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  1. I think if Palmer can improve his fitness levels and work off the ball, then your Palmer behind Weimann idea could be spot on. A bit more like Palmer Boro first half work rate, but with knowing how to play further up the pitch. Problem in Boro game is he couldn't hardly jog second half after that first half effort.
  2. I wasn't sure if it was just me seeing Rowe as being a left centre back, with O'Dowda left wing back. Obviously you saw it the same. Surprised Swansea didn't put their big striker on him and exploit Rowe's lack of height. But I was much more impressed with Rowe in that position than I was left wing back. As for Palmer in behind Weimann. I know all his goals are inside the box, most goals from most players are. 2 goals I think are from corners. One was open play that he took off Taylor. But generally Palmer is not a runner. He floats around a lot but doesn't make runs into the box. It's one of these reasons him behind Fam looks so bad, like it did again second half. He doesn't run onto those knock downs and second balls. But with Palmer behind Weimann I worry Weimann will not be able to hold it up very well doing that striker role on his own. Nowhere near as well as Afobe, or even Reid could. And Weimann will make many runs into the channels, and Palmer will not be making runs into the box, leaving us short of numbers in there. And not being able to interchange with Weimann. It's why I found Weimann and Pato didn't look right at all. Because Pato is not a player dangerous when entering the box. Was not a player that could interchange with Weimann. And it's why Taylor had some success with Weimann because both can drop off, both can go wide and both can be the number 9 to some extent. If the centre halves just have Weimann to deal with and Palmer in deeper positions then that's too easy imo. Not enough for them to think about.
  3. That's the role of the two either side of the sitter in a diamond. The main attributes have to be work rate, to support full backs as well as central areas. Two of our most hardest working players are Brownhill and Massengo so they're probably made for those positions.
  4. Palmer hasn't the work rate of Pato and Weimann to me looks less capable of being the number 9 or false 9 like Reid was in that spell. That is why I feel we need another forward to go alongside Weimann with Palmer in behind to get the best out of Palmer and Weimann. But hard to say who exactly.
  5. Yep. What's the point in being positive about something we are struggling to find a positive about. It's different with goalie, centre backs or midfield. Bentley injured no major problem we have Maenpaa. Kalas injured no major problem we have Williams. Nagy injured no major problem we have Massengo. Afobe injured, major problem we have Fam who can't do most things Afobe can.
  6. Because Stoke are a mess of a club who are making many bad decisions. I don't see much negativity on this thread. We lost our most important player for the season. No obvious way of carrying on like we were when he was fit. It's a problem worth discussing.
  7. I wonder about Weimann up there on his own. Palmer won't get in the box much and interchange as he hasn't the movement or work rate. Weimann will chase everywhere and we will at times have no one in the box. Also Weimann is quite lightweight. He was so perfect for Afobe, who was the physical presence up there.
  8. I am positive, but we haven't got much of a forward line now. Still think LJ might come up with something to sort this problem. But no obvious answers.
  9. If Fam is good enough back up to Afobe then we don't have a problem. But I'm thinking with the players we have and the way LJ likes to play, Fam might not be good enough. Which means what he offers is not what we need.
  10. Agree Semenyo better option than Fam. This is the problem with having Fam as back up. He's a plan B, which is a plan that shouldn't really involve Palmer as he suits our plan A which is Afobe up top with Weimann. So in hindsight we would have been better selling Fam and having someone like Nakhi Wells as an on the shoulder type to come in for Afobe.
  11. Yep. And he scored 11 for Barnsley last season for them in championship
  12. The loss of Afobe might well have ruined our chances of promotion. I'm not usually one to go over the top, but I really fancied us with Afobe. I think we would have won yesterday with him up top. So clear how much we missed him. We could still make playoffs of course, but can't help but think it's a lot more difficult without Benik. So what can LJ do with what we have? Weimann doesn't look like he could do the lone role. He surely needs another striker alongside him. Fam came on and was very good for rest of the first half. But in the second he was so poor. I have never really understood fans that say Diedhiou is so much better in a 2. I have yet to see him link up well with any other forward or number 10 just behind. Him and Weimann has never looked good, and Palmer and Diedhiou don't look like they belong in the same side. Do we settle with Deidhiou, or do we give Semenyo a run in the side to help his development and most importantly hope he can do well up there with Weimann. I'd rather that than Diedhiou if we are going 2 strikers. I also wonder if there is a less obvious option. Szmodics can play up there, but yesterday looked too lightweight and should maybe play in behind 2 strikers, rather than being a striker. I wonder what O'Dowda would be like alongside Weimann with Palmer in behind them, sliding balls through. I think O'Dowda has all the attributes to do that role. He isnt lightweight like Szmodics. He will press very well, very quick and works his socks off. It's what i would like to see LJ try. Let's assume we stick with what we have and don't bring in a free. What would people like to see LJ try? Oh I nearly forgot there is Marley Watkins. Who I actually think would have offered more than Fam yesterday. Physical presence but actually runs a lot too, something Fam wasn't doing. Problem second half was Fam up top, Palmer just behind him, both strolling around. Even if Watkins is not great technically, he offers a lot off the ball which was missing up top second half.
  13. Interesting one. Looks very powerful and bit of pace. According to FM he isn't the hardest worker, but then it could be argued how much work does Fam get through when he is knackered so easily. I think a striker would be handy, but has to be a very good one or else no point. Hooper would surely not be that good a signing, and question marks over Bony. Maybe this guy is a better option. But then hard for a 30 year old to come into championship who has never played English football before. I'm surprised LJ said there are 3 or 4 options. Seems like there are even less good options out there than that from the list I have seen.
  14. I'd probably sell in January or the summer if anyone is interested. As long as we have one or two new CBs to come in. Didn't LJ say 2 fell through on transfer deadline day? Seems like the Aberdeen defender was one. I still question Baker's desire. But also he isn't a ball playing type we want. The Aberdeen player is I think a ball playing type. Be interesting to see if Baker ever earns himself a new deal. I think he has up till end of next season? Bailey Wright end of this season. With Williams contract up at end of season too. Maybe we give Williams new deal, sell Baker, release Wright and bring in 2 new CBS. I would not mind keeping Wright though and just bringing in one to replace Baker. LJ even said earlier in the season that Baker is back and said about how he managed to carry on after a knock. It seemed to me he was saying that like he wouldn't have carried on in previous seasons.
  15. Tomori, Mount and Wilson were ridiculously good for the championship. What amazing loans to have. When I looked at that Derby side leading up to kick off with them, I said we win this game. They are not a great side this season. Never really rated Huddlestone. Marlon Pack, but with less effort. They could even be down near the bottom all season imo.
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