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chipdawg

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  1. I was gonna say this. I think if Afobe had been available for 80% of the season we'd probably (possibly?) have been well set for the play offs by the time the league shut down
  2. Absolutely. I guess my point is that we're not a bad for fit for him either
  3. He's been out of work for over a year. If he was high on the list of managers premier league clubs wanted to employ, he'd have been back in work again. That's not to say he wouldn't get a job with a bigger club, but of the ones you mention: I think Villa will stick with Smith Norwich have had Hughton before and the fans are not that complimentary Watford don't seem to do British managers any more West Ham will have higher ambitions than Hughton is likely to fulfill I think we need to be realistic about who Chris Hughton is; a brilliant championship manager and a good m
  4. Hughton appeals because he's got a proven track record of getting teams promoted from this division. I'm not massively concerned that his teams don't play great football, because if we have good players and they're winning regularly, people will be entertained. His apparent lack of willingness to play youngsters definitely worries me- that should be non-negotiable for whoever comes in in my opinion. The apparent tactical inflexibility is also something that worries me, though you have to trust that he's intelligent enough to learn from past mistakes. Overall, Hughton is the obvious target
  5. If we don't want to get promoted, what's the point? I hate the Premier League, but if we're actively hoping for mediocrity, why bother?
  6. Bobby Reid the midfielder did nothing after his Oldham loan. It's pure coincidence that a very similar looking chap with the same name was a great centre forward for us a few seasons back
  7. Had lunch yesterday with a mate who's on the Supporters Trust board at Oldham and he says Smith is absolutely brilliant. He did caveat it though by saying that Oldham have a long history of getting young players on loan, them looking great and then fading into obscurity once they go back to their parents clubs
  8. Henriksson in for Massengo (assuming he's close to match fit) but I would think Benkovic and Wells will be on the bench
  9. Seems like he scored all kinds of goals- both feet, head, close range, short range... Obviously plays deeper now, but looks a class act
  10. Good luck to JB. I've always rated him and it's been great to see him develop over the years. Sounds like a good move for him too; back to the NW and at a well run club with a good manager
  11. Yep, a new striker was a must for January and we've signed one who knows the division and has been in good form this season. My indifference is from a few years ago and that was a season he got promoted so I should probably cheer up!
  12. Lots of energy, not much technique. Not particularly clinical. The stats this season certainly suggest I'm wrong on the last point, but it's just from watching him a few times at Huddersfield. Not criticising the signing at all, he's proven to score goals in this division so I don't know what more we could ask for. I guess I'm just not excited as some and not convinced he's going to exactly 'bang them in' from now until the end of the season He could be. And I agree that at the price KITR has mentioned, it's a good deal for a player who knows the division
  13. As I said, just an opinion and obviously he's done very well this season. But buying a 29 year old on the basis of an uptick in stats over half a season isn't a great strategy. As I said; I'm all for signing him as he undoubtedly improves the squad, I just have some preconceptions of him as a player that I probably need to get over!
  14. I've got be honest; I've never rated Wells. Watched him a bit when he was at Huddersfield and always felt there was more effort than quality. But if he signs I don't think anyone can deny he improves our options up front. So in that respect, I'm all for it
  15. I wonder if we should be keeping an eye on that Jephcott kid while we're monitoring TB? Sounds like he's had a good start to the year
  16. So now if Nketiah doesn't sign, everyone will say it's because LJ didn't do the best job managing Palmer. Of course LJ hasn't been great managing Palmer, but there are absolutely no guarantees at this stage that Nketiah is coming here. I'm far from satisfied with LJ at this stage, but this is pure speculation (the article doesn't quote any source regarding Palmer's interactions with Nketiah, just guessed at what they might be talking about) and I can already hear the mouth-frothing meltdowns if EN doesn't sign for us
  17. I've always stuck by LJ because I think he's a genuinely talented and forward-thinking coach, but we just haven't got any better over the last 3 seasons and I think he's gone stale
  18. chipdawg

    Eliasson

    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
  19. chipdawg

    Diedhiou

    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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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 th
  25. 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
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