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  1. Agree with your point re. central two. I just don't think we can play that way as Bannan is essential to us, but not much use in a 2. I have a feeling Bruce will fancy something like this 4-3-3 Westwood Odubajo Lees New New New/Hutch New Bannan New Fletcher/New Reach Appreciate that is quite a few new faces, but we need a big refresh with plenty of options off the bench. Also assumes we've signed Odubajo.
  2. Stan was a fantastic player ahead of his time in many respects. A true ball playing center half who could pick out a 40/50yd pass with ease. He was really well thought of and was starting to make big steps towards the first team squad. Brilliant bloke who was so funny, kind and got on with everyone. Pleased to see his sister doing so well and wearing number 37.
  3. Our problem has been 3/4 year contracts for ageing players. Signing Diame on a free with a 1 year contract is a great move, adding in promotion bonus etc. Different type of midfielder to what we have at the club currently and as part of a balanced transfer strategy this summer I’d see this as a good move. Some will get their knickers in a twist if he’s the first signing due to age and what Bruce said. However, we should bear in mind the younger prem loans will be towards the end of the window.
  4. Hopefully this is just a bit of brinksmanship on DC’s behalf. It took a while to sort his loan out last year from memory.
  5. Apologies if posted previously but just noticed Moses Odubajo is leaving Brentford. Played RB v us for Hull in 2016 Playoff final so Bruce obviously knows him well. 25 years old, bad injury but played 20 odd times for Brentford last season. EDIT - Just seen previous posts regarding injury condition...
  6. If we get him great, if not I trust Bruce to bring in someone as good, if not better.
  7. Agree with all of this, especially Hutch to CB. If we get Hector then CB would be covered with Lees, Hector, Hutchinson, Thorniley and Irofa can play there also. Full backs and Midfield the priority. I think we are going to see wholesale changes in midfield especially. I can see Bannan being the only member of the current squad starting the first game of next season. I think SB will sell Reach if we get the right offer. Up front it'll depend on who SB can get out as to who he brings in. I reckon he'll bring in 5/6 loans (5 being allowed in the matchday squad). So reassuring to know we've got someone in charge who knows what they are doing and won't have Doyen interfering.
  8. Brings back some memories, I could name all the players in that squad!
  9. Personally I think it’s time to move on from the likes of Hooper & Lee. They contributed nothing the past 18 months and there is no guarantee they will get back to a 2016/17 level. Of course fantastic players for us in the past, but we really do need to move on. Bruce needs as much wiggle room as possible and letting players go who are out of contract will help with this. The only 2 i’d expect him to try and keep are Westwood and Palmer (as back up). The rest can go for me. Huge summer for us, Bruce knows what he is doing. I have upmost trust in him to get it right.
  10. I think our main issue is the forward options available to SB. But I agree if we are level with 15 mins to go chuck Hector up top or do something different to try and win the game.
  11. I don't think any sane Wednesday fan questioned his ability. It was the relentless chopping and changing combined with asking him to be a ball playing CH that affected his form. A solid partner in Hector plus Westwood and Hutch obviously helps. But, Lees is a very solid Championship CH who does the basics of defending extremely well. He is limited when he has time on the ball and sometimes struggles against a bigger, physical striker (Smith at Rotherham for example). However, Bruce quickly identified how to set us up defensively and Lees is a key component in that.
  12. Top 5 are set in stone. Bristol won’t finish 6th, completely up for grabs.
  13. Sorry mate, but the tactics in that semi final against Huddersfield were abysmal. Cracks were starting to appear in that second season and the poor recruitment was becoming more obvious. Bruce has to sort out the hefty, unbalanced squad that CC left behind and we've wasted 2 years and we are still suffering from the car crash of our recent recruitment policy.
  14. I thought Boyd and Palmer linked up very well today on the right. Let’s hope they both keep it up.
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