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Woah. Swansea loaned Carroll.

http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/swansea-loan-for-carroll-220814/?

What's this? Transfer news under our noses day?
Yeah I agree good move for him, I hope he gets some decent playing time!
Perfect team for him. A team that plays a passing game. If he gets around 15-20 league games to show his quality then it would give him a great opportunity to prove at this level
Indeed. He was wasted at QPR with the "go play a bit" tactics of 'Arry. This will do his confidence a lot of good, even if he gets to play just 15-20 games, it still is EPL standard games.
Swansea have a mint squad if they can keep Bony.
Fazio is the latest link. 10 million Euros buyout clause is the word going around, and I don't know much about him. Unlike Musacchio, I've never seen Fazio in action and I only have stats to go by.

Apparently a good header of the ball, 6ft 5 inch tall. Not too immobile as expected with a player of his height. He's captained Sevilla for 3 years now, and has been consistently pretty good. He won't be ground breaking, I suppose, but an upgrade over Dawson, Vlad and the current Kaboul I suppose. Increasingly more and more reports about Vlad being sold.
Emery on Fazio today:

"Fazio has little or no chance to be with us tomorrow. Fazio's departure makes us happy for him. The side effects of this is to win titles. We preferred him to stay."

Seems to have finished his final training with his old club. That escalated quickly. Most of us barely knew about this rumour in the first place.

Looks like a Dawson replacement. Like for like? Unlike Musacchio, this deal has me more worried than excited.
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According to Fifa stats, it is indeed a like for like, except Dawson is actually a bit better with slightly better pace and headering etc.

He's been a regular at Sevilla though, and looks like a good partner for Vertonghen in the middle of the park. Will also help with the development of Kaboul and our other CB's. We'll wait and see.
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Well, fifa always has the habit of overrating players from the EPL and they barely do any research. They still have Dembele with his CAM stats and no defensive stats. I wouldn't go by it even as a rough benchmark :P

Very simple question. Would he be an upgrade on Dawson? Yes. Not difficult. Would he be more stable with injuries than Kaboul? Yes. Irrespective of what happens with Vlad, he's an upgrade on what we have. We have to reshape that backline totally. I doubt he'll be the #1 defender for us two years down the line, but the state our defense is, we've got to re-form the backups as well. Lets face it, our defence was below EPL standards by a long way last season.
It was fine when we had an established back-four, but when Rose got injured at left-back and Vertonghen got pushed out, it all turned to s**t.

This season, it is just important to get an established CB pairing. The best defences in the league are always the ones who can regularly use the same 2.

I was joking about the Fifa stats by the way, wasn't using it seriously to gauge a comparison.

(This is more than just a game...)
It is the silly season. My sense of (basically non existent) humour basically goes afk to take a dump on one of Saturn's many moons. Not a wonder I didn't get the fifa joke.

What are people's thoughts on balotelli to Liverpool.... I hate the guy, especially after the 2012 game against city with the stomp on Parker then winning the penalty. But there is no denying that he is a beast in front of goal. He is pretty much a like for like trade for Suarez great goal scorer with tons of on and off the field drama.
He's nowhere near Suarez' standard, except he has even more issues. In the long term I don't think it's a good move to drag him into the Liverpool squad, so I wouldn't mind seeing him there.
I don't even rate him that highly as a striker. Not only this, but he could potentially ruin what is an extremely tight dressing room
@Paddy "extremely tight dressing room" is a bit of an overstatement in my opinion, they have a good squad who had a good season together last year, but they have brought in 8 new players. I don't think so much he causes problems in the dressing room any ways; he's a loose cannon but if Rodgers thinks he can get the best out of him, then he will be a formidable threat up front.

@Swearingen Like for like with Suarez is incorrect imo. Sturridge is more Suarez than Balotelli. Balotelli is a strong CF bt he doesn't play the way Suarez or sturridge do who are a threat with their runs and getting into clever attacking positions by slipping past defence. Balotelli is a younger, stronger, faster version of Lambert; who was bought just to add some depth into the squad.

Will be interesting to see how Rodgers integrates Balotelli into the team. I would like to see Sturridge and Balo up front, with Balo making a nuisance of himself, Sturridge will be afforded more space.

I'm just glad there are thousands of KM between my house and him. Diwali (Indian festival of lights with billions of fireworks) coming up here, and I won't feel safe with him around :P
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If Balotelli will provide an implosion to a team who we are fighting for that top 4 spot, then by all means let him enter the fray.

And Suarez is much much better than Balo imo.
Bargain. His goalscoring record has been good regardless of his attitude. Works for a team like Liverpool who won't have to entirely rely on him.
I wonder if he will celebrate his goals at Liverpool. Will he play against city on monday?
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"please hit me on my wall" ...
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Right lads, the big question. What's everyone preferred team for the match against old arry?

--------------------------------Lloris------------------
-Dier------------Kaboul-----------------Verty-------------Rose-
---------------------Capoue-------Holtby-------
--------------Lennon------------------Eriksen--------------Lamela
-----------------------------Adebayor------------------------------

Townsend, Dembele and Kane as subs. Thoughts?

Edit: That is supposed to be a standard 4-2-3-1 by the way haha
I would start Kane over Ade at the moment though I can't see Poch trying to upset Ade so early in the season :P

Vert looked in pre-season mode. Isn't Naughton suspended?

If he is, then we might have no choice but to put Dier on the right and a less than match-fit Vert. No Hurry with Davies, Rose is fine for the moment IMO.

A bit of a toss between Bentaleb and Holtby. Rest pick themselves
Good point about Naughton (edited).

Agree about Bentaleb and Holtby, although I'd say that with Capoue covering, Holtby can be given freedom to affect the game higher up the pitch (his vision for through-balls is astonishing). I'd be happy with either.

Ade is our starting striker and although Kane impressed today (as with previous performances), Ade hasn't had a proper PL game to strut his stuff yet (I don't count West Ham as indicative of anything considering what happened).

We had trouble with QPR last time they were up. Really hoping for a more comfortable game for us this time around...
Harry all so played a 4-5-1 the last time QPR came to the Lane, so let's hope he comes to play... Saying that, I think he'll employ a similar tactic making QPR a tough egg to crack.
Holtby reminds me of a vicious dog charging at a burglar to get back what's stolen. He does a full sprint towards the player and it is next to impossible to determine when he'll make the challenge, or when he'll just get in the way for an interception. The opponent will make a mistake eventually, especially if they are tired in the second half of the game.

I'd start with Dembele in the first half, and Holtby in the second half. He is the perfect super sub.

Vert looked really behind the pace, but unless we want to start with Daws or Fredericks, we really don't have much of a choice.
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Oy, Sir Derpington! Do the honours please.
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Lamela just looks so good in the high press, with all those quick passes...So much excitements for season :D
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Weird... It feels like a different game to that piece of s**t I just watched. Honestly, that stream nearly drove me to an early grave.
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Great movement for that second goal
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The first goal had a really good run from Chadli too, but it was overshadowed by the quality of Lamela's pass and Soldado's Volley. The second would not be possible without the vision of Lamela again. The pass was underhit, but he knew Kane had an opening and saw it and passed it on to him instead of taking a pot himself. Soldado saw the opening too, and made the run to create it in the first place. It is really intelligent football. Something I can see a lot of if Soldado, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli and Holtby or even Dembele play together.
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Here's to hoping, Mags!
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I've been going on and on about Soldado needing crosses in front of him to volley, and him being a volley specialist ever since he signed. And that's exactly how he scored today. What an assist from Lamela from the middle of the park! They've been forming a great friendship all pre-season, and that ball shows an understanding of what the striker actually needs.

Kane's goal was an assist given to Lamela, but frankly? Kane should have gotten both the goal and the assist. That was a stunner! Take a look at the run from Soldado to create space. Something Defoe excelled at.

Funny that both Soldado and Kane missed sitters but smashed in brilliant goals instead. lol
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LALALALA ME LALALALA!
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The is catchy batman! LALALALA ME LALALALA
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Wouldn't your name "thebatman" ruin the song? Imagine that? LALALALA THE BATMAN! LALALALA. Not as good as just having "Batman" in there :P
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Here are the highlights with the goals from today: https://vid.me/53p
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Hah. You beat me to it. But both goals were absolutely fantastic!
2 goals in the span of 6 minutes both supplied by Lamela!
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Chadly had a nice cameo too(apparently). Lamela ran riot. From what little I could see and gather, Kane was our best performer tonight?
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No coincidence that Paulinho and Townsend have gone off and we've scored, created and played much better.
more like 6 seconds, if you go by the stream. lol
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Lol. We had a phenomenal stream. So good, that we did a bit of time travel at the 72nd minute and landed on the 85th minute.

@Suraj: we were quite ordinary throughout. Kane was too easy to topple down today. I'd say Holtby was the one who did most of the dirty work in the first 60 mins with the pressing and chasing down the ball. Then it was the Lamela show.
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Yes, Mag. Same stream for me. I kept the BBC Live radio to keep me up-to-date and kept that stream on to watch the goals. Missed both goals thanks to that time travelling piece of s**t stream.
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http://tinyurl.com/kfzvnl2

Working stream. Tinychat somehow just crashed for me.

For those who missed the goal, it was Vert trying a long range ground pass, intercepted. He went forward to cover it, but missed. Paulinho does intercept their pass, but tries to pass it again with two players exactly behind him like an idiot. Gave it away with the defenders having no chance to cover.
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Dembele and Paulinho are moving like snails. Very very stagnant.
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thanks for that.
LOL, Dembele just got subbed on Magneto? EDIT: gamtime 65mins
I meant Bentaleb. Got distracted :P
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No surprise there then, I feel Dembele is a better option to Bentaleb at the moment.

If we can get a fully fit Dembele up and running, then Bentaleb will get the time he deserves to progress, he is still far too raw to be playing so much first team football.


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