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  1. As others have said, a good striker (better and more clinical than Fam) will make a huge difference. You could argue, as things stand, we're merely consolidating what we had last season. Although it's not that simple. Dasilva was playing his first ever season in the Champ. And got better and better. Webster (if he stays) will continue to improve. I still feel like a creative midfielder is as important as another striker. Someone to offer something a little different. I remain unconvinced that Palmer is that person, should he sign. Brownhill drives the midfield forward, but was clearly knackered by March. Pack rarely offers much as an attacking threat.
  2. Maenpaa was our unsung hero last season. His injuries meant he didn't receive the plaudits that the likes of Webster, Kalas, Dasilva had. But, he barely made a mistake all season. This signing would make little sense. It's a funny business getting in a 2nd keeper, knowing they're only likely to play a handful of games.
  3. Whilst we’re all waiting (patiently!), time to ask: how do you like your transfers? 1. Out of the blue (e.g. Dasilva, wasn’t Baker?, and others I can’t remember). 2. Protracted, painful, losing the will to live? I’m of the former category. And am still burnt by the tortuous Tomlin signing. And that worked out well!!!
  4. Here's the rest of the article. It's from the Irish Times: "O’Dowda, who picked up a knee injury back in March, was ruled out of Ireland’s opening two European Championship games that month, but made a point of travelling to Dublin to meet the new manager Mick McCarthy and attend the FAI player of the year awards, a gesture which is thought to have not gone down well with his club. O’Dowda travelled with the City team for their last game of the season against Hull City, but didn’t get in the match-day squad. In January, O’Dowda was linked with a move to Leeds United, but a price tag of £10m is said to have scared off interest. Around that time, City activated an option year on his contract and it seems inevitable that O’Dowda will now leave the club, which he joined in 2016 from Oxford United for around £1.25m."
  5. Think we'll know more in 2 years. Parachute payments soften the blow. If they make an immediate return, they should be fine.
  6. We won't. I share your concern, but am confident the only player who might go is O'Dowda. And if he does, it'll be for something stupid like £8m. And probably only to a promoted Championship side. I think we'll fight tooth and nail to keep Webster. For me, he's worth more than O'Dowda, although defenders rarely seem to attract the same sort of fees. I reckon Da Silva will sign for us. Kalas is a tricky one. No doubt we want him, but the issue will be: does he want to join, and are Chelsea going to quote hefty sums at us? If we sign him, it'll probably be for an initial £5m outlay, rising to something like £8m-£10. Webster was bought for £3.5m, potential rising to £8m, so it is possible. Brownhill? He'd attract more than O'Dowda, and like the latter, would probably only go to a newly promoted Champ club or mediocre Prem side. And he'd go for nothing less than £10m. Anyway, like I said, I'm not worried. Players come and go all the time. Only about a handful of clubs worldwide can afford to keep hold of their best, so it's part and parcel of football. Key thing is to be a bit phlegmatic about it all. Yes, it'd be a shame to lose X, but you know what, this is why you have an academy that you invest heavily in, nurture the best players from the lower leagues, and start over. This is exactly why we are doing things the right way and not splashing out millions on average players. FFP means every club has to be sensible. And letting one or two good players go a season is part of the process.
  7. Both in defence and attack. Going to need our whole midfield to track back well.
  8. Fam will definitely start. If you had Taylor up front, who with? Pato just behind? There's also the Eliasson factor. Now, we know his crossing is excellent, but also mostly wasted, but at least Fam is a nuisance in the air. Crossing in to Taylor would be pretty pointless. It'll be the usual, with Pisano at right-back, and Eliasson in for Wiemann. Unless the latter is fit and I've not heard anything to say he is. I also think there's an outside chance that Maenpaa will return. Mentioned that he's been training all week, and if he's fit, I'd bring him straight back in. But yes, we are very short on genuine out and out strikers. And Fam this season has been an enigma. I would be very very surprised if he's our main striker next season.
  9. No danger of that. Our set pieces are mostly awful. Free kicks getting worse. I think we'll try to keep things tight and hit you on the break. Think we'll need to score twice to have any chance of victory. And we haven't done that much during our excellent run. We'd all be over the moon with a turgid 0-0 draw. Our defence is our best weapon. Webster (who's guaranteed a lovely reception...) and Kalas have been magnificent all season.
  10. And @Canary_Yellow, I get in to Norwich just after 11am. Can you recommend a decent cafe not too far from the station? And then somewhere for lunch, again nearby? I read that are plenty of places to eat near the ground, so hopefully spoilt for choice. Thanks!
  11. Only Villa and Rotherham have conceded more goals at home this season than Norwich. Mind you, only Villa and West Brom have scored more at home. Our defence are going to have to be at their very best if we're to come away with anything from this game.
  12. And if anyone wants to say hi, I'll be on the 6am train from Temple Meads! Get to Norwich after 11am. Seems like there are loads of places to eat near the ground.
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