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  1. chipdawg


    I think that all 4 midfielders that started yesterday are prem quality in terms of ability. When was the last time we could say that? I've said that about Eliasson since we signed him; he strikes the ball like an international class player, we just had to wait for the rest of it to fall into place. As for COD, I've long since said he'd be best in centre mid, on the left hand side of a three. Problem for him is that he isn't one of our three best central midfielders
  2. chipdawg


    I think Fammy is a player who can be incredibly effective, but needs to be used in the right way. He's not going to take games by the scruff of the neck and drag you back in to a match all be himself. However, if you don't fire 40 yard balls at his head and get players alongside and around him, I think he's a great player at this level
  3. Our most used centre back wad signed on a free after the transfer deadline due to injury. I think we could have done better defensively, but I also think we need a bit of perspective
  4. I'm the same mate. Don't particularly see why people hate ManUre but give Liverpool a free pass for the same arrogance and plastic fans other than they're not old enough to remember the 1980s
  5. I think Rice needs to play. He definitely still has to develop, but his ability to read the game and his ability to pick a pass are above anyone else England have. Yes, he gets caught out of position sometimes, but Henderson or Diet just don't have the same natural ability in that pivot position. I also think he should be given a brief to play much closer to the centre halves; England's fullbacks are much better going forward than defending (I rate both Chilwell and TAA though) so give them license to get forward and get someone in midfield to protect Maguire and AN Other
  6. The way he strikes the ball reminds me of Eliasson; not that they're similar players (different positions for a start), but just the way he strikes a ball is like a top level player
  7. chipdawg


    I actually thought he did pretty well defensively. When Eliasson first came over he didn't bother trying to track back or defend. Today he was up and down the pitch and frequently in and and around the box when needed. He doesn't always take up the most intelligent positions defensively and is never going to be a great defender (would he be playing for us if his game was that complete), but he certainly wasn't a liability. Take your point about him and Palmer playing together and perhaps that's something to consider moving forward I'd really like to see Eliasson on the right of a front three (3-4-3 perhaps). Less defensive responsibility, more space to do his thing
  8. chipdawg

    Aden Baldwin

    I think Johnson will start with a back 4 to be honest, Williams on the bench. But Baldwin could definitely get in the matchday squad if that doesn't work or if Williams gets up to speed and onto the pitch ahead of Kalas returning
  9. Mates went to Hamburg last year and I think we're all going back in the autumn to watch St Pauli. I've been to watch Dukla Prague in the Czech Republic which was great fun with good beer, but not great football. Worst experience 'abroad' was at Hearts; dire football, no beer and and no atmosphere. To be fair, it was when they were in the shit and getting relgated from the SPL
  10. So what it boiled down to was that Orta and Emery are mates. Interesting that the article reckons Dusseldorf were ahead of us in the running, perhaps the medical we arranged was part of the brinkmanship, rather than out of an actual expectation that he'd be signing. One way that this doesn't reflect well on us: if the race for Nketiah was that wide open, why did we put all our eggs in that basket? Sounds like a pretty reckless strategy from MA and LJ. I think we landed on our feet with Afobe in the end, but I'm not sure why we're all in on EN for so long and until so late in the game
  11. I like the leadership and experience he'll bring to the dressing room, but on the pitch I'm not sure he's going to bring anything we don't have. If he comes in as cover and to teach Moore a few things then great. If he comes in as a first choice player, less great
  12. From what LJ said, it sounds like a precaution and it just needs resting for a couple of days
  13. Buying any player always carries some risk and you have to accept that not every player we buy is going to work out, but the 'hit rate' has been really good with LJ/MA. The head coach and scouting team clearly have an eye for a player and I don't think we've ever had such quality through the squad. The failure to replace Webster was not (I presume) for lack of trying, though you do wonder if we got complacent regarding AW leaving approaching the end of the window. Similarly, we got complacent regarding signing Nketiah, but Afobe sounds like he's going to be at least as good an alternative. My only knock on LJ and recruitment is that he's brought in A LOT of players during his tenure and it still feels like he probably wants more if he can get them. Perhaps he's owed a quality centre half but really he probably needs to deliver with this squad now
  14. I don't know why anyone would think our problems lie up front when we've scored 5 goals this season but conceded 7
  15. We'd struggle to play Pack in midfield these days...
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