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  1. To be honest, if they are up to it, it might not be a bad thing for them to get twenty minutes from the bench. Ultimately we want them to get minutes to get sharp enough for us. Although I'm still not sure how much of a role O'Dowda is going to play, even when up to speed. Although if Holden can replicate the job he's done with some other players in terms of getting them confident and clear in their roles, he might just surprise me.
  2. Thing is the fact it is easy to thing of the counter-examples of short keepers shows in itself short keepers are unusual. It clearly is not impossible for a short keeper to succeed but it is nonetheless surely a disadvantage and you'd need to have an extra edge to your game to overcome the height disadvantage. I'm guessing that Ashton did not have that.
  3. I said this on a thread yesterday but I think Max has got a really good chance of becoming a future number one here and it is great we are committing to his development. Even eighteen months ago, when he had a run in the team as an emergency back-up due to injuries, he didn't make mistakes or let us down and he's now got a season under his belt where he was highly rated and did well even against Liverpool. At the star of last season, I would have taken Maenpaa over O'Leary and I think O'Leary's lone was the right move. At this point, I don't see any reason to feel O'Leary will let us dow
  4. I initially thought he'd move to be a forward if Fam went but I'm not so sure now. I think Holden has recognised his running works a lot better if he starts deep and central as it means he has options whereas, up front or on the flanks, he'd often race ahead of the rest of the team and end up cornered with no real options. I think a Weimann-esque player is central to how we play and, if Walsh, Morrell, Williams or anyone else want to take his place, they'll need to show they can replicate his running and work rate.
  5. A mate of mine is a QPR fan. When Holloway was there a couple of years back, they were slashing costs from their premier league days and he had to lean heavily on the youngsters. Their results weren't great but he did a fantastic job of developing young players. Not just Eze but Lumley and Manning who came through the ranks and I think Shodipo, who he gave a first chance to, plus Osayi-Samuel, Smyth who were signed and played regularly. I get why some fans dislike Holloway's Rovers links but, as a manager who'll trust young players, give them games and help them develop, he really is hard
  6. I understand that and Maenpaa is an exceptionally reliable goalkeeper but I think this is a problem with young goalkeepers across the board. It is a crucial position where you don't want anyone to make mistakes and it is always going to be difficult to trust a young players in the role because young players make mistakes as they learn and you can end up with a catch 22 where nobody wants to trust a young keeper until they prove they are good enough but no young keeper can prove that unless they are in the team. I just feel that O'Leary is the first goalkeeper we have brought through the r
  7. Both of these comments reflect the point I am making. I'm not arguing that we should have necessarily gambled on Eisa, Szmodics and Adelakun if they were not good enough but I am saying that it's frustrating we signed players that the manager didn't feel was good enough, espeicially if he was correct in that assessment. Obviously you could argue we made a profit on two of those players but nonetheless I feel that, if it was too much of a gamble to play them, it wasn't the right thing to sign them. And, with Jonny Smith, it feels he has now proven what he can do and ultimately the club ne
  8. Repeating what others have said but Nagy, Palmer and Eliasson are all players that should reasonably be looking to play regular first team football and don't seem close here at the moment. I think, had Nagy not had his early injury and, with a different style and a different system, Palmer and Nagy would both have shown more of what they can do but the reality is that they are the ones that look surplus to requrements. I agree that loaning out Massengo would be pragmatic but I'm not sure I see it realistically. I think it's times like this when it's a shame there aren't lower level Champi
  9. I agree but, in fairness, Diedhiou and Semenyo's hassling of the defence was essential to the second goal. Diedhiou is probably the striker with the toughest job of proving he fits into the new system but yesterday's cameo was the first time I saw shoots of what he might offer.
  10. Of course it is but O'Leary did okay when thrown in at the deep end 18 months ago and excelled at Shrewsbury and other young players who have come into the team have performed about expectations. Bentley is a quality keeper and outstanding when on form but I'd not be that panicked if O'Leary stepped in for him and, if Bentley's standards slip again mid-season, I can easily see him getting a run in the team.
  11. I think the key point for me at the moment is that Moore, Vyner, Bakinson and Semenyo have all come into the team and shown what they can do. Of the others around the squad, O'Leary also showed the season before last he would not let us down if selected and has two years more experience since then, Morrell is a Welsh international and Walsh was League One Players' Player of the year. Meanwhile we've players that have either moved on or are on perpetual loan- Jonny Smith, Rory Holden, and various others - where we're never going to know if they are good enough. We've others - like Morton
  12. I don't buy into the curse. It's just basic stats. Winning manager of the month usually means going 4 or 5 games unbeaten and, given that six game or more unbeaten runs are comparatively rare, it is more likely someone who has gone 5 games unbeaten will lose their next game...
  13. I've been a sceptic of Weimann in midfield but ultimately he is central to how we play and the onus is on Morrell, Walsh, Williams, Nagy, Massengo, Palmer etc, to prove they can replicate what he can bring to the team including the work rate and the intelligent running, whilst adding something Weimann cannot. I hope one of them does it, because it is great for the team if someone comes in and proves they can make us even better than we are not, but Weimann is putting the pressure on everyone else competing for the midfield slot to prove they can offer more to the team than he does, and he
  14. Ignoring the fact we are short of central defenders currently, I honestly think Bakinson is the player who is establishing himself as being most crucial to how we want to play. Think Martin a good shout too. That said, with midfielders to come back from injury, it might soon be that nobody is indispensable.
  15. Losing Baker and especially Kalas for the first matches of the season was a massive worry and there were a lot of questions about Taylor and Zak, and whether they could prove they were Championship quality players. Two clean sheets in a row where, by and large, both Stoke and Wednesday have been restricted in the chances they've created should give them a great deal of confidence. I'm sure both will learn and improve as the season goes on but both are looking very much like they are at home at this level and can keep us solid until Kalas comes back. Fair play to the both of them.
  16. I think I'd like Brunt on for the last few moments to settle us...
  17. I thought he was poor first half but he's certainly improved second half. Think Moore MOTM for me if we keep a clean sheet.
  18. Yeah - Diedhiou does a lot of good things but hold up play is not one of his strengths. Martin excels at it.
  19. I'm more baffled by the explanation of how Martin and Diedhiou are very similar players. They really aren't...
  20. Seems a bit premature to conclude that given Holden is yet to have Walsh, Williams or Morrell available for selection...
  21. For me the issue is that we've got Jay Dasilva and Eliasson, both of whom are effectively covering for the same position and it feels like a waste of a spot a central midfielder could be occupying. That said, Rowe is the player I'd currently look at subbing. I just don't think this is his day. Edit: Wells, too. I'd like to see Semenyo.
  22. Exactly. It's not awful by any stretch but we've not created much of note and almost let them in a couple of times through avoidable errors. I don't think it is moaning to say that we can do better.
  23. Just when we looked like we were settling, a terrible pass from Rowe..
  24. Been a bit frustrating so far. Reminds me of some of our games last season where our attempts to build rhythm are being hampered by overly-hit passes. No need to panic and plenty of time for us to put a mark on the game but we really need to settle.
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