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  1. Indeed, the only way we are going to get one is to pay over the odds, if we want to get someone in we are going to have to chuck 15 odd million to get either Grant from Huddersfield or Tony from Peterborough. The only striker I can think of who will be available for a non rediculous fee might be Leon Clarke from Sheff U, but I don't know if he's injured or not at the moment.
  2. Spud55


    Agree, although first half I thought Korey was a top player until he got the ball and then pub team when he did, in the second half however he definatley seemed to improve on the ball and passing was still a bit off but nowhere near as bad as it had been. For me he has to play with Nagy, then he can charge around like a mad man and whenever he does win the ball he will always have an option as Nagy is always in space and wanting the ball, yesterday at times when Korey did have the ball, Pato occasionally offered but more often than not nobody was available as Brownhill was hiding again.
  3. Still disagree, Norwich have spent no money at all and refuse to compromise their style, they will be relegated, but they have planned for that, they will get promoted again, then they ah e more money to spend and can bring in a few more players and look to improve in the premiership. Sheff I were the best team in this division last year, and that is showing with their performance in the Premier league, Villa much to my annoyance will be safe in the end I think as they have quality. The three teams that came done bar Fulham were basket cases, Huddersfield were a total mess and will do well to not get relegated again, Cardiff were not in a much better state. The only team that can compete are Fulham and they have no defenders, they would not be third in many previous seasons considering they can't defend at all, none of this is anything to do with the strength of this league it's to do with their weakness.
  4. Disagree, the top teams have moved closer to the bottom teams, not the other way around. Wolves from 2 years ago piss this league, Sheffield United and Norwich from last season piss this league. The league is a lot closer this year but that is not because it is stronger, the 3 teams that go up this year I think without major investment come straight back down comfortably, while in previous years the teams promoted have been able to mix it with the PL teams, none of the team in this league are even close to the PL in standard.
  5. Agree it could have made a difference, but that assumes that scoring has been our problem, and I don't believe that Afobe makes us better defensively. There wasn't much rotation that I can remember when we were doing well as we had some injuries and the system was a fairly stable 4-5-1 with either Bobby up front with Pato in behind, then the midfield 4 was Brownhill, Pack, Smith and then either Bryan or Pato depending on if Fam played, and the back 4 was largely stable with Wright, Flint, Baker and then Maggs or Bryan. That was the key we had a stable style and system and first 11 and it worked, then a couple of bad results and we suddenly go away from that and start chopping and changing. Same this season, we look reasonably solid playing 3-5-2, couple of bad results and we throw that out and then begins the annual system and personnel bingo. The same thing has happened for 3 years on the trot now, luckily this season the championship is so bad that we are still in touch.
  6. We will as always have a list of targets that we will have been working on, the idea that we were only talking to Arsenal and Nketia is strange to say the least as its been shown not to be the case as when he fell through in the summer we quickly moved along to other targets and ended up with Afobe.
  7. He wouldn't have scored 20 goals by this point, as that would put him on course to score 40 odd bloody goals. And he was looking good, but we have hapily ****** it all up with better than Afobe, we had Bobby Reid who scored more in a season than afobe ever has at this level, and we still went to pieces. So I see no evidence to suggest that Afobe on his own stops the usual problems once we have a full squad and the system and personnel roulette starts in Ernest.
  8. Well apparently if Afobe doesn't get injured we are having a completely different conversation now, which implies we would be doing considerably better than we are so I stand by the fact that it must have evidently fallen apart if we would be doing so much better with a single player.
  9. Indeed and I agree, and it's also why I would rather we signed nobody in this window than just started buying players for the sake of it. It has to be the right player.
  10. Spud55


    Or maybe he just knows his own body, and feels something in his groin that he knows if he carries on he tears or pulls it ruling himself out. So many serious injuries are caused by players attempting to continue and causing further injury, maybe Baker just knows when not to continue rather than just not fancying it?
  11. Disagree that he has recruited badly, I think we have generally recruited well, there have been some that haven't worked out but they have largely been relatively low cost punts on players who could be brilliant or may not make the grade, but the vast majority even if it has not worked have been able to be sold on for a good fee. My issue with the recruitment is we have patently recruited to play one style of football and certain systems and then we've binned them off meaning we have a load of players who don't fit.
  12. So he has the final decision but is not involved? If that was the case then why say that it's difficult to recruit in January, (which we all know it is) and not it depends on the ambition of the club? And as for being informed, considering you got mugged off by the best manager we have had since Dicks not sure you can call yourself informed, can you?
  13. So he didn't want any of the players that he has? He had no say on sending Taylor on loan? A club that has spent the best part of 30 million quid this summer looses a single player that signed on transfer deadline day and everything falls apart and that's fine?
  14. He should do what every other manager had to do and work with what he's got, there isn't a manager on planet earth that gets their first choice player every time, why should Johnson be immune? The man is as per usual doing everything to try and deflect any scrutiny from himself, and he's running out of players to scapegoat so has now turned to his boss.
  15. It was a pull back and it wasn't perfect weight it was behind Fam, who should absolutely have done better but pretending it was the perfect ball is not true.
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