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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    Didn't say he wouldn't, it's a curiosity thing given Coady has said his biggest weakness is concentration.

    Personally (and I've said this before), I think our system is perfect for our defenders because it allows all of them to totally maximize their strengths while almost completely minimizing their weaknesses.
    Good post that Alan, I'd give it at least a 7,5/10

    There's always an odd fascination with changing our formation - our players, style, tactics and manager perfectly suit 3 (or 5) at the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tredman View Post
    Good post that Alan, I'd give it at least a 7,5/10

    There's always an odd fascination with changing our formation - our players, style, tactics and manager perfectly suit 3 (or 5) at the back.
    Not sure if you're being sarcastic, but I'll take it.

    The last thing I'm doing here is slating Boly. If anything, I'm meaning it as a compliment to Nuno that he has something of a track record of building CBs to huge reputations, only for them to go to pot without his coaching.
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    Haven't seen anyone anywhere suggest we ever move to four at the back? Other than maybe as an in-play, short term mechanism when we're chasing a game or for those where it's 0-0 and the opposition are playing 9-0-1 at Molineux like Sunderland/Brighton/others have.

    3-5-2 and 3-4-3 have the same primacy, we just switch when it suits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsch Wolf View Post
    Haven't seen anyone anywhere suggest we ever move to four at the back? Other than maybe as an in-play, short term mechanism when we're chasing a game or for those where it's 0-0 and the opposition are playing 9-0-1 at Molineux like Sunderland/Brighton/others have.

    3-5-2 and 3-4-3 have the same primacy, we just switch when it suits.
    Not so much on here (other than in match threads), but its a regular occurrence on twitter & elsewhere.
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    It was more of an issue when we were clearly not having to do any defending but we still had Benno as one of the back three (God love him, but he got to the absolute maximum level he could on the ball and it still wasn't good enough for those situations). Less of a problem now Saiss is in there.

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    If we went to a conventional 4 at the back then Saiss and Boly would be fine as the two. We'd need to find a new right back and captain though

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    Its much better now, though oddly Saiss seems worse with the ball / getting forward than Boly did at LCB
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    There are situations where I think one of the back three could play further forward. Coady would be the obvious choice, but Boly is currently the most adventurous in possession and the three of them are perfectly able to cover each other.

    Could Boly ever be called up for the French national team, or did I read somewhere that he would not be willing to play?

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    Boly is French (born there, lived there all his life until he signed for Braga) but of Ivorian descent.

    France have never picked him for any senior squad, Ivory Coast did and he ignored them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennisons Wrong Foot View Post
    There are situations where I think one of the back three could play further forward. Coady would be the obvious choice, but Boly is currently the most adventurous in possession and the three of them are perfectly able to cover each other.

    Could Boly ever be called up for the French national team, or did I read somewhere that he would not be willing to play?
    Ivory Coast tried to call him up, but he turned them down.

    No idea why France don't call him up, particularly as they have called Sakho up fairly recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elephant Pyjamas View Post
    No idea why France don't call him up, particularly as they have called Sakho up fairly recently.
    Aymeric Laporte has 0 caps. Do not try to understand the mind of Didier Deschamps. The spawniest manager in the world.
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    It is wild to think that they won a World Cup with absolutely zero depth behind Varane and Umtiti. It's not as if Pavard and Hernandez were world beaters, either (although Pavard did have that ridiculous peach of a volley).
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    Pavard and Hernandez are very good. They've got ridiculous depth at centre back but somehow manage to pick the horrors.

    Umtiti was good but his injuries have completely ravaged him.

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    They had Adil Rami on the bench for the final, which is almost offensively stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    They had Adil Rami on the bench for the final, which is almost offensively stupid.
    Oh it's beyond that!

    Upamecano, Konate, Kounde and Laporte don't have a cap between them and would walk into most teams in Europe. Crazy.

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    As Dan says, don't try to understand what Deschamps is doing

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    Read something saying we are considering selling Neto for close to £50m. I hope not, I'd sooner sell Jota than Neto. Neto is going to be special.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dire Wolf View Post
    Read something saying we are considering selling Neto for close to £50m. I hope not, I'd sooner sell Jota than Neto. Neto is going to be special.
    Much as I love Diogo agree with that 100%
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    That doesn’t make any sense. Neto is going to be class. And I’d rather keep him and Jota.
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    FFS, Booz, this high horse you're on lately is bewildering.

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    Buy low. Sell high. A very simple way of dealing with FFP. That sort of profit on one player opens up a whole world of opportunities. However, that sort of money on a player who spends most of his time on the bench seems a bit fanciful.
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    We aren't selling Neto. Not a chance.
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    The clubs spending £50m on any player this Summer will be few and far between. The transfer market is going to be reset

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dire Wolf View Post
    Read something saying we are considering selling Neto for close to £50m. I hope not, I'd sooner sell Jota than Neto. Neto is going to be special.
    Where did you read that ?
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    Quite. If United are trying to get Sancho for that amount then no way anyone pays that for Neto at the moment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul View Post
    Where did you read that ?
    I honestly can't remember and I can't find the page now, it came up on my internet news feed. I think it was from a Portuguese site, something AS maybe?
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    Was a sport witness article I saw rehashing it from somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungWolf View Post
    Was a sport witness article I saw rehashing it from somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Saturday Boy View Post
    Buy low. Sell high. A very simple way of dealing with FFP. That sort of profit on one player opens up a whole world of opportunities. However, that sort of money on a player who spends most of his time on the bench seems a bit fanciful.
    While I'd tend to agree that £50m for someone who doesn't start many games seems fanciful it's pretty obvious that Neto has the potential to be a proper star. Which is why I think Fosun with their business acumen would hold onto him for a couple of years to maximise their profit if anything. CL qualification will sort FFP out anyway.
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    I don't think we're so special yet that we'll never sell a good player ever again.
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