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  1. We'll definitely have the players for automatic promotion. Look at our top quartet of strikers - ridiculous quality and depth for this level. Add a few more quality defenders and midfielders to what we already have and it's the best and most settled squad in the league. However last season told me that we don't have the manager. Too negative, too rigid, and too tied to his favourites. Now of course I want to be wrong but I just can't get those disastrous and insipid play off performances vs Hudders out of my mind. If we line up in a surprising 4-2-3-1 to start the season with Abdi pulling the strings in the hole behind the striker then I'll be excited. But if it's a 4-4-2 with Reach on the left and Bannan in the middle I'll just assume we'll get the same results - about 5th or 6th.
  2. I'm harping on but I see Abdi as our Aaron Mooy - the linchpin of the attacking third - only Abdi is playing under a manager that doesn't value that kind of player.
  3. Abdi should be sold. Cracking player at this level but the manager either never used him at all or never used him properly. In the right system he's potentially the best creative midfielder in the division but if CC insists on stubbornly sticking to his rigid 4-4-2 with players out of position then why bother keeping him? Might as well sell and use the funds to reinvest in a player Carlos will actually play.
  4. Cracking signing. And definitely not too old. Clearly better than Reach or Wallace imo so this is a quality upgrade signing more than a depth signing which is what we're looking for. Now message to Carlos: PLAY HIM! Not off the bloody bench!
  5. First position we should look to improve is left back. Pudil just isn't good enough defensively as we saw with him getting cut to shreds by Quaner which turned the play off in their favour. Then a RM, a CB, RB and a replacement for Abdi if CC doesn't want to use him. 5 new signings to replace the deadwood and automatic is in play.
  6. I'd love to see us switch to 4-2-3-1 next year. Two players for each position up top. Rhodes/Winnall/Fletch FF/Reach Abdi/Hooper 2 new signings With Bannan, Hutch, Lee and another centre mid behind them. A couple of flying top class fullbacks with an end product would also probably improve our attack as much as anything else.
  7. He would have been Carlos 'bench impact weapon' in the final 10 min of games
  8. No I don't see why he would change his style. I think we'll continue to be narrow and defensive minded. His last game in charge he brought Nuhiu on - who hasn't scored a league goal in over a year - over Winnall who's scored about 15 in that time. It'd be a stretch to suggest that he'll go from such a defensive mindset to being attacking and free flowing. It's what we want but it's unlikely to be what we get based on what we've seen this year.
  9. Not happy. Abdi and Winnall should be sold immediately then. Carlos doesn't rate them. No point bringing Macmanaman back full time either. Doesn't rate him either. Also no point signing a right winger as it'll be Wallace no matter what. Or another centre mid as it'll be a defensive minded 4-4-2. Basically don't waste money on signing anyone because it'll be the same stale XI every week with a focus on keeping things ultra tight at the expense of pushing forward. I'm sorry but I just can't get those shocking, utterly turgid performances vs Hudders out of my head. And you'd have to be naive to suggest that Carlos will change his approach. For me the final straw has to be bringing Nuhiu on ahead of Winnall in the 2nd leg. Inexcusable.
  10. There are two glaring reasons why we need a change: 1) our performances against Huddersfield were disgraceful. Carlos was clearly out coached despite having the better talent at his disposal 2) CC failed miserably to integrate our new signings. Abdi, Buckley, McManaman, Winnall and Rhodes all struggled either through being given limited opportunities or being played out of position/utilised in the wrong system CC has done a good job and set us on the right path. But it's clear to me that we need a fresh injection of ideas. I would hate to spend another 20m only to see the same line up from 2016 every single week.
  11. I agree with your sentiments but... Abdi, Rhodes, Winnall, McManaman... I would be willing to bet that under a manager like Wagner or Jokanovic these guys would have been sensational for us this year. The treatment of Abdi Macca and Winnall was quite frankly shocking for the most part. Completely wasted.
  12. If Carlos stays I can see us spending another 20m, reaching the play offs with him still playing the same team as last year
  13. I'd rather we signed two quality fullbacks. Pudil and Hunt are liabilities for a club seeking automatic promotion next year. A winger the quality of Ritchie or Knockhaert would be very handy too.
  14. Carlos entire attitude to this 2-leg tie can be summed up by our most dangerous winger in McManaman not even getting a spot on the bench. I would have started him because he gives us width and the opposition something to worry about. But to not have him, or any wide threat on the bench? Shocking and indicative of Carlos' almost paralysing defensive approach.
  15. Yeah but what's Hudders budget compared to ours? An unfair comparison. Give Wager 20m to spend and just imagine what he could do.