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Phileas Fogg

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  1. I remember him looking really promising in the early days. Shame he had such terrible injuries because he had the signs of a player who could easily play at Champ level. Another player around that sort of age was Rob Stambolziev who I've just remembered. People were quite disappointed when he left at the time but seems he didn't carve out a particularly successful career in the end.
  2. Interestingly coaches have had faith in Reid for years. At his age group in the academy, he was kept behind a year quite often due to his size. The coaches rated him as comfortably the best talent on the books so persevered with him. I know a player who was in Bobby's age group who could never understand why Reid was given such patience when other players who he rated (such as Scott Wilson) didn't make the grade. Also demonstrates sometimes that players don't always 'know' - understandable perhaps considering they were teenagers at the time - and that some coaches do know what they're ta
  3. My instinct is that he can. My big point in defence of him is that he has the uncoachable physical attributes already - and those are things you're either born with or you're not. Not coming from a typical academy background he's not going to be as polished as others who were - sometimes though coming from a less conventional route can be an advantage (see Trundle) as they don't lose the instinctive 'street footballer' elements of their game. I think the attributes of goalscoring - positioning, finishing, general awareness of attacking play - can be trained. My prediction is that i
  4. Of course, I'm not advocating endless patience and time for young players - it's unrealistic. For example I think we're approaching the stage of their careers where we perhaps need to make tough decisions about the likes of Vyner and Moore if we want to push forwards as a club. Bobby Reid is actually a really good example because he absolutely was someone who was in 'last chance saloon'. He was 24 almost 25 before he came good and we'd persevered with him for ages. I am not saying we should extend the same patience with every single young player, but he's such an outlier it highlights ho
  5. Are you admitting here that you have a desire to say 'I told you so'? You've completely missed the point or misunderstood the obvious point in my post - give young players time. Your point of view is just reactionary and naïve - and that's being kind!
  6. I've got no idea if she is, but she looks really bristolian to me.
  7. Yeah, I used to when I was younger.. but the novelty wore off a bit. Same sort of things. I just follow a few waifs and strays we've had over the years such as Arnold Garita and Tristan Plummer. I follow more retired former players such as Trundle, Murray and Noble. Haha, I'd prefer a bit of controversy I think. Mostly just bog standard run of the mill stuff with players. Can't say I blame them, anything out of the ordinary would get picked up on in this day and age.
  8. I unfollowed most of the players a long time ago. Usually same old boring stuff. I find the trend of fans following players WAGS/family a bit odd really. The content is hardly going to be interesting.
  9. Agreed - I get the impression lots of the public facing stuff is good. Our profile, our stadium, training ground etc. It's the inner stuff that still needs work. Harder for us as fans to quantify this, but management, player ID, style of player and now the medical side all clearly need work.
  10. You can always find exceptions, but that's why I noted style of play - for an unusually tall player, Peter Crouch was fairly elegant. He wasn't a player like Carroll or Djuric who, when fit, flies into aerial challenges and has physical battles with defenders. Crouch wasn't really like that, he was quite a clever and cute player who didn't really play how you'd expect such a tall man to play. Sure, he scored some headers as any 6ft 7" forward would - but he was arguably better with the ball played into his feet. Very good and underrated player I felt.
  11. It's an interesting point. Instinctively I'd be inclined towards 'no'. However, perhaps it's worth it for the greater good. I don't really agree with his NHS angle, it's too convoluted and in real terms no one would be able to see any benefit impact. I think there's certainly an argument for ensuring sport/entertainment continues - especially during the lockdown period with not much daylight. People are fed up, lonely and bored. Ensuring sport/entertainment continues in some form could be crucial to some people's morale and wellbeing. I think in a worst case scenario and things are
  12. Very interesting post. You also tend to notice that often it's taller ectomorphic players who have recurring injuries, especially ones who play in quite a battling way. Andy Carroll and Milan Djuric to name but two, especially as forwards have to twist and turn a lot.
  13. They pretty much have haven't they? They wouldn't outwardly criticise the club's handling of injuries in the media unless they never wanted to play for us again. What's leaked about Williams is as good as we're realistically going to get. Obviously it's your call what you believe/disbelieve - but choosing to only believe basically primary sources means you miss out on a lot of info. It also makes visiting the Transfer Forum a waste of time.. although we all know you post in there and read it.
  14. What do you consider a reliable source then? If you're going to say 'the OS' then yes of course, but they'll only say the things they want us to know.
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