Leicester City set to make another bid for Watford's Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney scored 25 goals for Watford last season. Picture: Dave Peters.

Troy Deeney scored 25 goals for Watford last season. Picture: Dave Peters.

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Leicester City have not ended their interest in Troy Deeney and are planning to make another bid for the striker, the Watford Observer understands.

The Foxes have had two offers for the Hornets captain rejected in the past, understood to be worth £6.5m and £7.5m.

And we have been told Leicester are planning to make another bid for the 26-year-old.

The Foxes have already broken their transfer record this summer with the capture of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Leonardo Ulloa in a deal believed to be worth an initial £8m and it could rise to £10m.

Swansea City, Burnley, Everton, Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City have been interested in Deeney in the past. Burnley have since ruled themselves out of the running.

Deeney has proven himself to be one of the best strikers in the Championship. He scored 25 goals last season and netted 20 during the campaign before.

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7:09am Mon 4 Aug 14

endean2 says...

better to end this saga now as I believe we will still have the players to reach the promised land, not so sure about the manager though.

Based on the above figures for Ulloa then we want £10m + for
Deeney, will be sorry to see him go but he deserves the chance at
the highest level.
better to end this saga now as I believe we will still have the players to reach the promised land, not so sure about the manager though. Based on the above figures for Ulloa then we want £10m + for Deeney, will be sorry to see him go but he deserves the chance at the highest level. endean2
  • Score: 25

7:18am Mon 4 Aug 14

SimmoWFC83 says...

Don't think this will be a great move for troy. Yes it's to the prem, but they Already have Nugent, Vardy, Wood, Taylor-FLetcher, Schlupp and now Ulloa. He doesn't want to just sit on the bench.
I think he'll be with us at the start of the season, but if he bangs a few early goals in against Bolton and norwich, I wouldn't be suprised if a new club comes in with a bid over 10m!
Fingers crossed I'm wrong and he stays all season!
Don't think this will be a great move for troy. Yes it's to the prem, but they Already have Nugent, Vardy, Wood, Taylor-FLetcher, Schlupp and now Ulloa. He doesn't want to just sit on the bench. I think he'll be with us at the start of the season, but if he bangs a few early goals in against Bolton and norwich, I wouldn't be suprised if a new club comes in with a bid over 10m! Fingers crossed I'm wrong and he stays all season! SimmoWFC83
  • Score: 25

7:26am Mon 4 Aug 14

DuncanWelbourne'sshinpad says...

I'd rather he go pre Saturday and not unsettle the team two or three weeks into the new season. Of course he will be missed but no one should deny him the opportunity to play at the highest level he can. He certain repaid his debt to Watford for standing by him.
I'd rather he go pre Saturday and not unsettle the team two or three weeks into the new season. Of course he will be missed but no one should deny him the opportunity to play at the highest level he can. He certain repaid his debt to Watford for standing by him. DuncanWelbourne'sshinpad
  • Score: 32

8:17am Mon 4 Aug 14

mellow yellow says...

DuncanWelbourne'sshi
npad
wrote:
I'd rather he go pre Saturday and not unsettle the team two or three weeks into the new season. Of course he will be missed but no one should deny him the opportunity to play at the highest level he can. He certain repaid his debt to Watford for standing by him.
Regardless of the transfer fee, would Deeney actually want to go to Leicester?? The fact they are currently in the top flight is not a strong enough factor to me. I can see him jumping at the chance to go to, say, Everton, but the other teams mentioned would not attract me enough. Perhaps we insert a 'you go down, we come up' buy back guarantee?? And as for being a bench warmer, I can't see any club shelling out upward of £8m and leaving Troy on the bench... And he is far better than Ulloa.
[quote][p][bold]DuncanWelbourne'sshi npad[/bold] wrote: I'd rather he go pre Saturday and not unsettle the team two or three weeks into the new season. Of course he will be missed but no one should deny him the opportunity to play at the highest level he can. He certain repaid his debt to Watford for standing by him.[/p][/quote]Regardless of the transfer fee, would Deeney actually want to go to Leicester?? The fact they are currently in the top flight is not a strong enough factor to me. I can see him jumping at the chance to go to, say, Everton, but the other teams mentioned would not attract me enough. Perhaps we insert a 'you go down, we come up' buy back guarantee?? And as for being a bench warmer, I can't see any club shelling out upward of £8m and leaving Troy on the bench... And he is far better than Ulloa. mellow yellow
  • Score: 13

8:18am Mon 4 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

Although we seem to have an abundance of strikers at present, I would dearly love Troy to stay and spearhead the attack with Vydra to get us promo this season.

The pair of them showed some good touches and one-twos together on Saturday, and I could see the partnership developing again.

So STAY Troy and play in the Premiership with us next season!
Although we seem to have an abundance of strikers at present, I would dearly love Troy to stay and spearhead the attack with Vydra to get us promo this season. The pair of them showed some good touches and one-twos together on Saturday, and I could see the partnership developing again. So STAY Troy and play in the Premiership with us next season! bristol hornet
  • Score: 29

8:51am Mon 4 Aug 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

Bog off Leicester!
Bog off Leicester! The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: 25

8:54am Mon 4 Aug 14

Hornankey says...

His value will diminish rapidly if he gets injured or his form drops. Better to get the deal done now, take the cash and get the squad settled. Start the season with players that we know is committed to the task.
His value will diminish rapidly if he gets injured or his form drops. Better to get the deal done now, take the cash and get the squad settled. Start the season with players that we know is committed to the task. Hornankey
  • Score: -9

9:00am Mon 4 Aug 14

ruralyellow says...

Based upon Saturdays performance take whatever is offered!
Based upon Saturdays performance take whatever is offered! ruralyellow
  • Score: -15

9:08am Mon 4 Aug 14

Harry's Bar says...

Why not wait until they actually make an offer before publishing an article, it's unsettling for Deeney and the other players, and most people are bored with it all now anyway.
Why not wait until they actually make an offer before publishing an article, it's unsettling for Deeney and the other players, and most people are bored with it all now anyway. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 68

9:17am Mon 4 Aug 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

mellow yellow wrote:
DuncanWelbourne'sshi

npad
wrote:
I'd rather he go pre Saturday and not unsettle the team two or three weeks into the new season. Of course he will be missed but no one should deny him the opportunity to play at the highest level he can. He certain repaid his debt to Watford for standing by him.
Regardless of the transfer fee, would Deeney actually want to go to Leicester?? The fact they are currently in the top flight is not a strong enough factor to me. I can see him jumping at the chance to go to, say, Everton, but the other teams mentioned would not attract me enough. Perhaps we insert a 'you go down, we come up' buy back guarantee?? And as for being a bench warmer, I can't see any club shelling out upward of £8m and leaving Troy on the bench... And he is far better than Ulloa.
Bench at Everton or starting 11at Leicester. Bang in a few goals and jump ship to another premier league team if they go down. Also they are in the midlands. If TD wants to leave I would think he will seem them as a real option, esp as he is better than all their other strikers.
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DuncanWelbourne'sshi npad[/bold] wrote: I'd rather he go pre Saturday and not unsettle the team two or three weeks into the new season. Of course he will be missed but no one should deny him the opportunity to play at the highest level he can. He certain repaid his debt to Watford for standing by him.[/p][/quote]Regardless of the transfer fee, would Deeney actually want to go to Leicester?? The fact they are currently in the top flight is not a strong enough factor to me. I can see him jumping at the chance to go to, say, Everton, but the other teams mentioned would not attract me enough. Perhaps we insert a 'you go down, we come up' buy back guarantee?? And as for being a bench warmer, I can't see any club shelling out upward of £8m and leaving Troy on the bench... And he is far better than Ulloa.[/p][/quote]Bench at Everton or starting 11at Leicester. Bang in a few goals and jump ship to another premier league team if they go down. Also they are in the midlands. If TD wants to leave I would think he will seem them as a real option, esp as he is better than all their other strikers. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 0

9:32am Mon 4 Aug 14

HornetJJ says...

He's not going anywhere!
He's not going anywhere! HornetJJ
  • Score: 13

9:43am Mon 4 Aug 14

Andrew1963 says...

I suspect Deeney will consider two factors before deciding to leave, the financial package and the prospect of getting a regular start. No Premiership club will guarantee the latter - He will need to prove his worth. He obviously believes he can compete at Premiership level, so i think it will be the financial side that will sway him. He may never get another opportunity, (loss of form, injury, etc) - So to secure his families future and to take the chance of becoming a Premiership success, i think he will go to any Premiership Club that offers the package that Watford want. Leicester can offer cash and part cash + players - so i think they are likely to tie this up by the end of the week.
I suspect Deeney will consider two factors before deciding to leave, the financial package and the prospect of getting a regular start. No Premiership club will guarantee the latter - He will need to prove his worth. He obviously believes he can compete at Premiership level, so i think it will be the financial side that will sway him. He may never get another opportunity, (loss of form, injury, etc) - So to secure his families future and to take the chance of becoming a Premiership success, i think he will go to any Premiership Club that offers the package that Watford want. Leicester can offer cash and part cash + players - so i think they are likely to tie this up by the end of the week. Andrew1963
  • Score: 6

9:44am Mon 4 Aug 14

corey_wfc says...

What will happen will happen... Stay or go, Just get it done quickly.
This limbo is good for nobody.
What will happen will happen... Stay or go, Just get it done quickly. This limbo is good for nobody. corey_wfc
  • Score: 12

9:53am Mon 4 Aug 14

Golferever says...

ruralyellow wrote:
Based upon Saturdays performance take whatever is offered!
As I said before, We know what Troy can do.

He is keeping fit and out of trouble, we don't need him to start scoring until next week, and then the price will have to go up even higher!!

Let's hope they get fed up with being told NO! - Not enough!!
[quote][p][bold]ruralyellow[/bold] wrote: Based upon Saturdays performance take whatever is offered![/p][/quote]As I said before, We know what Troy can do. He is keeping fit and out of trouble, we don't need him to start scoring until next week, and then the price will have to go up even higher!! Let's hope they get fed up with being told NO! - Not enough!! Golferever
  • Score: 3

10:01am Mon 4 Aug 14

WessexLad says...

SimmoWFC83 wrote:
Don't think this will be a great move for troy. Yes it's to the prem, but they Already have Nugent, Vardy, Wood, Taylor-FLetcher, Schlupp and now Ulloa. He doesn't want to just sit on the bench.
I think he'll be with us at the start of the season, but if he bangs a few early goals in against Bolton and norwich, I wouldn't be suprised if a new club comes in with a bid over 10m!
Fingers crossed I'm wrong and he stays all season!
Fingers crossed that he doesn't bang in a few early goals and no other club wants him?
[quote][p][bold]SimmoWFC83[/bold] wrote: Don't think this will be a great move for troy. Yes it's to the prem, but they Already have Nugent, Vardy, Wood, Taylor-FLetcher, Schlupp and now Ulloa. He doesn't want to just sit on the bench. I think he'll be with us at the start of the season, but if he bangs a few early goals in against Bolton and norwich, I wouldn't be suprised if a new club comes in with a bid over 10m! Fingers crossed I'm wrong and he stays all season![/p][/quote]Fingers crossed that he doesn't bang in a few early goals and no other club wants him? WessexLad
  • Score: -9

10:04am Mon 4 Aug 14

Havana Club says...

The Skeptical Optimist wrote:
Bog off Leicester!
As in Buy-One-Get-One-Free Leicester? I suppose for £10m+ we could chuck in Ekstrand as well, that would almost seem fair at these ridiculous prices (and TDs body language v Udinese suggests he will be off).

But lets face it, I know its the market dictating these prices, but Ten Million Pounds for a tier 2 striker who is nowhere near 'international class', or even played at the top level of his own national league?

Meanwhile schools, hospitals, etc... etc... What the hell is wrong with Mankind?
[quote][p][bold]The Skeptical Optimist[/bold] wrote: Bog off Leicester![/p][/quote]As in Buy-One-Get-One-Free Leicester? I suppose for £10m+ we could chuck in Ekstrand as well, that would almost seem fair at these ridiculous prices (and TDs body language v Udinese suggests he will be off). But lets face it, I know its the market dictating these prices, but Ten Million Pounds for a tier 2 striker who is nowhere near 'international class', or even played at the top level of his own national league? Meanwhile schools, hospitals, etc... etc... What the hell is wrong with Mankind? Havana Club
  • Score: -26

10:36am Mon 4 Aug 14

Poppet Bear says...

Oh ****, here we go again !!!!
Oh ****, here we go again !!!! Poppet Bear
  • Score: 0

11:18am Mon 4 Aug 14

Chris the Vic says...

Like many others the sooner this issue is resolved the better.

He is our captain and we need to settle in the new players and build from a stable base.

Where troy ends up is entirely down to him if the offer is acceptable. he played well enough on saturday but needs a couple of competitive games to really get into the groove. if he goes we will miss him and it will be harder to achieve without him but not impossible.
Like many others the sooner this issue is resolved the better. He is our captain and we need to settle in the new players and build from a stable base. Where troy ends up is entirely down to him if the offer is acceptable. he played well enough on saturday but needs a couple of competitive games to really get into the groove. if he goes we will miss him and it will be harder to achieve without him but not impossible. Chris the Vic
  • Score: 3

11:30am Mon 4 Aug 14

lockerbiehornet says...

HornetJJ wrote:
He's not going anywhere!
That's what I reckon to, I mean let's face it, do we really want(or need) £8m + add ons? No, way are The Pozzos going to want it in installments either, so I think the best they can get TD for is £9-9.5m + sell on fee, Pearson's already been quoted in The Leicester Mercury as saying they won't be breaking their transfer record for any other players, so it's a no go, LCFC won't match the WFC 's valuation for him. He's going nowhere!
[quote][p][bold]HornetJJ[/bold] wrote: He's not going anywhere![/p][/quote]That's what I reckon to, I mean let's face it, do we really want(or need) £8m + add ons? No, way are The Pozzos going to want it in installments either, so I think the best they can get TD for is £9-9.5m + sell on fee, Pearson's already been quoted in The Leicester Mercury as saying they won't be breaking their transfer record for any other players, so it's a no go, LCFC won't match the WFC 's valuation for him. He's going nowhere! lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 3

11:31am Mon 4 Aug 14

Barnes' Ball Bag says...

He is from the Midlands so a move to Leicester would make sense from that perspective.

I would say take the money now and give Ighalo or Renegie a chance at partnering Vydra

Not sure Deeney's head is still at Watford anyway
He is from the Midlands so a move to Leicester would make sense from that perspective. I would say take the money now and give Ighalo or Renegie a chance at partnering Vydra Not sure Deeney's head is still at Watford anyway Barnes' Ball Bag
  • Score: -7

11:41am Mon 4 Aug 14

West Country Hornet says...

Sell now. Move on.
Sell now. Move on. West Country Hornet
  • Score: -5

11:43am Mon 4 Aug 14

jasonwatford says...

Lets get deal done now , no more of this bid etc tell Leicester 10 mill plus add ons take it or leave it. If they want him let him go before the season starts
Lets get deal done now , no more of this bid etc tell Leicester 10 mill plus add ons take it or leave it. If they want him let him go before the season starts jasonwatford
  • Score: 2

11:57am Mon 4 Aug 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Havana Club wrote:
The Skeptical Optimist wrote:
Bog off Leicester!
As in Buy-One-Get-One-Free Leicester? I suppose for £10m+ we could chuck in Ekstrand as well, that would almost seem fair at these ridiculous prices (and TDs body language v Udinese suggests he will be off).

But lets face it, I know its the market dictating these prices, but Ten Million Pounds for a tier 2 striker who is nowhere near 'international class', or even played at the top level of his own national league?

Meanwhile schools, hospitals, etc... etc... What the hell is wrong with Mankind?
I don't know why we'd want to get rid of Ekstrand - he's proved himself as an extremely capable Championship player, and is popular within the dressing room as well. Bit of a silly thing to say that...

re the £10m/hospitals comment: is it a shame that footballers are transferred for and then get paid ludicrous amounts of money? Yes
but that is how economies work. Millions of people don't pay millions of pounds to watch doctors perform operations, so until wages and/or transfer fees are globally capped in an effective way, that is life
Deeney is worth what someone is willing to pay for him; and given the money that Leicester get for going up, and the current (admittedly inflated) market, that is more than £10m
Also, footballers give millions of pounds to healthcare charities, childrens charities etc - and little of it is publicised - so that argument is rife with holes

re the body language comment: you could attribute that to every single player on the pitch on Saturday, on either side. I lost count of how many players ducked 50/50 challenges and were just jogging about. It's a pre-season game, what do you expect?

I don't want Deeney to go personally, but I would qualify that by saying that I think we currently have too many strikers, so it wouldn't be absolutely the end of the world.

Ighalo looked very good when he came on
Vydra is a goal machine
Fessi is as good a playmaker as you'll find at this level
Fabbrini is capable of emulating that
Ranegie doesn't seem shy of a goal or two - and is built for the Champ
and that's before you start throwing in guys like Anya and Dyer who could play as part of a front three

We're overloaded in that area; so much as I hope TD9 plays out the season in a Watford shirt - as much for his leadership and popularity as his ability - we've got plenty of very able cover should a ridiculous bid come in.
[quote][p][bold]Havana Club[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Skeptical Optimist[/bold] wrote: Bog off Leicester![/p][/quote]As in Buy-One-Get-One-Free Leicester? I suppose for £10m+ we could chuck in Ekstrand as well, that would almost seem fair at these ridiculous prices (and TDs body language v Udinese suggests he will be off). But lets face it, I know its the market dictating these prices, but Ten Million Pounds for a tier 2 striker who is nowhere near 'international class', or even played at the top level of his own national league? Meanwhile schools, hospitals, etc... etc... What the hell is wrong with Mankind?[/p][/quote]I don't know why we'd want to get rid of Ekstrand - he's proved himself as an extremely capable Championship player, and is popular within the dressing room as well. Bit of a silly thing to say that... re the £10m/hospitals comment: is it a shame that footballers are transferred for and then get paid ludicrous amounts of money? Yes but that is how economies work. Millions of people don't pay millions of pounds to watch doctors perform operations, so until wages and/or transfer fees are globally capped in an effective way, that is life Deeney is worth what someone is willing to pay for him; and given the money that Leicester get for going up, and the current (admittedly inflated) market, that is more than £10m Also, footballers give millions of pounds to healthcare charities, childrens charities etc - and little of it is publicised - so that argument is rife with holes re the body language comment: you could attribute that to every single player on the pitch on Saturday, on either side. I lost count of how many players ducked 50/50 challenges and were just jogging about. It's a pre-season game, what do you expect? I don't want Deeney to go personally, but I would qualify that by saying that I think we currently have too many strikers, so it wouldn't be absolutely the end of the world. Ighalo looked very good when he came on Vydra is a goal machine Fessi is as good a playmaker as you'll find at this level Fabbrini is capable of emulating that Ranegie doesn't seem shy of a goal or two - and is built for the Champ and that's before you start throwing in guys like Anya and Dyer who could play as part of a front three We're overloaded in that area; so much as I hope TD9 plays out the season in a Watford shirt - as much for his leadership and popularity as his ability - we've got plenty of very able cover should a ridiculous bid come in. JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 23

12:29pm Mon 4 Aug 14

itsafamilyclub!!! says...

Hope he stays but if they offer the same as what they bought Ulloa for then I think its a good deal considering next summer he will have a year left on his contract.
Hope he stays but if they offer the same as what they bought Ulloa for then I think its a good deal considering next summer he will have a year left on his contract. itsafamilyclub!!!
  • Score: 1

12:41pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Urban Bear says...

Why tell us they are "planning another bid" just tell us when we have rejected it so that we can laugh at them.
Why tell us they are "planning another bid" just tell us when we have rejected it so that we can laugh at them. Urban Bear
  • Score: 8

12:58pm Mon 4 Aug 14

davidhornet says...

This has just bern lifted from The Sun. Just said on Sky Sports that bid has been rejected and he will play vs Bolton on Saturday. What is your agenda anyway? No need for this piece of second hand news unless it actually happens. Go and have a Barclays Bank Frank.
This has just bern lifted from The Sun. Just said on Sky Sports that bid has been rejected and he will play vs Bolton on Saturday. What is your agenda anyway? No need for this piece of second hand news unless it actually happens. Go and have a Barclays Bank Frank. davidhornet
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Mon 4 Aug 14

soulfulhornet says...

The club's position has not changed. Meet the valuation (QPR, Leicester or whoever) or no deal - the criteria is the same i.e. put up or shut up.

Inevitably the speculation - partly media inspired, partly by the tactics of the likes of Harry - will continue until Deeney goes or the window ends on 31 August. Name of the game unfortunately.

On a positive note, at least we are doing something right, under previous regimes we would have got £3m for him (less what we have to pay Walsall) or we would not have a player of this value on our books in the first place (excluding Ashley).
The club's position has not changed. Meet the valuation (QPR, Leicester or whoever) or no deal - the criteria is the same i.e. put up or shut up. Inevitably the speculation - partly media inspired, partly by the tactics of the likes of Harry - will continue until Deeney goes or the window ends on 31 August. Name of the game unfortunately. On a positive note, at least we are doing something right, under previous regimes we would have got £3m for him (less what we have to pay Walsall) or we would not have a player of this value on our books in the first place (excluding Ashley). soulfulhornet
  • Score: -1

6:08pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Glenn Roeder says...

itsafamilyclub!!! wrote:
Hope he stays but if they offer the same as what they bought Ulloa for then I think its a good deal considering next summer he will have a year left on his contract.
That's true, but I think if we do receive a decent fee, the Pozzo mentality is not to splash the cash on a big money replacement, instead getting a player on loan.

It is not necessarily a bad thing as we are competitive in the division without getting into financial strife and done well with players like Vydra.

I would therefore rather Deeney stays and forms a partnership with Vydra (if he wants to), as I worry that these people playing Football Manager fantasy transfer dealings and wetting themselves about receiving 10 million quid will be in for a massive shock when it is not re-invested in a replacement.
[quote][p][bold]itsafamilyclub!!![/bold] wrote: Hope he stays but if they offer the same as what they bought Ulloa for then I think its a good deal considering next summer he will have a year left on his contract.[/p][/quote]That's true, but I think if we do receive a decent fee, the Pozzo mentality is not to splash the cash on a big money replacement, instead getting a player on loan. It is not necessarily a bad thing as we are competitive in the division without getting into financial strife and done well with players like Vydra. I would therefore rather Deeney stays and forms a partnership with Vydra (if he wants to), as I worry that these people playing Football Manager fantasy transfer dealings and wetting themselves about receiving 10 million quid will be in for a massive shock when it is not re-invested in a replacement. Glenn Roeder
  • Score: 0

6:49pm Mon 4 Aug 14

tonyevans22 says...

Deeney is not worth £10mill,people on here are only wanting that price because of MmcCcormacks transfer..You can see why so many clubs go abroad for players because they are just as good or better and cheaper to buy because the English market over price players.McCormack of leeds and the brighton player who recently transfered went for silly money as well.
Deeney is not worth £10mill,people on here are only wanting that price because of MmcCcormacks transfer..You can see why so many clubs go abroad for players because they are just as good or better and cheaper to buy because the English market over price players.McCormack of leeds and the brighton player who recently transfered went for silly money as well. tonyevans22
  • Score: 1

8:30pm Mon 4 Aug 14

TroyDeeneyLCFC says...

Get him signed up.

Leave him to rot on our bench.

10m well spent.
Get him signed up. Leave him to rot on our bench. 10m well spent. TroyDeeneyLCFC
  • Score: -6

10:46pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Rodthomasini says...

TroyDeeneyLCFC wrote:
Get him signed up.

Leave him to rot on our bench.

10m well spent.
If things ever get bad I just need to think to myself at least I'm not so sad that I have no life and spend my time setting up accounts to write on teams forums I don't even support!
[quote][p][bold]TroyDeeneyLCFC[/bold] wrote: Get him signed up. Leave him to rot on our bench. 10m well spent.[/p][/quote]If things ever get bad I just need to think to myself at least I'm not so sad that I have no life and spend my time setting up accounts to write on teams forums I don't even support! Rodthomasini
  • Score: 8

1:53pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

Yes, the home grown rule has remained at six, so we will be alright on this issue.

However, the second point about more than half of our squad is home grown is open to debate.

We now have this Munari, Parades, Gomes, Ekstrand, Angella, Tamas, Pudil, Batts, Fessi, Fabs, Abdi, Toszer, Ighalo, Ranegie, Vydra, and Iriney (still on the books). That makes a total of 16.

I make the home grown contingent to be:

Bond, Doyley, Cathcart, Hoban, Murray, McGugan, Anya, Deeney, Andrews, Dyer, O,Nien and Connor Smith - a total of 12.

You would be stretching a point to include the likes of Mensah, Doherty, and Ikpeazu, who are all likely to go out on loan (along with Smith and O'Nien), and hardly play in a first team so full of so many talented players ahead of them.

Thank God the rule was not changed from six to nine (but will be probably done next season), and let us hope for some good Cup runs where we can fully utilise our marvellous squad.
Yes, the home grown rule has remained at six, so we will be alright on this issue. However, the second point about more than half of our squad is home grown is open to debate. We now have this Munari, Parades, Gomes, Ekstrand, Angella, Tamas, Pudil, Batts, Fessi, Fabs, Abdi, Toszer, Ighalo, Ranegie, Vydra, and Iriney (still on the books). That makes a total of 16. I make the home grown contingent to be: Bond, Doyley, Cathcart, Hoban, Murray, McGugan, Anya, Deeney, Andrews, Dyer, O,Nien and Connor Smith - a total of 12. You would be stretching a point to include the likes of Mensah, Doherty, and Ikpeazu, who are all likely to go out on loan (along with Smith and O'Nien), and hardly play in a first team so full of so many talented players ahead of them. Thank God the rule was not changed from six to nine (but will be probably done next season), and let us hope for some good Cup runs where we can fully utilise our marvellous squad. bristol hornet
  • Score: 1

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