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|Sanches news article from last year|
at 16:47 31 Aug 2017
From the Guardian last year:
"Sanches is two years younger than Dele Alli (Tottenham). Increasingly he looks not just like a cautionary tale for any grand talent in football’s bay of sharks; but a convincing candidate for the title of most startlingly strange, meteoric, 24-month first-team career ever, even in a notably odd modern game.
His rise at Benfica was thrillingly swift. A first-team debut in October 2015 was followed within a year by a league and league cup double, a Euro 2016 winners medal with Portugal and a mega-money move to Bayern.
Sanches looked like something genuinely precious at the Euros, a tyro general with the skill to hold the ball, the boldness and strength to stride through the midfield and the brain to pick a pass. This was a player who just needed to be left to grow and learn and keep on pushing the limits of his own talent.
This was never really an option. Sanches was already signed to Bayern, his agent Jorge Mendes too expert at making money, the deal for Benfica too good to resist. Sanches will bring in another £5m more for every 25 appearances over the next five seasons. If he wins the Ballon d’Or, Benfica get £20m on the spot, albeit Bayern are probably safe on that score for now.
To date Sanches is still to score a goal for them. He is still to provide an assist in his club football career in Germany and Portugal. It’s not getting much better. The German Newspaper TZ described Sanches’s most recent start, during which “Bavaria’s rasta rocket” repeatedly gave the ball away, as “really scary”. Those brief but compelling performances at the Euro still represent 10% of all the football Sanches has played in his entire professional career. For all the hype, the riches, this is a footballer who is still barely there.
The idea is he will play next season when Xabi Alonso has gone, although Josh Kimmich and Sebastian Rudy, also in the store cupboard, may have something to say about that. Whatever happens a year has been lost, opportunities not seized, knowledge not accumulated, techniques and methods not grooved."
Based on that, it makes a lot of sense for him to come to a club that is out of the limelight (i.e. us) and not one of Bayern's Champions League rivals, and work with Clement. And I doubt if Benfica will be getting that £20m any time soon.
|Mayweather v McGregor|
at 05:33 27 Aug 2017
You have got to be kidding. After 5 rounds McGregor is ahead on polnts?
|What the heck is a "ferdy"?|
at 17:31 26 Jul 2017
Yes, I think I know what it "means" - I'd just like to know where the word comes from, and how long people have been using it. Why a "ferdy"?
|Premier league scouting set-ups|
at 10:51 18 Jun 2017
Just basic information about each club's scouting team. Here's the paragraph about Swansea:
"David Leadbeater is the head of recruitment and chief scout. Having arrived in 2010, he oversees a department that has enjoyed considerable success, although some of the club’s transfer dealings came under scrutiny in more recent times, before Swansea regained their touch in the January window, when Martin Olsson, Tom Carroll and Jordan Ayew made a positive impact. Leadbeater, who is credited with spotting Alfie Mawson playing for Barnsley, works closely with Tim Henderson, who looks after recruitment analysis. Swansea have five part-time scouts who cover Europe as well as the UK, with Brian Flynn, the former Wales international, the most senior. They also employ two part-time non-league scouts, one in the north and one in the south. "
|BBC Breakfast is from Wales this morning|
at 07:43 30 May 2017
There are various Wales-related stories on BBC1 Breakfast this morning.
These include at 8:20 a report from Gower on the election there.
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|This summer's transfer strategy|
at 14:42 18 May 2017
See Paul Clement's comments:
Therefore it appears that, although it may not work, they are attempting to:
(1) Keep Gylfi and Llorente
(2) Bring back Bartley and Gomis to see if they can work with the squad and can step up to the Premier League with better training and tactics
(3) Work with the youngsters (including Mawson) and bring more of them into the team - Clement is experienced at coaching younger players
(4) Make no more than 2 or 3 big signings, if that.
All of which means that the owners wouldn't have to splash out a big amount of cash.
Speaking personally, I'd be OK with this. We do have a capable squad of players that have been mismanaged terribly but may still finish only 1 point below last season. If this means that we're aiming to be a safe mid-table team that could put together a decent run in one of the Cups, then that sounds OK to me.
at 12:35 15 May 2017
From today's Guardian. Did anyone know this?
Significantly, all senior players either injured or not included in the squad who won at Sunderland travelled to Wearside independently, booked their own hotel and surprised Clement by arriving at the Stadium of Light to cheer on Swansea.
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