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  1. Definitely take 6th. Progression
  2. I’d like to put a shout out for him today - I thought he was the best player on the pitch and showed his quality. at times I felt sorry for him, he’s beat 1/2 men and then had no options to pass to. Nearly every touch he had he was either turning a man or playing something creative, yet the lack of forward runners was to his detriment. I seen a side to him today which I didn’t think he had. If he did (rarely) lose the ball, he chased it down and hassled and hurried the opposition to win it back quickly and played with a high tempo to his game throughout. Games like today show why we bought him IMO.
  3. What’s everyone’s thoughts on how we will line up for the majority of our season? Massengo will surely play a big role with the price tag and expectation on him. Pereira and Nagy will surely have the expectation of being permanent fixtures in the team, although it may take a few weeks to involve them. Afobe I’m not too sure if he’ll be our main striker/ rotation / partner for Diédhiou? At a guess I’d imagine we’d play a 4-3-3 something along the lines of GK - Bentley RB - Pereira CB - Kalas CB - Moore LB - Dasilva CDM - Nagy CM - Brownhill / Szmodics CM - Massengo / Palmer RM - Weinmann LM - Eliasson ST - Diédhiou / Afobe even with this team I can’t make sense of it. Surely we intend of having a CAM in our team, as we have an abundance of attacking midfield players? Anyone’s guess is as good as mine and I’d be interested in what formation / personnel we will have on a regular basis. At least we have options to change I guess.
  4. Personally for pack I’d take 2-4million. Limited player who’s contributed well over the years. wont hold anything against him for going to Cardiff.
  5. Is there any rumoured figures on how much they may have paid if they have? What would everyone accept as a good deal? He’s getting older now and with our transfer policy it probably makes sense to sell if the money is right.
  6. If this is true I’m not sure how I feel about this. I remember in league one he looked an outstanding talent, and repeated that form into the championship. However he’s had a poor spell since joining Bournemouth and then Stoke. Ive always seen him as a powerful striker who was clinical (although my views about being clinical has been reserved after the last couple of seasons). I’m welcoming of his signing, if it’s true, and will reserve my judgement on him as I think he’s a bit of a wildcard - I know I’m sitting on the fence!
  7. With all due respect, I don’t necessarily agree with this statement. Yes, every team wants to keep their players, but a team progresses by investing well and making that team work with what they have at their disposal. If you are getting over the value that a player is worth (something that I believe we are with the current Webster, no matter how much I rate him) then you have to take it. I fully understand the market is very subjective and a player is worth want you want him to be, but you also have to be realistic. Footballs a game of progression and if you reinvest the money well, it lays the foundation to cause sustainable progression, a philosophy we have quite rightly adopted. There are several factors that come in to play with this ethos - will the new player gel in time? Does the player have the right mentality to succeed at your club? Will the wages of the new targets fit into the structure etc... However, I’d rather this philosophy as it allows you spread the risk on players as it enables you to invest and improve the squad in a number of areas (which also has more potential to improve in the future). Webster could quite easily get a long term injury and the 20-30million we would get from him would of been better of spent by improving the whole squad instead of one position. this is obviously just a personal opinion as I’m someone who believes in investing in youth and planning for the future, instead of keeping loyal to players you have created a connection with. When Cardiff got promoted the last time, I wouldn’t of wanted their business model, however they succeeded one way or another, so I’m not necessarily saying I’m wrong, just saying I don’t believe that that ethos will work for us.
  8. I always thought the rules were if the ball was in play then the ref only has to stop it if it’s a head injury. but as you stated in your case, the ball went out of play, so the ref should of attended to the injury before allowing play to restart?
  9. For me, yes there's the possible (likely) downside of losing a high percentage of our games if we ever made it there. But that's not what it's about. Having the pride to support our club, against some of the best sides in the world, regularly, is something to pride yourself on. yes it's nice to win more games than you lose, but ultimately the most fulfilling thing as a football fan is having pride in your club - something which comes with playing at the highest level for the clubs potential. Championship is great and I've enjoyed every second of it since being back, however competing in the premiership with a philosophy we can be proud of would be the pinnacle of supporting this club imo.
  10. I personally believe a keeper (and defence) is the most undervalued part of building a successful side. Most fans always think the most important player to sign is someone who scores goals, they often disregard the value that a solid defence brings. I'm a firm believer of "you win titles with clean sheets" and although it may be entertaining scoring 4/5 goals a game, it is more likely you'll be successful with a solid defence rather than someone who scores 20 goals a season and a defence that leaks more goals. Surely it's beneficial to even spend 3/4 million on an excellent keeper, when to find the equaivallent quality striker would probably cost around 10 million.
  11. I may be in a slight minority here but in my opinion Johnson is a very good coach and someone we should embrace. I know there's been ups and downs under his control, but there's a forward thinking, 'strategic' way of looking at our club... something we've been missing for years. We have a clear pathway for our academy. *I personally like our recruitment style*. I want to expand on this as I think we recruit (in general) value for money, something which is proving to be efficient if we want to 'consistently' comepete at this level and higher. our side is young and vibrant, especially when you compare it to the average championships squad. I honestly think that Lee Johnson is the person who could take us forward (maybe not this year) but in the future to bigger and better things. ciderheaddan.
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