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  1. Strange comment the defence have conceded 6 in his last two games and while it certainly wasn't TM's fault - for more than one he could have done much better (and I'm being very generous re the Leeds goal where he lost his marker). I want him to succeed but just as when Semenyo lost his marker last season and we conceeded - you get found out quickly. Can TM cut this out soon enough - Maggers never could and he was perhaps a better prospect? The jury's out - that's why 2 years is sensible.
  2. We have been lucky enough to see young players come through who had obvious talent, Joe Bryan and Lloyd Kelly to name just two. I can’t honestly think anyone who saw Vyners few first team games would ever put him in the same pool of potential. I agree he hardly had a chance, but we are supposed to be competitive at the top of the table. LJ is effectively saying the Rotherham loan gave no indication he could step up (or presumably pre-season).I think everyone’s hope he would have stepped up at this time is misguided and wishful. We need a specialist with experience or pray that TM can stay fit and very quickly overcome some of his issues with consistency (concentration?)
  3. But did he really have a good enough season last year to prove he could take us to the top end of the Championship? Appreciate he had some good [and indifferent] feedback, but he would need to have had a cracking season (difficult I admit given the budgets and team mates) but you can see how TM struggled with the marking Sunday - parking the home grown emotion, would any other top 6 Championship club want him to start for them?
  4. I think you remember him with rose tinted glasses - a younger Paul Hartley would not be a top Championship midfielder today.
  5. I just don’t understand why we would sign a fringe player from last season or why he would come here. He was getting 15 mins at best last season towards the end - often when we were chasing a game. Do we have a plan?
  6. It's a list that brings back all the wrong emotions but what about Derby and most importantly Wigan last season? - perhaps Sunderland the season before and that Hull match from a while before?
  7. It’s all very well saying who cares but actually most of us who were there do. Not necessarily expecting a win but expecting a performance at this stage of the preseason that gives us hope we can compete effectively. When its been billed as a pre season showcase (remember the pre match hype from our PR team) and a big crowd come and watch,I cannot believe the players will try less hard, they must want to cement their place in the starting line up. This is the real concern and why I do care.
  8. I read it this way as well - clearly implying a loan to good manager and a good club was the difference this time around!
  9. I think the club feel Sammy was the solution to our need for more midfield creativity - it may be unresolved but they have tried to inject new blood within a realistic budget!
  10. A good summary but surely this option has now timed out - he couldn't get a starting place before our summer signings. Even if we wanted him (and I don't think we saw much evidence of this) he wouldn't sign because he is very unlikely to get game time at a critical period in his career. He needs to establish himself with a regular run in a first team, or he will end up being the next Todd Kane. Not necessarily a bad thing - but not what he would want given the Chelsea mindset that would have been drilled into him from a young age.
  11. Which would have still made him our top scorer last season??
  12. Strange because I would say Maenpaa does command his area (and his distribution is good) - if only he wasn't so injury prone we wouldn't have needed Bentley now but perhaps he will start on the bench until Nikki's next injury?
  13. Agree its a good move for him but have to say I doubt he'll ever make a regular with us under LJ. It seems so long ago he was given a chance by SOD. He is still young but I think he would have been around our squad this season if LJ ranked him, especially as we tend to move players on with 12 months left (when he returns). Let's face it he was OK in the cup (less so vs Wolves) but I doubt many would say he would figure in a top 6 Championship team (whatever that is)
  14. Why spend big money on a keeper - we struggled when we had Tom Heaton (and look how good he is - and was)? There are better places to invest.
  15. 87 responses and no-one mentions Tom Heaton - went onto play for England and still one of the best keepers in the PL.
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