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    I remember the absolute pelters Barry Bannan got on here when we signed him, and the other-worldly praise Almen Abdi received. I'll take the harsh words Butterfield is getting very lightly for the time being. A centre midfielder was clearly needed - aside from Bannan, Abdi looks cooked, Lee has injury issues, Hutchinson likewise, Jones seemingly steady at best. Of course we needed to add to this. And we've got a centre midfielder in, who has played a lot of Championship football, for the price of our 4th/5th choice striker. Pretty good deal that is really. But due to our 'indifferent' start to the season I fully expect people to continue to find the biggest potential negative possible and beat the Club with it, and Winnall will continue his transformation into Pele. He did well for us, but he was by no means a must-keep.
  2. OFFICIAL - George Boyd signs

    Unlikely, but if you ended up with Burke and Boyd instead of Forestieri (sold) and Wallace (backup), would we see that as an upgrade?
  3. Summer 2017 non-mega transfer thread

    Don't get me wrong, we have to recruit properly. And it needs doing early if we're serious about top 2 (even if that means paying a premium). In previous years, if we had just lost out in the play-offs I'd have agreed that we had probably missed our chance. With our resources these days though, you have to hope we can sustain challenges (at least for a few years).
  4. Summer 2017 non-mega transfer thread

    And people said that the year before too. So many average Championship teams turn into Barcelona during the off-season. Some strong teams will be strong, some teams will surprise and fail/succeed against expectation, that's the nature of this league. What will be will be, but the sooner we all forget about missing out last season (players included) the better. If we perform and do our business properly, there's no reason we can't be challenging.
  5. Lee and Bannan

    Not saying its the right way to go about things at all - what we're doing is working so I think we go with it for the rest of the season. But people are mad if they think he's going to drop Bannan for any of the playoff games to get Hutchinson in. He'll play, and rightly so.
  6. Sunday Supplement on Sky

    Most of these pundits/journos really don't have a clue about the Championship. The problem is, once one soundbite starts flying around - "Fulham have the momentum", "Fulham are the team to beat" etc - then the rest of them just pick it up and run with it. They aren't interested in checking for themselves. Pack mentality and all that. I'm all for it though - despite finishing 6th Fulham are being talked up as certainties. It definitely helps us.
  7. Lee and Bannan

    This. If he did want to play Hutch, he'd more than likely drop Reach and move Bannan/Lee out wide. But with how well they're playing at the moment, I don't think he's going to change this starting 11.
  8. Think it was QPR - seem to remember Fitz Hall and a couple of others lost their heads and tried to chase him off the pitch after the rainbow flick. Still couldn't get near him.
  9. Has David Hirst stormed out?

    Whether there is truth in the rumours or not, we know that Hirst Snr said in an interview once that he regretted not leaving us for Man Utd. It's therefore not a huge leap of faith to imagine he'd advise Hirst Jnr to grab whatever opportunity comes up from the big guns. And, probably, rightly so. If Arsenal, or even Everton (with their record of giving youngsters a chance in the Premier League), are genuinely in for him, we'll do well to get through the summer with him still here. I guess the key is that we are now in a position to negotiate a strong deal.
  10. Hutchinson is the problem

    People have alluded to it already, but Hutch's job is to drop into a back 3 and allow the full-backs to get as high up the pitch as possible. Its not overly effective without Lee and with our full-backs though. Assuming Carlos is still here come August, we either need to go with a 3-man midfield (as suggested), or if we're going to stick with this system then invest in some seriously quality full-backs in the summer. That isn't a slight on Fox or Hunt (think they are pretty reasonable squad players) but if we're going to have our full backs be the wingers too, then we need the best there is at this level.
  11. Hutch

    His best position is centre back, unquestionably. For the team at the moment though, its centre mid.
  12. Thoughts

    I think the possibility is on the agenda now, at the very least. Sadly. He seems to be fundamentally misreading how effective our style was last year. Often hear him say things like "we'd have lost that game last season" when we have eked out a 1-goal victory over some average side. Maybe we did chuck the odd game away last season, but how many did we grab by the scruff of the neck by playing with some intent. I'd argue our style last year was responsible for us turning more games in our favour than not. Sure teams are setting out different against us, but so what, we need to be good enough to counter that - and we should be with our squad. Big questions for him now, but this (whatever it is) can't continue. He needs to hope that he hasn't 'infected' (for want of a better word) the squad with the laborious style we've adopted.
  13. Angus MacDonald tweet

    Not taking it well are they. I'm sure it'll be dressed up as "banter" - clearly hurting them, bless em.
  14. Sam Winnall Signs - OFFICIAL

    His record to date reminds me a lot of Hoopers until he left Scunthorpe. Everytime he's stepped up, he's continued to keep scoring goals. Can't ask any more than that.
  15. McGugan.

    I just don't think he works hard enough, simple as that. That doesn't mean to say he's lazy, but its just not his game. A different sort of midfielder. The way our midfielders operate is that they all need to be very 'buzzy' (for want of a better word) when we are out of possession, or at the very least positionally sound in Carlos' 'defensive organisation' that he puts a lot of emphasis on. I can't think of one midfielder who does get game time for us that doesn't match those qualities. Even last season when we were flying on all cylinders, the key to how we played was what our midfielders did off the ball. Carlos will have seen enough of the players to know who can and cannot do that job.