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  1. Is he not a winger as much as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo is a winger? No one would say don't play him because of the formation or because he doesn't defend enough. I am sure he could even do a job behind the strikers - drifting out to either wing occasionally or driving through the middle. He is two footed enough and can take it past a player, pass and shoot. Yes Eliasson isn't a threat every minute of every game, but his number of goals/assists over a season should more than justify his inclusion more often than not. Is it not more the case of the other players not getting the ball to him more regularly in dangerous positions or not making the most of the space he creates when the opposition double up on him. A bit more experience, confidence, strength and management of his abilities and I think he is going to be a cracking player that any championship club would want in their side.
  2. I just hope LJ doesn't over tinker after that. That was still possibly our best starting 11, with some fatigue / complacency creeping in. A couple of those players have only just come back from longer term injury and are then expected to play 3 full games in a week already. Our current options on the bench are a bit worrying and there are not really any obvious options for improvement. It appeared that they were encouraging us to give it to Baker as they knew he was less creative. I wonder if he'll swap for Moore at the weekend to give us another option.
  3. I always wonder what clubs offer some of these younger players to convince them to join. The pay rise obviously helps, but they must get told that they will get opportunities if they perform well or players like Szmodics, Eisa and Cundy must get told that we will get them playing at a higher level for more money even if it means a loan. I cannot imagine years in our u23 would appeal to many players currently playing for league clubs. Other players like Matty Taylor and Adelakun were performing well at a league below so must have been promised that they will be in and around the first team as there would be little progression (other than wages) through loans. I bet Bakinson and Hinds wish they had stuck it out at Luton.
  4. He also needs a formation that gets people into the box that will attack good crosses during open play. Diedhiou is the obvious one, Watkins would work off the opposite of a 3 or 4 and Palmer, Brownhill or Massengo should be allowed to arrive from midfield.
  5. This. Hard working three in the middle, who still have enough creativity/shooting power to cause a threat. Massengo has had enough of a rest now and cannot see him being phased by West Brom.
  6. It's an interesting predicament we have with Eliasson. He is a fantastic player, arguably one of our best, but he doesn't fit many if any of LJ's fluid line ups and we don't appear to have the other forwards to make the most of his undoubted skills. It is a real shame that we were not able to recruit a wily forward to make the most of his crosses and I can't help thinking he and the club will end up going their separate ways and both being successful. Sounds crazy, but one potential player that could actually fit with his style could be Watkins, coming in from the right from a front 3 or the right from a midfield 5. I just don't think we have a front 1 or 2 that fits with his style. I'm a fan of Fammy, but losing his marker or arriving late and being in the right place at the right time are not his strengths.
  7. He just needs someone who will get on the end of his crosses. Then he will start racking up the assists and probably get more space to come inside and shoot if the defenders have a forward(s) to keep them occupied. Famara seems to be good at defending against crosses but not attacking them.
  8. Even if it is £2m now, will we not have paid a significant loan fee 12 months ago that they may have agreed to deduce from our purchase fee this summer? So effectively we will be paying for him in instalments with possibly further payments to follow depending upon his success. Add on a sell on %, buy-back clauses, etc, it is still not a bad income for Chelsea who will have had a relatively small outlay on him.
  9. Interesting little article on the Middlesbrough perspective on the Flint interest. Couldn't help voting that Flint wouldn't be a good signing for Boro this summer. Teesside Gazette - Bristol City's Aden Flint stance and their intention to 'trade their way to the top'
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