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  1. Over Hyped or Another Error?

    We all know we are an expensive match day ticket in this league, I'm a member not a season ticket holder and have been now for around 7 years. Yes the prices have increased but so has the quality of the team and what is offered over 90 minutes, so although I still wince at the prospect of paying 42 quid for a match day ticket if I can I will. I could not afford a season ticket even if I was able to get to every home game due to living in Birmingham my usual match day experience is around 50-75 quid day all told depending on opponent and price of ticket. It would be wonderful if we could all go at any time we wanted to for lets say 20 quid every home game, but to be honest this topic has been done to death in recent years, if it's a priority for you you can save money for the games you really want to get to, even a few quid a week. As this is arguably one of our bigger league fixtures since the new pricing structure came in and still isn't sold out, I would say for many of the fans who are now limited to 2/3 home games a season with the game being made available on a cheaper platform it takes less of a priority hence the fact it has not sold out (which it still may do before Sunday). Those fans will most likely save their money for a non-televised game which will be as they see it more reasonably priced. IMO the pricing whilst steep for a Championship fixture had to have been expected for most fans. I do think next year will see a drop in midweek prices at home as the games will be made available online, across the league we may not be the front runners in that department however I'm sure common sense will prevail and we will see more reduced midweek tickets. This may make it easier for some fans to get to a game without making too large of a dent in their monthly or annual budget. The way I see it is any game of football is affordable but it's a balancing act now as to whether it's actually feasible and sensible to go, I agree that is not how football should be ideally but it is just the way it is.
  2. When Gary Hooper Smiles.......

    Imo he is the best signing CC has made in his time at the club we saw a brilliant return from him in his first half a season, last season he was plagued by injuries but was still crucial in our run to the play off's. This season we are getting the best out of perhaps the most intelligent footballer in this league even more pleasing we seem to have settled on a partnership up front and although last season I was not fletchers biggest fan at times as on his return from injury he did appear to struggle, they are currently playing some brilliant stuff together. Yesterday, especially in the first half we saw two strikers brimming with confidence their interplay not just with each other but their link play with the midfield was brilliant, they make very different runs and are aware where each other are at all times it seems. Last season especially around February, March the amount of times the chosen forwards were playing just too far apart, first game was very similar FF and Rhodes playing 20 feet apart at all times it seemed but credit to both players and coaching staff. Long may it continue.
  3. After a drubbing last night I would expect Cardiff to start strongly on Saturday, if we withstand that early pressure I can see us getting a positive result down in South Wales. As for the United game who knows on paper we should steam roll them but Derby games are always tough to predict, I hope and do think that on the day we will be just too strong for them and bring them back down to whatever sort of reality they appear to exist in. Birmingham city following that is an interesting fixture, living in Birmingham most Blues fans are convinced that they wont see the team actually clicking until perhaps the end of October, on paper it's another team that we should beat and if we are serious about a top 2/6 finish we should be going there and winning. Fans Iv'e spoken to are convinced that if results do not start turning quickly for them Redknapp will simply walk away, he owes them nothing and they feel he could see it as he's kept them up and significantly improved the squad and no longer wants the hassle. Last year it was in his interest to keep them up the Birmingham mail reported he was only payed if he kept them up which he did and netted himself 250 000 in the process. This year it's just a 1 year deal which for him if it works great if not no harm done he can walk away significantly richer than when he started. L***s are an interesting proposition again, they appear to play a similar style to last season but with more of a cutting edge going forward, in my eyes this is the first real test the team has had since Fulham and a win in that game would give us more of a yard stick of where we sit this season in our ambitions for top 2/6. I would settle for 6 points from these next four but would be a little disheartening after such a good start to this period of fixtures between international breaks, 7-9 points I would be pleased with, anything more than that is fantastic. I'm still to be convinced we are a top 2 team yet (this isn't down to the manager) but simply being a Wednesday fan I never let myself get overly confident, if we keep the key players from the last two games fit I see no reason why we can't take 7-9 points from this run of fixtures.

    Shame to see a player like Winnall leave, undoubted goal scoring ability at this level when played in the correct system, however I have yet since he arrived here he needs to be the main striker to get the best out of him and rightly so as a player he should not want to just sit on the bench and be happy just collecting his money. Of course I would rather us have let Nuhiu or Joao go but realistically if the offers aren't there then you can not just magic a move for them. I'm glad to see a loan move for a season with a player coming in with the championship pedigree of Butterfield. Yes we could have done with pace wide and I agree we are STILL lacking in that department but I would rather us sign someone who is going to get as much game time if not more than the original player we sent out on loan would have got had he stayed here. Butterfield free's up Bannan to push further forward, Lee also when he's back and I see him as a upgrade on someone like David Jones as from all reports they appear very similar. When the dust has settled we have got in a good championship player who has played regularly for his parent club since signing for essentially wether we like it or not our 4/5thth choice striker. Time will tell wether this deal plans out or not but judging by the reaction on here and social media it appears to have only ramped the pressure on CC.
  5. Summer 2017 non-mega transfer thread

    Have a friend who is a Walsall fan, suggests technically he is a very talented player and could comfortably cut it at a higher level if he is consistent and to be fair he is a relatively good judge of character as he said the same about Romaine Sawyers, Troy Deeney, Will Grigg, Jamie Patterson. However another link player between the front line and midfielders, would be slightly contradictory in terms of reports from the club. I would not be surprised to see him move to the championship this summer but would be surprised if we were that club.
  6. Preston Away

    Went 09/10 season and they split that stand down the middle however it was Tuesday night match. Cant imagine they would turn down the opportunity of a guaranteed 4/5 thousand fans when they can not sell the rest of their ground out whether it is first game of the season or not.
  7. Big Dave Off ?

    He has traveled to Portugal with the squad which would suggest nothing is imminent, otherwise why would we have taken him. I have been saying it for a few seasons now, I can not fault his commitment and desire, when he's on the pitch you can see he really does try his best and puts maximum effort into the opportunities he gets. We are told he is great in the dressing room and is good for new players coming into the club which is something that is incredibly valuable in modern football. Sentiment and "passion" aside facts are facts and he has not scored a goal for an entire season in a competitive match no matter how you look at it or dress it up for a striker that is not good enough at all. His all round game does not offer enough to warrant a place in our starting 11 or even on our bench IMO at the moment, he rarely wins headers, he struggles to hold the ball up, he struggles to find crucial passes and I can not remember the last time he had a shot. To put it simply we have better players in the squad than him in his position and that should be all there is to it. If there is an opportunity to offload him then yes I believe we should take that opportunity, if it free's up wages to invest elsewhere in the squad.
  8. Westwood wanted

    My apologies, I thought he was out next summer. As you were.
  9. Westwood wanted

    Personally I wouldn't want Westwood to leave at this minute in time I see no better keeper in this division at present, and if i were in DC's shoes I wouldn't even entertain the idea.I would rather get a year out of him expecting us to seal promotion then revisit the idea of a new contract around November/December or next summer. Alternatively I would rather let him go on a free next summer and replace with someone else then, if not promote Wildsmith. If the club do want to sell i'm confident it will not be to a direct promotion rival. This season is S**T or bust it seems for CC and I would imagine a few of the playing squad would want away next summer if we fail in our promotion bid this term round. So let's have one more year with the current squad I would assume will be the remit, it's CC's squad so why break it up if you are going to give the manager another year at least.
  10. Bye Bye Melo, the trams will miss you

    Good bye Fillippe, I'll never forget you hooking the ball back into the box from an over hit Chris Maguire free kick, only for it to be cleared...then helped back by Tom Lee's for big Adthe to finish on the last day of the season away at Watford ah the memories.
  11. Alan Hutton?!

    I think from chatting to the Villa fans I work with today they would be more gutted to see him go due to his work rate and as they put it "has been the only player who tried the last 2 seasons when no one else did". This appears to be why he has developed an affection and affinity with their fans and they would be disappointed to see him leave, that and the fact that he is now one of their longest serving players in their current squad. However if I rewind to a few seasons before he was farmed out on loan for long spells and all iv'e ever heard on the player is how much of a car crash he was at times, they used to slate him non stop for his defensive capabilities and the fact he used to run down the wing failing to deliver a cross of any meaning. IMO he is no better than Hunt or Pudil at this level and we should be looking at better.
  12. Kyle Bartley

    If and it's a big IF we did sell Tom Lee's we would have to go out and purchase someone with a similar quality to him, I do not think Hanley has ever been considered one of the best CB's for his on the ball abilities, having seen him play a few times for Blackburn and Scotland I personally have never been convinced by him. Bartley I confess I have not seen enough of as to form a proper judgement, unless we are playing Leeds I try to stay away from watching their games as their style of football last year bored me senseless so I can not say I've seen much of him. From what I remember he appeared the more composed CB of the pairing they had last year and the more comfortable of the two on the ball. It appears on paper his style of play would fit into our system as anyone who watched us last year could clearly see CC want's to build from the back and any CB has to be able to pick a pass rather than a more traditional English CB (Kick it and head it) type. However at 7.5 mill I would imagine we need to shift players before bringing others in to free up wages and balance the books, it would lead me to think this is a bit of business that if he is still available come the closing stages of the window we will go in for as I think it is evident we need to trim the side in other areas to make room for positions of need. If he only has 12 months left on his deal a bid of 5 Mill should test their resolve. Boyd was fantastic for a free transfer but I can not see us dropping the sort of money quoted by some on here without shifting others out first with the specter of FFP looming, I do not think at this point it matters how deep DC pockets are. This summer I think we will begin that process of starting to live a bit more within our means and with our swollen squad that undoubtedly means shifting players in other areas before investing in areas of priority. Whether that means taking a loss on certain players (Mcgugan, Joao, Matias, Nuhiu,Palmer all been mentioned) or selling off one maybe two of our team (FF Lee's Winnall again all mentioned) i'm not sure. Either way it should be an interesting summer.
  13. Bedding in New Players

    A quick winger and a CB is all that is needed IMO, quality not quantity in the named areas will see us challenge this term round I believe for a top 2 position. The sooner they are in the door the better it is for all involved, hanging around until the last day/days of the window yes you get the odd player who add's something and hits the ground running but I have always felt the longer a player has to get to know team mates and how they operate and the system they are going to be playing in is ensures a smoother transition between the clubs. It also allows a players family time to settle down before the madness of a football season starts, which is often sited as a big reason players feel unhappy.
  14. Mcgugan

    Bolton supporting mate is convinced they are interested in him, I know they are currently under some sort of embargo so unsure how any transfer would work out but there rumour is that spearing has turned down a new contract and is on his way to Blackburn (he is their highest earner) so could free up the wages for him. On paper its a perfect move for him, low expectations from the club in terms of league position would be a guaranteed starter for them allowing him to be that big fish in a relatively small pond. As I say its just a rumour like everything else at this point but on paper the move makes sense, but until he moves we are all just guessing, i've said it before and will say it again he is a talented player and was great for us in the Stuart Gray era but right now we should be aiming for bigger and better things we also have better players more suited to our current style of play in our squad than him IMO.
  15. Player recruitment

    My main criticism would be this was the approach that Aston Villa took last year (Hogan, Kodjia, Mcormack, Hourihane, Lansbury) and it did not work at all for them, yes they steadied the ship in the end up they looked at one point in danger of the double drop with arguably the 2nd best squad in the division on paper. The basic principle is fine of course, however I would hazard a guess that for the most part this does not work, a group on individuals is useless you need a team. You get a team by bringing in players who compliment one another's best attributes and play to one another's strengths, otherwise you end up with all the meat but no fire as our esteemed Portuguese commander would say .