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About ed_tomassi

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  1. I like to give people a second chance. But this is an extremely tough one! Off the pitch and in this situation, it looks absolutely terrible and i understand some feeling this to be an unforgivable move. But if we do get him back on the pitch, i don't think he will lack for effort and application, that's just not in his footballing DNA. Something in this situation tells me that FF is in a strange mental state and we should be cautious with accusations. There must me more to it than money/premier league status. One thing's for sure, i trust the club to use this adversity to make us stronger. I expect new signings this week and our attacking/creative players to step up on Tuesday.
  2. Looked good pre-season. Excited to see him with Fletcher hammering the weaker teams in the league!
  3. Abdi and Bannan not quite at the races for me today. Neither were bad! Bud you know they can both offer more. Re: McGugan, he had a stormer of a game on the opening day last season! Shame it's not worked here for him. He seemed to love playing for us.
  4. Admittedly, i don't know a lot about their squad. But Houghton is an intelligent manager, so i'd always be wary of playing one of his sides. Whether they'll be promoted or not, i'm not too bothered. But i always naturally doubt whoever takes the lead purely because it's so difficult to stay top of this league all season. Regarding the game, i'm confident we'll create enough chances to win. But we'll have to be a little sharper in front of goal than we were against Forest to take 3 points.
  5. If Dielna just spent half the amount of time he spends in the gym actually training with a football, he might get a game.
  6. Lees is a northerner. He doesn't seem like a flash dan who'd be tempted by the London lifestyle. He had a bounce back season under Gray after a tough time at Leeds. And there's a very good chance he'll frequently captain the side next season if he's around. To be blunt, I don't see him wanting to leave. Antonio wanted to leave. Forest were a very attractive proposition, investing massively in their side so much so that just about everyone expected then to gain promotion. Fulham are not in this position. They are not a vastly more attractive prospect than us right now. So I don't think we have anything to worry about here.
  7. West Brom release Mulumbu. Would be fantastic if we could lure him into the Championship. Anyone think it's remotely possible?
  8. Id be happy with him Lees and Loovens as our first 3 CBs, fighting it out between them. It's not our priority position and he'd be a good short term signing.
  9. They've released Kim Bo Kyung who was formerly at Cardiff. I'd still take him. He managed to get a couple of goals in that poor side.
  10. Yes Alan. I'm no statistician, so i could not possibly be bothered to go much deeper into the results and re-assess who was were and on what curve of form when we played them. But i just thought this breakdown really justified the weird sort of mixed feelings a lot had to the season. On one hand- we did okay and got a decent points haul, seeing off most sides below us. On the other- really could and should have got more. Shot ourselves in the foot on a number of occasions.
  11. Cheers for the kind words. Agreed Wayne, next season will be tougher. The likes of Bolton, Reading and Brighton will be looking to make big improvements too with managers i rate. But it's the ruthlessness we need to address. I think it was Gordon Watson who highlighted it as the difference between us and Bournemouth a few weeks ago. I'm not wholly convinced it's something Gray has the ability to necessarily coach into our lot, but if we bring in the players with the right mentality, and he sets the right atmosphere pre-season, it could well be contagious amongst our fairly young squad.
  12. Here's a little breakdown of how we gained our points: - vs TOP 8: Won 3. Drew 6. Lost 7. Total: 15/48 - vs BOTTOM 8: Won 8. Drew 5. Lost 3. Total: 29/48 - vs MID 7: Won 3. Drew 7. Lost 4. Total: 16/42 50% from the bottom, 25% from the middle and 25% from the top sort of sounds reasonable and just about proves that we were worth out mid-table finish. But it was those draws against sides finishing around and below us that i think really defined our season. I'd like to take 5 games in particular. Leeds, Charlton, Huddersfield at home and Leeds, Charlton away. We took the lead in each of these fixtures against sides that on the day were very beatable. Due to us being unable to finish teams off, we lost 11 points from these winning positions. On to next season, these figures prove we have to become more ruthless against those sides who themselves lack a killer instinct (Huddersfield and Bolton away, Cardiff at home also spring to mind). And more positively, that those extra 20-30 points aren't all that far away. Another 10 from the bottom, 10 from the middle and a few more from the top shouldn't be too difficult...right? (Side note: only Wolves managed to complete the league double over us)
  13. This article suggests to me he's staying. Westwood: "We've not had a settled backline in the second half of the season and have missed Loovens and Semedo big time and Palmer..." http://www.swfc.co.uk/news/article/credit-across-the-board-2419696.aspx For me, Westwood isn't replaceable. Any other keeper of his standard will want to be in the Premier League next season. And if he wants to be playing in a side with Semedo and Loovens (Palmer is the only other player he specifically credits) I think its important for the club that they extend their contracts, if just for one more year.
  14. Gray said after we secured mathematical safety that 60 points was the aim. So if we make that I'll be happy. Top half would be a good bonus.
  15. Maguire will be a late bloomer. I reckon he still has all his best football ahead of him. The big factor being that his game doesn't really rely on pace. His strengths are his work rate and creativity. Theoretically, with age should come improved decision making leading to more sensible use of energy and sharper/ more effective delivery. Also, think operating in a 4-3-3 would suit him better than 4-4-2. Less defensive responsibility. Maguire's a very good option for us. He's not the answer. He's not going to be what's needed every week. But some weeks he will unlock a defence and help us earn a valuable point or three.
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