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  1. I wouldn't write him off for us just yet. Obviously if we get a good offer we now have other good options in place. However, he was one of our consistent performers last season and once he gets in his groove he is more than a challenge for any championship defence and has been a massive factor in our good away form for the last couple of seasons. I think what we have now is some better options for when we come up against sides that sit back against us, particularly at home, and we need to be a bit cleverer in possession to retain possession, break teams down and create chances. This is where M
  2. He isn't the tallest, but still seemed to win his fair share of headers. His direct style reminded me of Vardy a bit, but obviously not quite to the same standard. I wouldn't wish the blue few on him though. I used to live in Rubery. My Dad used to take me down to Ashton Gate from time to time, but he was a Leeds fan, so the Victoria Ground was a good compromise. My parents still live there now so I do get to games from time to time when I visit.
  3. From being born in Bristol to ending up north (I actually live north of Middlesbrough now but cannot be bothered to change my username) I lived next to Bromsgrove for 17 years and used to be a regular at Bromsgrove Rovers and then Bromsgrove Sporting games. Jason Cowley is a cracking player and I am surprised that he didn't do better out of his move to Stevenage. Wrong place, wrong time then, and now in an even worse place... He has a very direct high energy style that I thought might have even got him to League 1 level.
  4. Fair enough, although you'd probably be surprised about the proportions. Granted there are a small number of absolute idiots that sometimes ride bikes, a fair few who are inconsiderate but harmless (humans eh), but the majority like me you probably wouldn't even notice apart for the rare occasion that you might have to wait more than a couple of seconds to overtake. Most British Cycling or Cycling UK memberships include public liability insurance, some people have it on their home insurance and some get separate specific insurance. You will also probably find most people pay general taxa
  5. There you go, I'm getting told to piss off because of someone's actions in another country now. I ride my bike where it's legal, I'm insured, obey the laws of the road and pay plenty of forms of the taxes that actually pay for the upkeep of the roads, but why let that get in the way of an irrational hatred. I don't see why what I choose to wear causes such offence. I don't do it for fashion, fanboy reasons or because it might make me look fast. I do it to avoid chafing if you must know.
  6. Some do, that race (or pretend to race). Its more about their post race massage and being easy to put dressings on/off when they quite regularly crash. No I never have - shaving my face is too much trouble most of the time.
  7. I don't get the hatred, but cyclists seem to be the fashionable target at the moment. If it wasn't them it would be someone else. I'm sure there have been plenty of psychological studies about the human need to to be annoyed/frustrated/dislike something and it has always been there - but the modern media and social media appear to work everyone up into a frenzy. "The Daily Mail says cyclists are a scourge, some guy off Talksport says they're all inconsiderate tax dodgers, Jeremy Clarkson thinks they get in the way of cars - they can't all be wrong, lets jump on the bandwagon...". There ar
  8. As an avid user of the 'next unread topic' function on the forum I'd just like the option to ignore topics like you can with users.
  9. I'd probably go with this. Although as one of our leading providers of assists I still think RWB is Hunt's position to lose. We'll need him and SS both plenty though for that position thoroughout the season. I can see Weimann being used as the second forward plenty for both his energy and his ability to cover for the midfielders so that they can mix things up a bit mid game - get forward, go wide, etc.
  10. You would think that we would want good cover for our wingbacks,if that's the tactics we will be using most of the time. It's a very demanding position, particularly with the frequency of games this season. I guess management feel that Rowe and O'Dowda are sufficient backup. I don't see the point of signing another as backup.
  11. Didn't Tommy Rowe play LCB a couple of times last season? It might make more sense having his experience in defence with Vyner and Moore against Exeter (if we don't get a new CB by then) and letting Bakinson play his more natural role in midfield alongside Paterson and Eliasson (if we are going for a similar line-up to the Villa friendly). It never seems right throwing younger players into their big opportunity out of their favoured position.
  12. Yes, this would make sense. I can see why they have done what they have done to provide some stability for individuals and lower league clubs. Everyone suffers from the inflexibility though and younger players often get stuck at clubs that are not playing them, especially when a team a league lower might have them as the first name on their team sheet. We could have done with being able to recall Morrell last autumn when we had a mini injury crisis, but we could have still offered Lincoln Bakinson or one of the other midfielders from our U23s.
  13. Great article @Davefevs. So refreshing to read such a well researched informative article in the press. Between your analysis and @Olé's match reports there is rarely any need to read far beyond OTIB. I still think that the loan system needs a review. The half/full season loan option has just resulted in clubs having to bring in additional numbers to the squad to cover suspensions/injuries, which then blocks the pathway for the younger players when they return from their much needed senior experience. There have also been numerous occasions over the last few seasons when being able to rec
  14. There will be no excuse to burnout any of the midfielders this season or stick with them through poor form or injury, with the number of midfielder options available. It will be interesting to see if there is any better use of substitutions and the squad in general.
  15. It seems to be a bit of an issue for anyone that gets put out there. At the end of the day as a winger you are going to look unproductive if you never get the ball, or the formation and tactics your team uses means that there is too much to do when you do receive the ball or there are insufficient options in the box to cross to. I think that all of our traditional wide players could benefit from what is looking like Holden's Plan A. Getting two of the Championship's most skilful players (Paterson & Eliasson) in the thick of the play rather than drifting in and out of the game on the w
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