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PLAYER  SELECTION  NEWS   

  • Reach – He's pit. Defienitly out. Achilles and knee. Don’t know how long he’ll be out. But definitely not playing or available for tomorrow. It’s one of those things.We'll have to see, it's a shame. There's only two weeks to go. But he's definitly out of the game tomorrrow.

  • Joao & Iorfa – Joao is ok. Dom is all right too!

  • Aarons – Is going to try and train today, we’ll see how he is but he’s certainly not available for tomorrow. He was running into a bit of form but he’s got ankle injury. We miss his pace and explosiveness…but, he’s not fit missed 3 or 4 weeks. He gave us something else. A different option. But he's not been fit, so..

  • Kieran Lee – A big, big, huge stepping stone for him (Playing in the U23's)   He feels ok. Which is good after so long out. 

  • Matt Penney -  Just a matter of time with Matt. It was a bad dislocation of the shoulder, so good news on that one that he's back. Got some minutes. Good news.I haven;t actually seen him since I've been here . But it's certainly  good news for next season if not this.

  • Injuries General – I said as soon as I walked in the door. It’s hampering. It’s all we talk about. Every week the first question I get is about the injuries. It’s tedious. But that’s because of the recent history. It’s a constant. We have lads miss too many games and we have to look at it.  I’m hoping with a good preseason and different methods that can help them. Is it just bad luck? I think it’s too constant for that. We pick up more injuries than anyone else.

 

  • NORWICH – Young , energetic, striker who’s got 26 goals. Different to Leeds but a s very good side. We have to aim for that, but if we’re honest we’re short of that at the minute. We’ve done well but there’s a lot to be done.

    I’ll always be grateful to Norwich, they gave me my big chance, a long, long time ago. I had a wonderful 3 years there. My kids were born there.  Some say the money they got for me built that stand! 

    Pukki on a free is a great signing. They’re a very good team. They’ve done very well without spending too much. They’ve done very well.

    They keep going, they’re a team that keep going right up to the end of games. They’ve scored a hell of a lot. They’ve finished mid table and then sold their two best wingers, and Maddison and yet look at them. They’ve been very shrewd in the transfer market.

 

  • NEXT WEEK- CHANSIRI

      - I’ll sit down with the chairman. There’s a lot of big decisions to be made. But let’s get these two games out of the way. I’ve not really asked the Chairman about finances to be honest, I’ll know more next week. We’re all aware that there’s been restrictions

 

 

  • FRESHEN UP SQUAD

    : In management you have to make big decisions. Some aren’t always popular. But first I’ll address the 8 or 10 who are out of contract so I’ll deal with them first.

    90% of the play off squad are still here.  They’re three years older and maybe it’s time we had a freshen up.

 

  • YOUTH

    - I remember giving Jordan Henderson his debut at Sunderland. We’ve got two or three or four to a decent standard, and we all like to see our own come through. So it’s great the youth team are doing well and we’ll be thinking about those in the next few weeks too.

 

  • RHODES – We’ve got six strikers, if Jordan comes back its seven. I’m sure we’ll talk with Norwich, see what they have got up their sleeve. I haven’t asked an what’s in the deal. He’s someone I always liked as player. There’s no question about that. His goalscoring record is second to none.  I just don’t know though. If he comes back then good. But lets see, lets get this weekend out of the way. I can see no reason why he couldn’t get back to his best at his age.

 

 

 

 

 

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Reach is pit?

 

Is Ashley coal?

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Interesting comments about Rhodes, I've long suspected he will get a chance under Bruce and Bruce will be the man to get him firing again.

Edited by Blue and white

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1 minute ago, Holmowl said:

Reach is pit?

 

Is Ashley coal?

 

Pretty Injured To be honest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:ph34r:

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Injuries continue to bedevil us Not sure what can be done about it People were quick to blame Carlos for signing crocks, but we continue to do so Personally, I think it has more to do with what we are doing here A lot of the crocks had little or no history of injury, until they came here

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4 minutes ago, Blue and white said:

Interesting comments about Rhodes, I've long suspected he will get a chance under Bruce and Bruce will be the mN to get him firing again.

 

If Norwich go up then I don't think there's any chance of him going there.

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Most important thing for me is to get a new contract sorted for Westwood. Get it done now rather than wait until the summer. So important we keep him. 

Edited by WalthamOwl

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Tbh it will be interesting to see how Rhodes performs under a proper footballing manager but again can we afford to keep him? Would rather cash in and see what we get but who would want him. 

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4 minutes ago, Lord Snooty said:

 

If Norwich go up then I don't think there's any chance of him going there.

 

Even in the highly unlikely event that Norwich stay down I doubt they'd want to keep him.

 

He's not started a game since October and has only played for more than 20 minutes twice and scored once since then. Been an unused sub in 5 of their last 10 and played for 5 minutes or less in another 3 of those games.  For the wages he's on they'd be better off spending them elsewhere even if we let them have him on a free.

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Re Rhodes, is Bruce any more of a football manager than Falke? 

I think this is as good as it gets, at this level for Jordan Rhodes

Trying to integrate him into our starting eleven, would be a backward step in my opinion 

That's not to say he can't be useful to us, in a similar way to the way Norwich use him, off the bench for the last ten minutes

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2 minutes ago, alanharper said:

 

Even in the highly unlikely event that Norwich stay down I doubt they'd want to keep him.

 

He's not started a game since October and has only played for more than 20 minutes twice and scored once since then. Been an unused sub in 5 of their last 10 and played for 5 minutes or less in another 3 of those games.  For the wages he's on they'd be better off spending them elsewhere even if we let them have him on a free.

 

Agree. I don't think he suits their system of one up and one off. just seems to be, like you said, they chuck him on as the extra man at the end to try and nick something.

Contract here runs till next summer so I doubt we're in a position to pay him up and release him even.

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11 minutes ago, Lord Snooty said:

 

If Norwich go up then I don't think there's any chance of him going there.

 

 Agree. And even if Norwich somehow implode (which they won't), I don't even think they'd sign him if the don't go up.

 

He's not been in their starting 11 for a while.

 

He'll be back with us IMO.

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Just now, gurujuan said:

Re Rhodes, is Bruce any more of a football manager than Falke? 

I think this is as good as it gets, at this level for Jordan Rhodes

Trying to integrate him into our starting eleven, would be a backward step in my opinion 

That's not to say he can't be useful to us, in a similar way to the way Norwich use him, off the bench for the last ten minutes

 

I think I would rather have Rhodes as an option for the last 10 minutes than some of the other options. However he’s a very expensive player to sit on the bench for the majority of time. I would love him to come back and get banging in the goals, I think if anyone can get him doing that it would be Bruce. 

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26 minutes ago, Lord Snooty said:

s it just bad luck? I think it’s too constant for that. We pick up more injuries than anyone else.

Number one priority this. Beyond a joke.

Cannot strengthen the team if the replacements are sat in the stands.

All the "quality" loan players out injured!! You couldn't make this stuff up.

What with this and the match officials we have to deal with - bad luck seems to be the only kind we get!

Guaranteed that Rhodes will be dumped back at Hillsborough and it's time he started to earn his keep if we're gonna be stuck with him.

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Suspect  Bruce would like to do a deal and free up the wages for strengthening the squad elsewhere. He's been saying since day one we have too many strikers.

Of course, wanting to trim and being able to find takers are two different things..

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2 minutes ago, Lord Snooty said:

 

Agree. I don't think he suits their system of one up and one off. just seems to be, like you said, they chuck him on as the extra man at the end to try and nick something.

Contract here runs till next summer so I doubt we're in a position to pay him up and release him even.

 

Yep, and unfortunately his lack of contribution at Norwich (or anywhere really for the last 3-4 years since he left Blackburn) will mean that nobody else is going to be tempted to take a punt based on his former reputation and loan or buy him on his current wages.

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He’s my favourite player but surely Hooper will have to go. All logic points that way. Therefore, a Rhodes-Fletcher front two is an obvious way forward. We know Rhodes can’t lead a line, but with Fletcher playing that role and Rhodes playing off him it could work well in our 442.

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2 minutes ago, alanharper said:

 

Yep, and unfortunately his lack of contribution at Norwich (or anywhere really for the last 3-4 years since he left Blackburn) will mean that nobody else is going to be tempted to take a punt based on his former reputation and loan or buy him on his current wages.

 

We could do with trying to set him up with a club that plays on the front foot with an old fashioned strike pairing.

If only there was one around here somewhere that didn't mind signing our old players...

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1 minute ago, Holmowl said:

He’s my favourite player but surely Hooper will have to go. All logic points that way. Therefore, a Rhodes-Fletcher front two is an obvious way forward. We know Rhodes can’t lead a line, but with Fletcher playing that role and Rhodes playing off him it could work well in our 442.

 

It could well do. Though I think sticking with 4-4-2 would mean some serious transfer surgery carried out in midfield.

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28 minutes ago, Lord Snooty said:

 

If Norwich go up then I don't think there's any chance of him going there.

 

Whereas if we go up, we could let Norwich keep him

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