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  1. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing does know these two no longer play for us right?
  2. I get what your saying, i just meant that it would be interesting to see how we were actually performing throughout that time in regards to things like chances created etc. would the stats have actually shown we didnt need this type at all, or that we werent playing anywhere near well enough to get the best form such a player? I just think it would be good to know and find out if it was actually just the player being poo, or was it due to the way that the team played and things like low chances creation that also effected the abilty for the player to excel. I expect we will never get the answer, but it could maybe shine a light on things not being as balck and white as said player just being solely to blame.
  3. I would hope that it is something we do use now to be fair, even if its just used to calculate our performance, strengths and weaknesses as a team (rather than looking an individual players ability).At least that way we could still be using it be in on the look out to find the right type of player to fill in a weakness that is then thrown up. As an example, if the stats showed were were good at creating chances, but terrible at finishing these, we could then at least be on the look out for a player with a great abilty to finish chances above all other parts of his game. It would also be genuinely interesting to see where we were weak stats wise in the past, in relation to the signings that were made to fill them gaps. For example, signing Rhodes and players like David Jones.
  4. The early season is always awash with freak results, events and outcomes that just dont normally play out across more than a few games. Aiden Flint being current championship top scorer is just one example. Even us facing two penalties and not conceding from either is another. Both very unlikely, but both also skew the stats massively. Either way though, its not as complicated as i first thought all this xG stuff, might give it another look.
  5. Loved this. Actually made it clear and understandable about how stats can be used effectively to figure the chances of things happening etc. I still stand by my earlier comment though, on that i dont think 4 games worth of data is anywhere near enough to accurately reflect a teams chances just yet. If we still have crappy xG's after 15 games, then it might be time to worry about it.
  6. Not going to pretend i know all about that xG stuff, i tried to get into it once and got lost and confused in it all. Is 4 games enough to get a decent handle on the reliabilty of them kind of stats for teams yet? Truth is that in order to get out of this league, we are likley going to have play in some very unpretty/crap to watch games, which will require us at times to grind out the results. If we end up not being able to score many, we will then need to make sure we dont ship many goals.
  7. Keeper - Love a Keeper that has the opposition already worried about scoring past them and one that inspires nothing but confidence in his defenders. Oliver Khan and Buffon for me (Kevin Pressman in a deby match). Central Defender - CB has to be fast, strong, clever and just makes it look easy. Rio Ferdinand, Paulo Maldini and Des Walker in their pomp is the type for me. Wingback/Fullback - Has to be a reliable, consistent type who can provide quality at either end, but not one thats too fancy with it. Dennis irwin and Roland Nilsson types. Central midfielder - Fave has to be a box to box midfielder who can run the show at either end for a team. Someone who can drag a team back into the game and who never stops. Steven Gerrard for me and for us it was Keiran Lee . Winger/Wide midfield - probs not everyones ideal maybe, but i thought Beckham was very good at what he did and love to see someone like him on one side with a frighteningly fast winger like Giggs was on the other side. Brunt and Antonio for us. Forward - Still a fan of the old fashioned centre forward myself. someone whos fast, strong, clever, nasty, tough, brave and can score from even a tiny sniff of a chance. Alan Shearer and David Hirst types for me all day long.
  8. So far on first appearances, he looks like a he could be a very good signing for us. However, it is only 4 games in to a very long season. Not to be that guy, but i will reserve my full judgement on Adeniran until after ive seen him play half a seasons worth of games for us. I still remember how good Giles Coke looked and played in his first few games and and thinking we had pulled off the signing of the summer. That didnt end up beingt the case though did it . However, Adeniran is young and still has room to develop his game so if he keeps up this start and the performance levels, he could become a very good player for us indeed.
  9. I have previously been critical of Palmer played in wingback role, with him generally not having the tools in his locker that proper wing backs do (assists/goal threat). credit where its due though, its clear hes trying at least to adapt and better the weaker parts of his wing back game. Im still to be convinced hes a better wing back than when hes played as a non attacking full back. would be happy though to eat humble pie if he were to go on and have a stormer of a season for us.
  10. Personally for me, Shaw was still raw in parts of his game and needed a full season playing at top end league one/lower champ level to iron our some of the creases in his game. His confidence on the ball was great, yet his decison making was at times down right awful. What he did show us though, is that we needed a box to box midfielder. Whilst he had shown there was something to work with, it remains to be seen if he makes it to the very top. Uroghede was hard working and confident, yet very raw and predictable on the ball. had a lovely habit of losing his man at time and manhandling in the box too. Maybe not as natuarally talented as shaw, but could carve out a decent career too. dont think either are really going to set the world alight and play at the very top personally, but hope they do have great careers all the same
  11. Tony Crane and Kim Olsen. Both giants of men who could do wonderous things with the ball and who dominated in the air.....* *..... Claims of said players ability may be factually innacurate and wildly overstated.
  12. The problem with Palmer is that hes at best a solid and unspectacular RB, whos asked more often than not to play a wingback type role. Wingbacks nowadays need to be end to end fast, able to defend, able to beat a man, and they need to offer and provide a level of threat and assists. While Palmer is usually okay at defending, hes not super fast, his positioning can be suss at times and he provides little to no threat or assists across a season. If we play this season with a flat back 4 with minimal overlapping from the back, Palmer is fine by me. If we play with overlapping wingbacks though, as many expect, Palmer either needs to up his game or move over. Good squad player, but not really a first choice wingback for me at least. Hope he proves me.wrong, but dont fancy more than 2 assists from him tops this year.
  13. This is very true and we all know the wednesday way is the slow and last to do things way . We will get in on it just as its being phased out for a new system. do you think its the norm now for big clubs to work on the moneyball system? Personally i cant help feeling its not really something many have yet adopted. The big clubs still seem to go out and spunk 100s of millions on players with sometimes no real plan or end result coming from it.
  14. Jokes aside, i do wish we had a set up to do that kind of scouting at our place. Obviously the system alone it doesnt guarantee success, as you also need to have an on field system/play style in place too. But it does pretty much ensure that you know the averages of what your getting when you sign a player. I imagine there would be some fan faves who might have come out looking bad and some of the boo boys faves that really came up good in that kind of scouting system.
  15. Personally think we might start a bit slower than we want or planned, with us needing to first settle into our stride and find out our best 11/ideal formation. I do think once we are up and running though, we will likely finish in or around the top 6, but not going to say we are dead certs for going up. Anyone that thinks this leagues going to be a cake walk needs to remember the last times we were down here. We got a few drubbings off teams we expected to beat and we also got made to look very ordinary a good few times too. We will be looked at as a big scalp in this division, and teams will up thier game/play dirty/put 10 men behind the ball, all in order to try and get something from us. its going to be an interesting one thats for sure.
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