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Re: Free transfers watch

by royalp-we » 02 Jun 2021 20:29

URZZZZ These nine players cost around £67 million in transfer fees:

Aluko
Baldock
Assombalonga
Fletcher
Diedhiou
Pritchard
Reach
Rhodes
Schindler

All been released on a free this summer. Finances gone mad


We spunked £6m on Aluko from Fulham; Assombolonga cost Boro £14.5m aswell as Fletcher for £7m, Wednesday bought Rhodes for £10.5m, all in the same window :lol:

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by Royalwaster » 03 Jun 2021 10:57

royalp-we
URZZZZ These nine players cost around £67 million in transfer fees:

Aluko
Baldock
Assombalonga
Fletcher
Diedhiou
Pritchard
Reach
Rhodes
Schindler

All been released on a free this summer. Finances gone mad


We spunked £6m on Aluko from Fulham; Assombolonga cost Boro £14.5m aswell as Fletcher for £7m, Wednesday bought Rhodes for £10.5m, all in the same window :lol:


I think the issue with all/most of these players is the wages they were on - unsustainable for the clubs that signed them particularly now.

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by Notts Royal » 03 Jun 2021 13:01

Assombalonga, in particular, is a case of a player with ample quality but a serious lack of desire to make it to the next level.

Rhodes on the other hand is not as good as he once was, although he ended the season well at Wednesday

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by Elm Park Kid » 03 Jun 2021 15:02

Snowball Those are players going from NON-LEAGUE to the top division. = 4 levels.

League 2 to Championship is two levels

There is a lot of talent in the lower leagues


Sorry - i think you misunderstood my post. I wasn't saying that lower league players can't make it at Championship level - i'm saying that it's extremely difficult to judge which ones will, especially from one game. Unless you have an excellent scouting set up, it's always going to be a gamble. For every Shane Long you bring in you're also getting 4 or 5 players that don't work out.

The difference between buying any lower league player and an established Championship footballer is the difference between rolling a dice and hoping for 6 and flipping a coin and calling heads. Both can work out, both can fail, but one is much more likely to succeed.

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Re: Free transfers watch

by Elm Park Kid » 03 Jun 2021 15:04

royalp-we
URZZZZ These nine players cost around £67 million in transfer fees:

Aluko
Baldock
Assombalonga
Fletcher
Diedhiou
Pritchard
Reach
Rhodes
Schindler

All been released on a free this summer. Finances gone mad


We spunked £6m on Aluko from Fulham; Assombolonga cost Boro £14.5m aswell as Fletcher for £7m, Wednesday bought Rhodes for £10.5m, all in the same window :lol:


I would argue that all of them were reasonable signings at the time - well, Aluko was always odd given that it was a position we didn't desperately need to strengthen, but the quality he'd shown in the past made that price sensible.


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by Snowflake Royal » 03 Jun 2021 16:31

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royalp-we
URZZZZ These nine players cost around £67 million in transfer fees:

Aluko
Baldock
Assombalonga
Fletcher
Diedhiou
Pritchard
Reach
Rhodes
Schindler

All been released on a free this summer. Finances gone mad


We spunked £6m on Aluko from Fulham; Assombolonga cost Boro £14.5m aswell as Fletcher for £7m, Wednesday bought Rhodes for £10.5m, all in the same window :lol:


I would argue that all of them were reasonable signings at the time - well, Aluko was always odd given that it was a position we didn't desperately need to strengthen, but the quality he'd shown in the past made that price sensible.

It bloody didn't!

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by linkenholtroyal » 03 Jun 2021 17:21

royalp-we
URZZZZ These nine players cost around £67 million in transfer fees:

Aluko
Baldock
Assombalonga
Fletcher
Diedhiou
Pritchard
Reach
Rhodes
Schindler

All been released on a free this summer. Finances gone mad


We spunked £6m on Aluko from Fulham; Assombolonga cost Boro £14.5m aswell as Fletcher for £7m, Wednesday bought Rhodes for £10.5m, all in the same window :lol:

Of those on that list all but 3 I would not touch with a barge pole. Diedhiou is a good championship striker and would replace Joao if he left. Not as much goal return but good at this level and can hold the ball up.
Reach is the main reason Wednesday almost stayed up. He is a dead ball specialist and would cover swift. He could play across all 5 midfield spots and would be great cover. If we are not looking we should be.
Fletcher is worth a punt, I doubt there are going to be many falling over there selves to sign him. But he is 25 and the season before last he scored 17 he can hold up play aswell and would suit our style.

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Re: Free transfers watch

by From Despair To Where? » 03 Jun 2021 21:24

Is this Ashley Fletcher who's just about to sign for Watford?

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by linkenholtroyal » 04 Jun 2021 07:42

From Despair To Where? Is this Ashley Fletcher who's just about to sign for Watford?

Fair play I was not expecting that. I was not thinking he was going to be wanted by a premiership side. A good deal for him.


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by John Smith » 04 Jun 2021 12:45

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From Despair To Where? Is this Ashley Fletcher who's just about to sign for Watford?

Fair play I was not expecting that. I was not thinking he was going to be wanted by a premiership side. A good deal for him.

Absolute horrendous footballer. Quite possibly the worst signing of the window before we've even started.

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by From Despair To Where? » 04 Jun 2021 13:15

As endorsements go, there are none more glowing than a John Smith smackdown.

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by linkenholtroyal » 04 Jun 2021 18:01

From Despair To Where? As endorsements go, there are none more glowing than a John Smith smackdown.

He will score 20 in the premiership next season now for Watford.

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by Franchise FC » 04 Jun 2021 18:50

linkenholtroyal
From Despair To Where? As endorsements go, there are none more glowing than a John Smith smackdown.

He will score 20 in the premiership next season now for Watford.

Do you think JS is offering odds on that one ?


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by morganb » 05 Jun 2021 13:34

"Harry Anderson deserves a fresh start after outstanding Lincoln City service - Lincolnshire Live" https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/spor ... 493617.amp

Saw this name mentioned on Twitter, 24 year old winger from Lincoln available on a free. Just speculation but may be worth a look?

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by morganb » 07 Jun 2021 14:28

Connor Wickham available on a free

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by Snowflake Royal » 07 Jun 2021 18:59

God no. He's the epitome of overrated youngster that's actually bang average and never proved anything anywhere ending up with a nothing career.

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by RFCMod » 08 Jun 2021 12:29

Snowflake Royal God no. He's the epitome of overrated youngster that's actually bang average and never proved anything anywhere ending up with a nothing career.


Worth a punt then ;)

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by morganb » 10 Jun 2021 16:22

Brentford - Luke Daniels, and Emiliano Marcondes are out of contract on 30 June.

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by Nameless » 10 Jun 2021 16:54

morganb Brentford - Luke Daniels, and Emiliano Marcondes are out of contract on 30 June.


Can I assume the phrase 'released on a free' is used where the poster thinks the player is useless whilst 'out of contract' is the term to use for a decent option ?

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by Snowball » 10 Jun 2021 17:59

There are an awful lot of very good free transfers


Morrison Birmingham to Reading

The 2005-2006 Squad?

Marcus Hahnemann Fulham to Reading
Ibrahima Sonko (Bosman)
Brynjar Gunnarsson released by Forest went to Watford, then let go for a nominal fee to Reading
Glen Little (Bosman from Burnley)
Stephen Hunt (OOC) free from Brentford
Adam Federici (Free Agent)
Shane Long "almost for free"
Omar Richards Reading to Bayern Munich


Andre Ayew Swansea to....?

Paul Pogba (Manchester United to Juventus, 2012 Free) then Man Utd bought him back for £89 Million

James Milner went on a free from Man City to Liverpool

Andrea Pirlo (Milan to Juventus, 2011)

Roberto Baggio (Milan to Bologna, 1997)

Steve McManaman (Liverpool to Real Madrid, 1999)

Gary McAllister (Coventry to Liverpool, 2000)

Sol Campbell (Tottenham to Arsenal, 2001)

Jay-Jay Okocha (PSG to Bolton, 2002)

Esteban Cambiasso (Real Madrid to Inter, 2004)

Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich, 2014)

Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich to Lazio, 2011)

Michael Ballack (OOC)

Raul Real Madrid to Schalke, then scored 50 goals in 98 appearances

Henrik Larsson Celtic to Barcelona

Aguero (OOC) Manchester City to Barcelona

Wijnaldum (OOC) Liverpool to PSG

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