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Everything posted by beloved_aunt

  1. He says he’ll asses the squad and play to our strengths. In my mind one of our strengths is a potentially quality midfield three of Brown/Luongo/Bannan. So I hope he sticks to his word, recognises that and plays quickly through midfield - not smashing it over their heads.
  2. Predicted team given all the injuries and suspensions: Westwood Odubajo Lees Borner Palmer Luongo Bannan Windass Brown Reach Rhodes
  3. Rudy Gestede. Currently out of contract. If Pulis doesn’t think Paterson is a striker he’ll need to find a new target man somewhere.
  4. Timing isn’t weird at all. Lots of clubs like to change managers at the start of an international break as it gives the new guy two weeks to prepare for their first game, not two days like if they’d sacked Monk after Wycombe.
  5. First day of an international break is the ideal time to sack a manager as next guy gets the most time before their first match. DC will have been planning this since Rotherham and I’d be amazed if there wasn’t an announcement tomorrow.
  6. Chansiri is learning. Good. When he let Carlos go he had no clue and drifted until he ran out of options and appointed Jos. But when he replaced Jos he already had Bruce lined up. Sensible chairmen line up successors and give them two week international breaks to bed in. Bet there'll be an announcement in the morning.
  7. Mostly agree with OP. 4-3-3 like this would suit us best atm. Only thing is I’d play Reach on the right so he can cut in and shoot, and Harris has always been better (when playing as a winger not a wing back) on the left. As wingers both of them would receive the ball closer to goal than they do and so be better able to deliver and end product quickly than how they do now.
  8. Football in 2020 has left both of them behind
  9. The singers should probably swap constantly throughout the match in fairness, to stop the opposition full backs selling into a rhythm.
  10. Bannan, Brown and Luongo are a midfield trio who can play. FDB was brought up at City and can play. Reach can play football. Iorfa and JVA are both decent on the ball for centre backs and could play out if allowed. Our current direct style of play doesn’t get the best out of any of them.
  11. He’s like a pound shop iniesta. Great at getting the ball in tight spaces, passing it on. So unsurprisingly when we played City in the cup Pep highlighted him in the press conference and grabbed him after the game to talk etc. At his best when in a midfield three as he can drift into the left half space because his crossing is deadly. When we had Fletcher we got loads of goals from him drifting and whipping one onto his head. Our most naturally talented player and Captain. He’d be perfect for a system of playing through midfield for example at Brentford. No surprise
  12. Main problem with Monk is that his hoof ball game is out of date and negates the skills of our more talented players like Bannan and Brown. Pulis/McCarthy/McCarthy etc would not fix this. Need a manager who plays football.
  13. Paul Cook is most people’s pick but not even on the list?
  14. Re: Jos, we no know that he had Bruce lined up long before Jos was sacked, even when DC was defending him at the fans forum. So he may have some other plans behind the scenes now.
  15. Westwood Odubajo Iorfa Borner Palmer Pelupessy Brown Bannan Reach Harris Paterson
  16. Monk’s game plan: never ever pass the ball to a team mate along the floor.
  17. It’s the style of play that really turned me against him. Not only is it negative and boring to watch, but it doesn’t suit many of the talented players we’ve got and means the team is less than the sum of its parts.
  18. Luongo is our most important player. We’ve not got a total like-for-like replacement but the closest is Pelupessy. At least he gets stuck in and has some defensive instincts. So think he hast to start for the tine being. I’d give a Windass a rest as he looked way off the pace on Wednesday. Rest of team depends on who is back fit, but something like: Dawson Iorfa/Palmer - Flint - Van Aken Harris Reach Brown/FDB - Pelupessy - Bannan Paterson Marriott
  19. He means players who can play in the position. So Palmer would be counted at right back and left back. Reach at left wing and right wing. Etc.
  20. Dawson Iorfa Börner JVA Harris Luongo Bannan Reach Brown Paterson Windass
  21. Looked certs to go down in 2001. Shreeves bringing in Palmer & Soltvedt as a couple of solid defensive midfielders, really turned it around. Also their experience was key in a team made up mainly of youngsters - Geary, Haslam, Stringer et al.
  22. I don’t get this “if Lees was on the pitch we wouldn’t have conceded” line. No one closed down the cross. Lees would make no difference to that. Paterson went back to centre half. All he had to do was stand roughly equidistant between JVA and Odubajo and head away anything that comes into the box. That doesn’t take the positional awareness of Fabio Cannavaro to do.
  23. I’m not demanding Tiki-Taka. Just trying to highlight how unusual our style is. It’s as extreme and ideological as the managers who pass out no matter what. And I don’t think it gets the best out of our squad. I want something in between.
  24. Ultra direct, route one - https://theathletic.co.uk/1988826/2020/08/27/does-monkball-exist-how-do-wednesday-play-under-monk/ And why? I don’t know. Wastes the talents of our midfielders and others.
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