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  1. Must have missed that. How did they suggest/trick us into thinking it might be Fam? Controversial maybe but I think signing up Max long term is much more important to us than a new contract for a guy who for me is our 4th, maybe even 5th choice striker.
  2. I really like Fam but I see Weimann moving back up top once Williams and Walsh are back and we don't need 5 senior strikers imo. I look at Fam and out of the 5 of them not only is he the most 'sellable' asset i.e I think we'd get the most money for him, you add in the contract situation and that I think he suits our 'Holdenball' system the least out of 5 and doesn't seem to have shown any signs of striking up a decent partnership with any of the others. Add in the progress we've seen from Semenyo so far this season (I'd hate for his progress to be potentially stunted by resigning Fam on a big
  3. Agree with this. Two great potential combinations there. Fam currently my 5th choice centre forward behind those three and Weimann. Time to move him on I think, he just doesn't seem to fit the system.
  4. If you look at our centre back options when everyone's fit, he's 5th choice for me behind Kalas, Mawson, Baker and Moore and for me he's the guy to drop out of the side when Kalas is back fit. I think generally he's done well since coming into the side post DH taking over but agree against real quality he can be got at defensively as the Villa game showed. Overall though with his versatility he is a decent to good squad player for the level we want to get to but nothing more than that imo.
  5. We also have to put into some sort of context though don't we? Just looking at the money Villa have spent in their 3 transfers windows back in the Prem and the key injuries we are suffering in defence currently which meant in effect one of Villa's goalscorers was their flashy £17 million new signing in Traore who was up against Rowe, a free transfer from a league 1 club playing out of position for us and then their £28 million new centre forward came on to score their third. On another day Fam scores his header and we get a penalty from that handball late on before the third goal and it'
  6. All a long way into the future I know but I genuinely think if we can go into the second half of the season post Christmas with a fit and firing Baker, Kalas, Mawson trio as our 3 centre halves they can be the best defensive unit in the league. As for the current situation I do think we need a further body in on loan until Jan as we've now had it confirmed that Rowe will get exposed there against quality opposition. Getting Kalas back hopefully in a few weeks will be a gamechanger.
  7. Can't disagree more regarding the LJ comparisons, I thought they got that analysis spot on. It's only natural to compare and contrast a new manager to old and especially in our case now where Holden has straight away seemingly addressed what many viewed as Johnson's weaknesses as a manager especially in his final season (not giving us an identity/drilling the players into a specific and consistent system, blocking the young players pathways with signings such as Rodri, perceived lack of man management skills, constantly throwing players 'under the bus' in press conferences, seemingly not getti
  8. I'm not sure the inconsistency point is fair in this case. Northampton came out the box flying in the first 20/30 mins and the whole side had to 'earn the right' to get the ball down and play to use a dodgy footballing phrase. Also important to remember Kasey has only started something like one competitive game since November last year and didn't get too many minutes in preseason away from 60 mins in the second Aston Villa game from what I can make out so a slow start from him yesterday was understandable imo and getting a full confidence boosting 90 mins under his belt yesterday will do him t
  9. Yeah he's some player isn't he and will be so key to the free flowing football Holden wants to play this season. I just don't think if you replaced Martin with Fam tonight we would have played with half the fluidity we did.
  10. Do we really though? Who was the last promoted side to go up with two prolific strikers/goalscorers during their promotion season? We have Nakhi who we hope and expect to get around 20 this year. If you look at the promoted clubs from last year: Leeds - Top scorer Bamford with 16 (and missed 30 odd big chances across the season), second top scorer Hernandes with 9. West Brom - top goalscorers Robson-Kanu and Austin with 10. Fulham - top goalscorer - Mitrovic with 26, second top scorer Cairney with 8.
  11. Importantly Cov are one of the only teams in the league that will effectively play 4 players in centre midfield in their well versed 3-4-2-1 formation and they'll out number and cause alot of problems to a lot of teams especially in terms of controlling the midfield this year so while we definitely should have enacted our plan to counter their system better in the first half it may not be the best game to judge Massengo in particular, especially as he was not playing alongside another recognised centre mid. It just highlights to me how well Bakinson did when he came on to change the game like
  12. Agreed top, top player in this system. Can see him getting 10 goals this season and really pushing us on!
  13. This is absolutely key for me. Put Nagy alongside Morrell (playing in a similar holding role to the one he's been playing for Wales) and I think he can be one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the league I really do if now truelly injury free. The 5 getting the most minutes for me (rotated around form and fixtures) would be Williams, Morrell, Walsh, Nagy and Paterson. With Kasey coming in for Paterson as required and Brunt coming off the bench often to see out games or add a different option with his top delivery when chasing games. Weimann I can see starting a lot of games up to
  14. Yeah I'm confident, if Kalas is available, this will be the line up too. I'm personally still not won over by Weimann in midfield but Holden seems to love him in there and there's even strong talk of him being the permanent captain which worries me slightly as it's his place I'd like Walsh to take when fit. Other than that though I really like the look of this side overall. I do worry about us potentially getting overrun in midfield against a Coventry side known for effectively playing 4 central midfielders in a 3-4-2-1 formation but this will prove a great opportunity to test out H
  15. This is pretty much where I am too. The one I'd disagree with and think and hope could really excel in this Holden system rotating for game time with Paterson is Kasey Palmer. If kept on, I think this system (and Holden's 'express yourself' mentality) will get the best out of him as will playing alongside players like Williams, Morrell, Walsh, Mawson, Martin and even Taylor Moore who he will be able to link up with much easier in Holden's more high tempo style. Having a look at the video below it struck me particularly in the Huddersfield (he helped get them promoted that season of c
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