Great Expectations

Great Expectations – Luke Shaw

Having played just a single FA Cup match prior to the previous campaign, it’s fair to say little was expected of Luke Shaw upon Southampton’s return to the top-flight. A product of the club’s youth academy, he looked firmly behind Danny Fox in the left-back pecking order but after climbing off the bench towards the end of the Gameweek 10 defeat at West Brom, the youngster soon established himself as a first-team regular.

Initially selected by Nigel Adkins and subsequently under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, Shaw went on to start 22 of the Saints’ remaining 28 league matches, with only a couple of minor knocks and a brief illness limiting his game time over the rest of the season. A series of consistent displays and comparisons with fellow-Southampton academy graduate Gareth Bale already have the suitors circling but, despite being linked with the likes of Chelsea and United, the teenager is expected to remain at St Mary’s as Pochettino’s side look to better last term’s 14th place finish.

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  • Analysing Southampton’s defensive displays, the stats highlight how they gradually improved under both managers last season. The first 10 Gameweeks under Adkins saw the Saints concede 28 times, while the following 12 matches harvested 12 goals against before Pochettino took over. The Argentine’s installation saw his side take a step backwards, shipping 11 goals in six games, before his high pressing game proved dividend, with just nine goals against in the final 10 Gameweeks. With Pochettino’s future looking assured, the Saints could well benefit from less chopping and changing at the helm next time round.

  • Ultimately, with 60 goals against in 2012/13, Southampton were one of the poorest overall backlines. Given that only four defences conceded more goals, it’s fair to assume that they will remain in the budget bracket across the Fantasy games – a price of 4.5 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) looks on the cards for Shaw and, with new boy Dejan Lovren adding plenty quality at centre-half, the Saints could prove strong value at the back next time round.

  • While the likes of Lovren and keeper Artur Boruc offer up alternatives at the back, Southampton’s 4-2-3-1 system and high pressing game seems tailor made for both Shaw and fellow full-back Nathaniel Clyne to forage forward and offer plenty pace, width and creativity from deep. Granted, he failed to produce any attacking returns last term but, having grown accustomed to the rigours of the Premier League, Shaw may well be set to justify the level of interest shown by many of the top-flight’s elite.

  • Delving deeper into the defensive data, Shaw’s presence at the back made a considerable difference to the Saints’ resilience. They conceded 37 goals in the 16 matches without him in the first XI, or 2.3 goals per game, compared to just 23 goals against in the left-back’s 22 starts – just over one goal a game conceded; a substantial difference which bodes well for his game time over the season ahead.

  • The opening fixtures have fallen firmly in Pochettino’s favour as he looks to get off to a strong start. Having already engineered home wins over the likes of Chelsea, City and Liverpool during his short spell in charge, the Argentine will be buoyed by a schedule which hands his side seven enticing opening fixtures (SUN, WHM, CPL, SWA, FUL, HUL, AVL) at St Mary’s. As mentioned in one of our recent rotation articles, pairing Shaw with a West Ham backline option looks a viable tactic over the first few months of the campaign.

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  1. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 years, 11 months ago

    Do we think Clyne & Shaw will be nailed on next term?

    I know Cork played a few games at RB, not sure if they have other alternatives!?

    At LB they have Fox(again are there any others!?) who may get some game time

    Out of the two I would think Clyne would play more games, is Pocchetino likely to play a 17 year old all season!!?

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    1. Yossi
        2 years, 11 months ago

        I'd be looking at Clyne of the two. Think he could be 5.0 though...

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      • Count of Monte Hristo
          2 years, 11 months ago

          Nailed. On.

          Fox is average and Clyne played every game last year.

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      • SW6
          2 years, 11 months ago

          Moving pretty slow today on here. Away from FPL: any changes people would make to my All-time XI?

          --------------Kahn--------------------
          Cafu--Moore--Baresi--Maldini(c)
          -----------Beckenbauer
          Maradona-----------------Cruyff
          --------------Zidane---------------
          -------Pele----------Messi

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          1. Count of Monte Hristo
              2 years, 11 months ago

              R9 needs to be in there.

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              1. SW6
                  2 years, 11 months ago

                  Almost put him in but couldn't decide who would drop out. He can be an impact sub 😉

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              2. charlie1X
                  2 years, 11 months ago

                  Kahn out

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                  1. charlie1X
                      2 years, 11 months ago

                      Schmeichel, Zoff, Banks Friedel and many many more better goalies than him

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                      1. Yossi
                          2 years, 11 months ago

                          Friedel 😯

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                          1. charlie1X
                              2 years, 11 months ago

                              Top goalie, why do you think he can play in the Premiership into his 40's? kahn couldn't

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                              1. Count of Monte Hristo
                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                  Kahn retired at 39, played for Bayern and Germany and won the Euro's, CL and reached the world cup final.

                                  And he was a better keeper.

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                                  1. Count of Monte Hristo
                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                      And playing the longest does make you the best. It means you can maintain a good level for longer. But his best level and Kahn's best level are not the same.

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                                      1. Count of Monte Hristo
                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                          *doesn't

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                                        • charlie1X
                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                            Kahn was at his peak at best an excellent shot stopper.

                                            With respect I don't think this is your specialist subject.

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                                        • charlie1X
                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                            Too small and very slow when he got old. should of done yoga

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                                            1. Count of Monte Hristo
                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                At his best he was a brilliant keeper.

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                                          • Parm
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                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                            VDS > Friedel.

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                                            1. Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                Neither of them are anywhere near the best GK of all time.

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                                                1. Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                    I should probably add IMO...

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                                                  • Count of Monte Hristo
                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                      Correct

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                                                    • charlie1X
                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                        This was my point there are a host of options better than Kahn. Its a joke he is suggested as best ever keeper.

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                                            2. SW6
                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                Yeah GK is a tough one. Could have gone Buffon or one of the older types like Yashin or Banks

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                                            3. Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                I would find spots for both Ronaldos. Other than that, spot on.

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                                              • SuperOsçarBaby
                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                  cafu out demel in for me

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                                              • SWFC_GMGM
                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                  Similar to SW6, and away from FPL. Who is the best player that you have seen in the flesh?

                                                  Cristiano Ronaldo or Del Piero for me.

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                                                  1. Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                      Thierry Henry. He was even incredible at warming up.

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                                                    • Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                        Charlie George

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                                                        1. charlie1X
                                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                                            I'd put George Best ahead of him

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                                                            1. Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                This is who we've seen in the flesh though.

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                                                                1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                    😉 at The Baseball Ground

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                                                            2. Fifa las vegas
                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                CR7 or Messi. i'm young :-)

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                                                              • evilfuk
                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                  bergkamp/zola/18 year old owen

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                                                                • Little Pea
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                  Scholes

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                                                              • Michael Jordan - call me MJ
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                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                Does anyone know how the "Influence, Creativity and Threat" stats on the members area are worked out?

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                                                              • Giggs Boson
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                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                The pool of players I'm choosing from:

                                                                Goalkeepers:
                                                                Boruc, Marshall, Mannone/Westwood, Ruddy, Guzan, anyone 4.5m or less.

                                                                Defenders:
                                                                Ivan/Luiz/Cole, Kaboul, Shaw/Clyne, all 4.0m, most 4.5m

                                                                Midfielders:
                                                                Bale, Mata/Hazard/Lampard, HeMan, Coutinho, Kagawa, Nolan, Snodgrass, Koren, Brady, Jarvis, Ramirez, Mirallas, Silva, Walcott, Cazorla, Dempsey.

                                                                Forwards:
                                                                RVP, Higuain, RVW, Carroll, Rooney, Aguero(reluctantly), Dzeko, Tottenham forward, Chelsea forward, Any below 5.5m(hull/palace/cardiff striker), Ronaldo

                                                                I think that's everyone... Is there anyone you would personally add to that list? I'm avoiding 5.0m defenders from mid table teams though, so none of those :)

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                                                                1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                    Ronaldo

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                                                                    1. Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                        He's already there.

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                                                                        1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                            Can't get enough Ronaldo's

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                                                                        2. 4vets
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                          2 Ronaldos 😯

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                                                                        3. Fifa las vegas
                                                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                            you think he'll be in the prem?

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                                                                            1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                I'd give up all my Rvp's, Bale's, Michu's and Baines' to see it

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                                                                          • Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
                                                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                              Coleman?

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                                                                              1. Giggs Boson
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                YES. And Oviedo :)

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                                                                            • Fifa las vegas
                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                Kaca? Navas?

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                                                                                1. Giggs Boson
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                  Kaca! Yes thank you, I probably won't get Nevas unless he's cheap though. Little goal threat.

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                                                                            • Fifa las vegas
                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                what game is showing on BBC for the Tennis now?

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                                                                                1. 4vets
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                  Is this the ultimate in laziness?

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                                                                                  1. Parm
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                    Can anyone find the z button on my laptop?

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                                                                                    1. Fifa las vegas
                                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                        z......z.........z....zz......hmmmmm......no, no sign of it!

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                                                                                      • Giggs Boson
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                        I think you already found it :)

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                                                                                    2. Fifa las vegas
                                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                        you were being lazy by not telling me :-)

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                                                                                    3. Parm
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                      Murray vs Robredo.

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                                                                                      1. Fifa las vegas
                                                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                          thank you, hows it going

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                                                                                    4. pundit of punts
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                      Arsenal to bid 25 mil for Rooney? looks highly unlikely if they get Higuain.

                                                                                      http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/arsenal-set-start-rooney-bidding-4729769

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                                                                                      1. charlie1X
                                                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                          Good bench player if only he knew how to balance beer and food with exercise.

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                                                                                      2. Fifa las vegas
                                                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                          Who was then best and worst ever player in each position?

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                                                                                          1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                              Can you broaden the question a bit?

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                                                                                              1. SW6
                                                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                  😆

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                                                                                              2. Giggs Boson
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                Santos.

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                                                                                                1. Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
                                                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                    Forgot about Santos. I take back my comment below.

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                                                                                                2. Poseidon. Not arrogant, jus…
                                                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                    Worst ever left back was andrew skidmore from my under 11 - 15's village team. Every time a ball came over the top he would flick his heel up behind him in the hope of catching. Not once did I see it work. He was the reason I was moved from centre forward to sweeper.

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                                                                                                    1. Little Pea
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                                                                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                      What a name 😆

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                                                                                                      1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                          He was pants

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                                                                                                          1. Fifa las vegas
                                                                                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                              skidmarks :-)

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                                                                                                      2. Fifa las vegas
                                                                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                          I mean pick 2 players for each position (Keeper, Defender, Mids, forwards). One being the best in that position the other being the worst.

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                                                                                                          1. charlie1X
                                                                                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                              Bramble must have had the luckiest ever Premiership run of years. Concentration ability of a goldfish.

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                                                                                                        • Doosra - ☭Noble Polska Wy…
                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                          Is there a Tour de France League set up, please? :-)

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                                                                                                          1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                              Cue Lance inserts here^

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                                                                                                              1. Doosra - ☭Noble Polska Wy…
                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                Who? 😛

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                                                                                                            • Count of Monte Hristo
                                                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                I dope so

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                                                                                                              • lilmessipran
                                                                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                  yes i just created my team ...which site are u playing on?velogames right?do share a minileague code?

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                                                                                                                • TLK42- Dutch Wolfhound
                                                                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                    It's all a set up 😉

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                                                                                                                  • Leave Like Flynn.
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                                                                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                    GlaxoSmithKline are giving the best prizes. But I think,

                                                                                                                    AstraZeneca have the best, scoring. 😉

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                                                                                                                • Sheep
                                                                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                    René Higuita

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                                                                                                                    1. Count of Monte Hristo
                                                                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                        José Luis Chilavert

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                                                                                                                      • SuperOsçarBaby
                                                                                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                          Gonzalo Higuaín

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                                                                                                                        • Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                                                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                            Je suis un rockstar

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                                                                                                                          • Niel
                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                            Argelico F**ks -yes its a footballer's name 😉

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                                                                                                                          • Sheep
                                                                                                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                              No sticky?

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                                                                                                                            • Fifa las vegas
                                                                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                I don't get it! :-)

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                                                                                                                                1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                    Don't worry bro, nobody does. Every body's talking sh!t

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                                                                                                                                    1. Fifa las vegas
                                                                                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                        I see......................

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                                                                                                                                2. Snake Juice
                                                                                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                    Manchester United have agreed a fee with PSV for Kevin Strootman.

                                                                                                                                    Lovely acquisition by the Red Devils.

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                                                                                                                                    1. Sheep
                                                                                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                        Bye Anderson.

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                                                                                                                                      • Little Pea
                                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                        Source?

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                                                                                                                                      • Sheep
                                                                                                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                          I wish they'd develop young English talent rather than buying foreign youngsters though. Damaging to England's future chances...

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                                                                                                                                          1. Fifa las vegas
                                                                                                                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                              F**k it. I don't care once united do well :-)

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                                                                                                                                            • Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                C'mon Joey Barton

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                                                                                                                                            • Fifa las vegas
                                                                                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                Lovely. He won't get first team play if we get Thiago though will he? where exactly in midfieald does he play?

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                                                                                                                                              • Demí
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                                                                                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                Lol you make it sound like a done deal. Just another tedious transfer rumour. He's pretty overrated

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                                                                                                                                                1. Fifa las vegas
                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                    😯 Demi has spoken!

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                                                                                                                                                  • Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
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                                                                                                                                                    2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                    The source is clearly Sean, wash your mouth Demi 😛

                                                                                                                                                    BTW, sent you an e-mail, no cheating now 😛

                                                                                                                                                    I might send an update though, I forgot about you bringing Cannavaro in

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                                                                                                                                              • Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                  *Wikipedia experiences a spike in activity*

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                                                                                                                                                • charlie1X
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                                                                                                                                                    Shame City didn't get Isco. looks a better prospect even than Hazard.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. Leave Like Flynn.
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                                                                                                                                                      2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                      Would have been good to see him in the Prem.

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                                                                                                                                                    2. SuperOsçarBaby
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                                                                                                                                                        I don't think City need Isco, and hazard is better than him.

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                                                                                                                                                    3. Count of Monte Hristo
                                                                                                                                                        2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                        Has Snake Juice been on here lately?

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                                                                                                                                                        1. Leave Like Flynn.
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                                                                                                                                                          2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                          Maybe having summer Holiday COMH. I've not seen him in the DZ for a bit.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. Count of Monte Hristo
                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                              He was playing TWS but not seen him the past week or so. Maybe he is away somewhere.

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                                                                                                                                                        2. charlie1X
                                                                                                                                                            2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                            Good signing if it happens. Arsenal should of got him rather than Podolski. Better player covering the same positions.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. Carl@streetkids.com.au
                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                Who's that? Charlie George?

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                                                                                                                                                            2. Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
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                                                                                                                                                              2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                              A little more on Dzeko.

                                                                                                                                                              http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/game-manchester-citys-new-starter-4729520

                                                                                                                                                              Obviously its just speculation, but Brennan is one of the most reliable around when it comes to City and he seems to think Dzeko will start, which means he'll be the central striker, he's not exactly cut out to be a winger is he?

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                                                                                                                                                            4. Just A Hat
                                                                                                                                                                2 years, 11 months ago

                                                                                                                                                                ack there is wayyyy to many articles on here during the off season! I've only been away for like 2 weeks...is there a way to categorize articles by type?

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