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  1. Academy success

    Maybe I worded myself poorly but that was my point, we don't use our youth and much as Rovers because we have the finances to buy more players and our youth have to reach a much higher standard. Also they must put some emphasis on youth or they'd be fielding a squad without youth every so often, but according to that statistic they haven't done that in 6 years.
  2. Eros Pisano......

    Whilst I understand what you're saying the main target issue of stop him and you stop us is down to LJ, not Flint. If anything LJ should be looking to add variety, having Flint in the box makes defences focus on him, that allows us more space elsewhere but we never take advantage of that and that is down to LJ. The simpler way to look at it is without him in there what do we aim for if the other lads are marked up well and what would Wright offer us in comparison? Look at it form whichever angle you want but having him in the box is better than not having him in the box and being as so much threat comes from our set pieces it shows he's adding something to our options. I concede about his acceleration but as I said before, that's why you have a pairing. I still fail to see where Wright gives us more as a whole than Flint with maybe the exception that if we are caught light he's a little quicker to fix that issue but the whole point is as a defence you don't want to get caught out and if you do you always want someone to cover your back. I think Wright is decent, don't get me wrong, I don't want him to leave but I'd much rather have Flint in the team because he's passionate, he causes problems and in the big games he never gives up. I also dispute our record being down to Wright no being RCB with Baker, Wright has shown time after time this season that he can be caught out with pace too whilst playing RB and the only reason we've not seen so much of it in the middle is because of how little he plays there atm. We may very well find a better CB if we sell Flint but realistically if you look at our past 10 years the seasons we've struggled the most are when we didn't have that leader at the back and we were screaming out for one. I think Flint is massively undervalued and if/when we lose him I think we'll look back and think "I wish we'd have kept hold of him".
  3. Eros Pisano......

    Flint is not as good in a 1 vs 1 but how often do strikers find themselves in a position to run at him 1 vs 1 with him as the last man.... rarely. That's part of working as a team. Wright would do better in a team struggling but would I give up 7 goals that Flint has supplied and his team driving mentality for Wright? Not a chance. If you look at any statistics site Flint is rated 2nd highest in our entire squad and that's without even including his strongest attributes which are his mentality.
  4. Academy success

    The difference is the league you play in and the clubs finances, Rovers are more forced to use their academy than we are so the fact we use ours so well and at a higher level speaks volumes to me.
  5. Cardiff vs Derby

    To be fair the game was more likely called off due to the conditions for the fans. I went into Cardiff Town yesterday and saw so much black ice, even slipped a few times myself and my boots are very grippy. I think they called it off to avoid people falling over and to prevent road traffic accidents like the one that diverted our bus.
  6. Eros Pisano......

    I wouldn't go that far, Flint offers so much more, he's one of our top scorers, he leads the team, he shows passion which drives the other players and the fans and he's far more physically intimidating for opposing strikers. I know if I was a striker I'd rather be up against Wright rather than Flint any day off the week.
  7. Lloyd Kelly

    I honestly think with that defensive line that he was told to stay back and when things went the way they did and we looked so poor LJ had no option to free him up to join the attack. I'd rate a team with Kelly as left back and Joe as LM much higher than Mags at LB and Bryan LM or Bryan at LB with anyone infront of him. For me Bryan needs to be LM, the only real issue is we don't have a solid LB unless Kelly is given the chance and can prove that he's capable of being at that level. If the Ipswich game is anything to go by I'd dare to say he can.
  8. Eros Pisano......

    I think many people think Bryan is wasted at left back, not crap. I honestly, going by what I've seen of Lloyd Kelly so far, would put Kelly in as left back and have Bryan in left midfield where he can both attack the flank and cut in and use his shooting ability. Right now having Bryan as left back means he can't push forward when we need him there the most. If I were Bryan I'd be looking for a club with a manager willing to give me a proper shot in midfield, not a club that wants a left back because he'll never reach his full potential there.
  9. Eros Pisano......

    Even if we're not we would still benefit from going up as it would be a massive financial boost as well as making us more appealing to players. Waiting for the "right time" is exactly how you never get the right time. Even if we went up and came straight back down we'd have got a massive income for the club to use. Honestly if anyone thinks staying in this division is a better choice than going up in worried about their logic. That said I don't see is going up, the competition is flying and we're struggling and not looking convincing at all.
  10. Been saying it since January, any team that defends in numbers against us shows our weakness.... The inability to break down teams who sit deep and can actually defend. Until we learn to punish teams who do sit back on its we'll continue to be easy to read
  11. Turning work in progress into promotion

    Maybe but we came out this season with a new approach and for a long period it worked, but now we've been found out and LJ doesn't have anything to mix it up. I'll be optimistic if we can keep our key players, however if we miss out on the play-offs entirely I can see a few key players moving on.
  12. The midfield

    You're not going mad, Kent, for some reason my spell checker changes it. Third time this week haha
  13. The midfield

    I just sat and went through the stats and statistically speaking we lose less games when Fammy and Paterson both play than we do when one is in the team and the other isn't. Honestly, I don't think leaving Fammy out is smart because we lose our hold up player and Paterson is the main source of assists, I think both of them need to play, the issue lays elsewhere in the team. One statistic I will put out there.... Pisano, only one game lost with him on the pitch and that was Brum which was a very weird match, of all 10 of Pisano's matches that was the only one we lost. I still maintain our real issue is in defence and our lack of depth and quality there.
  14. Price of the pressing game.

    Man City have a massive squad full of depth and quality. They also play 8 less league games and use youth a lot in cups to minimalise impact later in the season. There is also the fact you have some fo the worlds best athletes in their teams along with the best physio teams money can buy.
  15. The midfield

    Paterson instead of Fammy? I don't see how we could justify dropping our second highest scorer and highest scorer in terms on minutes to goals to Paterson. Fammy offers the height that Paterson doesn't, he offers the hold up play that Paterson doesn't, he offers the goals at a higher rate... all in all I just don't see how you can drop him to try and fit Paterson in elsewhere. Paterson was on fire in a wide position earlier this season, I don't think it's being played out of position that's the issue, it's the cahnge in tactics of our opposition.