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  1. With whelan aged 33+, bannan and lee are more energetic players with a techniques to match whelan imo. Thanks for the memories but please no!, pace, under 30's and energy needed, not more ageing players on fat last contracts please, ta
  2. Will be another year older and not convinced he has the engine or desire on his last big contract to play a high mileage game in a 4. Probably wants to play holding midfield in space where he can spray it about, hes probably a luxury player to bring on to retain possession now. Like matias great technique but weak physically, injury prone and may only contribute something from wide midfield due to likely gaps he would leave in centre mid. Has the ability to come good but has been a poor signing so far imo
  3. Ideally a new lb but wings, cb and poss cm are more important so with ffp, reach may do a better job at lb than at left mid, he barely get goals or assists from left mid and wont run at full backs, but has the engine to overlap as an attacking full back/left wing back in a 3-4-3 Either lb/lwb or on left of a midfield 3 may be where he can offer more. Would list pudil & fox and have as back up for lb/cb/left of a back 3 if no offers.
  4. Agree tho its hard to be sure about macca as he never got a fair chance to get a run and match fit, but suspect if match fit he would get a few crosses in at least. Wallace is getting on and plays narrow, reach might be better as an attacking left back or on left of a 3 due to terrific stamina, but neither are proper promotion wingers that will deliver the goals and assists required in open play. We need 2 wingers with pace, ability to lauch counters and beat a man if needed, to deliver it into danger zones and offer a goal threat if we want to go up. If we get such a player(s), at least 1 needs to start with the other coming on 2nd half as either a straight swap or as an attacking sub. Our strikers need more crosses and chances in the box, they cant continue to feed off scraps and this is the key area to improve imo, hopefully cc will address it but there has to be doubts based on the evidence so far.
  5. Ff aside our strikers aren't pacy for through balls or to run the channels but are dangerous in the box. They would probably thrive on crosses fairly near to byline, whether mainly lower from around edge of 18 yard box, or mixed height nearer the touchline. So we need 2 pacy widemen like knockeart/ayite/aluko etc with at least 1 starting who can get in behind, put the ball into danger zones, pass it & get assists n goals. We might even score on the counter then too, i dont think we hit teams on the break much. Pace can also allow more space to play by forcing opps to defend deeper and ease the pressure, we seriously lack pace and energy in attack imo Macca is capable but never got a fair chance or match fit so its hard to say if hes good enough Reach may as well try to be a good left back crossing on the overlap or box to box centre mid, he'll never beat a man or get a decent cross in with a decent full back in his way at left mid. Wallace is 32 and plays like a right centre mid so cant be expected to get many assists in open play. Few full backs can do it all on their own for 90mins for 50ish games and can have wingers to deal with themselves
  6. Like him as a person and hoping for a positive fresh approach to look like contenders for top 2, or at least strong and positive in play offs but expecting deja vu. Lack of pace and width, plenty of money spent on debateable signings, proper wingers struggling to make even bench and never getting match fit, no crosses, no counters, quality strikers struggling with scraps, clean sheets, not losing much, top 6, lose in play offs. Would love to be wrong tho!
  7. Yes if they're good enough, we need more of a balance as we lack pace & energy which could allow the technical players more space and options. The 30ish year olds seem to get injured more too and if on their last big contract theres no big contract to play for next time so they could slacken off.
  8. This, plus he wouldnt get hacked n bullied by man markers as much, suprised a 4312/433 wasnt tried specifically with this in mind. Even more of a no brainer considering we dont play with wingers so why not have 3 goal scorers on to compensate for a poor return from our defenders & midfielders? Lee hutch bannan Ff - free role Hooper rhodes Suspect like with most other flair/attacking players tho that cc may not use him as well as he could to achieve best outcomes, which may affect confidence/mood and he could go elsewhere on the cheap and look a top bargain
  9. Assuming cc stays and we dont play proper wingers all season again i wouldnt waste having 4 virtual centre mids in midfield so would play 433/4312 Wwood Hunt lees buy reach Lee hutch/buy bannan/buy Ff (free role) Hooper rhodes We will still need a winger or 2 to bring on for a plan b, no wingers or pace in the 18 was suicidal by cc, hudds brought a winger on who quickly beat pudil for an assist. We also need a box to box cm to compete/cover lee/bannan and not sure jones is up to covering hutch or abdi will have the legs for 90mins. If 442 Wwood Hunt lees hutch/buy reach Ff lee bannan/buy buy Hooper rhodes Minimum of a cb, cm and pacy winger or 2 imo
  10. Maybe not but my point is we're not an attacking and dangerous looking side despite all the money lavished. I fancied us vs hudds but we were poor, hudds deserved to win and going by the fulham reading game they were both more positive and threatening too. We probably play like england under hodgson with less pace and more central midfielders. If the full backs dont cross it (which they rarely do), we dont get it in the box as we dont play 1 proper winger. Reach can track back/run all day but cant cross/kick a ball very well, wallace tucks in/tries to help hunt etc but virtually plays right centre mid. Neither are quick enough to stretch or counter teams or can score & assist enough for those positions imo. Most people including cc have no idea if macmanaman n buckley are any good cos they never got match fit with 2 or so starts between um Even if we signed someone knockeart quality he'd probably be classed as a risky impact player who doesnt track back enough by cc. No wonder rhodes' confidence is shot and he had a top record at this level. Many fans thought rhodes would struggle with us, it was pretty obvious. The way we play isnt great for a wingers career and therefore a strikers career imo even if the defensive stats are good. To go up both ends need to be up to it and that was the case when we last went up in 1991, though 30+ goals from a wonder striker who could make his own chances as well as chances for others helped a bit there
  11. Even though c25m has been spent and likely more to come, i dont think we'll ever go up under cc by aiming to scrappily grind out results and struggling to create with no proper wingers, flair, pace or width. Due to his safe and cautious approach and a large budget we would probably be 3rd to 6th every time tho Play offs is a 1 in 4 tho, probably worse if you can't open up teams with pace, creativity or countering threat. Tough call thats all about ambition, in my time i mainly saw the 90's side in the top flight and some exciting stuff, so what cc serves up is unlikely to ever be good enough regardless of budget
  12. Had a few beers with a mate & he said we were same as at leeds when we lost 1-0 on sky, could have been the same but fortunately they lacked any quality in final 3rd. We looked like a side trying to get an fa cup replay, we were organised and defended well but had to as we offered zero width, pace or threat and struggled to string 3 passes together. All 4-5 in possession, 7-8 without ball so 5-6/10 overall. Think we're favourites to win now but going by that if we do make the final, cc will be aiming to win on pens after another 0-0 We offer no width so would play 4-3-1-2/4-3-3 on weds and give ff a free role away from aggressive man markers Wwood Hunt lees loovy reach Lee hutch/jones bannan Ff Hoops/fletch rhodes
  13. 4-3-1-2/4-3-3 Wwood Hunt lees loovy reach Lee hutch bannan Fessi Hooper/fletcher rhodes Fessi free role away from man markers trying to crop him, we offered zero down flanks today so overload thru middle with fb's advanced.
  14. Would have been a good sub for wallace today, who knows we may have got in the final 3rd or a shot on target, didnt need 3 strikers as subs. Playing like that may grind us through to the final, but we need to be much more positive to win the final if we get their or it's likely to be deja vu imo.
  15. Wwood Palmer sasso pudil fox semi lee Buckley Matias macca Rhodes Would target their flair and strongest players like aluko, ayite etc with strong challenges, fulham worry me most in play offs