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  1. 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
  2. From what LJ said, it sounds like a precaution and it just needs resting for a couple of days
  3. 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
  4. I don't know why anyone would think our problems lie up front when we've scored 5 goals this season but conceded 7
  5. We'd struggle to play Pack in midfield these days...
  6. But Klich isn't much cop defensively either. That's how it works with a 3 man midfield, different players bring different things. I'm not saying Leeds trio isn't better than ours, but you need balance your midfield. Palmer, Nagy, Massengo seems like a balanced midfield to me, perhaps play Brownhill for Palmer if you need more tackling, though Palmer has been noticeably more physical in my opinion
  7. Fair enough slagging Bailey Wright off for being shite during the game, but not for having the bottle to take a penalty in a shoot out Unlucky City, onto the league
  8. We're not blocking the pathway, loads of our players are playing league football. The pathway is not necessarily to the Bristol City first team, its to professional football. In that respect, we're doing a good job
  9. From match reports though it sounds like a good proportion of those were forward passes, transitioning play up the field towards Birmingham's box. I agree with what your saying, bit sometimes a player can sit in space and midfield, playing short simple passes and still control a game. It depends on the opposition, the tactics and the intent of those passes
  10. We've obviously made the decision that Moore is going to be part of the squad this season and the things that appear to be deficient in his game- positioning, understanding how to use his body, learning some of the 'dark arts'- he's only going to learn from playing games and working with coaches. As he's the only defender we have who can bring it out from the back, I feel like we have no choice but to give him games, accept the mistakes and bank on him improving. I'm actually ok with that too
  11. I'm not sure how you can make that conclusion though? We're two games into the season and really have no idea how good Birmingham- or Bristol City for that matter- are. We could look back and view this as a point gained.
  12. One thing to remember is that 'the pathway' is not necessarily a pathway to play for Bristol City, but one to play professional football. Most of the lads in the u23s won't be good enough for Championship Bristol City, but if they get a good footballing education and end up having a good career in L1/L2 then it still reflects well on our system
  13. If Afobe recaptures past glories and the defence improves then absolutely it could be our year. Here's my prediction: We'll be disjointed and average for the first 10 games of the season and be lower mid table. Then it'll all click and we'll go on a fantastic run. Whether that continues through the end of the season will be the difference between promotion and another near miss, but we've added some real quality in midfield and that was (for me) what was lacking most last season- even more than a goal scorer
  14. We'll need Semenyo (or Bakinson?) on the bench for the home grown player rule and I wouldn't be surprised to see Szmodics get a start ahead of Palmer, but just about this I reckon
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