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Transfer rumours and speculation to take use through to summer.

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  • I've been doing some research around left backs in the Championship. There are a few that are winning particularly rave reviews, some of which are household names, and others are players I knew less about.

    Kieran Gibbs, Barry Douglas and Enda Stevens are three stand out names, but all three are in the latter end of their 20s. Gibbs has a history of injuries and a relatively poor track record in the Premier League. Douglas is 29 and was sold by Wolves as soon as they were promoted, which might indicate he isn't the right way to go. Stevens is 28 and hasn't ever played in the Premier League, and has limited experience in the Championship too.

    There are another couple of stand outs. Kristian Pedersen is 25, has a few assists this season, and has had a good impact for Birmingham this season. He's in his first season in England, and previously played for Union Berlin in Bundesliga 2.

    However, my favourite is Jamal Lewis, of Norwich. He's only just turned 21, he's played nearly 50 games for Norwich, and has just signed a new contract til 2023. This season he's played 26 times in the league (all starts). He has 3 assists, and created 7 more chances. He's also made 1.8 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, and 1.2 clearances per game. He's a recent Northern Ireland international, and has six caps for them now. His stats aren't really comparable to someone like Aaron Cresswell, for example, because he has been playing in a top of the table side for his whole career, whereas someone like Cresswell has done a lot more defending over the course of his career with us and Ipswich
  • (I'm bored at work today)
  • #statattack

    I saw Enda Stevens a few times when he was at Pompey. Decent, but not PL quality.

    Can you have a look at the stats for Lloyd Kelly, the young left back at Bristol City? Seen him linked with a few PL clubs, and Liverpool were rumoured to be looking at him as cover for Robertson.

  • Lloyd Kelly:

    24 appearances (22 starts) 1 goal, 0 assists. Created 7 chances this season in the league. 1.4 tackles, 1 interception, 2.3 clearaces per game. Based on stats, doesn't seem overly attacking, but that could be because Bristol City are a bit of a defence minded side (2nd fewest goals conceded this season). He's made 35 appearances in total across this and last season, and made his England U21 debut at the back end of 2018.

    I like the idea of both of them tbh. We clearly need reinforcement in that position, with Masuaku being "rubbish" and Cresswell about to turn 30.
  • Good statting alderz ;ok

  • alderz said:

    .... and Cresswell about to turn 30.

    Wow, had no idea he was that old.
  • Repka or scalone?
  • alderz said:

    .... and Cresswell about to turn 30.

    Wow, had no idea he was that old.
    I say "about", but what I meant was "will be 30 in December".
  • But he still only looks 15
  • alderz said:

    .... and Cresswell about to turn 30.

    Wow, had no idea he was that old.
    I would have assumed he was about 27, but he has been around a while I guess.
  • Following rumours of a £35m bid for Rice from Spurs (, West Ham have released the following response:

    Unsurprisingly, there are no sources, and almost no relevant content, with most of the article padded with quotes from when Deccers signed his new deal.

    We're going to have to get used to this kind of nonsense.
  • And £35 million lol that would be a definite no deal, as been said before lazy journalism
  • "Go away, or I shall taunt you a second time" ;lol

    A bit like:
    In US the police shout "Stop or I'll shoot"
    In UK the police shout "Stop or I'll shout 'Stop' again"
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