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Everything posted by Dolman_Stand

  1. I can see crowds being back before the end of this calender year, one option available to the club maybe that only season ticket holders (that have bought them to date or up to a maximum number of say 8 - 10,000) for next season could be allowed within the stadium as a starting point. You would then need to space those people out i.e. only one in every three seats are to be used, this would obviously mean moving people from the seats they have paid for in the interim and there would also need to be heavy distancing restrictions around the concourse areas but its a possibility.
  2. Good point, think Vyner will be out the door this summer anyway as Taylor Moore is way ahead of him now and can also cover right-back but yes versatility will be pretty high on the priority list. The issue over Smith's ability to stay fit after the injuries is still going to be considered though as if you keep him on the basis he covers two positions and he then picks up another 6 - 9 month injury it would expose a smaller squad even worse.
  3. I agree and currently it is Smith and Nagy or Massengo for the midfield berths, the only thing to consider with KS is that he is coming up to 30 years old now and has spent most of the last two seasons injured so it is unlikely he will be offered anything longer than a one-year contract by us, possibly with a clause that gives him an extra year if he plays say 30 games? Also with "the pathway" likely to be more important than ever it is likely that he would be the one to make way for the likes of Massengo and Walsh next season as they try and cement their places
  4. I think your probably right and he will be offered a one-year deal on similar terms or maybe slightly reduced, it will be up to KS to decide if he wants to stay or possibly secure a longer contract elsewhere. My gut feel is that Walsh will be in the first team next season but Morrell may be moved on although that would depend if Nagy or Massengo move on so we will probably be looking for a midfield player this summer anyway.
  5. I have no sympathy for Charlton regarding contractual matters having read Simon Jordan's book recently
  6. Thing is if we were happy to pay £2.5 - 3m as a transfer fee in January plus wages of say £15k a week then by saving the fee we could well be prepared to double his wages in the process.
  7. You are forgiven In regards to Lyle Taylor I can see both sides of the argument but do feel he is in the wrong here, if he was to play the games that would be within his contracted period but sit out those in July I would say he is within his rights to do so (goodwill payment or not) but to refuse to play whilst still under contract sets a dangerous precendence even when things do go back to normal. If in a years time say Niclas Eliasson refuses to play from say January onwards becasue he doesn't want to miss out on a bigger contract from abroad (Lazio were linked this January IIRC) then we would be up in arms about, almost makes having a contract pointless.
  8. Yeah it is and the good will payment covers July I believe
  9. Definatley the case with Nagy, almost certainly Kalas too. Hopefully these two being back to their best should vastly improve us and give us a real shot at the play offs
  10. Nah they are nailed on now, their biggest issue was going to be Bielsa running them into the ground and falling apart at the end of the season, the break couldn't have come at a better time for them as they will be fresh and full of legs again.
  11. Oh god, with our record we'll probably run our of players after three games
  12. Yep I think its commonly accepted that Palmer and Eliasson are our most creative players and would provide the ammo for Wells and Afobe, but its hard to fit them into the same team as KP can't play in a 2-man midfield so to get him into the team you have to sacrifice the wingers meaning Eliasson misses out, hopefully LJ has been spending lockdown devising a shape and system that gets over this. When you look at the Leeds formation it is so unconventional and see's many players in a position thy wouldn't have played before but gives them so many attacking threats which is testament to Bielsa, hopefully we can find something similar.
  13. It would be a flexible shape that when we have the ball Afobe and Wells are effectively a two up front with Eliasson pulling wide and between the midfield base and PP covering the right hand side, trying to get our best attacking players into the same team is quite tricky!
  14. WIll be nice for LJ to have a fully fit squad to choose from for a change, I would go for: Bentley Perieira Kalas Benkovic Dasilva Smith Nagy Palmer Wells Afobe Eliasson Wollacott (O'Leary if allowed??) Baker Hunt Massengo Paterson Weimann Diedhiou Obviously there will be lots of rotation with the condensed season so those on the bench as well as O'Dowda, Henrikksen, Rowe, Williams and Vyner would all see plenty of minutes too.
  15. Saw 17 and assumed all were Championship as I didn't think other leagues were testing. Agree 100%
  16. EFL just reported 17 new cases in the championship
  17. Because that was the direction the interview went following Troy saying he wasn't returning to training after certain questions he had asked hadn't been answered at that point, to my knowledge TD did not prepare a monologue or written statement on this it was all from a Zoom interview with Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew. Unfortunately this seems to be the way of the world where people think statements from celebrities are self-generated when in fact they are responding to specific questions asked by a journalist (with the accompanying question then left out of the article)
  18. Don't think FFP or how much he puts in will come into it as surely they will have to relax ome of these regulation in light of what is going on. Either way the club will not be able to not offer a refund (or part -refund) as the customers haven't received the goods they have paid for.
  19. With one of the richest owners going I can't see City not refunding, would be a bad look
  20. Forgot the Tomlin one earlier in this thread he was superb that day against Huddersfield, another that sticks out for me was Danny Coles against Cardiff (or more specifically Rob Earnshaw) duing the Wilson years he could have been a top player if he had dedicated himself to football. As for against I thought David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne were sensational against us for City in that League Cup semi-final home leg
  21. Wasn't it this one? Swansea's promotion season? http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/9379677.stm
  22. My first ever game watching City, don't remember a thing about it though
  23. A very good suggestion in principle which would overcome some of the current issues but also provide a whole host of new ones in that it would generally protect players more than the clubs, it may be something that is implemented in time although my gut feel is that it wouldn't be, ultimatley however that is not where clubs and players currently sit legally Whats happening at present is a 1 in 100 year occurence in terms of a global issue so its highly unlikely scrapping seasons are ever going to need to be considered in our lifetime again unless the aftermath of this leads to a war of some description.
  24. Stolen straight from the BBC's daily attempt at entertaining football supporters during this lockdown period, whats the best individual performance you have ever witnessed either for or against City?
  25. That is a hypothetical situation though rather than the one we are faced with currently and a decision on it would depend on a number of factors i.e. At what point in the season are we when this second wave / new virus hits? Obviously the earlier in the season we were the greater length of time you have to play with in terms of condensing the remaining schedule What government imposed restrictions are we under? If its a new virus is it more deadly than this one and therefore a more severe lockdown required? Is it as easily transmissable therefore reducing the risk of passing it on between players and coaching staff etc? How long a shut-down period are we looking at? If its 1 month then probably not, if its 6 months then probably. Has the football league already been restructured by this hypothetcial situation to take into account the clubs that could be lost due to the current outbreak? If so there could be less games to worry about and make finishing in this instance more likely There would no doubt countless other variable's to consider so to say that whatever decision is arrived at in this pandemic (or wave of) would be the hard and fast rule for any future outbreaks is never going to be the case. My view on this current season is based on the known factors currently in play.
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