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  1. The first known instance of a player getting 1000+ goals in the Premier League is Danny Roberts. The Danny Roberts Challenge is named in his honour. Veron is eligible so I encourage you to submit him. The truly stunning feats of goalscoring have been achieved by players in the Northern Irish league. Paul Wallace led the way, scoring 1,073 goals for Knockbreda. When he retired, he was replaced by Andrew Smylie, a genuinely world-class player who scored 3,145 goals. Even Smylie's staggering total isn't the best on record - that goes to Paul Spence of East Belfast.
  2. Quite probably. We suddenly have lots of competition for places. Sa and Vydra surely both have to start, so we're gonna play 4-4-2 a lot, which means Piazon is basically one of six wingers competing for two places, even ignoring Fosu, Stacey, and Semedo. If we do try the 4-2-3-1 we used in pre-season, Piazon's chances look better, but we've got a hell of a lot of central midfielders and several of them will want the AM spot. That also means Vydra on his own up front. If I were in your shoes, I'd be wanting Piazon to get a loan like Bamford and start 35+ times, not 15+. If we'd have got Brown in at the start of the window then he'd probably be looking at 30+ starts. Baker could have been very interesting. But now we've signed two central midfielders, two wingers, and two strikers, and it's hard to see how Piazon fits in with that. Racist. Zouma v Hector is the really scary comparison. Three years younger, French international, 30 appearances for Chelsea.
  3. So you've sent Reading two players on loan and neither of them are likely to play... I was annoyed when you sent us two players who were no better than what we had who just blocked the progress of our own players, but Hector and particularly Piazon are going to be really pushed for starting opportunities.S I am amazed that you signed Hector
  4. You're being linked to Michael Hector for £4m. 23 year old centre back, currently being kept out of the Reading side by Paul McShane and Anton Ferdinand. Can play right back, can play in midfield. He's strong and quick, quite good in the ground tackle, confident on the ball, and home grown, but he's never going to be a Chelsea player. His concentration is poor, he gives away silly fouls and misreads passes, as well as sometimes overplaying things. Maybe you'll make a small profit, because £4m is good value, but I really don't understand this one. I tipped him as a future Reading first teamer when he was 17 and struggling to get in the U18 side (xsmug) but the flaws in his game mean that he's a lower PL player at best. Nowhere near as good as Adrian Mariappa. If you want a Reading centre back, you should go for Tom McIntyre.