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LondonBristolian last won the day on June 8 2017

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  1. Of course Diedhiou is a better player than Watkins. Read my post again and you'll realise that I was talking about how a player fits in with our system rather than their overall ability. My position is very similar to what @Davefevs says above. The way we are currently playing relies on both forwards running constantly, harassing defenders into mistakes, splitting wide as needed and unsettling the defence through a combination of constant movement and continually being on their toes. Watkins has his limitations for sure but, unless Rodri settles or Palmer. Eliasson or O'Dowda show us something they have not had a chance to do so far, he is the only forward we have other than Weimann who plays that way. Diedhiou is a good striker at this level, works hard and contributes a lot defensively as well as his goals but I suspect he'll never be a constant runner in the way Watkins and Weimann are and incorporating Diedhiou successfully in the team means changing the way we play - potentially drastically as the three at the back and two wing-backs mean we need strikers who split wide to give us width when the wing backs are defending. I think Diedhiou needs a 4-4-2 and the right striker alongside him and I neither think 4-4-2 is the best formation for our personal nor that we have the right partner for Diedhiou. Hence why I'd go for Watkins at the moment. Again, totally on board with @Davefevs point about trading Famara for a striker who better fits the system though. I certainly don't see Watkins as the long term solution.
  2. I'd allow for quite a bit of rotation so this is not final but for me as a first choice XI: Bentley Pereira Kalas Williams Moore Dasilva Brownhill Nagy Massengo Weimann Watkins*/New Striker Nikki Rowe Baker Eliasson Palmer Diedhiou Semenyo No place for Hunt (simply because Moore can cover RB in a pinch - would still rotate with Pereira for freshness) Wright (simply our fifth best centre-back at present) Smith (I can't imagine he'll be fresh and fit yet and Rowe can cover in midfield if needed. This could change quickly) O'Dowda (I just feel Eliasson and Palmer offer more from the bench. He is the one I regret not including) Rodri (which could change quickly with more games) *I feel Watkins is better than Diedhiou and Smenyo at chasing down and harassing defenders, which works in our current system. I would still rather replace him with a better player in this position though. Palmer might be an option, in which I case I would put O'Dowda rather than Watkins on the bench.
  3. I suspect there was an element of pragmatism to it. I totally agree the preference would be to keep it informal but my impression is Southgate made it public because he knew it was going to leak out anyway. If that was the case, the FA dealing with it and drawing a line under it quickly and decisively is potentially a better option than letting it drag on and the press speculate.
  4. If they are then they can up their season ticket perks...
  5. I think remembering the armistice and the sacrifice that millions made in the two world wars is a superb thing, and I completely agree with having remembrance ceremonies at football and major events, as well as the major wreath laying ceremony at the cenotaph but I'm increasingly starting to feel like the poppy symbol causes so much argument and one-upmanship that it might be better to ditch it entirely. I realise that is not going to be a popular view but I also think that you can easily wear a poppy as a show of remembrance yet not spend a second thinking about the sacrifice people made in the two wars and you can easily not wear a poppy yet think deeply about that sacrifice. The poppy increasingly feels like a stick people use to beat other people with or try to out-do each other on over their displays of remembrance and I think that detracts massively from its original purpose as a thoughtful, considered statement of remembrance.
  6. Indeed. I said at the match thread that Watkins offers more in this system than Semenyo or Famara and some people disagreed with me, which I can completely understand, but I stand by the point. I rate Famara but I think this season he has been asked to play against his natural game and, as a result he has struggled, I don't think we'll get the best out of Famara without changing the way we play. That is obviously an option but it is down to whether we want to do that. Over the last couple of games, Watkins has been a constant nuisance who unsettles defenders and forces mistakes, which others can capitalise on. I don't think he is a long term answer but I do think, with Afobe out, Weimann and Watkins could be the best front two we have for the next couple of months if we are sticking with the current formation.
  7. I think what bothers me is the fact that the rules seem to be being adjusted and modified as the season goes on. I don't really see how you can have a fair competition if the threshold for a decision changes from week to week.
  8. I assumed O’Dowda or Nagy to come off for Moore. Not convinced Pereira is the player to take off.
  9. Starting to look a bit too much like the Barnsley games. We can’t just sit and let them pump balls in for ten minutes...
  10. I’d maybe look at getting Massengo or even Moore on in midfield in a few minutes. Cardiff are starting to dominate again and we may need a bit more protection.
  11. Terrible error and great recovery from Nagy.
  12. There’s a certain irony in that the fact we are playing so badly has messed up Cardiff’s plans to spoil our game, forced them to dominate possession - which is not their game - and enabled us to hit them by surprise. A better performance and we might be behind...
  13. Worryingly I still feel he contributes more within this system and style of play than Semenyo or Diédhiou.
  14. What worries me a bit is 2 of the three midfielders have changed since Barnsley yet still they have sudden periods of disappearing completely.
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