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25 Sep 2020 11:55:26
I'm not going to start saying I'm a Barkley fan just because we are linked with him but I feel He could improve our squad .
If we managed to get games and Barkley over the line then that would be a very solid widow.

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25 Sep 2020 10:29:25
I’d like DePaul. really strong add.

But I’ve always thought Barkley in the right club set upand a chance for regular starting would be a machine.

With Bielsa as coach. I reckon he’d be good for pushing into Southgate’s squad at end of year with a KP-Barkley-Kane spine for England.

DePaul or Barkley would be the added quality we need as Pablo winds down.

Still need a starting left back and a GK.

Get this done . and we’re finishing in top 10.

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25 Sep 2020 11:11:18
My vote would be for the lad, Malinovski. He looks to have bags of skill and a bit of a box to box if needed. Should fit in well with Bielsaball.

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25 Sep 2020 10:29:05
Lots of talk of creative midfielders.
I think our ongoing pursuit of de Paul shows that the club / Orta / Bielsa know that this is an area we need to strengthen. Based on the 3 heavy £ signings we've made so far, I'm pretty confident that they will succeed in getting in someone of real quality.
For the first time in many years, I really feel we are in safe hands!

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Review Of The Day 25th September 2020

25 Sep 2020 07:39:19
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Review Of The Day 25th September 2020

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25 Sep 2020 05:15:21
Could Poveda play that Pablo role behind bamford instead of Roberts.

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25 Sep 2020 08:55:43
Melb, bit of a tall order to ask the young lad to play such a pivotal role in the team. I have watched Roberts try to a few times now and he has never looked convincing. Roberts has spells of looking like the real deal, especially with the injection of pace he can bring to the role (speedier than either Henandez or Saiz before him) , but over 90 minutes he is not influential enough yet. I imagine that Poveda would suffer from a similar fate. The young man is just getting to understand his role as a wide player in a Bielsa team. We owe him that much that he isn't confused by new ideas. Personally let's keep Robert's in the role. He progressed in the role last year even though he had his chances sporadically. Hopefully the PL will push him to another level. Also it will allow Bielsa to evaluate if he has a role to play in our future or is he one to offer out the other teams.

I like the fact we are adding to the Championship winning squad and not jettisoning those players for an influx of high profile recruits. In my eyes Rodrigo is the eventual successor to Roofe as I don't believe we ever replaced him for last season. We got lucky with injuries.
Koch replaces White. And Llorente replaces the injured Berardi. Even if we get a de Paul-esque player I still only believe he is a replacement for Saiz, again another player that wasnt replaced at the time and we got lucky with so many games out of Henandez.
Bielsa still keeps his small squad size, with 2 players competing for each position (this doesn't necessarily mean 22 players for 11 positions as most of our players can cover 2 positions to a very good standard) .

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25 Sep 2020 10:15:50
When he is older and wiser, yes, but for now he needs to keep learning, and building up match time. I got to say, that this kid is a another class Orta signing, as he will be immense in a few years!

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25 Sep 2020 10:47:42
I'd be more tempted to bring Harrison (or Costa) into the Pablo role and replace him with Poveda.
Harrisons work rate would make him a box to box player, his speed and 1st touch are top class.

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25 Sep 2020 01:50:11
Was worried about Radz and trying to do things on cheap.
But he has put in some investment and think we tracking well.
I like that we now have the 4 CB options and looking forward to seeing how and who will play there, maybe 3 at the back?
Still looks like we are in for a creative MF and possibly winger.
Need that siaz, Pablo player to link and create and hopefully that will suit Rodrigo, time will tell.
If being greedy, would like Gk, LB and another striker.
I'd happily let cassila, Douglas, alioski and Roberts go.

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25 Sep 2020 07:37:42
Not alioski.

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25 Sep 2020 08:49:32
EVERY club needs an Alioski.

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25 Sep 2020 08:51:12
Not alioski.

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25 Sep 2020 09:12:17
I am sure the personnel will change over time, but I hope to not see a massive cull of the Championship squad
Above all discussion on their merits and talents. The collective was close. They fought like a team not a series of disparate individuals. That quality needs to be fostered. Its certainly makes the total greater than the sum of the parts in our case.

Drip fed in new talent. Just don't go back to first principles in your first year in the PL. At the moment this squad does for each other and it allows them to achieve things they couldn't have imagined as individuals. thank you Bielsa

Cooper is a captain, a real man. Takes responsibility. I would take him and his odd mistake over a callow youth who needs to focus on his own improvements

Douglas is in the final year of his contract. He isn't a world beater but he knows how to be a member of the Leeds squad and he knows how to play left back for Bielsa. Give him this year

Alioski seems to be the bounce of the team. Always positive. Look back on how many goals he has scored for us in the last few minutes of games when we were losing. Is defined his character. He never gives up. He drags his team forward.

Casilla has been pilloried and, if its true, quite rightly. However there is no huge queue waiting to buy him so he needs to be kept in the fold until such time. In the meantime he has a wealth of experience that all the squad, not just Meslier, can benefit from. He knows how top top professionals act. Day in, day out. He will have picked up good habits from the very best players in the world. EVER. and our young bloods need to pick his brains and use his knowledge for their development. And as a plus, we are able to blood a young goalkeeper in the PL (look at Henderson's progress) with a backup of an ex Real Madrid and Spainish international. It's not all bad.

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25 Sep 2020 10:17:39
O. U. Gianni Alioski, we love you! Never leaving!

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Chelsea v Liverpool - A Liverpool Perspective

24 Sep 2020 23:23:17
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Chelsea v Liverpool - A Liverpool Perspective

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24 Sep 2020 18:02:13
You never know if players are going to be the right fit. On paper we look like we are getting there but only time will tell. On paper the last major signing is the Hernandez replacement. De Paul looked the part but not sure if he will come. Others Berkley, a lad from Ukraine among others. what's certain is that we need a creative midfielder. Who knows but we will struggle over the season without one.

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24 Sep 2020 18:44:39
How about lotus cheek loan, would fat frank let him come to us

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24 Sep 2020 20:49:13
No matter who they are all recruits are a gamble some (Messi) less than others (JKA) but there are so many variable factors to account for (most outside your control) . Many need carefull study, of which Bielsa is famous, but even he cannot guarantee against the likes of homesickness etc.

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24 Sep 2020 21:57:46
Would take Berkley over Loftus Cheek. Both talented and creative attacking midfielders (although neither are perfect) .
Think Berkley playing for Bielsa in this team with regular game time would motivate him so much and we could end up unleashing an absolute beast. Think the same could also be true if we get Kent.
Ideal player though is still De Paul. Put him in this team, working under Bielsa and before Christmas he'd be like Eden Hazard.
Also a massive shame that Benrahma decided to portray that kind of image of himself otherwise I think he would have already been signed. ALAW.

{Ed001's Note - more to the point Loftus-Cheek has a back problem that would make it a real struggle for him to play for a Bielsa team, as he can barely keep fit to play.}

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24 Sep 2020 22:25:28
Good point Ed001. Shame for him as well because he is quality.

{Ed001's Note - brilliant player, it is a real shame.}

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25 Sep 2020 09:19:18
"You never know if a player is going to be the right fit". absolutely.

That is why I like the policy of loan-to-buy that Cellino and now Radz has employed at the club. We have had many more successes than failures since we introduced it. (I include loaning a player and then returning him if he doesn't fit in as a success) .


Pontus before that

Our big misses were White and Barkley in my opinion

Fortunately I don't think it's as much of a gamble when your targets are established international class players in the top leagues in the world. The table from which we are eating from these days. Mind you I still think having a good luck at a player prior to the final finances helps both parties (see my posts about JKA in the past)

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