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  1. Fuber

    Pressing like last season

    Could it not simply be more towards where Kalas and Webster are much more intelligent in their off the ball positioning? Webster in particular is towards the top of stats for interceptions and tackles in the league atm, isn't he?
  2. Fuber


    Firminio is 27.
  3. Fuber

    LJ in "The Times" today; 300th game as manager

    I mentioned the following: And have been critical of LJ the past 2 months. However, per what I mentioned with regards to playing Norwich above. Great Performance from the team, and we'll done LJ. My only criticism was that we should probably of made use of the subs as we faded I.e. Morrell for a body in the middle, or DaSilva to help shut up shop, rather than making changes only when we seem to concede.
  4. Fuber

    Jens Hegeler

    We offered him a contract. Plus the culture in Germany is different. Peripheral players, like Jens was at Hertha, tend to take their coaching badges early and help the youth sides out when not playing. So for that reason - it's likely why he's seeing his contract out. With his injury issues, between his analysis (packing) start-up venture and his seeming decent intuition and intelligence I wouldnt mind him becoming an U23 coach if he hangs up his boots.
  5. Fuber

    Jens Hegeler

    Thats an awful lot of punts that havent worked.
  6. Fuber

    Contract expiry in the summer?

    That's off the top of head Hodge. I heard £4.9m - plausible it may of been £3.9m?
  7. Fuber

    Contract expiry in the summer?

    The only comparable or lesser teams all have better records. As an example McCarthy until being sacked had a fantastic record at Ipswich of around £8m profit, a clubs financially in a similar position to us but is cutting costs with the lack of backing from the owner unlike us with SL. Wilder is £3m up, Farke hasnt sold one of his own players. Dean Smith (at Brentford) was around £5m up, To sum it up Robbered its hard to draw comparisons when other managers have hugely differing budgets and much shorter tenures than LJ has to ourselves where we need to be 'sustainable' ala Brentford, Preston, Sheffield Utd. Leeds - who have the same player wages expenditure to us - have the most similar transfer history up until last summer where we lost Flint, Bryan, and Reid. They sustained player expenditure due to attendances and average a yearly net spend of £4m per year the three previous season, discounting this summer. Meanwhile we have a net player expenditure of £5m per season and had the balance the books due to lower turnover. Optimally we should be looking to operate with wages of around £18m/annum (90% re Turnover) to be effective while not having to offload better players, achievable if we trim down players we don't and did not necessarily need. WITH new contracts and signings, despite getting O'Neill, Flint, off the books we'll probably have wages of up to £22-23m, up 10%. Watkins doesnt seem to have a role to play, Moore hasnt proven he's up to the championship, Eisa hasnt really featured, Engvall flopped, O'Dowda is probably leaving on a free, Baker - at £5m - is sat on the bench, Hunt is very questionable defensively, DaSilva - likely on loan at decent wages - cant get game time. Over LJs tenure there has been criminal overspending on frankly average players who have failed to develop - yet his best value for money signing has been Brownhill. Who was free. And Eliasson, who has only started playing a role a year down the line. We should be looking at free agents let go by Prem clubs for peripheral players and seeing if they develop - much less costly than these punts. It's why Preston have been successful with the likes of Robinson, Pearson, Harrop, and their academy products such as Browne, Davies and Earl - Brownhill was one of the former who we've managed to get consistent performances from, Walsh has also done well in this respect and has potential. We've had past examples ourselves with Fontaine, Williams, Lita, Noble, Paterson, Ayling, Freeman, who all started off at Prem teams. All of whom on the whole did well for us. Yet these signings stopped under LJ, where we switched to signing such players on bigger fees, wages, and from abroad. Theres not much risk involved for some sort of return with decent development and training.
  8. Fuber

    Contract expiry in the summer?

    By far and away the worst Robbered, the only argument you can make is that most managers previous made use of free agents to a much higher degree, whereas LJ has signed a high number of 'backup players who go on not to play or seeming mismanagement of their injuries (Wright, O'Dowda, Watkins, Baker, etc). His old man made a loss on players he signed of around £3m over 6 years with £1m being Maynard and £1m on Dele and Sproule. Millen had around a loss of £1.5m, McInnes broke even due to the profit on Baldock. The best managers in terms of recruitment and players they signed are O'Driscoll (Flint) and Cotts (Kodjia) who mostly made use of free agents. When Cotts spent money we did not make a loss outside of El-Abd who we signed for £300k or thereabouts. He also made good use of older players I.e. Wilbraham, Elliott.
  9. Fuber

    Contract expiry in the summer?

    Just to note, if those players leave then LJ's record on his own transfer and signings is a £5m confirmed loss.
  10. Fuber

    Vote of no convidence

    On the other hand you then have games like Preston and Wigan. Luckily for us Cooper hooked a cross into his own goal and Bialkowski wanted to be a juggler in the circus. We have been pretty darn lucky. Birmingham has given me hope.
  11. Fuber

    Vote of no convidence

    True which is why Im content at the moment. The issue for me is still this - if you hadn't looked at the league table, would we of looked much like a top half team? Because in my book that's definately questionable. We've been incredibly lucky. The main reason I'm content is the Birmingham game, a tight fixture which we showed a bit of grit and got across the line. If we play Norwich and actually show a bit of composure and determination - fair play LJ - if we sit back and focus on countering Farke's tactics while playing at home? I'd be a bit disappointed we weren't more brave. My issue isn't the league table, I just feel a manager with an actual visible and appropriate system could do better. You don't get anywhere without risk.
  12. Alternatively this season - Weimann was on over double Reid who was tied to the contract he signed returning from Plymouth, and was rumoured to be on more than O'Neil was on. You then have Maenpaa who was likely on more than Steele at Brighton, Adelakun and Watkins who together will be on more than Kent and Leko, Watkins is probably on similar to Woodrow, if slightly less. Golbourne was mostly out on loan - and closest like for like comparison is that of Hunt who will be on a far bit more. Kalas will be on more than Flint and Webster probably more than Maggs. Add in signing-on fees, amortisation, and player wage rises, Pack, Pato, Kelly, nd the other U23s new contracts? Im going to take a stab and say Player wages for 18/19 will be in the region of £22m. So we will likely (depending on fee structures- and when they're recognised within the club accounts) probably just about break even.
  13. Fuber

    Callum O’Dowda

    How much of it is down to rotation though Ole? Callum always struck me as a player that needed a run of games to get going, I.e. said mentioned run of games he had in run-up to the injury. He may have similar playing time to Paterson, but the difference is that for Callum its only been the odd 60 minutes or sub appearance. He's a confidence player - not giving him consistant game time, is here any reason for him to stay? If I was him Id sacrifice a year at say Ipswich in League One on similar wages if it meant I got noticed ala Baldock for us. Can honestly see him being at someone like Brighton in a year or two.
  14. Fuber

    Our Identity

    The issue is that so far this season we do not have a style. There's simply no clear thought process to be interpreted in how LJ wants us to play. We're sitting back more, and then when we press it breaks down as only one or two individual attempt it (Weimann and Pack). We have signed multiple wingers yet dont have a target man, we've also narrowed the pitch which seriously limits out and out wingers (Eliasson, Adelakun, and Watkins), and should mean that we play an inside winger cutting inside such as O'Dowda, but we dont, when we should at least do so at home - which could also make him sign a new deal if lack of playing time is an issue. Some subs and the chopping and changing doesnt seem to suit members of the squad, per the latter player who can't get minutes, Watkins has a disappeared completely. We also keep thumping balls aimlessly down the channels with no one chasing and for no real purpose. Birmingham was a great result - but we had a massive slice of luck the two previous games against weaker opposition with Bialkowski having a howler of a performance, and Cooper's sliced attempt to clear giving us four of our last 7 points. I'm hopeful we can kick on - however Im dreading trusting LJ and MA with another transfer window. We've needed a creative midfielder since Wade Elliott, and a Goalkeeper since we were promoted. We still need better players for each position - and we've spent over £30m since. I want to be optimistic, but we're playing some turgid stuff this season. The only performances this season Ive walked away from thinking we deserved three points were Swansea and Blackburn.
  15. And I completely agree JB. I'll also note as LJ has in the past, he only 'signs off on players coming into the clubs. Ashton negotiates - and he does a very good job of getting a good price. However, between Kodjia being sold and this summer, the number of wasted fees and wages during his tenure including loans is mind boggling. Hunt, Eisa, Watkins, Baker, Leko, Woodrow, Kent, Diony, Tomlin, Magnússon, Djuric, Moore, Engvall, O'Dowda, Hegeler, O'Neill, Matthews, Paterson, Lucid, Giefer, Wright. 21 players that can't consistanty make the first team (if at all - Watkins is like playing Where's Waldo) or have so far resulted in a loss (including estimated wages v performances for loans), and I'm fairly sure I'm missing a few further signings from those off the top of my head, I believe it's around 42 players total Lee has signed. That's £20m worth in transfer fees. Id also argue - again - on LJs own signings we're making quite a severe loss. Normally a club such as ours cannot sustain such a loss. I'm not arguing about the (very small) percentage of the squad who LJ has had a success story with. The main thing Johnson annoys me with is that he makes points out 'budget constraints' - as an excuse. It's of his own making with regards to his own recruitment. If we don't sign Hunt and Wright - we save £3m for the Centre mid we need. We didn't need to loan out Vyner who had rave reviews in League 1 down in Devon as a alternative.