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1 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:52:07
2 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:55:31
3 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:56:30
4 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:58:30
5 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:00:29
6 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:04:58
7 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:11:55
8 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:46:06
9 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:53:10
He's 23 and played little, in every way, for a number of first teams now, and his junior international record is therefore pretty irrelevant. We need to be signing way better than him, now.
10 Posted 30/01/2018 at 01:47:56
As for Deulofeu we should never have let him leave. I am not sure what is going on in regards to the players we are bringing in. Other than Pickford, and dare I say Gana and Lookman, the rest have been average to say the least! I think Sturridge is one we have definitely missed the boat on.
11 Posted 30/01/2018 at 03:18:17
12 Posted 30/01/2018 at 05:57:53
I got battered by some for describing him as a show-pony. If he had Lennon's attitude, he'd be a world-beater. Says it all that nobody in Spain wants him on loan.
13 Posted 30/01/2018 at 06:42:29
Barca brought Geri back, handed him a shirt and a starting job, and said, "OK, kid, show us." And he did.
17 games, 2 goals, 2 assists. Played the full 90 exactly ONCE, at the end of November, and he sucked so badly that day that they banished him right then. Up in the stands, kid. He has made one appearance in the last two months... for nine minutes.
The only reason they've loaned him to Watford is that they couldn't find any takers in Serie A to buy him. At any price.
14 Posted 30/01/2018 at 07:29:17
● The late equaliser against Arsenal. I have looked at the replays of the goal many times and I still am in awe of the power and placement of his strike past Petr Cech.
● We were leading 1-0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and the referee gave 6 minutes of added time. In the 96th minute, the ball was played out from defence to Deulofeu near the centre line. All he had to do was take the ball to the touchline and let the clock tick down. But he tried to go for glory and promptly gave away the ball to a Chelsea player who punted upfield and the cross came in to Terry (in an offside position) to tap in a gut wrenching equaliser.
I think that last incident made him a pariah in Martinez's eyes.
15 Posted 30/01/2018 at 08:04:14
16 Posted 30/01/2018 at 08:30:55
I wasn't following closely but didn't he do okay at Milan last year which ultimately made Barca activate the transfer buyback clause?
He's a point to prove now; it will be interesting to see how fit he is.
17 Posted 30/01/2018 at 09:55:07
18 Posted 30/01/2018 at 10:46:21
I have been following this Sturridge deal... How can a lower team than us, ie, West Brom, get a proven, good Premier League player like Sturridge out on loan and we pay for an unknown quantity who scored a few goals in the Champions League.
19 Posted 30/01/2018 at 11:40:14
I noticed last season Deulofeu seemingly lost the ability or confidence to shoot despite often finding himself in good positions inside the penalty area. He was an infuriating player who constantly needed someone on his case such as an Alan Ball or a Peter Reid. Of course we had no-one of that ilk or anywhere near it.
I expect he will flatter to deceive at Watford before being jettisoned at the end of the season.
20 Posted 30/01/2018 at 12:54:35
I could never make up my mind about Deulofeu. Was he lazy or was his body just not up to the level necessary for training for and playing in the Premier League. Same with Sturridge, has the ability but sadly for him, his body cannot take the stress of the Premier League without breaking down.
21 Posted 30/01/2018 at 12:55:28
22 Posted 30/01/2018 at 13:39:16
Oh, hang on Mo Johnson maybe... but he would have come here from them, I would say.
23 Posted 30/01/2018 at 13:39:33
The worst thing about him was how he threw himself on the floor crying like a baby as soon as anyone touched him.
24 Posted 30/01/2018 at 14:18:55
25 Posted 30/01/2018 at 14:53:26
26 Posted 30/01/2018 at 15:52:30
Was he a lazy trainer or is there something physiologically a problem?
27 Posted 30/01/2018 at 17:43:36
There is too much at stake in the top leagues of soccer these days to persist with players who are so inconsistent... and Ross Barkley comes into this category also.
28 Posted 30/01/2018 at 19:14:30
Personally I would have him back. The only criticism was his fitness which should have been targeted as he has all the gifts. At his worst he is still better than what we currently have (Lookman aside).
I miss his creativity, which we badly need right now. Good luck to the lad.
29 Posted 30/01/2018 at 21:54:02
Ref added "Play til Chelsea scores" minutes for extra time to ensure that Everton would not get a win at Chelsea for the first time in for-freaking-ever and, lo and behold, all of the stuff Ajay described happened – John Terry offside in the 29th minute of extra time to tie it up.
He jumps into the crowd (which is what Funes Mori did to earn their ad-infinitum of extra time) yet the ref immediately blows to end the game. GAHHH!!!!
I reference that one in the Live Forum every time we play Chelsea.
30 Posted 31/01/2018 at 00:38:03
31 Posted 06/02/2018 at 15:59:48
However, we don't need players like him as we are already an attractive, successful side with some of the best sideways passing you could wish to see!!
32 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:13:51
33 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:26:04
We HAD to sell him back to Barca it was the deal Martinez made.
34 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:27:19
Now he might go on to be the new Messi but, based on what he did for us, it was perfectly reasonable to let him go.
35 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:33:34
36 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:36:04
37 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:38:28
38 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:48:12
In this age of 24/7 televised football where every mistake is analysed a million times by pundits its these young, talented players that are suffering the most. Clubs need to stay in the top flight at any cost so its these players who are the first to be sacrificed.
39 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:58:47
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