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Everything posted by WorleRed89
Think this would be my side too, maybe with Henriksen and Benkovic in though. We need to be more pressing at home as we struggle to break teams down, this allows to press on the front foot and get after the ball. 3 at the back leaves our best player out of the team or not in his best position which is crazy to think. Unless LJ thinks he can play as the one in the hole, but then we have Pato and Palmer, really rate palmer and think wells movement may be beneficial to him. Think fam could be used more in away games or as a excellent option of the bench if things are working well.
It's so close up the top end of the division, win Friday and we go third. I'm genuinely optimistic with a few big results we could sneak into the autos. We are now the in form team in the league (even if we did have to grind them out). Hopefully our signings can hit the ground running and give us more of a spark on the attacking end of the pitch, although in terms of goals we are fairly high in the division! Think Johnson et al noticed that out defensive record wasnt great, so looked to strengthen that in the window with Benkovic and Henriksen being a solid midfielder (dont know to much about him). On the other end of the pitch, Afobe was on grass in his boots working out on his insta the other day. Imagine he is aiming toward the middle of March to get back on the pitch!
He was out of contract but was settled through a tribunal. I've heard the fee agreed was minimal but may have included a sell on fee. Hope we got more than the 7m that is quoted on sky sports. Atleast some add ons I would assume or maybe just a lower price for nakhi.
I just cannot get behind Lee anymore, people saying that we are only 1 pt off the playoffs really need to have a stock check, we were 3rd at one point and yet again Lee with inconsistent formations and lack of knowledge around best 11 (why we aren't playing 4-2-3-1 I don't know, seems taylor made for our best players) its embarrassing. I haven't been going this season, but checking the scores and line ups and what I hear from people that do go it seems Lee is out of ideas, like he is every time we have a bad streak, which he inevitably does, year in, year out. How Elliasson isn't first name on the team sheet is beyond me, one of the best crossers in the league, and he gets benched because we worry about nullifying the opposition so much. Weimann and Deidhiou dont work up front together, playing 3 behind Deidhiou would likely work better as he would have more players working off of him, ideally we would replace him, but looking less and less likely we will get a starting centre forward in this window, in classic city style. We have known our weaknesses for years now, when is Lee going to be able to build a balanced squad? Hes had enough transfer windows now. As you can tell i have lost faith, yes, we have had year on year improvement in league position, but at the same time we have squandered genuine chances to finish top 4 let alone play offs. It needs to change, I genuinely think that a change in manager resulting in a more settled formation and starting 11 would immediately return results. And also, we need a name that can attract a decent centre forward as we are truly lacking there.
Had a season ticket the year it all looked so good, stopped going towards the end of that campaign and have only been a few times since. But in those games I have witnessed is the most boring football ive ever seen, no intensity, no plan, pass it sideways and backwards to then hit it long to Fam (he has his critics for sure, but doesnt get a great amount of service in this current set up). Why we dont go with 4-2-3-1 beyond me, that way we could get Palmer and Eliasson in the team together. The team is chopped and changed every game so no wonder there is no cohesion. Its honestly beyond a joke with how much we are spending on our current squad that we have these runs of such poor form. That has to come from the top, to have such long periods of poor results is a LJ trait that will never leave him! He has to go for us to progress as a club. Give a decent championship manager the money he has invested and we would be challenging top 2 imho
Weimann offers very little other than extraordinary work rate which is admirable, but not as effective as a creative wide man that can create chances for other players. If we are to go for promotion, he is either a good bench option or a second striker than can hassle the oppositions defensive midfielder that dictates play and maybe pitches in with 5-10 goals.