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Phileas Fogg

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  1. I’ve always felt playing Weimann and Paterson left us a bit unbalanced. Right to persevere with it whilst winning, but probably time to change it up. I think ideally I’d play one of them not both. Sounds like Joe Williams will give us a bit more natural balance in midfield with Bakinson. Hope we’ll get to see Walsh too before too long.
  2. Most replies seem fairly balanced and rational to me?
  3. No one is 'outraged' from what I can see. It's completely possible to discuss a subjective issue like this in a mature way without anyone 'crying' or being 'outraged'.
  4. It's a tricky question, in an ideal world no. But I think it's good form for players to be a little bit more considerate whilst female officials are still so rare and finding their way in the game. I don't know what that random picture entails when posted with 0 context
  5. I can see people trying to shape this into a 'PC gone mad - stop crying and being such snowflakes' type argument, but I don't think that's the case. It's just whether Aguero treated the female official differently to how he'd have treated a male official. I don't think he'd have done that to a male linesman, and that's the issue.
  6. The question here is whether he’d have done the same to a male official. If he wouldn’t, then there’s obviously an issue.
  7. Something tells me this thread could be some good Sunday entertainment
  8. I’d recommend having a look at the clip rather than just the still. The clip is a bit more revealing about the body language.
  9. I absolutely hate that. Amazed that people still do it.
  10. I’m not so sure. I think it probably is very useful. Same principle as a traditional whiteboard but obviously much more interactive. Cotterill was obsessed with shape work in training apparently.
  11. Obviously not, but you can see the point I’m making. Training techniques and analysis have moved on. People are a bit Luddite about it and see it as ‘superfluous newfangled nonsense’ but the reality is that it’s not just an LJ thing. It’s moving with the times. Using a drone to show shape isn’t strange in 2020.
  12. No it doesn’t. The best teams work on shape constantly. It’s not ‘over complicating’ it necessarily - it’s bringing our training in-step with our competitors. We aren’t the only team using modern tech, far from it. It’s a naive point of view to think other teams just train with a set of old bibs and cones.
  13. Not really. It's all part of helping players understand shape in attack and defence. It's a 21st century version of a whiteboard. People are weirdly Luddite about things like this - but if we didn't implement this technology we'd be the ones left behind. It really isn't just us under LJ who used devices like this. LJ is a bit David Brent like and it did get tiresome - but the 1% marginal gains approach to sport is proven to be successful. Exactly. People act like LJ is the only coach in history that's used modern tech.
  14. We aren't the only club in the world to use modern technology in our training. About time we got with the times, we were basically training on school fields for years. There's many things to criticise LJ for, but introducing modern tech into elements of our training probably isn't one of them.
  15. I don't really have one on Morrell because I didn't get to watch him too much. I hoped he might feature this season, but seeing as we have lots of competition for places it was always going to be tough. Luton looks like a good move for him to get first team football.
  16. Not necessarily - it's up to you what you think and which posters opinions you take notice of. I just trust Shtanley's opinions on young players because I know he specifically watches youth team games and has a good track record. He'll probably be proven right on Semenyo too.
  17. That's right - I remember Simon Moore. Came in pretty highly rated at the time.
  18. Will listen later but what did he say about SO'D? That's interesting because wasn't it SO'D that bought him in?
  19. I don't get the dogmatic infatuation with 5 at the back. On paper it looks like our squad is made for a 4-3-3. Play to our strengths. It also suits our defenders - Trent is a great player and plays for Liverpool as a RB, why change it? It allows for a lot of exciting combinations of Sterling/Sancho/Kane/Grealish/Rashford/Greenwood/Calvert Lewin/Ings and also suits our midfield personnel.
  20. Agreed There definitely is, the comparisons of Essien/Viera etc were lazy. It's a bit persnickety of you, but the reason I chose Marv as a basic comparison is due to their fundamental style meaning fans remember their impact. I could have probably chosen a more accurate direct comparison if I was going into detail about their attributes but it was just a quick reply to you in a couple of minutes to emphasise a point about how fans remember players due to their style rather than 'Bakinson plays exactly like Marvin Elliot'.
  21. I think it can be in certain circumstances. If Walsh had started 5 FULL games I think it might be more acceptable - he didn't though. It was also 2 years ago so difficult to judge in the current context of his ability. Agreed. From what I've seen of Walsh, he clearly has excellent vision, passing range and tenacity. Those qualities are clear from his appearances and I think he's potentially very exciting. He could complement our midfield really well I think. I agree on judging players on lower leagues, it's difficult to gauge the quality. I think there's a fairly big jump up in
  22. Out of those 5 games in 2018, Walsh only played a full 90 once. The difference with Bakinson is that he's looking top level in parts and noticeably impressive. Liam Walsh is a good player, I rate him and want to see more of him. I don't think anyone could argue that like Bakinson he's looked 'top level' for us yet. On occasion you can accurately appraise a players ability on just the 'eye test' in a very small sample size - Tammy Abraham for example. I think in his first sub cameo it was pretty obvious we had something special. On the whole though you need a good sample size. Only 5 conse
  23. I'm not sure I understand your point here, if you're talking about Luton from a squad depth point of view - meaning Morrell may get more opportunities due to Luton having less midfield options then yes, that goes without saying. If you're making a point about squad quality - then that's inconsistent. You admit you haven't watched Morrell play very often so by your own metrics it would be hypocritical to state that. But as I pointed out a couple of weeks ago, you can't have watched Walsh play because he simply hasn't played for us very much over the span of his time here. He's only feat
  24. Dear Mr. me There’s nothing to ‘agree to disagree’ over because I’m fairly apathetic about Morrell due to not really knowing much about him. I think I watched him once in the flesh whilst he was here. If I and many others were advocating his immediate inclusion in the first 11 then you might have a point - but people weren’t. There’s a few posters on here who’ve convinced themselves of the existence of some ‘Joe Morrell Ultras’ who’ve been fervently campaigning for his inclusion in the first 11. They’ve weirdly convinced themselves that posters will be distraught that he’s moved
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