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spurs9

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Villa have been really impressive in how they’ve gone about things. Definitely not a flash in the pan - fair to say that them and Newcastle have opened up the top 6 and made it a top 8, and TBH I don’t think West Ham and Palace will be too much further behind either. The top half of the PL is super competitive, not just on the pitch but off it too, as most of the clubs are competing for the same players.

Thankfully we have a strong PSR position compared to the majority of those clubs, but we need to take advantage of it by moving quickly and decisively for our targets while the competition are busy balancing the books and trying to find loopholes.
I feel like this is said every season and a couple of teams we expect to be great end up having and awful season.
 

purplemonkey

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I feel like this is said every season and a couple of teams we expect to be great end up having and awful season.

I’m not discounting teams struggling. Villa’s squad will be stretched to the limit with CL. Chelsea are an unknown quantity and the club is run by lunatics. Ten Hag seems to be a dead man walking, Liverpool are likely to have a transition season under Slot, and so on and so forth.

The bigger picture is that the gap between the top clubs and the rest is gradually shrinking. A decade ago there used to be a top 4 and then a top 6 that was more or less set in stone. That’s not the case anymore. The fact that Newcastle and Villa have qualified for the CL in successive seasons shows that the landscape is changing. Of course you’ll always have the usual suspects up there, but predicting the league standings is now a complete lottery and you’ll see more and more instances of lower/mid table sides like Brighton challenging the status quo as clubs have wised up and are becoming more well run with far better recruitment being facilitated by far greater wealth and resources. We’re potentially competing for the same spots and shopping in the same market as almost half of the PL. That’s my point in relation to transfers: Brighton and Palace beat us to signings last season. Wolves just gazumped Chelsea on a deal. I don’t think the club can afford to rest on its laurels. Our biggest competitive edge right now is our flexibility and ability to move quickly in the market.
 

spurs9

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I’m not discounting teams struggling. Villa’s squad will be stretched to the limit with CL. Chelsea are an unknown quantity and the club is run by lunatics. Ten Hag seems to be a dead man walking, Liverpool are likely to have a transition season under Slot, and so on and so forth.

The bigger picture is that the gap between the top clubs and the rest is gradually shrinking. A decade ago there used to be a top 4 and then a top 6 that was more or less set in stone. That’s not the case anymore. The fact that Newcastle and Villa have qualified for the CL in successive seasons shows that the landscape is changing. Of course you’ll always have the usual suspects up there, but predicting the league standings is now a complete lottery and you’ll see more and more instances of lower/mid table sides like Brighton challenging the status quo as clubs have wised up and are becoming more well run with far better recruitment being facilitated by far greater wealth and resources. We’re potentially competing for the same spots and shopping in the same market as almost half of the PL. That’s my point in relation to transfers: Brighton and Palace beat us to signings last season. Wolves just gazumped Chelsea on a deal. I don’t think the club can afford to rest on its laurels. Our biggest competitive edge right now is our flexibility and ability to move quickly in the market.
Until a team breaks into the top 4 consistently, there is still a top 6 IMO. In that last 10 years, only 6 teams have made the top 4 more than once.

We beat Utd to Bale at a time when we hadn't finished above 5th in the PL era and Utd hadn't finished below 3rd, lower teams "beating" higher rated teams has been happening for a very long time.
 

jolsnogross

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37.5M for Maatsen seems very high. It's so odd that some clubs keep raking in very decent money for bit part or youth team players despite ffp rules kicking in and most teams/leagues having less leeway on transfers.
 

sidford

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Clubs seem to be getting very creative with transfers this summer. Villa selling Douglas Luiz, IMO one of their best 3 players, for c20m plus 2 juve players one of which has changed from the original deal (McKennie) doesn't feel right and reminds me of the pjanic / Arthur swap by Barca & Juve which was done purely to boost profits.
What are the odds that Villa are actually interested in 3 Juve players enough that they would take them in a swap?!
 

Yiddo100

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Clubs seem to be getting very creative with transfers this summer. Villa selling Douglas Luiz, IMO one of their best 3 players, for c20m plus 2 juve players one of which has changed from the original deal (McKennie) doesn't feel right and reminds me of the pjanic / Arthur swap by Barca & Juve which was done purely to boost profits.
What are the odds that Villa are actually interested in 3 Juve players enough that they would take them in a swap?!
It’s FFP fuckery, plain and simple, both teams are in deep and a little swap around gets them in a much healthier position.

Funnily enough villa are doing the exact same type of deals with chelsea and Everton, who are in exactly the same scenario.
 

Wig

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It’s FFP fuckery, plain and simple, both teams are in deep and a little swap around gets them in a much healthier position.

Funnily enough villa are doing the exact same type of deals with chelsea and Everton, who are in exactly the same scenario.
Exactly the same as they're now doing with Chelsea for Maatsen.
 

Ghost Hardware

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Big CB prospect I’ve mentioned before. Still raw tho.




🚨#Chelsea made a formal offer for Aaron Anselmino.

➡️ It is for a figure close to US$17M.

📝 They offer you a contract for 4 seasons
 

sidford

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The maatsen deal will likely give Chelsea headroom again to start making signings so may finally sign some of the 100's of players they are linked to but there is a finite number of hotels, training ground sales etc that they can do. The famous "disruptors" that Boehly considers himself to be has fucked them for next few years
 

sidford

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With Everton doing business including getting Harrison back on loan it's looking like Branthwaite to Man utd within next week has legs. Everton already in bother for PSR next season so can't see them doing deals like these without decent cash coming in before end of June.

Definitely some Juventus style deals being done in background by multiple clubs this summer
 

SuperLuka

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Chelsea basically buying every promising South American player
It's been suggested they are basically a player trading company. I really hope it's a big failure I'm the long term. I think they are likely to have more failures than successes and it's unlikely to work long term.
 
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