Paul Joyce of The Times has tweeted that the Blues are eyeing McNeil who has emerged as a Premier League talent and he put his stamp on the last meeting between Everton and the Clarets with an impressive goal at Goodison Park earlier this year.
Jamaica international Bailey, meanwhile, is more of a pacy, goalscoring profile, although it's not clear if he would still be a target if his current team-mate, Demarai Gray, makes his anticipated £1.5m switch to Merseyside this month.
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1 Posted 19/07/2021 at 19:08:31
2 Posted 19/07/2021 at 20:09:32
3 Posted 19/07/2021 at 20:40:40
4 Posted 19/07/2021 at 21:12:17
5 Posted 19/07/2021 at 21:20:36
6 Posted 19/07/2021 at 21:26:03
Obviously, we can only speculate, but feels like there are discussions going on. Maybe we offer them players in return as well as money? Not a bad option for someone like Gordon to get experience. And Kenny (again - sigh)?
Pure speculation and guess work, so while you're at it Mr Brands, sneak Schick into the deal please!
7 Posted 19/07/2021 at 22:00:22
8 Posted 19/07/2021 at 22:22:49
9 Posted 19/07/2021 at 22:57:25
Tosun and Kean have not proved they are worthy of starting positions as yet and it remains to be seen if either will be a factor under Rafa.
We live in hope as a new season approaches and maybe the Goodison crowd will help in getting better home performances.
10 Posted 20/07/2021 at 08:01:00
I suspect we will move on James at a profit and Bernard, fingers crossed we still get a right-back but I wouldn't be surprised if it's a loan for Coutinho or something similar. One thing for sure is, with the situation as it stands, and James moved on along with Bernard, we won't be playing a system which requires a No 10 this season.
11 Posted 20/07/2021 at 08:39:33
Until the clock ticks past the deadline on transfer deadline day, I will cling to the belief we've got a quality wide player / forward coming in.
If not, I will genuinely pity Benitez. He's going to have his work cut out.
12 Posted 20/07/2021 at 08:52:04
I see Jordan Henderson is making noises about leaving Mordor. Now that would be a poke in the rs eye if we could reunite their former manager with their present captain. Hendo is the leader weve lacked since Rats retired.
13 Posted 20/07/2021 at 08:55:47
Colin, give your head a wobble and stop drinking….its not even 9am ffs.
14 Posted 20/07/2021 at 09:00:50
15 Posted 20/07/2021 at 09:11:24
16 Posted 20/07/2021 at 10:16:05
17 Posted 20/07/2021 at 11:28:10
18 Posted 20/07/2021 at 12:23:58
When deadwood is mentioned Sigurdsson should be right at the top of the of the list with a certain other midfielder.
19 Posted 20/07/2021 at 12:33:02
Also, most TWers seem to have given up on James - maybe Rafa has plans for him, and I certainly see that if he is given time to build up his fitness, he could gradually become a very influential player and a crowd favourite for Everton. If that helps him get back into the Colombia squad for the World Cup, why would he want to leave?
And I really like Dwight McNeil at Burnley. He is an England U-21 player and he has goals in him. After he scored that screamer against us, I said that he could become our midfield playmaker. He certainly has the talent and attitude. Offer Gomes and Tosun and maybe 15 million in exchange, that might do it.
The RB position definitely needs an upgrade. Denzel Dumfries would be a great addition, but he won't come less than 25 million. And a straight swap for Koulibaly at Napoli with Moise Kean going the other direction. Why would Napoli agree? They get a 22 year Italian striker who has just scored 16 goals for PSG for an ageing defender. For us, we get an absolute beast of a Centre Back who could easily give us 3-4 years of defensive solidity. Imagine Pickford, Koulibaly, Godfrey at the heart of our defence? That would be quite intimidating for the opposition!
Then, I would sell Mina and Kenny for about 25-30 million and get in one of Bailey or Diaby or striker (the American - Dike?).
So, with an investment of around 50 million, our squad could potentially look like this:
GK: Pickford/ Virginia/ Begovic
CB: Koulibaly/ Keane/ Godfrey/ Holgate/ Branthwaite (Gibson out on loan/sold)
MF: Allan/ Doucoure/ Gbamin/ Davies/ McNeil
Forwards: Calvert-Lewin/ Richarlison/ James/ Perreira/ Townsend/ Dike/ Gordon (Simms out on loan)
I would be in seventh heaven to see this XI when all players are available:
Dumfries Koulibaly Godfrey Digne
Perreira Allan (/Gbamin) McNeil
James Calvert-Lewin Richarlison
20 Posted 20/07/2021 at 13:14:25
21 Posted 20/07/2021 at 14:11:52
Agree with get Perriera, and also Zouma.
22 Posted 20/07/2021 at 14:32:49
Derek @17, there's a song in there somewhere. I hope we get to write it!
23 Posted 20/07/2021 at 15:12:34
24 Posted 20/07/2021 at 15:23:57
Like you I am shocked that nobody has gone in for Perreira.
He looks class and scores goals and can defend too.
He would be a no brainer for me.
I would also take an interest in Lamptey. He is like Seamus on steroids only negative is his size.
25 Posted 20/07/2021 at 15:31:29
26 Posted 20/07/2021 at 15:36:54
27 Posted 20/07/2021 at 15:38:10
28 Posted 20/07/2021 at 15:38:59
Do you lot realise that the Norway ladies beach handball team have been fined £1300 for allowing their girls to wear shorts rather than the obligatory bikini bottoms?
We really have to think of the more important things in life
29 Posted 20/07/2021 at 15:49:55
I have to say, I'm more on the side of the Norwegian volleyball team because quite why anyone other than swimmers would want to do sport in just pants is beyond me.
Could you imagine leaping around a sandy beach in just a pair of budgie smugglers?
30 Posted 20/07/2021 at 15:52:57
31 Posted 20/07/2021 at 16:11:12
32 Posted 20/07/2021 at 16:14:08
33 Posted 20/07/2021 at 16:15:32
34 Posted 20/07/2021 at 16:15:58
35 Posted 20/07/2021 at 16:22:34
He reminds me a bit of Jason Wilcox and Stuart Ripley who chucked in all the crosses for Sutton and Shearer to head home for Blackburn.
However, we're unlikely to play the 442 like Blackburn did and Burnley still do - and that might expose his limitations rather than get the most out of him.
He'd make a good LWB but we've already got Digne.
Personally I think we're desperate for a fast left footed goalscoring / assisting winger / forward like Neto, Bailey, Diaby Neres etc.
That's what would make 433 / 451/ 4231 / 5221 work which seem our likelier formations (being a bit of a variation on a theme).
Could possibly make it work with McNeil on the right wing ahead of Aarons or similarly pacey attacking RB. Not unlike what Albrighton did for Leicester with Fuchs behind him on the left flank. That way Richarlison could play Okazaki to DCLs Vardy.
However this would then require Townsend, Iwobi or Gray to be an unlikely Mahrez...
36 Posted 20/07/2021 at 16:28:46
37 Posted 20/07/2021 at 16:40:50
However your point is right, little point in making a judgement now when there is so much of the window still left to get it right.
38 Posted 20/07/2021 at 16:41:04
39 Posted 20/07/2021 at 16:41:08
If James is also sold we are going to have to bring in a No.10. I can see Iwobi played there now, but he shouldn't be the first choice. Coutinho on loan sounds good to me.
40 Posted 20/07/2021 at 16:52:47
41 Posted 20/07/2021 at 16:58:55
McNeil is not a "winger". And he is not a "wing back". Wilcox and Ripley were real wingers playing at Blackburn in different times. McNeil has had success playing as a left-sided midfielder. Why suggest he should play on the "right wing"!?
As for another suggestion that we might have Aarons - don't get me started.
42 Posted 20/07/2021 at 17:12:24
Anyway, sign him!
43 Posted 20/07/2021 at 17:17:45
That Pereira guy is a lazy useless tw.........................
44 Posted 20/07/2021 at 17:27:48
45 Posted 20/07/2021 at 18:33:41
As for your thoughts though, I agree that it's better not to buy someone suited to another system and try to shoehorn them into something unfamiliar. That was much of my point anyway, that McNeil is good at what he does in a 442 but we don't play that way.
As for Aarons, not your cup of tea then? I see him a good footballer and a very modern full back but maybe a bit too expensive if it gets beyond £25m (not because he's not worth it, but because of our limited budget).
46 Posted 20/07/2021 at 18:46:13
As for Aarons, I have put my case on TW before that, for all the attacking prowess we can see on YouTube (same for Lamptey), his defensive skills are known to be lacking (courtesy of Norwich fans who see more than YouTube highlights). I would prefer a solid old-style full-back who can provide attacking support when needed. Someone who would fit in better in a 4-4-2 perhaps behind James or Townsend? I can't see that Dumfries fits that role either but I like his physical presence and would prefer him to either Aarons, Lamptey, Kenny and, sadly, the aging Coleman. How much we have available and how much we want to pay are, I know, an important consideration.
47 Posted 20/07/2021 at 18:57:30
I think I'm more tolerant of defensively weak players though. In some respects, a player like Hibbert (great at blocking crosses) was defensively awful because he couldn't retain possession - and he couldn't pin back the opposition with his attacking threat.
Nice to have an all-rounder of course and maybe Aarons can mature into that - a bit like Coleman did - but possibly with a better range of passing.
Whatever the case, we're probably too skint to buy him!
48 Posted 21/07/2021 at 00:21:16
Speaking with my West Ham supporting mate tonight and he said Moyes is after Pereira and talks have already started.
49 Posted 21/07/2021 at 00:54:27
May I correct you Lamptey has been in the Prem for 2 seasons playing 9 games in 19/20 and 11 games in 20/21 but spent some time out with injury.
He played 7 games for Chelsea under 23 prior to that and Aarons has played 36 games in the Prem for 1 season.
I would say they were pretty comparable in experience but are totally different players.
In the modern vogue overlapping fullbacks are key to the top teams and I see Dumfries and Lamptey being more adept at that than Aarons who is a big unit but does not stand out in any aspect to me.
50 Posted 21/07/2021 at 01:47:47
He was the quickest player on the pitch by far. Scored against the US on a header I believe. He's electric. Bayern was in for him two years ago after he scored twice in one game against them, once with each foot. Disappears from games, but who cares. Get 'im.
51 Posted 21/07/2021 at 02:39:31
52 Posted 21/07/2021 at 03:07:40
Of course Lamptey appears to be injury prone based upon the numbers you gave. 20 games over 2 seasons? That is in the range of James McCarthy's appearances for Everton in the later part of his career with us. I don't think we need another injury prone player.
I believe Aarons is more reliable in terms of fitness although you dot not cite the number of games he played for Norwich last season in the Championship.
Either way, if either Aarons or Lamptey came to us I cannot see the patrons of TW having the patience to stand by them while they make mistakes as they get accustomed to playing at GP. Dumfries has no excuse.
53 Posted 21/07/2021 at 11:07:29
54 Posted 21/07/2021 at 11:12:33
55 Posted 21/07/2021 at 11:28:26
Theres also the younger players coming through who might benefit from a few minutes here and there.
I just hope that there will be a goal scoring winger brought in! Villa have been linked with Leon Bailey today and Spurs are close to signing Bryan Gil; two very good signings Id say if they come off.
56 Posted 21/07/2021 at 14:45:39
Bernard is off anyway, not sure where so that is another 120k off the books.
57 Posted 21/07/2021 at 15:11:00
58 Posted 21/07/2021 at 15:23:32
59 Posted 21/07/2021 at 15:37:56
Two potential reasons :
1. Benitez has a track record of buying lots of players. Various reasons for this I expect. He's not one of those like Mourinho or, I think, Moyes who just likes to work with a core group.
2. They are going to play more than we think and this is it. There isn't going to be a Bailey, Boga, McNeil etc - or not this Summer anyway. Moshiri is sick of people wasting his money and wants to see someone prove himself before opening the purse strings again.
Not thrilled with either reason really. If it is the latter then in fairness we could do a lot worse.
60 Posted 21/07/2021 at 15:58:33
61 Posted 21/07/2021 at 16:22:04
62 Posted 21/07/2021 at 16:32:14
63 Posted 21/07/2021 at 16:48:09
64 Posted 21/07/2021 at 16:53:55
If any of those are true I will be pissed off that we are allowing the likes of West Ham and Villa to outdo us.
Lets hope like 90% of it it is just paper talk and we will get some decent quality in.
65 Posted 21/07/2021 at 17:19:55
At Newcastle he deployed different systems because his players were weaker and (a big one this) he didn't have Steven Gerrard giving you the goal contributions of a classic Number 10 with the violence / tenacity of a a Number 6.
We don't have a Gerrard either.
Rodriguez is a defensive liability in a team without a terrifying attack that pegs the opposition back. Iwobi is Iwobi. Sigurdsson may not be in the picture.
My expectation is 4-5-1 or 5-2-2-1.
The latter is really just the former with a midfielder sacrificed for an additional centre-half. I think we'll start the season with the former and move to the latter if results tail off. This is what he did at Newcastle.
With the two (very average) wingers in we at least have the numbers if not a great deal of quality to play this way. We just need a right-back now. I expect we'll get one but might be someone cheap like DiSciglio rather than, say, Aarons.
66 Posted 21/07/2021 at 20:26:28
The players we sign and sell will be aligned to meeting FFP requirements along with rediscovering a bit of the hard work ethic we have lost. I see us targeting a few players in the 20-30m category that have ability to develop and resale potential for profit.
Whether we loose some attacking intent with Rafas appointment & style of play remains to be seen but I see us potentially without Kean, Richarlson, James, Bernard & Sigurdsson when the season starts so need to prepare for that.
On a bright note, those 5 exits probably bring in around 130m and save circa 500k per week in wages. Bringing in Townsend & Gray on (I hope) reasonable wages mean we probably still look for a left winger, right winger and attacking mid & Striker.
I can see us targeting both McNeil & Bailey or similar wide players along with the likes of Coutinho, Lingard or (dare I say) Barkley on low fee or loan and a backup striker in the 10m price range.
We would use the 70ish million profit and the wage savings to help balance the books.
Arguably this more fits the process Brands initially suggested in early interviews rather than that adopted under our manager merri-go-round & if those brought in perform, I see us selling an asset to fund further activity the following year, similar to a Dortmund, PSV or Ajax model.
I would be ok with
DCL, Tosun* & the likes of Zirkzee up front,
Bailey & Gray as left options,
Playmaker & Iwobi* as attacking mid
McNeil & Townsend on the right
And the likes of Gordon & Broadhurst able to play a few roles as required.
* for players Id rather sell but dont see us shifting
Hopefully we have enough depth we can name a full bench and not include 2 keepers…
67 Posted 22/07/2021 at 11:23:11
I think it will be Iwobi or Rodriguez at 10 and very possibly Townsend at RW. Though if we can sell Kean I expect another RW to be bought and very possibly Rondon to be bought in as a striking alternative stopgap (which I wouldnt mind at all).
Lots of juggling to be done!!
68 Posted 22/07/2021 at 11:25:38
69 Posted 22/07/2021 at 11:36:46
Rondon would also fill gap. Is he still under contract in China?
What a mess that we've spent so much to assemble such a poor squad - and now it feels a bit like the money might have run out (or Moshiri's patience).
70 Posted 22/07/2021 at 16:51:31
71 Posted 22/07/2021 at 16:53:39
Why is ********** obviously off the wage bill?
72 Posted 22/07/2021 at 16:56:52
No matter the outcome, we wont see him in a blue shirt again. Naive to think otherwise. As I say, as a Blue, Im made up another never-has-been is about to go.
73 Posted 22/07/2021 at 17:02:08
I have to disagree on "no matter what etc."
I think if he comes out of his present problem with a clean bill of health the club will back him to the hilt.
74 Posted 22/07/2021 at 17:07:29
75 Posted 22/07/2021 at 17:09:47
Reasonable chance this will come to nothing and hell play his part this season.
76 Posted 22/07/2021 at 17:14:09
At the minute while he was arrested, its not clear if he has been charged. If he has been or will be, then the slow movement of the legal system could curtail his career, even if hes innocent.
Adam Johnson was charged and it was precisely 1 year later that it went to trial. Sunderland chose not to suspend him in the interim; Everton have done the opposite so its hard to see them reversing that if he is headed for trial.
The best hope is that the allegations are false and charges either not made or are dropped. I recall that happening under Bobby Robson at Newcastle when two players were arrested on similar charges but it never went to court.
Another example is Nile Ranger, arrested in January, not charged until 6 months later, then stood trial 9 months after that.
77 Posted 22/07/2021 at 17:20:13
Er, yeah… good luck with that theory. His bird has scarpered so not much support there. Not really interested in some under-achieving millionaire's problems. Him, like so many, have been here three years too long. Apparently we now have a ruthless and professional boss so lets see it.
78 Posted 22/07/2021 at 17:25:41
79 Posted 22/07/2021 at 17:31:15
Kieran, I'd say that even in the six years since the Adam Johnson case, the world has changed enough that Everton's allowing him to play while on bail would not be tolerated now. Not for this.
80 Posted 22/07/2021 at 18:12:21
81 Posted 22/07/2021 at 18:19:43
This is hot on the heels of Lee Griffithss case, which came to nothing.
If posters know more detail than I, then fair enough, hes possibly for the road.
82 Posted 22/07/2021 at 23:01:48
Everton players want team-mate arrested over suspected child sex offences to be named
Everton confirmed they have suspended a player pending a police investigation after Greater Manchester Police disclosed information about last week's arrest.
Everton players are reportedly pushing for their team-mate accused of committing child sex offences to be named.
The player cannot be named for legal reasons and strenuously denies the accusations.
But according to the Sun, some players at Goodison Park are asking bosses to end the gossip surrounding the team by naming the accused individual.
They have also been told to not contact the player with the situation becoming more and more tense.
A source cited in the report says: “The players are highly agitated, they are not happy to be dragged into it.
“Senior Everton players have been contacted day and night by other Prem stars, all seeking details.”
Earlier this week, Evertons squad flew out to America to compete in the Florida Cup, where they will play in two matches before facing Manchester United on August 7.
The Daily Mail reported that the Toffees are providing 24/7 support to the player back in Merseyside and have moved him into temporary accommodation until an investigation is completed.
Thus far, he has not been charged with any offences and is currently on police bail pending further inquiries.
83 Posted 22/07/2021 at 23:12:44
84 Posted 22/07/2021 at 23:19:21
As early as Saturday evening somebody using the tag "Dane" was tweeting "big news from Everton which will rock the club". Other tweets were suggesting which player it was, also late on Saturday.
We don't know for sure which player it is and whether the suspension of the Everton player has anything to do with the arrested party, but it seems to be unlikely that those who are guessing about his identity would be a million miles away.
Being arrested doesn't prove guilt, and that is why the players club would be in a bind as to what to do for the best, I would think that it is only one particular player who has wrongly been accused on social media this week and was targeted because he fits the police's description of the arrested person and therefore would have a right to be angry.
Most if not all of the players would be made aware of the legal requirements in a case of this nature, and they would be asked to be patient whilst the investigation continues.
85 Posted 22/07/2021 at 23:20:34
Mike, many many people are arrested on suspicion of this or that when an allegation has been made and then never charged.
The person hasn't been charged with anything at all up to now and "may" never be.
If that was so then there's no case to answer.
And contrary to what another TW'er posted the person in question vehemently denies the allegations.
I'd rather await the outcome before sharpening the pitchfork and lighting my torch.
86 Posted 22/07/2021 at 23:29:04
I think his identity as someone a complaint has been made about is only kept under wraps to actually protect the identity of those who have made the complaint.
The club however, have a very tricky line to tread. They presumably want to be fair and not throw him to the wolves until things are proven, but at the same time they have to be careful not to appear indifferent to the fact that there may be genuine victims.
87 Posted 22/07/2021 at 23:44:26
88 Posted 22/07/2021 at 23:44:36
89 Posted 22/07/2021 at 23:54:02
How are things like this handled in the USA, is it handled the same in each and every state? Our system is flawed, due to the nature of the police's policy to make statements that often give a clue to the identity of the accused e.g. 19 years old woman has been cautioned for a particular offence, thus giving the media ample information to start a search for the true identity of the woman involved.
90 Posted 22/07/2021 at 00:14:58
The club, not of its own making, has a very tricky line to tread. It isn't helped when you read on fans forums such as TW people casting judgement and making presumptions on the very little that is known.
Although (as per UK law) the player concerned has not been named by the media or the club, his identity is/will be known.
As far as I am aware he has been questioned by the police, but no formal charges have been laid and he was allowed home. Subsequently, he has been suspended by the club as tersely stated in a short club statement:
'Everton can confirm it has suspended a First-Team player pending a police investigation. The Club will continue to support the authorities with their inquiries and will not be making any further statement at this time.'
Further to that, there have been claims that:
a) he has moved out of the family home to a club 'safe house' where he is getting 24/7 club support.
b) his wife (heavily pregnant in December, no mention of a child) has also moved out of the family home to stay with family members at a nearby address
a) suggests the club continues to assist the player
b) suggests NOT that the wife 'has left said player' as some are saying, but simply taking refuge elsewhere away from the media frenzy
For me, this ends in one of two ways:
1) the case is dismissed with no charges to answer. Even so, that could take weeks, months or a year and more to arrive at that conclusion. Whatever the time scale, it makes it highly unlikely we will see said player in Everton Blue any time soon.
2) there are charges, the case is taken to court which again may take months or a year or more to be heard.
An ex-Everton player and working football manager Dave Jones lost his livelihood and waited more than 2 years before being completely exonerated with historic child abuse charges dismissed in court, but still it effectively ended his employment in football save for a brief spell with Hartlepool in 2017.
Adam Johnson is a different story. Initially suspended by Sunderland, incredibly he played almost the entire season for them before going to trial for the grooming of and sexual activity with a minor, for which he was found guilty and sentenced to 6 years prison.
I am in no position to judge the case without evidence. But it is not difficult to speculate how this has impacted on his wife and family, guilty or not, and how his team mates and their wives, no doubt many with young families, are spooked by this.
On the pure footballing side, if I was Brands or Benitez I would be planning the season in the belief that he will not be available to play for its entirety. Something for sure they wouldn't have calculated on being the case just a week ago.
91 Posted 22/07/2021 at 00:15:54
The victim's information is entered into court proceedings based on concepts of confidentiality and privilege. Something may be provided in confidentiality but could be forced to disclose by a subpoena. Privilege is a higher level of security where the victim is the only one who has the key to unlock the info. This privilege runs counter to court evidentiary discovery and so is usually tightly specified. While non-absolute privilege can be accessed it requires the appearance of the accused in court with a compelling argument that must obviate the policy interests in keeping the privileged info undisclosed which have been established legislatively.
92 Posted 23/07/2021 at 08:15:04
Like all such stories and exposes, until the full "official" details are revealed, various rumours concerning the alleged offences and the alleged perpetrator of said offences start to circulate, like a game of Chinese whispers.
I have seen it said (although right now I couldn't tell you where?), that our man is, in fact, denying it all and that the offence is of the mobile phone text-based variety. The story I saw says that he is claiming that his mobile phone account has been hacked and that, personally, he is innocent.
No doubt, all will be revealed in the fullness of time.
93 Posted 23/07/2021 at 08:39:21
I received eleven calls yesterday from mobile phones, every caller saying the same thing: they'd had a missed call from my number.
I'd called none of them and have since discovered that my number has been "spoofed" probably by telemarketers.
Don't know how, but it's been done without my knowledge (obviously) and very easily by the looks of things.
94 Posted 23/07/2021 at 08:49:04
95 Posted 23/07/2021 at 08:51:17
96 Posted 23/07/2021 at 09:34:13
97 Posted 23/07/2021 at 10:08:02
That's is probably not a spoof or hack but a machine dialer just sequentially rolling through numbers - then once they get an answer often you are into the fraud arena where they want you to divulge something useful or in fact install malware to your device (very difficult unless you click a link consciously or not)
Current themes to create pressure are your NI number (odd) is associated with child porn etc. Or they are from the National Crime Agency etc. Lots of tactics to create pressure or rush you.
Ignore them all.
I know banks don't get much good press but most have excellent guidance around these subjects as they are of course very dependent on mobile banking.
Anyway, apologies for possibly the least interesting post on here for a while!!
98 Posted 23/07/2021 at 10:20:16
Thanks for that but the calls I'm getting are from innocent mobile owners who've received a "missed call" from my number, so whoever is making the calls to these people is making it appear as if they're from my number for some reason which I can't fathom.
99 Posted 23/07/2021 at 10:21:13
Did you give them any mate? As in, yeh send me all your money for travel to Goodison?
100 Posted 23/07/2021 at 12:18:42
What makes you think our suspended player is off the wage bill? My own guess is that he's still on full pay and will remain so until the matter is resolved one way or the other. Surely anything else would be in breach of the contract we have with him?
101 Posted 23/07/2021 at 13:07:40
I'd say you are correct and would be very surprised if the player concerned hasn't been suspended on full pay.
102 Posted 23/07/2021 at 13:11:21
One day, the phone 'pinged' and there was a text message, from the head of BlackBerry Asia to the head of BlackBerry Europe, to the effect, that the latter was a bone idle waste of space, who couldn't sell a phone to save his life; and it was his fault that the company was going down the pan!
I was just about to get a screenshot, when the message disappeared. BlackBerry did indeed go 'down the pan' within a few months... and I have no reason to believe that the message was not genuine. I have often wondered, what the atmosphere must have been like in the BlackBerry executive dining room!!
103 Posted 23/07/2021 at 14:43:17
104 Posted 23/07/2021 at 14:55:46
105 Posted 27/07/2021 at 15:27:54
The Rumour Mill tab (in blue at the top of this page) takes you to 2019-20 rumours like Sergio Reguillon!
106 Posted 27/07/2021 at 17:51:37
I've not seen Correa play, do you think he would be a good signing? Where would he fit in?
107 Posted 30/07/2021 at 09:50:06
108 Posted 31/07/2021 at 19:12:49
109 Posted 31/07/2021 at 19:17:07
110 Posted 31/07/2021 at 19:37:15
111 Posted 02/08/2021 at 10:27:06
He's a decent player, pacey and a good crosser, but not the 'next level' player we need.
Bailey would be cheaper and is already a better player. But Villa look to have agreed a deal which is a shame.
I would likely to see another winger, forward and wonder if we could get Troare for a decent price or my preference Netto. Wolves do appear to be willing to sell for a reasonable price as long as they make a profit. £25M for either.
I've also said many times, there's some very good player's in Scotland and the Championship that could be bought for less.
What do our scouts do?
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