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    Newcastle United (A) - Sun 21 Aug, 16:30 | Pre-Match Thread

    Can you gauge some opinions on Eddie Howe and how long do they think he'll be their man? I thought he did pretty well at Bournemouth but seemed a little naive and unwilling to deviate from his plan A. Would be interesting to know their impressions of him and if they see him as the man to...
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    #47 | Phil Foden - 2022/23 Performances

    I think Pep likes them both for different reasons. In 30+ degree heat, in the blazing sunshine, early in the season at a point where not everyone in the squad is 100% match fit, when you're 3-0 up against a Bournemouth side that don't look anywhere near a comeback, your priority going into the...
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    #47 | Phil Foden - 2022/23 Performances

    Pep's line on the substitution... May have been partially about not passing that time, but seems to have been a wider issue that had him wanting Jack on the pitch. I really think it can only be good for Foden if Grealish and Mahrez are in form and he has to properly compete with them for...
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    United Thread - 2022/23

    Fernandinho's about 5'11" I think. Aké about the same. Not sure we've had anyone else under 6' play at CB in quite a while.
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    Gabriel Jesus joins Arsenal | Thank you and good luck

    I like Arteta and hope Arsenal stick with him. He's pretty early in his managerial career and he needs the time and freedom to develop his own style, try stuff out and make mistakes. I think that with that talented young Arsenal squad and a supportive board whose expectations are steady...
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    United Thread - 2022/23

    Doesn't have to have been a player defending his position, it could have come from higher up. Businesses and politicians do it all the time, leak a potential change of personnel or policy to the press and see how the world reacts. If the reaction's negative then you can do something else and...
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    Media Thread - 2022/23

    Decent shot-stopper and perhaps most importantly has seemed for several years like the only one of their players who consistently gives a fuck. Not perfect and I wouldn't be racing to sign him, but one of their few players actually earning his wages each week.
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    #47 | Phil Foden - 2022/23 Performances

    Good to have the confidence to shoot. But when the alternative is an easy pass to a teammate in a position he'll almost certainly score from, you absolutely have to hit the back of the net. If Phil scores that, we don't talk about the pass that was on. Got to have a certain element of...
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    #47 | Phil Foden - 2022/23 Performances

    If Pep's holding him to high standards, good. I think the half-time substitution was more player/game management than punishment for a poor decision, though. Phil's had less of a pre-season than most and the heat would have made the half he did play much more exhausting than the average 45...
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    Bournemouth (H) Post-Match Thread

    Nicely done, did the damage in the first half and then were able to conserve a little energy as the match went on in exhausting conditions. Hopefully everyone came out of those rough challenges unscathed. KDB is on another level to almost any other player in the world.
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    Raheem Sterling joins Chelsea | Thank You and Good Luck

    Played 3088 minutes for us last season. Foden - 3184 Mahrez - 2931 Grealish - 2730 Jesus - 2570 So the second most minutes of all our wingers (I appreciate that several of them, including him, also spent time in the middle that season). In a team with a manager who famously loves to rotate...
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    #10 | Jack Grealish - 2022/23 Performances

    Pep and the club's decision-makers wanted him. They were willing to spend 100m on him, in a Summer where they were also looking to spend even more on Kane. He was a luxury signing in the sense that he wasn't really plugging a gap. We weren't assessing alternatives or lining up who we'd get if...
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    Who is quicker: Kyle or Erling?

    You don't get far betting against Kyle in a footrace. Hope we see some sprint challenges in training though.
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    Is our squad stronger or weaker than last year?

    All our players are quality but the squad's too small. Need a new full-back, and a new midfielder (or if we want to move Foden/Grealish central, new winger/s) - plus a Bernardo replacement if he leaves. Also need to give Palmer more minutes and push forward the integration of the likes of...
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    Brighton & Hove Albion Thread - 2022/23

    I like Potter, Brighton have some good players and barring any major disasters in terms of injuries etc. they should have a top-half finish firmly in their sights, and depending how the season pans out they should have half an eye on a push for Europe. In terms of Potter's next job... I...
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    AFC Bournemouth (H) | Sat 13th Aug, 15:00 | Pre-Match Thread

    Got to get some minutes into the likes of Stones and Phillips.
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    #10 | Jack Grealish - 2022/23 Performances

    I saw it. Not sure he was surprised by his own pace, rather caught in two minds what to do. None of our players were up with him for a cross into the middle, and their defenders were getting back. Whereas with Villa he might have cut in, had a shot from outside the box, I think with us he's...
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    #5 | John Stones - 2022/23 Performances

    Signed the contract beginning of last season. Came back from the Euros late and Dias and Laporte had already nailed down the starting spots. Had a series of niggly injuries. Looked good whenever he played last season but was forced to play right back more often than he usually would due to our...
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    #10 | Jack Grealish - 2022/23 Performances

    I think we need to let go of the price. He was 100m because he had the release clause. If he didn't have the release clause, Villa wouldn't have agreed to sell (because he wouldn't have downed tools or submitted a transfer request or done anything else to force their hand because of his...
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    #9 | Erling Haaland - 2022/23 Performances

    Love having a striker. Of course there's stuff he can and will improve on - partly his youth, partly just being new to the league and his teammates and the manager. But he's got the skills we need and he's made a very good start.
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