times
You are now a thing of the past

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So lets sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Altogether, shout it now, thereÂ’s no one
Who can doubt it now
So lets tell the world about it now
Happy days are here again

Your cares and troubles are gone
ThereÂ’ll be no more from now on, from now on

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So lets sing a song of cheer again
Happy times, happy nights
Happy days are here again

Now if he can only take Kone with him.

Rob Halligan
6 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:47:40
With Distin gone as well, it is definitely one area where we will be buying. I personally would go for Ryan Shawcross or Ron Vlaar.
Dave Williams
8 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:50:50
Harsh! A decent player in his day but ravaged by injuries. The right decision to release him but he doesnÂ’t deserve mockery. There are more able players whose efforts have been less than his.

Good luck from me, Antolin.

Denis Richardson
9 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:50:15
Not a surprise but nice to hear it vaguely confirmed. Was half afraid he would be offered another contract as back up.

So one CB is definitely on the shopping list - hopefully itÂ’s not just a back up but someone whoÂ’ll be good enough to challenge for a starting place and possibly replace Jags in a yearsÂ’ time.

Jim Bennings
10 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:50:29
Ah well it all started so promising for Alcaraz too didnÂ’t it?
He actually looked quite composed and competent in his first handful of appearances until that Anfield derby.

IÂ’d move heaven and earth for Shawcross, I donÂ’t give a fuck about ball playing centre halves to be honest, I want a dirty physical cynical bastard that wins headers.

A "no shit" defender if you like.

Michael Winstanley
11 Posted 26/05/2015 at 19:57:24
Who would you drop, Jim?
Gareth Clark
12 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:02:33
Thank goodness,

This means reinforcement at the back!

IÂ’d like Caulker or Shawcross (unlikely given Stokes form)

Andy Crooks
13 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:01:46
He has been appalling treated. I have been as guilty as anyone, yet, he is from Paraguay so it was never going to work out here, of all places.
Andrew Ellams
14 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:06:29
TheyÂ’d have to fight for their places, Michael. ThatÂ’s how the top teams work
Michael Winstanley
15 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:10:14
So Shawcross would come to Everton to warm our bench? I donÂ’t think so.
Dave Pritchard
16 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:09:26
Andy 13. Maybe I am being thick but could you explain your comment please.
Anthony Hawkins
17 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:11:10
Good or bad, itÂ’s the right decision and we needed a new CB anyway. The pairing for next season should at the very least feature Stones as first choice.

In my book we should cash in on Baines, have Galloway and Garbutt to battle it out between them.

Back for of Coleman, Stones, Jags and Galloway/Garbutt is looking pretty tasty.

The main buys in the summer should be a keeper and a right midfielder. Now weÂ’re adding a centre back to the mix.

Keeper
Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway/ Garbutt
R Mid McCarthy, C Mid, Mirallas
Barkley
Lukaku

I expect Pienaar will be the left midfielder so Mirallas can move into a more central role.

Jim Bennings
18 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:10:43
Michael, Andrew has already beaten me to the answer.

Good teams who aspire to be properly successful (not just finish top half with a pat on the back) but properly challenge need quality players for every position.

With the experience of Distin now gone, we need a string physical central defender who can step in and do a job if Stones or Jagielka lies form or fitness.

LetÂ’s not forget Jagielka is getting on too, 33 in August himself. Not that old but not that young either.

Martinez has already stated that Galloway wonÂ’t be going in the middle until the far off future and thereÂ’s doubts over BrowningÂ’s ability to play there I have heard.

Stones is a good ball player, maybe sometimes a heart in mouth defender depending on your opinion of taking too many risks, but two things he is not, is great in the air on defending crosses, heÂ’s also a bit easily bullied at times, itÂ’s happened on several occasions but is often overlooked because heÂ’s young and supposedly a ball player.

If you look at the goal conceded on Sunday again itÂ’s our Achilles Heel on crosses.

I think with Jags and Stones we will see us concede that type of goal a lot next season again.

Michael Winstanley
19 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:22:46
If we buy a Shawcross or Vlaar then they have to start; I canÂ’t see them coming otherwise. We need someone to cover for Jags and Stones, so heÂ’s going to be cheap, I canÂ’t see us spending heavily in that department.
Kelvin Thomas
20 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:29:12
He was always on the back foot. Free transfer from Wigan and out injured for months before his debut.

DonÂ’t blame RM for signing him as back up. Unfortunately didnÂ’t work out. Good luck at your next club AA!

Jim Bennings
21 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:33:34
In 2011-12, a certain John Heitinga won the Player of the Year award but the following season Moyes didnÂ’t even start with him, preferring Distin and Jagielka.

The point IÂ’m making is, just because Jags was solid this year, thereÂ’s no guarantee he should be a set-in-stone starter next season; like Distin earlier this season, he lost form and could have been dropped himself, you know.

We have to ask ourselves anyway, is the Jags - Stones partnership really that impregnable?? I remember a few weeks ago they were tortured at Villa Park and looked a shambles every time a cross went into the area. I personally think it wonÂ’t be long before we find out our weaknesses next season.

Jim Bennings
23 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:39:55
Post removed — off topic
Graham Miller
24 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:43:11
There has been no pressure on Stones and Jags this season so any purchase has to be challenging enough to potentially put one of them on the bench. Vlaar and Shawcross donÂ’t excite me, IÂ’d rather we looked at Micha Richards to add a bit of power and pace through the centre.
Andy Crooks
25 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:53:47
Dave, it was a leaden attempt at irony. I was disappointed that Roberto suggested that the animosity from some supporters towards Alcaraz was because he is Paraguayan and that he was signed from Wigan. Well, actually not disappointed more... err... incredulous and then entertained.
Jim Hardin
27 Posted 26/05/2015 at 20:51:54
Post removed — off topic
Christy Ring
30 Posted 26/05/2015 at 21:04:22
Glad heÂ’s going, but Bob has to take most of the flak. He played him with no match fitness after his injuries.

Would Ciaran Clark of Villa be an option? Left-sided, young and wouldnÂ’t command a big fee.

Graham Miller
31 Posted 26/05/2015 at 21:12:21
This is a big summer for Martinez. He needs to get his signings right and get us traveling in the right direction again. HeÂ’s shown he can get players to pass the ball, but letÂ’s have some purpose with it and some steel at the back.

Letting Alcaraz and Distin go is a start but his faith in Kone worries me. I hope heÂ’s right and IÂ’m wrong, but more goals are required and more clean sheets if we are to challenge for a place in Europe and both cups.

Jim Bennings
32 Posted 26/05/2015 at 21:16:33
Martinez himself played a huge part in destroying Alcaraz.

I have never forgiven him for that shocking team selection at Anfield last January when he opted to play Stones right back, who looked a fish out of water there, despite having Hibbert on the subs bench. Alcaraz who was suffered muscle fatigue thrust in against, at the time, the most devastating potent Liverpool team for years.

As I say, I have not forgotten Martinez for that one, we could have lost that 8-0 that night and all because he picks a total mish-mash of a defence.

So, before he starts going on about witch hunts, he should look at the handling of the man himself at times.

Geoffrey Risebrow
33 Posted 26/05/2015 at 21:05:51
I believe Alcaraz had only played 8 games for Wigan, the season before Martinez signed him for Everton and I also believe he was 30 at the time so in my opinion it was a very poor judgement by Martinez to sign him. 14 games in 2 seasons is pathetic.

Even in just 14 games we had to witness the disgrace in Kiev where he only had to come and head the ball twice (after all, that is what CBÂ’S are supposed to do), the pathetic own goal against Southampton, and Aguero going past him all to easily (Alcaraz looked like he was in quicksand).

McGeady, Traore, Atsu and EtoÂ’o have also been disasters!

Patrick Murphy
34 Posted 26/05/2015 at 21:40:46
Antolin made 83 appearances in the Premier League since he signed for Wigan in 2010:

34 - 2011
25 - 2012
10 - 2013
06 - 2014
08 - 2015

Tom Bowers
35 Posted 26/05/2015 at 21:39:30
Alcaraz did have some class but sick notes have cost him his playing time as at Wigan. The emergence of Stones means he was limited when fit which wasnÂ’t often.

However, as others have stated, the Blues definitely need a big cover for either Stones or Jags. especially as Jags is not getting any younger. I like the kid Browning who can press Coleman for his place and Galloway who can do likewise to Baines & Co.

We all have our favourites regarding all the other Â’Â’benchwarmersÂ’Â’ and it will remain to be seen who else is still at Goodison come September.

Mike Hayes
37 Posted 26/05/2015 at 22:31:39
Can Alcaraz take Kone and Martinez with him?
Geoffrey Risebrow
38 Posted 26/05/2015 at 22:45:45
He made a decent amount of appearances in his first 2 years at Wigan then. Wigan were fighting relegation in those 2 years which makes me wonder how good he was then? Surely Martinez and our scouting system could have found a better CB than Alcaraz when we signed him?
Bill Gall
41 Posted 26/05/2015 at 23:01:37
JagielkaÂ’s best form was when he had Distin on form at the left of the central pairing and Jags on the right. His form dipped when he was moved to the left to bring in Stones to the right side; he is also not as effective playing on the left side of EnglandÂ’s defense

Get the boy from Celtic to put pressure on Jags and for the future. LetÂ’s bring in young players who have experience in Europe.

Keith Glazzard
43 Posted 26/05/2015 at 23:04:57
Mark Twain said that Wagner had some wonderful moments, and awful half hours. A bit like Antolin.

[Just trying to raise the tone...]

James Stewart
44 Posted 26/05/2015 at 23:21:29
Good riddance.

Just seen reports of our interest in Trippier. ١.5M release clause. Would be interesting signing.

Sean McCarthy
46 Posted 26/05/2015 at 23:30:41
Michael Dawson as cover/competition for CB for me. Good in the air, brave as a lion, decent with the ball at his feet and no slouch either. With Hull just relegated, theyÂ’d probably be willing to offload their bigger wage earners.

IÂ’d be tempted by Huddlestone too. Can be a bit too laid back but he can pick a pass (short or long) which we are crying out for. Let McCarthy do his donkey work for him and I reckon it would bring out the best in Lukaku with someone finally giving him proper service. He reminds me of Gibson without the injuries.

I doubt either would (a) break the bank or (b) demand silly wages in order to stay in the Premier League.

As for Alcaraz... thank god heÂ’s gone!!! He was a disaster waiting to happen that invariably happened.

Tony Marsh
47 Posted 26/05/2015 at 23:44:35
Escape From Alcaraz... Glad to see him go but it wasnÂ’t the ladÂ’s fault he wasnÂ’t Premier League standard. The manager signed and played him so Alcaraz could hardly say "No, IÂ’m shit," could he? Now for Howard, Barry, Pienaar, Osman, Hibbert, Kone and McGeady.

Shit, weÂ’ve no-one left ?

Brian Porter
50 Posted 27/05/2015 at 01:58:54
Anthony Hawkins (#17), you seem to be one of a small number of fans who think we should sell the current first-choice England left back, and replace him with a lad who has only made a handful of Premier League appearances and who has yet to prove capable of realising his potential. That road leads to madness.

Garbutt is not a true blue blood Evertonian, and is clearly in it for the money. Baines is not only the best LB in the country, but displayed great loyalty to the club when he could easily have gone to Man Utd and followed the money trail. IÂ’d pick Baines ahead of Garbutt any time.

If Garbutt is as good as he and his agent seem to think he is, let him stay and prove it, show us he should be picked ahead of two international left backs. He has a lot to prove yet, and talking about him as if heÂ’s the next Roberto Carlos is a load of old bollocks IÂ’m afraid.

Harold Matthews
51 Posted 27/05/2015 at 02:00:14
No surprise. Good luck to the lad.
Victor Yu
53 Posted 27/05/2015 at 03:30:41
He did play well in a few games for us. LetÂ’s show some appreciation.
Matt Traynor
54 Posted 27/05/2015 at 03:35:49
So Distin, Alcaraz and likely Garbutt gone. WhatÂ’s the situation with Hibbert? With a limited pot in the transfer kitty, due to having to pay interest payments to "Friends of Everton", what will RM do?

a) Replace with more free transfers?
b) Hope Browning, Galloway et al are up to the job?
c) Pray for no injuries?
d) "Reluctantly" cash in on one of our rising stars. With Barkley looking more and more like the next Stefan Rehn, letÂ’s hope Stones doesnÂ’t get itchy feet or weÂ’re really screwed in defence.

Of course, all of the above.

Thanks Bill! Good job youÂ’re a Blue...

Mark Andersson
56 Posted 27/05/2015 at 05:49:32
Well I have more class than to say good riddance. He tried but as others pointed out he was not up to standard and had injuries.

Although I would say goodbye by Martinez.

Mark Pierpoint
57 Posted 27/05/2015 at 07:25:03
Brian Porter #50. Spot on. Absolute madness there being espoused by Anthony. I wonder how much they have seen Garbutt recently... If he was saying cash in on Oviedo etc. then I may agree but not Baines.

I will not be joining the few celebrating Alcaraz leaving. He was not a money grabber, did not treat fans or anyone within the club with distain and has never been in the papers causing trouble. He had problems with injuries. When he was on form he showed the ability to be a solid enough back up.

Fact is that he was a gamble due to his fitness problems and it hasnÂ’t paid off. Hope he finds a club where he can play some games, and probably in a less physical environment. MLS maybe?

John Keating
60 Posted 27/05/2015 at 08:18:58
Really weird
Martinez has been supporting Alcaraz from the day he arrived until a day or so ago. Accusing some supporters having an agenda – for various reasons – against him.

He seems to have been unable to see AlcarazÂ’s limitations that a great number of supporters have seen throughout his stay.

Now we find heÂ’s out. I just wish now and again the manager would say it how it is, but then again maybe he does think Alcaraz is great; if so why bin him?

Eddie Dunn
63 Posted 27/05/2015 at 08:36:17
Alcaraz, probably looked great in training, strolling around, well balanced, good passing.

IvÂ’e played with a few classy Latin players over the years, and when the game is relatively slow tempo, they look like Rolls Royces - imperious.

However when the game turns into a maelstrom of flying tackles, boots and elbows, the composure can disappear, and the once statesman-like demeanour can be replaced by that of a dispossessed peasant.

That was Antolin.

Darren Bailey
64 Posted 27/05/2015 at 08:26:00
Matt (#54)
"What will RM do?" - (IÂ’ll adjust that slightly for you-"What will RM and BK do?") - probably fuck up the club even more! But in response to your comment and this isnÂ’t meant as any kind of criticism or to invoke an arguement-just my view.

a) Free transfers donÂ’t have to be crap and turn out like Alcaraz. There are currently 3 free agents that I think would be a good option for us at CB-Shaar, Vlaar and Richards. Richards may be predominantly a RB but with his build would be a good option at CB as well as providing cover for Coleman. Any of the three would improve our squad, two have premier league experience and the other is a ball playing center half.

b) Browning and Galloway have showed in their brief appearances this season theyÂ’re up for the challenge and will only get better being around the 1st team providing healthy competition and can be given game time from the bench or in the cups. Stones did it at 18 and IÂ’m a big fan of promoting from within as otherwise whatÂ’s the point of having an academy?

c) Injuries are part and parcel of the game, thatÂ’s why you have a squad and try to have cover in every position. No Europa League next year so less games to pick up injuries. My concern on the injury front is more the fact we have injury prone players-Pienaar, Gibson, Oviedo and Kone and the older players like Baines, Barry and Osman who will pick up injuries more easily.

d) LetÂ’s just hope not as the next 5 years for this club needs to be built around the core that is Coleman, Stones, McCarthy, Barkley and Lukaku.

I agree with your last comment though - Good job we have a lifelong blue in charge of our club. God forbid we had a rich savy businessman at the helm!!!

Paul Smith
65 Posted 27/05/2015 at 08:47:04
Needed to be moved on. No room for sentiment it doesnÂ’t get us anywhere. Good centre half please to compliment either JS or Jags.
Terence Leong
68 Posted 27/05/2015 at 09:24:35
Alcaraz showed composure, good positioning, and an ability to head the ball during his earlier appearances. If you recall a period of a few games last season where it was he and Stones partnering at the back.

Somehow, it didnÂ’t work out well for him, with injuries; and once he stopped playing regularly, the form and quality goes too.

He could have worked out; on a free transfer, sufficient experience, and actually decent enough.

I agree that there is no need to direct all these harsh criticisms, and as rightly pointed out by many others here, it was also in part due to his inclusion, at the expense of Distin for the Kiev game.

Max Wilson
69 Posted 27/05/2015 at 09:27:29
Alcaraz going has been caused by a "witch hunt" IÂ’ve just read that RM is saying. Meaning it is not his choice. What we need now is a which hunt. Which others should go with him? Can we have a vote?
Duncan McDine
70 Posted 27/05/2015 at 09:42:52
If heÂ’d been offered a new contract I think that would have been enough to make my mind up on RM and the future of our club. Thankfully some common sense has prevailed on this matter.... So for me, itÂ’s still sensible to give RM next season to prove himself.
Jim Bennings
71 Posted 27/05/2015 at 10:17:15
Duncan

We all know Martinez will begin the new season with Everton, we are not daft enough to think otherwise but whether he should be given the whole of next season is a totally different matter.

If he starts poorly up until late September or October and the malaise is the same as this season then he simply has to leave.

Geoffrey Risebrow
72 Posted 27/05/2015 at 10:06:24
Alcaraz did do well in his first couple of matches and deserves to be shown respect and I wish him well for the future but he will be remembered for that fateful night in Kiev and the shambolic own goal at Southampton when we still had a slim hope of the Champions League!
John Raftery
74 Posted 27/05/2015 at 11:48:42
ThatÂ’s the Â’clear outÂ’ done and dusted then! Distin and Alcaraz were the only senior players out of contract. They were always destined to leave at this point. All that remains is for Garbutt to find a better offer elsewhere. No one else will be leaving from the senior squad unless another club to comes in with a mad offer for the likes of Kone or McGeady.
Duncan McDine
75 Posted 27/05/2015 at 12:15:08
Jim (71)... I canÂ’t disagree with that. If things donÂ’t look any better then BK will have to replace him by the new year.
Colin Glassar
76 Posted 27/05/2015 at 12:17:31
IÂ’d like us to have a punt on Trippier (Burnley) for ١.5m. Seamus needs some serious competition at RB and neither Hibbo or Stonesy are going to provide this.

ps: Why are we skint? WhereÂ’s all the telly money going BK?

Kieran Fitzgerald
77 Posted 27/05/2015 at 12:25:18
Jim, I could see Galloway pushing senior players from the start of pre-season this summer. I think he has done well enough over the last two games to warrant the chance.
Tom Bowers
78 Posted 27/05/2015 at 13:12:31
I like what Darren Bailey has to say.

It makes a lot of sense to look at what youngsters we have and get them starting the pre-season games.

The Â’Â’oldÂ’Â’ or sick note brigade should be looked at seriously and defined as to whether they really have anything to offer the club going forward.

Yes, I know some have contracts but what is the point of paying them if they hardly play.

The youngsters have talent, speed and a desire to make an
impression so it makes sense to make room for them.

It appears however that there is nobody knocking on the door for midfield or offence so unless RM strengthens with signings we will see the usual suspects struggling next season.

Ideally one would like to see Besic and Barklay hit the ground running but like many others they have disappointed this last season so one wonders where they figure in the RM pecking order.

I cannot see the likes of Mirallas, Naismith, Osman, Pienaar ,Kone or Barry offering up anything new to improve the team and personally would move them out.

Duncan McDine
80 Posted 27/05/2015 at 13:25:59
Fair shout Colin, but I donÂ’t think weÂ’ll be spending much (if anything) on backup for Seamus. He needs competition for his place though, just like any other position, so youÂ’re right to highlight it.

I honestly donÂ’t think we are skint, so would be shocked if we didnÂ’t have 㾻m or so in the transfer kitty. IÂ’d personally like one classy creative midfielder (replacing osman) and then good cover provided through loans or free transfers.

Linda Morrison
83 Posted 27/05/2015 at 17:52:54
It said in The Echo that there was "to be a summer clear out at Goodison" so 2 down and how many more to go.?

i donÂ’t see why there should be a problem with summer signings as the club is in profit due to all the TV money, we had more than last season due to the Europa money.

never mind at least we are not LFC fans. What odds would you get I wonder to see who gets the chop first between Martinez and Rodgers?

Harold Matthews
84 Posted 27/05/2015 at 18:02:12
Are Hull selling any players. I wouldnÂ’t mind that Irish Brady fella on the left flank. Seems to be their best player every week.
Rahman Talib
85 Posted 27/05/2015 at 18:34:25
Not too worry about CB as we have the young uns like Galloway and Browning and some other dudes from the youth team.

Need to spend our money on a creative midfielder and a left winger

Amit Vithlani
86 Posted 27/05/2015 at 18:32:33
DistinÂ’s loss will be felt but not Alcaraz. We have two full backs who are poor in the air and The tro of Jags, Stones and Howard are repeatedly getting done by deep diagonals. Either we learn to press and block crosses at source or get a proper replacement for Distin. Or both. But certainly not neither!
Barry Jones
87 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:24:18
A centre back that can defend crosses would be very useful. I cannot see Stoke letting Shawcross leave though. Vlar and Caulker are both useful defenders. Ashley Williams is also an excellent defender who is capable of playing good football from the back. It would be better to have someone who is already tried and tested in the EPL I think. I also like the idea of getting Huddlestone for his passing range.
Sam Morrison
88 Posted 27/05/2015 at 19:38:11
While IÂ’m not hoping for a change of heart I did feel Antolin was scapegoated a little. He started really well but was part of that disaster at Anfield, and after that he lurched from one niggle to another and lost form. I always felt he needed a run in the side to really get going.
Plato Stavrinos
89 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:07:38
Micah Richards for me ....
Jim Hardin
90 Posted 27/05/2015 at 20:54:36
Wish Alcaraz all the best. I didnÂ’t want him here and didnÂ’t think he would be good enough to replace Distin or Stones. He played decently for us until the Kiev disaster (wonder if some personal issue arose or he was ill, etc but guess we will never know). Still he was a true professional and didnÂ’t come out blaming anyone else for his performance. Wish he had the talent to go with his class as then he would be a very good player.
Joe Foster
91 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:10:41
Shawcross wonÂ’t leave stoke. Stoke are a team that look more desirable than us now (how horrible is that thought)
Jim Bennings
92 Posted 27/05/2015 at 21:21:22
Definitely think a defender with Premier League experience is crucial, who can ever forget Per "I’m terrified of heading a ball" Krøldrup..

Simon Jones
93 Posted 28/05/2015 at 10:56:19
Alcaraz was a squad player, so I canÂ’t see a big name signing to replace Jags & Stones. In fact, with a few "big" clubs looking to strengthen defence our best business all summer might be to keep Stones in the Royal Blue.
Nick Entwistle
94 Posted 28/05/2015 at 11:15:51
Micah Richards, Plato?

Tuscan sunshine, Florentine surroundings and European football... heÂ’ll be on the first Easy Jet over.

Andrew Ellams
95 Posted 28/05/2015 at 11:37:39
IsnÂ’t Richards on loan at Fiorentina? If so, I guess itÂ’s more about if they want to keep him.
Michael Polley
96 Posted 28/05/2015 at 12:17:34
Happy days !!!!!
Paul Kossoff
98 Posted 28/05/2015 at 17:00:54
Rob 6, did you not see the Southampton - Villa game? Vlaar looked no better than Richard Dunne of QPR: slow and clueless.

Center-halfves are surely the the only position on the pitch that requires no more than to be over six foot tall.

Paul Kossoff
99 Posted 28/05/2015 at 19:42:50
Harold (#51), good luck to the lad? The lad was payed say, 㿞, 60 thousand a week for what? Heading the odd ball, well he is a footballer so he is supposed to do that, kicking and tackling and running round a bit, and not very good at any of it.

Good luck is the last thing he needs as some idiot will pay him a fortune to do very little. Maybe we will get Richard Dunne in for a season on 㿞 grand, and when he goes you can wish him good luck too.

Colin Grierson
100 Posted 29/05/2015 at 09:41:50
He just had to go. As for harsh treatment... well he didnÂ’t kill anyone but he was well paid to do a job he wasnÂ’t up to. The grief he got goes with the territory. IÂ’d be happy to come out of my house to a chorus of "YouÂ’re shit and you know you are!" every morning for 㿞k a week!

We wonÂ’t get Shawcross and we donÂ’t want Vlaar. I just hope our scouts have been well briefed (Martinez "Find me someone phenomenal") I donÂ’t think we necessarily need a proven Premier League centre-back.

Andrew Ellams
101 Posted 29/05/2015 at 10:18:39
Why wouldnÂ’t you wish him good luck? He was an average centre half, but then we canÂ’t afford much better to sit on the bench and probably had more average games than shockers. HeÂ’s a footballer and he earned a lot of money, itÂ’s not a new thing so maybe get over it and move on.

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