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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    A club like Southampton will always be up and down. They won't improve year on year indefinitely. Especially when all their best players are poached by the top clubs.
    I don't think it's impossible to break out of mediocrity, just very difficult. Leicester did it suddenly, Spurs did it gradually.

    And anyway, it's not acceptable for the owners to act as if this were true. Gotta keep trying to improve.

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    Leicester broke out suddenly but won't be up there again. Their achievement has made all the other foreign owners believe they have a chance of winning the League.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    I don't think it's impossible to break out of mediocrity, just very difficult. Leicester did it suddenly, Spurs did it gradually.

    And anyway, it's not acceptable for the owners to act as if this were true. Gotta keep trying to improve.
    Southampton arguably did it as well, they've been a solid top 7 team for a while now. Their issue has been keeping players long enough to break through their glass ceiling (Liverpool provide a wee bit of a clue as to what could have been possible)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Southampton arguably did it as well, they've been a solid top 7 team for a while now. Their issue has been keeping players long enough to break through their glass ceiling (Liverpool provide a wee bit of a clue as to what could have been possible)
    It's sort of necessary to sell their best players at this stage, like Spurs did with Bale and Modric. It gets them to the point where financially they don't need to anymore.

    It's also hard to attract good young players if you develop a reputation for holding them back.


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    Bristol City away in the League Cup for the mighty Greens. Ronaldo suspected of tax evasion.

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    I mean, I used to love a chipped penalty, but they really have become so ubiquitous it's boring now. Well done Pickford for standing still, even with an option to suddenly go right. You see that bloke with his haircut and he was just bound to ponce it down the middle.

    Oh we Got Charlton in the League Cup, umm yeah, meh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    Oh we Got Charlton in the League Cup, umm yeah, meh.
    Was that the game where Charlton were home or the away one?


    In other news Brighton sign the Aussie national keeper. Any good? Not seen Aussies play for a while so have no idea, if he does as well as Schwarzer did over here then Brighton have a good one.

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    Well done Hector Bellerin saying he will donate 50 for every minute he plays in the Euro under 21 championships to the Grenfell fund. Hopefully raise a lot of cash and also more from people who follow him on social media.

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    The one I'm really keen on is yellows for obstructing quick free kicks.

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    In the end, gotta say, anything that genuinely stops time-wasting, will get a thumbs up from me, it's an horrible epidemic in the lower Leagues.

    It's not just it's boring and wastes time, it is almost always coupled with horrible direct football. Simply playing that form of football means short, fast, quick energy bursts, so time-wasting even starts before they're even losing at times.

    Of the teams promoted in division 4 this year, I think they all utilised this tactic, except Pompey. Which is of course me being bitter, but it's still fairly true. It works though, and always has in the depths and beyond, so pragmatic or cynical whatever, would be nice if authorities could try to counter ut, isn't great for supporters or the English game as a whole.
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    One of the proposals would allow being able to dribble straight from a free-kick to "encourage attacking play as the player who is fouled can stop the ball and then immediately continue their dribble/attacking move".
    Unless you're named Lionel Messi, why would this be of any use to the attacking team? Surely it's harder to dribble past an organised defence from a stand still after you've been brought down already. If the ball had broken to another player of the attacking team during the foul, the referee already has the option to play advantage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    Unless you're named Lionel Messi, why would this be of any use to the attacking team? Surely it's harder to dribble past an organised defence from a stand still after you've been brought down already. If the ball had broken to another player of the attacking team during the foul, the referee already has the option to play advantage.
    Because if you're on a run down the wing and get fouled then you have to wait and pass the ball to a team-mate to restart.

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    Looks like no chance of getting Danny Ward back from Liverpool. Hopefully we can get ourselves back Golcar lad Alex Smithies for QPR without paying too much extra on what we sold him for.

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