But it must only be used for a shot seemingly launched from a catapult with reckless abandon. We also have mails on Dimi Berbatov, Cesc Fabregas and lots more...
That's the question posed in a wide and varied Mailbox, along with several others including Lloris dropping bollocks, Stewie Griffin's return & a thank you to David Healy...
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Reasons For Caulker Sale
Three quick points on the sale of transfer of Steven Caulker.
1. Unfortunately he's just wasn't quite good enough for Spurs and I haven't seen anything to suggest he will be. A couple of shonky performances last year (particularly in the FA Cup against Leeds) will have been enough to put AVB off and £8m is a good fee.
2. Always sad to see an English lad who has come through your ranks leave though. English contingent looking a bit thin on the ground at Spurs now.
3. All of a sudden we're looking a bit short at centre half. I've always seen that as Huddlestone's natural position but we could do with bringing someone else in.
Here's An Idea
Surely the solution to the Spurs Bale quandary is a simple one.
Sell them Kenny McEvoy.
They're idiots - they won't know the difference and Spurs get to pocket £100m+.
Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf London
Pre-Season Tours Are Meaningful
I fully understand the points made in the piece by Daniel Storey just a note from a supporter who has never been able to see LFC play in real life. I live in South Africa and these "soul sucking" pre-season tours are the only opportunity supporters outside of Europe have to see the team play. When the rumour broke that LFC might be coming to Cape Town (my home town) the whole city went nuts. People were queuing for tickets that weren't even made all because some media sources claimed this is when tickets will be made available.
My point is, if you have the chance to watch whoever you support week-in-week-out be glad you have the option as there others in the rest of the world for who it would be a once in a life time opportunity....
Bobby, Cape Town
United Should Be Looking At Vidal
Having decided to take advantage of residing in the U.S. for the summer and not having to worry about time difference, I thought I'd kill a couple of hours watching a pre-season friendly between Everton and Juventus. I wanted to have a look at Marouane Fellaini, as it looks increasingly likely that David Moyes will eventually turn to his old club to solve his midfield problems. Watching Andrea Pirlo is always a treat as well.
Unfortunately, Pirlo spent much of the night on the bench. One man who has impressed me however, is Fellaini's opposite number in midfield, Arturo Vidal. Vidal is another one of those players who has managed to escape the gossip columns this summer. But to my mind, I have no idea why this is. Vidal is everything that Moyes should be looking for in his midfield recruit. At 26, he is a good age, and his box-to-box style is something that United have been missing for some time. You probably have to go back to Roy Keane in his prime around the late 90's and early 2000's. Vidal would perfectly compliment the increasingly effective Michael Carrick, who set about proving his critics (including me) wrong last season.
Vidal is equally as comfortable going forward as he is defending. He has an eye for goal, scoring 10 goals last season, and can pick out a pass. He is also tenacious in the tackle, meaning he could be effectively utilised in a 4-3-3 alongside Tom Cleverley and a deep-lying Michael Carrick in tougher European assignments. Vidal was voted Juve's player of the year last season, and I see no reason why Moyes shouldn't at the very least pick up the phone and test the water. Andrea Pirlo is coming towards the end of his career, so Juve may be unwilling to do business, but a deal for Vidal is still more likely than an ambitous, yet depressingly public, pursuit of Cesc Fabregas.
Should no marquee signing arrive in this window, I do still think that United have enough to be competitive and win the title again this season, especially now that Shinji Kagawa has had his bedding-in season, I expect big things from him. I would prefer no signings than a panic buy, not that Fellaini in any way represents a "panic buy", that would be more along the lines of going back and re-signing Darron Gibson. But I do think they will fall short in Europe again with the squad as it is, especially considering Moyes' inexperience at that level.
James (Predicting big breakthroughs for Adnan Januzaj and Jesse Lingard this season), MUFC.
The Team Is The Star
I'm getting a little bit sick and tired of this whole 'Arsenal aren't losing any players this year because they're all s***' schtick that everyone seems to be adopting.
We conceded the second lowest number of goals this season, so our defence can't be that s***. We have the 3rd and 4th top assisters for the season in Walcott (who barely started a game until January) and Cazorla, who also scored 26 league goals between them. I don't think either of them can be considered s***.
In fact, Cazorla was talked about throughout the whole of last season as one of the most exciting players in the league. Have you all now decided that he's crap no-one else could possibly want him?
The difference now is that we don't have a player we rely on quite so heavily to score or create goals, so the 'star player' thing because harder to pinpoint. And maybe no one is sniffing around because none of our players actually want to leave this summer.
But, if anyone wants to argue that none of our players would improve any of the teams that finished above us, be my guest.
Ross, AFC London
Reasons Not To Buy The Sun
I'm expecting a lot of different responses to this issue, and will try not to bite to any potential Alan Davies-type responses.
However, it's pretty simple really. This paper was one of the main culprits in cascading the pure lies that Liverpool fans were the cause, and performed terrible acts during the disaster. For a paper to publish such an offensive story with no evidence is unforgiveable, no matter if you are the victim of those lies or not. It's pathetic apology, refusal to name the sources of such lies and the disgusting actions of its editor over the years has meant that Liverpool fans can't forget this.
For those of you who will say "get over it" or "it's not a big deal" (which I've heard many times over the past, even from friends), just imagine if it was your friends and family this paper had accused of murder, stealing and violating bodies.
If you are a Liverpool fan and are unaware at the strength of feeling over this, even if you aren't from Liverpool, then I'd be surprised. You obviously have the right to read whatever you like, but you can expect a tongue lashing every time you do.
Michael D'Arcy LFC
...In response to Anon (LFC)'s quandry about his/her newspaper selection, firstly I'm disappointed that after regular Mediawatch readings he/she is still buying the Sun. That's definitely something to be ashamed about. And if he/she doesn't read Mediawatch, he/she should be even more ashamed.
With reference to Hillsborough, even if he/she wasn't alive at the time and doesn't live in Liverpool if he/she wants to consider him/herself a Liverpool fan then he/she should really be aware of the history of the club involving that incident. If he/she genuinely wasn't then fair play, take this one on the chin and don't buy it in the future. If he/she continues to purchase said rag while being fully aware of its involvement in the history of Liverpool then yes he/she should feel pretty bad.
Jeff (sorry about all the him/her and he/she stuff, got annoying to type after a while so must be pretty irritating to read), EFC
...In relation to the question in yesterday afternoon's mailbox regards whether a Liverpool fan should ever buy The Sun, I fully expect to read a flood of emails detailing the (no doubt very good) reasons why this is seen as akin to treason and blasphemy. I am also a Liverpool fan, but not a Liverpudlian, and my reasons for not reading The Sun are probably part hillsborough, but also part the fact that it's just an awful gutter-scraping publication regardless. My decision is therefore very easy.
But, my slightly more nuanced question to the mailbox Liverpudlians would be this: what would The Sun newspaper need to do in order to make amends? I ask this because it struck me that it's not a very sustainable or progressive attitude (broadly speaking) to punish or discriminate against with absolutely no means or potential for redemption or forgiveness. Our systems of justice and rehabilitation rely heavily upon the notion that we can err yet be redeemed, and so it feels rather backward to say that no Liverpool fan should ever by The Sun again, and that doing so makes them a pariah. Even if you do hold that view, should there not at least be the potential, given the right conditions, for forgiveness? And what do Liverpudlians see as those conditions?
As stated, I believe the The Sun to be a stinking swell of drivel, and empathise greatly with those who suffered the tragic losses of hillsborough, but there must surely be room for a more considered debate on The Sun. Thankfully we live in an increasingly liberal and tolerant society, where regardless of our indiscretions, we have laws and conventions that on some level uphold the principle that rehabilitation (rather than everlasting stigma and punishment) is a possibility that we do not give up on. And so, if we can accept that eternal damnation as a price to pay for our sins is a fairly archaic model, what according to Liverpudlians, would the conditions be for The Suns redemption?
Hoping that makes some sense, and hoping there might be space for some debate here which extends beyond a mailbox of 365-ers shouting down a man for buying a newspaper.
...I guess you'll have a plethora of mails responding to Anon (LFC) and his recent purchase of the Sun.
Like you, Anon, I'm not a Liverpool fan, but I vividly remember watching the Hillsborough disaster on TV.
I didn't quite appreciate the strength of feeling that was left on Merseyside after the initial inquest and the Sun's deplorable reporting of the situation until sometime after. Probably when I watched the various documentary's and read some of the reports.
When I finally learned just what did happen, what the innocent Liverpool fans had been accused of, and how they had to carry the burden of being blamed for the event, I developed a fresh perspective on things. When I re-read what the Sun had published and how they vehemently defended their position I felt physically sick.
Go back and re-read what they printed. Read what they accused innocent people of doing. Read it, and absorb it. Then don't ask yourself whether you let Liverpool fans down by buying the paper because you'll already have the answer. Instead, ask yourself if you'll ever buy that disgusting publication again.
Paul Watson, exiled Shrimper living in Surrey.
Does The Exchange Rate Influence Transfers?
Just an interesting thought around transfer values and movements across leagues...
From end of June to end of July the GBPEUR exchange rate fell from 1.1808 to 1.1403. This is over the course of a month and not even a big fluctuation (in the wider scheme) but if you take the figure of £125m (ridiculous but that was this morning's figure) lauded for Bale, this equates to a saving for Real Madrid of over EUR€5m.
I know when you're talking €100m+ then this isn't a huge portion but €5m is, well, it's EUR€5m! You could pick up a squad player or promising youngster for that, or bulid new facilities, pay some debt, whatever you wanted. It got me thinking that the best way to know if a club are looking at realistically making a player purchase, they'll start hedging their exposure to the currency (either outright buying it or through other FX tools) as this sort of exposure carries high level of exchange rate risk.
Long and short, the papers should talk to the clubs FX dealer to get the real picture.
George (analysis of exchange rate effect on transfers, must be the offseason) AFC, Wellington, NZ
Because We Live In A Democracy
Why do footballers "elect" to shoot and why is it always a "suspicion" of handball?
Not The Same
Why on earth would Javed, LFC bring up John Bostock in relation to the Bale transfer saga?
Spurs offered Palace £2m (admittedly after announcing that they'd already agreed a deal rather than made an offer) which was turned down as Palace thought he was worth more. The independent transfer tribunal decided he was worth £750k plus £500k of add-ons. Simon Jordan threw his toys out of the pram so that no-one would notice that he'd turned down the offer of £2m. Not entirely sure how much of that is Spurs' fault? In case you haven't noticed, Real Madrid haven't actually made an offer for Bale at this time.
But yeah, completely identical obviously. What goes around comes around indeed.