@Ericali Tough one to call. I think Marcelo starts but they'll be rotated a fair bit especially once the Champions League gets underway. Mendy is clearly the future but I think Marcelo will be first choice this season and Mendy is slowly phased in.
That was my initial thoughts - this will be a season of transition for Mendy, see if he can adapt to play for such a club.
A bit late on this thread (and apologies for length) but thought I'd throw my story in as I too dream like @ericali as I've posted previously on the forum.
I started in Feb 2016 and like most of you, £200 initial deposit then £300, then £500 etc as I gained more confidence. Always been a huge fan of gambling, Poker, Betfair trading, Football Manager, Fantasy Football, stocks and shares (but didn't know how to do it). Basically discovered FI and thought it combines most the things I love in life and never looked back.
I have recorded every days balance and divs since the start of 2018 and also predict my future path based on that.
Current Portfolio: £165,000
Net deposits: £61,000
Average monthly portfolio growth excluding deposits (last 18 months): 6.86%
Average dividends: 11% a year. Admittedly constantly reducing due to capital growth (not complaining, now closer to 6%)
If FI continues at similar rates I will be able to earn £2,000 a month dividends by March 2021 (more than enough for me to live on) and the portfolio would be £1 Million by November 2022. I don't see why FI can't continue going from strength to strength. There are more and more new members, people creating content, podcasts, magazines, blogs etc. Potential expansion abroad, general improvement of the product, future dividend rises and share splits. Who knows?
I am 33 now and my dream would be to travel around watching football in stadiums across the world and write about it (see post signature) I'd love to be able to answer the question 'What do you do?' with 'Full Time Football Index Trader'. Probably easier to explain to foreigners than Quantity Surveyor.
Above all, this has increased my knowledge and love of football more than ever and been lucky enough to drag a few friends along on the journey. I love the community feel of FI but just wish there were more meet ups for real life beer and FI discussions.
Feel free to check out my blog below. Latest adventure being the Copa America in Brazil where i was lucky enough to watch 7 games.
Good luck on your journey and hopefully we are all still considered early adopters. Let's dream big, anything is possible (including FI going bust but let's not think about that :-P)
Sounds incredible, good luck!
I would also love to travel round the world watching football, but I think I'm a bit further away from it than you are, but still, good to dream.
It's also really refreshing to hear people that have been on a while think FI has still got so much more growth to go - I'd agree - the remote gambling market is a big one, it also crosses over with stocks/shares and has the ability to go into Europe too.
I think that Mount could have a massive future under Lampard and Jody Morris. Here are some quotes from Mount that I managed to dig up ...
"Being a Chelsea midfielder, I would always watch him and try to take things from his game,” Mount told FourFourTwo. “This season he’s taught me a lot about timing my movements into the penalty area and getting into the right positions, as well as pressing when we don’t have the ball.”
On Lampard’s assistant, Jody Morris, Mount added: “He’s been a massive influence on my career. He was my manager when I first played for Chelsea’s Under-18s. We won two FA Cup Youth Cups and he made me captain for the second. I owe him a lot and it’s great to work with him."
Pretty simple - was heavily linked to Arsenal. Now it looks very likely he's going to a less high profile team, his value is dropping. With Brighton, it's a bit of an unknown with an unproven manager, and a less than stellar campaign last season - and seen a few people evoking the example of Jahanbakhsh, as another winger from a non-PB league having a very underwhelming introduction to the PL there. No particular reason it should turn out like that, but that's the market sentiment.
As a centre back in a dominant team and playing under Sarri I imagine he will do well for PB as there will be loads of passes out the back, but I would be very very surprised if his dividend yield was any better than Bonucci's, Rugani's or even Chiellini's.
At his current price I think he needs to be regularly getting MB or have high potential to in the near future and I just can't see it at the moment.