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spudski last won the day on November 28 2019

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  1. Yes mate...the lad we got from Munich.
  2. I remember being sat watching FGRs when SoD was in charge. Sat in the Carol Embrey suite watching a game with some scouts from Birmingham and Southampton. They both remarked on one player that us and them had scouted,that had all the attributes to make it as a top player, but it was his social life, network of friends and outside 'activities' that he enjoyed too much that stopped him progressing further at a higher level. They really do look into outside influences these days. An example closer to home was the young German keeper we had, who enjoyed being a footballer, rather than football. We got rid as his influence would run off on other young players. For the same reason I think Bakinsons loan will do him the world of good. As it did Reid...sometimes you need that outside influence to prove to you that you haven't made it yet. Look at the influence Tammy also had on Reid. The more positive hard workers with for want of a better word...'hard working family values', the better.
  3. Unless it's changed in recent times, it's still of massive importance. The Club look into the background of players, social life, family life etc. We do turn down players if they don't fit our wants as a hard working professional and seen as a potential bad influence or problem outside football. Adam Griffin and the rest of the scouting team I'm told, still have to find these details as much as possible, as well as the players footballing credentials. First team and Academy.
  4. I think it's fair to say the January window is a nightmare, and as LJ points out in his interview, so many different circumstances effect a loan or transfer. LJ and his team obviously discuss the type of player they want. They will have a continuous database of players in different positions that they would like...and a pecking order as to their ability and affordability. That will continuously change, down to injuries, other signings, other interest, contract, etc at the targeted players Club. There will obviously be a butting of heads between LJ and MA. Both are judged on their results. LJ on results...MA on finalizing a target and keeping us financially viable. LJ may want a certain player...but MA says 'we can't afford him, but how about someone further down the pecking order?' It's a constant juggle of finding a player that will add quality, but also within our budget. Constantly trying ways to find players, find money, make money, free up money etc. Then you have to convince players to come here...and to the contract and duration you want. The player and Agent will be battling to get as much as possible and for as long as possible. Then take into consideration the FFP rules...it's a complete nightmare. And even if you get your player, there is no guarantee they will work out or get injured. Even silly things like Nagy implied recently about getting his head around a new City and the crap weather and how that can effect mindset. We aren't dealing with commodities, but with human beings and emotions, that all have the same problems with work and home as we do. LJ is right imo, we he says we need the squad Quality of Fulham. We've seen how the long term injuries to Kalas, DaSilva and Afobe have really hit us. Without those injuries, imo we would be further up the table. We have the numbers, but not the quality to replace those players that will give the extra needed. The more you think about it and look into it, the harder you realise it is to recruit within the confines SL and FFP put down. Then you have two people trying to work together in LJ and MA, trying to find a happy medium between the two main aspects of their jobs. That's the hard part imo. So many different conundrums.
  5. I agree with you on many points. Didn't LJ recently say in an interview that he understands the fans thoughts, but we don't know the reasons why certain players are dropped or picked, or a system adopted? We simply don't know. I've said on numerous thread that our recruitment brings in talented players that we feel are too good to turn down, or talented but not the finished article. We then try to develop and adapt them into our systems. People have been clamering for Palmer and Eliasson to start. Eliasson fits a 442...which above is castigated. And Palmer seems completely off his game regardless of what system is used. We could go on looking at the strengths and weaknesses of each player. Imo...all talented individuals on their day, but not complimenting one another. I'll take an Individual... Eliasson. He can beat his man and deliver a cross. Of which stats state you need approx 9 crosses before a goal is scored. Why in his development here, hasn't he added to his game by beating his man and playing slide rule passes through the box? Why is hardly anything to feet? I don't understand that stagnation. Why are we so reliant on crosses? We saw our strengths in the forward line when Pato, Weimann and Famara linked from a deeper position recently. Running at defenders with one touch football, breaking the lines. That is our strength. I went off on a tangent there...but I'm sure you get the gist
  6. But they took the chance they created...we simply didn't. If we didn't create any chances I'd get it...but we did...so how can the tactics be wrong? We simply didn't finish the easy chances. That isn't tactics fault...that's quality of finishing. Which comes down to inconsistency, because they can do it on other days. LJ isn't doing some mumbo jumbo type tactics that are to clever for the players to understand. You can see when you watch what they are trying to do. The problem is doing it well on a regular basis. The players don't. If there is a blame...it's the level of recruitment and quality that's needed to perform more consistently.
  7. Im not sure it's a case of not believing in LJ. Players talk...they wouldn't come here if it was bad. I do however agree that our quality to consistently do well, isn't there. Like I've said...these players have quality, but have varying degrees of consistency. Put them all together, and getting a consistent winning outcome isn't going to happen. This is why they aren't Prem players...the level of inconsistency or experience with some is that of a mid Championship side. The overriding feeling I get from this forum, is fans loved watching the high press game of two seasons ago. We've become more defensive and more dour to watch. I think fans would put up with that if we were standard top 6...but we aren't. We are dour and mid table like. So that is going against LJ. His tactics aren't anything drastically different to what any other Club is doing in this division. His recruitment and it's restrictions don't help imo. Any other Coach would still have inconsistent players on his hands and the Club's recruitment policy to work with. I think any new coach would have to tear it all up and start again.
  8. Serious question...what tactics did LJ employ last night that were so ineffective? Were they so different to any other occasion where we have played well and won? Or did we play pretty much the same way, and didn't put away the chances and sitters we created? Is that poor tactics or lack of quality by the players? Why do they play well one week and win, but play the same tactics the next week, play poorly and lose? Tactics...players consistency and quality?
  9. Anti 'Dave'? Behave yourself...got no problem with Dave...I agree with most of his posts...top bloke. As for Fammy...he is totally inconsistent and lacks correct movement. One game unplayable...5 like a rank amateur. I'm not anti Fammy...I like him and his effort and heart. But he lacks the consistency and natural intelligence of a forwards movement. So wind her neck in and read my posts correctly with the intention they are meant. I'm not anti anyone FFS...idiot
  10. This is exactly how I see it too Harry. It's been like it for weeks. Even if not playing at your best, you can still do the basics and simple things right. Our movement is absolutely awful. It's pedestrian, so slow and easy to read...and that's when it's not static. As professional footballers, you know how to move, create angles etc. We often stay static or move into a position where you can't receive a pass. It's the very basics. It's atrocious and the reason we create so few chances.
  11. Why do people think LJ over thinks tactics and complicates things? Something he's said, players said, or something people have dreamt up because he's often quoted as an 'inteligent coach' ? Or something witnessed on the pitch? My own personal impression is that we've recruited players that show promise, that could over time be developed into what LJ wants, but right now, they aren't as a whole got the quality to carry it out consistently.
  12. We created enough chances to win the game. Problem is, if you've got a forward who can't hit a barn door from a few yards you aren't going to win games. You can only create so many chances. It's purely down to consistency of quality imo...not the tactics. Too many players have quality on their day, but their day isn't consistent enough. Yesterday we created the chances and our forward messed em up. Score them and we win easily. Other days we don't create chances because of the total lack of movement into the correct areas in the final third. All these problems of consistent inconsistency have a knock on effect and the pressure builds. Nothing wrong with LJs tactics...the problem is recruiting players that aren't up to getting the job done on a consistent basis. Too many rough diamonds that need developing. Our front line needs moving on and replacing imo...all effort and heart but not enough quality where it matters.
  13. And then look at how recruiting Nketiah would fit in with Famara, Palmer and Eliasson...it doesn't match or compliment. It's literally looking at a young guy who we could loan who scores. Yet what does Nketiah thrive on? Low passes into the box to basically tap in. He doesn't offer any other attributes apart from being absolutely effecient at that, in a Billy Sharp way. Look at every Striker we are associated with...apart from scoring goals, how do they fit in with us? Can our Midfield etc create scoring chances for each individual? Do they compliment? I can completely understand Bielsa not using Nketiah, because he didn't fit. He was literally a plan b alternative.
  14. For me...the introduction of Famara completely changed the structure of our playing style. And you are right when you say ' fit around him'. From his signing onwards, we've lost our way. Not sure of the exact timelines, but where does Eliasson, Palmer and Famara fit in? Fans say play Palmer, others say play Eliasson. Yet look at Famaras background and his efficiency is not prolific to either type of supplier. Imo...we looked at a 'Physical' presence within our budget and tried to develop him. It has had a negative effect on the rest of the team. I'll go as far as to say his introduction was the start of our muddled recruitment. We are a team of talented individuals that don't fit one another offensively. If it were me I'd get rid of all our forward line...it negates the rest of the team.
  15. I think the biggest problem, is we as fans on this forum, take everything that comes out of the Club as truth. Football changes every week. We in hindsight will look at everything that happens in a tenure on paper and tear it apart when it suits. Fans can mention Man City, Liverpool, Sheffield Utd, Brentford etc, etc and complain about us. Now compare with the 80 odd other Clubs in the football league. Are we any different? I beg to differ. Yes it feels we are less entertaining and boring to watch...and the whole feel good of when we came up has disappeared. The more you stay in a league, the more mundane it becomes. Look at pretty much every Club and tell me it's different. SL should do this, LJ should do this...blah blah blah...ok in a perfect world on a forum. Seriously...and not directed personally... every club is trying for perfection, and out of 90 odd clubs only a handful are satisfied. Yes I think our recruitment is wayward...but considering the bigger picture I'm not going to get my knickers in a twist
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