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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    they could bring in belotti and trade akinola for a top mls CB
    I would sign a DP CB instead of Belotti as JJ is fine. Then I would swap Akinola for a younger MLS back up striker and some GAM (if possible) and then use Akinola's U22 spot on Nestor even though he's 21.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra & Proud View Post
    I would sign a DP CB instead of Belotti as JJ is fine. Then I would swap Akinola for a younger MLS back up striker and some GAM (if possible) and then use Akinola's U22 spot on Nestor even though he's 21.
    A DP slot should never ever ever ever be used on a defensive position of any kind. It's a complete waste of a spot. Doesn't matter who it is. TAM's only if its worth it. DP's should be for strikers, wingers or an attacking CM....that is it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi10 View Post
    Was TFC in competition with them on anyone? I know there's been Romagnoli links to both, but Fulham weren't in on Berna or Belotti as far as I know.

    Speaking of them though, RB Cyrus Christie was released and would be a huge upgrade on our current options...solid in championship a bit outmatched in the prem but likely fits on Gam/Tam
    Romagnoli signed with Lazio.

    There are still quite a few defenders in the $1-2M range out there but not many who’ve distinguished themselves.

    Hopefully this is the time when BB is mining his contacts in Scandinavia and Africa as well.

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    Anyone know anything about this guy?
    Jason Denayer
    https://www.transfermarkt.com/jason-...spieler/277114

    Just released by Lyon, long-time Man City loan out and 35 caps for Belgium.

    EDIT: Former young player of the year for Celtic. Negotiating with Rennes. Would seem a solid candidate.

    EDIT EDIT:…. and every club in Europe wants him, apparently. Soooo… would have to be a DP deal if we had any shot.
    Last edited by jloome; 07-14-2022 at 03:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    Anyone know anything about this guy?
    Jason Denayer
    https://www.transfermarkt.com/jason-...spieler/277114

    Just released by Lyon, long-time Man City loan out and 35 caps for Belgium.

    EDIT: Former young player of the year for Celtic. Negotiating with Rennes. Would seem a solid candidate.
    Quick google search shows Trabzonspor is also in the hunt. Would be interesting though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jloome View Post
    Anyone know anything about this guy?
    Jason Denayer
    https://www.transfermarkt.com/jason-...spieler/277114

    Just released by Lyon, long-time Man City loan out and 35 caps for Belgium.
    Only really know him from FIFA. Kind of odd Lyon would just let a 27 year old Belgian international walk though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeForbes View Post
    Only really know him from FIFA. Kind of odd Lyon would just let a 27 year old Belgian international walk though.
    Nah, checked up. He let his contract expire as he’s valuable. Half the big clubs in Europe want him.

    Not sure we could get him even with a big DP deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuushalinsky View Post
    Quick google search shows Trabzonspor is also in the hunt. Would be interesting though.
    Newcastle, too.

    He’s totally the profile we’d want, though. Lock-down defender, killer in the air apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canuckistan View Post
    A DP slot should never ever ever ever be used on a defensive position of any kind. It's a complete waste of a spot. Doesn't matter who it is. TAM's only if its worth it. DP's should be for strikers, wingers or an attacking CM....that is it.
    Disagree. At LAFC and later Nashville you see what a now DP level defender can provide and I don't even consider Zimmerman a DP level CB I would sign as you can do better. In bigger terms it's like what VVD did when Liverpool signed him. They were also pretty weak at the back and they paid very large for him but it paid off.

    Also unless you are hunting for out of contract players then any transfer fee is amortized so if you want a really good CB then it would probably be a DP level deal.

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    according to the manning scouting system John Anthony Brooks is also a FA
    Centre-Back

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie View Post
    according to the manning scouting system John Anthony Brooks is also a FA
    Centre-Back
    I saw that name on Total TFC - someone mentioned he wasn't good 1 on 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra & Proud View Post
    Disagree. At LAFC and later Nashville you see what a now DP level defender can provide and I don't even consider Zimmerman a DP level CB I would sign as you can do better. In bigger terms it's like what VVD did when Liverpool signed him. They were also pretty weak at the back and they paid very large for him but it paid off.

    Also unless you are hunting for out of contract players then any transfer fee is amortized so if you want a really good CB then it would probably be a DP level deal.

    And we also saw what Drew Moor did. DP's are not for defense.

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    The idea that the toughest thing to do in soccer is score...I'm not sure that idea is true anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canuckistan View Post
    And we also saw what Drew Moor did. DP's are not for defense.
    Yea I'd say ideal set up is a strong spine of DP - ST, CAM, DM/CM; with 2 TAM CBs and try surround them with as much talent or MLS experience a la Morrow/Beitashour as possible with the remaining cap space. Maybe I'm just missing 2017 lol

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    For whatever reason, CB has probably been the position we've had the hardest time filling over the years. Even though it's supposedly the easiest position to fill domestically/through the MLS draft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canary10 View Post
    For whatever reason, CB has probably been the position we've had the hardest time filling over the years. Even though it's supposedly the easiest position to fill domestically/through the MLS draft.
    It is but you have to actually have to keep your good picks and then use them on CBs instead of doing things like passing on Ferrell for Bekker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra & Proud View Post
    It is but you have to actually have to keep your good picks and then use them on CBs instead of doing things like passing on Ferrell for Bekker.
    Lol. Oh yeah, for sure. We should just be stockpiling CBs from the draft in the hopes one works out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra & Proud View Post
    It is but you have to actually have to keep your good picks and then use them on CBs instead of doing things like passing on Ferrell for Bekker.
    and this is organizational - i.e. Bill Manning has some culpability but more on Bez/Curtis and Vanney/Armas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canary10 View Post
    Lol. Oh yeah, for sure. We should just be stockpiling CBs from the draft in the hopes one works out.
    I always said just take the highest ranked CB unless a golden GK is available. Those are the only two spots I would take.

    I wasn't even mad at us taking Dorsey over Tajon because who knows how that works but I was mad at Dorsey over St. Clair. That was just fucking stupid.

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    Top Italian Free Agents or Contracts Expiring

    Belotti
    Jorginho
    Gagliardini
    El Shaarawy

    Number of Italians not requiring transfer fees or who are on their final year after Belotti and Jorginho is really really small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuushalinsky View Post
    Matte Moretto said that there was competition from them.
    Ha! Matteo 'Baby Face' / 'The Kid' Moretto said that?
    The first I have heard about Fulham... was from him... about an hour ago!
    Maybe? It's a reasonable explanation that addresses the delay in signing.

    If Pastorello indeed is Fede's agent, then I am less inclined to expect any last minute #batshitcrazy legendary MRaiola antics.

    On the other hand, lets all be cognizant that Fede is a bit of a quirky/weird cat.
    There may be other... personal issues at play.
    Remember, Insigne & Co. had about six months to 'acclimatize' to his decision and make the adjustment.
    Criscito was, because I believe TheGoodson, the 'earliest' get. Although he seems to have arrived alone?
    Hmmm... to be reviewed and discussed at a later date.
    I believe Fede's situation predominantly developed within the last month.
    His wife is an Italian / Roman celebrity; unique by her own individuality.
    He may not want to leave her all alone to figure it all out.
    He has 4 kids, the first sponsored or adopted a while ago with her.
    The latter three born by his wife within the last 4 years; that means all under 4!
    The Brunelleschi's are almost ready to field a futsal team!
    He has got 2 English Bull Dogs.
    A collection of guitars.
    They are probably trying to deal with the situation; the decision and the move as a 'family'.
    Planning Visa's or ETA's, if parents- baby care are accompanying them, any home contents logistics, accommodation ideas, etc. ...
    Yesterday was also her birthday.

    What is it with Italians, their Footballers, and their fooken dogs!
    https://wamiz.it/news/32289/una-nazionale-da-cani-i-4-zampe-degli-azzurri-in-4-3-3-per-euro-2021
    I am and I do love my Bull Terrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Inbetween View Post
    Ha! Matteo 'Baby Face' / 'The Kid' Moretto said that?
    The first I have heard about Fulham... was from him... about an hour ago!
    Maybe? It's a reasonable explanation that addresses the delay in signing.

    If Pastorello indeed is Fede's agent, then I am less inclined to expect any last minute #batshitcrazy legendary MRaiola antics.

    On the other hand, lets all be cognizant that Fede is a bit of a quirky/weird cat.
    There may be other... personal issues at play.
    Remember, Insigne & Co. had about six months to 'acclimatize' to his decision and make the adjustment.
    Criscito was, because I believe TheGoodson, the 'earliest' get. Although he seems to have arrived alone?
    Hmmm... to be reviewed and discussed at a later date.
    I believe Fede's situation predominantly developed within the last month.
    His wife is an Italian / Roman celebrity; unique by her own individuality.
    He may not want to leave her all alone to figure it all out.
    He has 4 kids, the first sponsored or adopted a while ago with her.
    The latter three born by his wife within the last 4 years; that means all under 4!
    The Brunelleschi's are almost ready to field a futsal team!
    He has got 2 English Bull Dogs.
    A collection of guitars.
    They are probably trying to deal with the situation; the decision and the move as a 'family'.
    Planning Visa's or ETA's, if parents- baby care are accompanying them, any home contents logistics, accommodation ideas, etc. ...
    Yesterday was also her birthday.

    What is it with Italians, their Footballers, and their fooken dogs!
    https://wamiz.it/news/32289/una-nazionale-da-cani-i-4-zampe-degli-azzurri-in-4-3-3-per-euro-2021
    I am and I do love my Bull Terrier.
    This could be the case honestly - I could see it. Sorting out EVERYTHING to ensure his kids' future is probably his #1 priority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by portu View Post
    Top Italian Free Agents or Contracts Expiring

    Belotti
    Jorginho
    Gagliardini
    El Shaarawy

    Number of Italians not requiring transfer fees or who are on their final year after Belotti and Jorginho is really really small.
    If that's the list... Il Professore please!
    A Napoli and IMNT connect.
    Give me Radio!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Inbetween View Post
    If that's the list... Il Professore please!
    A Napoli and IMNT connect.
    Give me Radio!
    Gagliardini? He DOES fit our bill. GREATLY. CM who's played CDM? Sign me up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Inbetween View Post
    What is it with Italians, their Footballers, and their fooken dogs!
    https://wamiz.it/news/32289/una-nazionale-da-cani-i-4-zampe-degli-azzurri-in-4-3-3-per-euro-2021
    I am and I do love my Bull Terrier.
    Dogs on the RPB Board are unimpressed...


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    Looks like Berna will be on a flight landing in Toronto tomorrow afternoon

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    Quote Originally Posted by wynne View Post
    Looks like Berna will be on a flight landing in Toronto tomorrow afternoon
    Who's breaking out the rollerskates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wynne View Post
    Looks like Berna will be on a flight landing in Toronto tomorrow afternoon
    Where have you heard that

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsandTFC View Post
    Where have you heard that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuushalinsky View Post
    Gagliardini? He DOES fit our bill. GREATLY. CM who's played CDM? Sign me up.
    I like him; would take him.
    Previously and recently mentioned and discussed by both noxx98 and Bobo.
    Like Fede... Robbi has his own Inter following of supporter detractors/haters.
    May not make the best 'six'.

 

 

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