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The Football News Thread 2022/23

MARKakaJIM

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He played quite a bit at Norwich didn't he? Can't say I've seen much of him but not witnessed anything to say I'd have played him above any of Kante, Jorginho or Kovacic.

Maybe he's just not Chelsea standard, no shame in that, rather than been messed about?
 

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In and out. I think the point is a year ago they thought he could be. Not sure where his career goes from here, probably whichever one of the Glasgow clubs he prefers
 

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He's clearly talented, but when you're a supposedly playmaking sitting midfielder who can't really defend, you need to be exceptional, or surrounded by players who can actually defend. He's not exceptional and Grant Hanley and Ben Gibson aren't Nesta and Costacurta, unfortunately.
 

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In and out. I think the point is a year ago they thought he could be. Not sure where his career goes from here, probably whichever one of the Glasgow clubs he prefers

Suppose the alternatives were staying at Chelsea another year, playing even less and still not knowing if he'd be good enough, or going on loan lower down, he might have played more and performed better but ultimately wouldn't have taught Chelsea anything useful for them.

Either probably would've bought him another year as a Chelsea player, albeit on loan somewhere else in all likelihood, but I don't see that they would've made much difference to his career long term.
 

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He's not everybody's cup of tea but I think I'd take a look at Barkley.
 

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No ta, had about three good games for Villa then gave up. They hated him. Doesn't have the right mentality at all.
 

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Chelsea's player hoarding is really depressing for all involved. Player after player go out on loan then go nowhere, wasting years of their career.
 

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Kenedy was the name that stuck out to me. He was supposed to be quite good when they signed him (relative to his age, at least) IIRC.
 

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Chelsea's player hoarding is really depressing for all involved. Player after player go out on loan then go nowhere, wasting years of their career.

On the flip side there's a bunch of kids getting exposure to a level of coaching a facilities they otherwise might not. They might not end up with many at the level to slot into their first team but who's to say how many end up with better careers for having been through that system than if they hadn't?
 

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Bummer of a night at the Bank, as generally Charlotte outplayed Chicago but gave up 3 goals out of absolutely nothing. Lost 2-3.

Fuchs is absolutely toasted at this level, unfortunately.
 

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So it seems the deal Barca did with regards to their TV rights that would allow them to register new players has kind of backfired and left them with a nice tax bill as well

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They're now asserting that De Jong's deal was criminal, so should be annulled.
 
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