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    Nick Blackman - Joined Sporting de Gijon on loan

    He played well in his only game in Spain last Season, for Maccabi Tel Aviv against Villareal in the Europa League. Scored an absolute peach of a goal - see the clip below, where you'll also catch sight of Steve McClaren on the Tel Aviv bench :- http://www.footballhighlights247.com/villarreal-maccabi-tel-aviv-match-highlights.m107215.html Sporting Gijon player Jean-Sylvain Babin was on loan at Maccabi Tel Aviv alongside Blackman last Season, so he knows at least one of his new Teammates. I wish him well at his new Club.
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    Dcfc Crossword

    With 3 Down I thought you were going for an ironic 'best mate', as in an oppostion player who tried to snap the Tin Man in half before ritually disembowelling him. Julian Dicks sprang immediately to mind on that score, but obviously wouldn't fit in the grid.
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    Dcfc Crossword

    I'm not totally confident about 2 and 3 down, but I'll go with :- 4 across - wisdom 7 across - gerry daly 8 across - futcher 10 across - tommy johnson 11 across - gemmill 12 across - durban 14 across - david nish 15 across - robertson 16 across - billy davies 1 down - buckley 2 down - pringle 3 down - mark dennis 5 down - harry wilson 6 down - carbonari 9 down - roger davies 13 down - banovic
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    Dcfc Crossword

    9 across steve bloomer 10 across deano 11 across langan 13 across hector 14 across tomas cywka 15 across juventus 16 across rowett 1 down francis lee 2 down popside 3 down baiano 4 down vydra 5 down peter taylor 6 down bennett 7 down longson 8 down finn harps 12 down george
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    Matej Vydra - Signed for Burnley

    Depends how you measure success I guess. He was only 21 years old when he went to West Brom on loan in the Premier League 2013/14, off the back of a good Season on loan at Watford in the Championship. That Season at Watford being the first full Season of his career, having joined them on loan from Udinese at the age of 20. In 23 Premier League appearances, he scored 3 Goals and had 4 Goal Assists. Those bare stats don't knock your socks off, but when you see that he was only on the Pitch for 668 minutes in those 23 appearances, then that puts an entirely different complexion on things. That gives him a Goal/Goal Assist for every 95 minutes played in the Premier League :- https://www.transfermarkt.com/matej-vydra/detaillierteleistungsdaten/spieler/101500 You also have to take into account the state of West Brom that Season. Their joint League top-scorers were Saido Berahino and Stephane Sessegnon with just 5 goals apiece. These are the stats for their more attack-minded players that season ( Forwards and attacking midfielders) :- Saido Berahino - 32 Appearances (11 starts/ 22 subs), 1402 minutes played, 5 goals and 2 assists Morgan Amaltifano - 28 " (26 starts/ 2 subs), 2152 " " , 4 goals and 4 assists Stephane Sessegnon - 26 " (23 starts/ 3 subs), 1962 " " , 5 goals and 1 assists Victor Anichebe - 26 " (11 starts/ 15 subs), 1216 " " , 3 goals and 3 assists Matej Vydra - 23 " ( 7 starts/ 16 subs), 668 " " , 3 goals and 4 assists Shane Long - 15 " (11 starts/ 4 subs), 1035 " " , 3 goals and 1 assists Zoltan Gera - 14 " ( 5 starts/ 9 subs), 482 " " , 0 goals and 1 assists Nicolas Anelka - 12 " (11 starts/ 1 subs), 856 " " , 2 goals and 0 assists Scott Sinclair - 8 " ( 4 starts/ 4 subs), 300 " " , 0 goals and 1 assists Thieva Bifouma - 6 " ( 3 starts/ 3 subs), 251 " " , 2 goals and 0 assists Markus Rosenberg - 4 " ( 1 starts/ 3 subs), 88 " " , 0 goals and 0 assists All above stats from Transfermarkt and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013–14_West_Bromwich_Albion_F.C._season Given that Vydra has spent pretty much his entire career out on loan, whilst the Pozzo's tried to maximise his value - https://www.transfermarkt.com/matej-vydra/transfers/spieler/101500 - then it is hardly surprising that his career stats appear a bit hit and miss. It might also explain why he seems a tad reluctant to leave the only Club where he's spent 2 consecutive Seasons in one place. Quite why so many Rams fans are desperate to get the Golden Boot Winner out of the Club is a mystery to me.
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    £10m FFP Bill

    Unless my eyes deceive me, according to that Deloitte Report ( Chart 16 on Page 27), £140 million of that total Championship Club Debt of £1.8 billion was Derby County's. The only Clubs with bigger Net Debt, according to Deloitte, were Newcastle/Brighton/Fulham, and all three of those Teams are now in the Premier League. The fifth biggest Net Debtors, according to Deloitte, were Cardiff, and they too are now in the Premier League. So the financial gamble taken by Newcastle/Brighton/Fulham/Cardiff paid off for them, having reached the Promised Land of the Premier League. Mel's gamble has not yet paid off. Now before you start going off on one again, I am not saying that Derby County's Net Debt in 2017 was £140 million, I am merely pointing out that the Deloitte Report claims that to be the case. Presumably Deloitte have failed to appreciate the subtle financial intricacies of the DCFC/Sevco/ Mel Morris set-up that you have so painstakingly detailed to this Forum.
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