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  1. So now we know why Webber has been so quiet on our transfer activity. Will be nice for Pukki to have some real competition for his starting place.
  2. I had always believed that O'Neil left because Chase offered him a substantial (£10m springs to mind) transfer budget as part of the deal to get him & O'Neil said he would take 3 months to have a good look at what he had before spending any money. When he went back to the Chairman for the money three months later, Chase reportedly said that he 'didn't recall anything about transfer funds being made available'. O'Neil's subsequent actions showed what he thought of that......... Dean Windass may have been one of the players O'Neil wanted funds for, but I can't recall exactly from so many years ago.
  3. I didn't expect him to be with us at the start of next season but am surprised the deal has been done so quickly & at what looks to be a bargain basement price. The price of players we will want will undoubtedly increase as we will be viewed as a 'moneybags' club by many potential sellers. I suspect this means that a deal is, or shortly will, be done for Grealish so I wouldn't expect Villa fans to be jumping for joy just yet. Really struggling to see how this deal will benefit us in any way, shape or form.
  4. Pretty much sums up my feelings as well. Along with Lewis, was the most photographed player in the EPL season before last. Unfortunately usually a yard or so behind the player snapped scoring against us. Did Barcelona show an interest in him on the basis 'Norwich conceded more goals than almost anyone else in the English leagues. That's the full back for us then'. As with most of the team, Max did not cover himself with glory last time out in the EPL. Along with Cantwell & Buendia, he has a lot to prove this coming season. All three really started to get their acts together last season, perhaps after Farke/Webber whispered a few home truths to them, & I really hope they are determined to make their marks this time around. Hopefully, with us! PS - Supporter since 1979 & Culverhouse is the best I have seen. If Max stays it would be great to see him better Ian. I really feel he has the potential.
  5. I assume you are referring to his, err, 'undistinguished' spell with us a few years ago? I don't think Webber & Farke would be prepared to take a risk on a player who was so clearly overawed by the surroundings last time he was here...........
  6. Awful timing for this to happen to him. Best wishes for a full & speedy recovery. At least he has Premiership football to look forward to as a consolation. Despite the fantastic season we have just enjoyed, it seemed to me, more often than not, we seemed to very rarely complete a match, even those we won, without someone getting injured & at least missing the following one. Just waiting for the headline 'Pukki out of Euros, breaks wrist in freak accident whilst lifting morning cup of coffee........'
  7. Not familiar with Mr Vrancic's fashion sense. Do you mean he is a scruff or exactly the opposite?
  8. That was the humorous/ironic point I was trying to make at DFs expense. Looked exactly the same as when in his working gear at pitch side.
  9. Looked like he could have had on a horse blanket under his coat!
  10. But for Maddison carrying us for the whole of his last season with us, we would have, in all probability, been relegated. As well as his undoubted playing ability, & as others here have said, he showed remarkable consistency which he has carried over with ease in the Premiership. Emi struggled in the top division &, prior to the new year, has shown nothing like the level of consistency & his hot headed reactions have let him down on more than one occasion. Sadly you have to learn that if you are any good, you will get kicked from time to time. Most of the great players learn not to over react & the better they get the more protection they get from the officials over time. I suspect the lack of offers for him (& Todd) in the last transfer window, brought on a reality check for both of them. Whether this was due to either Farke or their agents giving them a few home truths I suspect we will never know. What is obvious however is that since January both of them appear to have undergone serious changes of attitude, have been models of consistency & been very valuable to our promotion push. Their individual games have finally benefited enormously. In my opinion, they both wasted the Premiership season & the first half of this one, possibly evidenced by the apparent lack of serious interest in either of them in past transfer windows. With all club finances affected by the pandemic would you have taken a multi million pound gamble on either of them? Unfortunately I think this will all change in the coming transfer window. As things stand it would be terrific if we could hang on to both of them until at least next winters window. Back to whose best? Who knows. They are both talented players who are a joy to watch, especially in City colours! I think their styles are too different to make any meaningful comparisons but the end product is hugely beneficial to whoever they are playing for. I'm sitting on the fence here!
  11. Saw the pictures of DF in the EDP report of his family day out at Banham zoo. Have to say that, dressed to the nine's, he looked so different from the figure we see on match days that I struggled to recognise him! Only joking Mr F. Extremely grateful for the job you are doing at Carrow Road. Long may you continue. May possibly be able to treat yourself to a new bespoke coat with your promotion bonus though........
  12. Chris Lakey quoted Brentford manager Thomas Frank as saying that we could go all 12 remaining games undefeated. I don't see why we can't. After all we demonstrated remarkable consistency in last seasons run-in so why shouldn't we again? Seriously, I would hope for at least 6 wins & 4 draws &, on current form, would not put money against us doing even better than that.
  13. I echo the sentiments here. When I lived in Norwich in the early 80's I bumped into him in Hughes (?) TV shop & just wanted to congratulate him on the fine job he was doing for us at the time. I thought he may be annoyed at the interruption when he was shopping but instead he stood talking to me for 15 minutes. A true gent. Happy Birthday Ken!
  14. On the basis of what is shown in the video, he is displaying the first time control, accuracy of passing & quick, precise interceptions when needed, that have all been lacking on to many occasions this season. I hope a number of his team mates were taking note of this. Shame he is only on loan. Can only hope Spurs feel he would benefit further from a Premiership season with us later this year!
  15. As some on here have remarked, it is virtually impossible to pick a best ever 11. Having followed City since 1979 I have probably seen more players than the majority on this forum. Yes, I am aware that there are posters who go back a lot further than me & it must be far more difficult for them to choose a best 11 than for me. The more players seen, the more difficult to select a best team becomes so I will not even try. However, there are two players who have received the briefest of passing mentions in earlier posts that I would have to give very serious consideration to. Martin O'Neill & John Deehan. Both were technically gifted players with the ability to turn a game on their own at their best &, on their not so good days, still able to receive, hold & distribute the ball effectively, even under pressure. Don't recall either of them having a real howler. O'Neill caught the eye with great close control & the ability to go past opponents with seemingly little effort whilst Deehan was less 'flashy' but able to conjure up chances for himself, & teammates, out of nothing. The fact that he also scored one or two goals was also useful as well! Didn't start following City until my mid 20's, when my company moved me to Norwich, so I had really grown out of the 'favourite' player stage by then. However the nearest I ever had to a favourite was Grant Holt. Apart from his obvious footballing skills, it was his sheer, relentless determination to put the ball in the net that made him stand out for me. Never saw him give less than 100%. A Liverpool supporting friend took me to Anfield in 2011 & in the first half Suarez was running riot. He didn't score that day but nearly destroyed the goal posts & bar because he hit them so often. He didn't stop running. At the other end Holty matched him stride for stride. Unfortunately he did not have the ball most of the time but he never stopped chasing what was looking a lost cause. He did not stop running after half time either & got the goal he so obviously wanted, coming from nowhere, with a bullet like header when surrounded by two Liverpool defenders & their goalkeeper. They all looked at each other, wondering where on earth he had come from! So Holt & O'Neill would be in my best ever 11 & possibly Deehan. The other 8 would be even more difficult to choose!
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