(1) Ben Foster

Discussion in 'The Team Bus' started by UEA_Hornet, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Well Chelsea want to replace Pepa don't they but surely go for someone younger ?
  2. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    Doubt there's too much to that. It also said Chelsea were considering Joe Hart as well. But he's signed a two year contract so we can demand whatever fee we like for him. £20m would be a good starting point.......£30m if it's Everton.
  3. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Reservist

    For a 37 yo, think I've heard it all now!
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  4. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Reservist

    FWIW, I doubt he leaves, but I wouldn't be devastated if he did. Yes, he is still a good goalie, but started to look shaky at times last season. Might have been a total lack of competition for a starting spot, but then again, he is 37, so maybe it's time we say goodbye and let someone else take the #1 jersey
  5. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason First Team Captain

    Who is that keeper we are always being linked with from Udinese, is Scuffet or something like that, or possibly that guy from Leicester or even Joe Hart?
  6. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    The Scum reliable as ever. Chavsea are looking for a reliable young number one. And they have Caballero as their two. Everton have Crapford and Virginia. That might hold water if they loan him out. We would be in a pickle as we would need two keepers as Bachmann cannot be trusted.
  7. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    Just seen an interview with Ben Foster on SSN. He didn't spill the beans on what's going on behind the scenes or anything like that, but his general demeanour was a bit downbeat.

    They were speaking of the new season and he said players can be a bit moody during pre-season. Saying that Ivic wants players to be super fit with low body fat percentage and double training sessions.

    He went on to say that there was no truth in the links to him being looked at by Everton and Chelsea. He also mentioned that he's not really into football and only switches on for matchday. Outside of that he's not really too bothered.

    It was a similar interview he gave a few weeks ago, saying you've got to roll with the punches and that he liked Pearson and Shakey. He thought they were "good guys".

    There were no clues that he's leaving, but he didn't come across as being delighted the new season is just around the corner or too enthused over the new coach.

    Here's the link, maybe I'm reading it wrong, but see for yourself. It's not the full interview though, and he did laugh about the link to Chelsea and Everton, but I am quite surprised he's still with us.
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  8. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    Hornetboy1, what do you do for a day job? Outside of work to you live, eat and breathe your job? If not, then Foster is the same, work is work, home is home.
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  9. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Well maybe like Troy he liked having a British coach and he seemed to have a good laugh with Stack.

    Now that has all changed and it's down to serious hard work.
  10. hornetboy1

    hornetboy1 First Team

    Well...I do actually. I own my own company so it is pretty much an 18 hour a day focus and passion, but you do need distractions and football does help with that.

    But that's not the point I'm making. I have no problem with Foster or any other player seeing it as a job only. That's fine, but he comes across as not really wanting to be part of it, or not enthused by it. He's not coming across as upbeat as he usually is.
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  11. Guy

    Guy Squad Player

    Really pleased about what Foster has said about Ivic...... squad started last season rather unfit...... if some of the more experienced squad members don't like it, tough.

    As for Foster wouldn't mind if he left, some great saves but very shaky at times last season
  12. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason First Team Captain

    He basically said football is just a job to him, and as he is getting near the end of his career who can blame him for not being as hyper and bubbly about what is essentially his job, as he possibly was earlier in his career.

    He came across as matter of fact, and said he had plenty of other interests not just football. He also said that come match day he switches on to football and concentrates fully on it then.
  13. WatfordTalk

    WatfordTalk First Team

    Apart from when he's bowling the ball out to opposition right-wingers
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  14. luke_golden

    luke_golden Space Cadet

    Or better yet, smashing the ball out of play just past the halfway line.

    Or even better, smashing the ball at Mapps and watching him fail to control it.
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  15. WatfordTalk

    WatfordTalk First Team

    Or, deciding that he doesn't fancy diving for a ball struck at a medium pace, barely near the bottom corner of the goal. God, I can't wait for last season to be a distant memory.
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  16. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    I don't mind him treating like football as a job at all. However, on the rare times I mess up at work I don't shrug and grin like a clown.
  17. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    You're obviously not a surgeon.
  18. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason First Team Captain

    What do you expect him to do then, cover himself from head to toe with sacks and ashes and cry out "Mea Culpa"
  19. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    No - just some mild self reflection in an interview after we lose 8-0. Not too much to ask is it? Pathetic response from you by the way.
  20. The Voice of Reason

    The Voice of Reason First Team Captain

    I think you are the pathetic one, the man is a professional footballer not a school boy, he just takes things in his stride. He is to long in the tooth to fret about what he cannot change and let it play on his mind he just gets on with it.

    So get over your self and stop insulting him and others which seems to be your main forte :rolleyes:
  21. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    How am I insulting him? He's a classic illustration of the comfortable complacent footballer that got us relegated.

    He's our number 1, but don't demand I like him.
  22. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    The key bit about Ivic:

    It is scarcely dull at Watford and last month Vladimir Ivic became the club’s fourth permanent manager in less than a year. Troy Deeney has said the Serb sometimes looks as if “he’s going to kill you” and others have likened him to James Bond villain. “It’s a good shout,” Foster says, smiling. “He is very conservative in giving out praise. He’s not the kind of guy to put an arm round you, speak to you – ‘how you are doing or how’s the family’; he’s a completely different manager to Nigel Pearson.

    “He is very direct and very happy to pull people up on things if they’re not working hard enough. He has been running the lads like dogs [in training]. Every single day they are crawling off the pitch, knackered. But because it is a ridiculously condensed season, being able to stay fit and keep fitness levels high could be the difference between making the top two or being in the play-offs.”

    Decent interview, so tomorrow will be Foster's first second tier match since the 2006 Play off final.
  23. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

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  24. .....and the key bit about the stars who are jumping ship....
    “I would much rather play with a team of seven out of 10s each week, rather than those that might be a nine or a 10 and then the next week they might be two or three."
    Roberto, Doucs, GD, maybe Capoue....he means you !
  25. Ágætis Byrjun

    Ágætis Byrjun Reservist

    From that... It sounds like the source of the earlier Mail article was Ben Foster and they've applied their little Daily Mail twist and said that everyone hates him and wants him out by Christmas.
  26. Jlappy

    Jlappy Academy Graduate

    You don't work in politics then
  27. 99mph

    99mph 4th Prediction league 2011/12

    I couldn't find this elsewhere, apologies if I've missed an obvious thread. Thought this is interesting:

    Ben Foster has set up his own YouTube channel, "Ben Foster - The Cycling GK". It's quite well made, clearly got some production help in as it looks slick. The latest 'episode' is mostly footage from Foster's end of the Vic against Luton, filmed with a GoPro. Some interesting audio picked up from some of the Luton players having a go at each other...!

    Other stuff shows interaction with other players, including an embarrassed/grumpy Will Hughes.

  28. nornironhorn

    nornironhorn Administrator Staff Member

    An interesting watch and certainly a different view point on the game but the fact he seems so conscious of the camera worries me slightly. Quite a few times he is seemingly talking to the camera and he glances down to it a lot.

    Hopefully won't impact his concentration levels in the game.
  29. Steve Leo Beleck

    Steve Leo Beleck Squad Player

    Heartening to know that no matter what level of football you're playing at, 90% of what is said is "Time!", "get up/out!", "Away!".
  30. Optimistichornet

    Optimistichornet Penguin Assassin

    i thought its an interesting little video, seems to be very little communication with the camera during the game. i think sometimes he was talking to someone behind the goal, maybe a ball ball. i thought his concentration throughout was excellent.
  31. Optimistichornet

    Optimistichornet Penguin Assassin

    i was disappointed he didn't shout 'box them in' at anypoint!
  32. K9 Hornet

    K9 Hornet Border Collie Dog

    I wonder if he's infringing any EFL rules/TV company rights in filming the game and sticking it on his channel
  33. Cude>2<

    Cude>2< First Team Captain

    Did a scummer shout "You selfish little s***" at another? If so, brilliant.
  34. Cude>2<

    Cude>2< First Team Captain

    Doubt it - It isn't live - Similar to fans filming penalties and posting them up post match.
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