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bcfcnick last won the day on December 23 2013

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  1. I think Steve Lansdown likes Mark Robins. Despite SL's mixed history of picking managers I think that is a plus. I guess Steve got to know him all those years ago when Robins had a short stay and banged in a few goals for us. I'd like to see a manager who would stick with the likes of Taylor Moore and Joe Morrell - both very good footballers - rather than loan them out and bring in expensive short-term loans players who are not up to match speed or embedded in the Club. Mark Robins also seems to have got the best out of Liam Walsh and has brought on a lot of young players at Coventry. I'd be much more content with a manager who plays easy on the eye attractive football with home grown talent being brought on with a couple of experience heads to add balance and guidance like the Wade Elliot's and Wilbraham's we have had. Throw in a proven goal scorer as well such as Afobe and/or Wells. I'd prefer that even if it produced a mid-table position rather than football that has brought us to the brink of the pay-offs but is turgid to watch and isn't sustainable in terms of winning football either. With that strategy we'd also pick up some of the best young players from other academies as they would see a pathway. We've had that pathway for youngsters positive image before but I think it's been lost and perhaps even jettisoned.
  2. Main pointers for me:- I thought Paterson was outstanding when he came on. We need to drop the players who lose possession too easily in dangerous areas and make sloppy errors. I'd like to see Maenpaa in for Bentley. Maenpaa is more solid and was superb when given a run before injury. Bentley can be a class act but it's time for Maenpaa to be given a chance again. He seemed to organise his defence well in his last run in the side. Kalas should in for Williams. A fit Korey Smith needs to play Instead of Adam Nagy who is either unfit or can't cope with the pace of the championship. We should have recalled Joe Morrell given the midfield is weak. Eliasson is a talent but seems as if he is playing to avoid injury before his anticipated move. Needs to show more desire or drop to the bench. Paterson showed that desire. Maybe time for Palmer to link up with Wells - if he is going to play he has to play well up the pitch as he is another that concedes possession too much. Don't mind seeing that when trying something special in the final third but too often he does that in the middle of the pitch. Yes Jack Hunt can drive forward at times when given space, but in tight areas he panics and loses possession more often than not. If Morrell had been recalled then Korey Smith would be an option for right back and would probably be the best option if fit. I don't know if it is how we are set up or just down to poor footballing ability, but players such as Nagy and Hunt just concede possession far too easily. There seems to be no rhythm or composure to our game and it's painful and frustrating to watch.
  3. Maenpaa Benkovic Williams. Baker Eliasson Smith Henriksen Dasilva Paterson Diedhiou Wells Maenpaa impressed so much when fit. He was very calm and unflappable and his positioning made difficult saves look relatively easy. Bentley has done well and is the City goalkeeping future given his age (until sold for a vast profit as we are a trading club) but he has an error in him more than Maenpaa. I just favour Maenpaa for the 15 game run-in. Hunt has had too many poor games and loses possession quite often in tight situations. I don't think Eliason would be a defensive down grade. He just has to play and be accommodated regardless of system. I also think he could play in the Paterson role and Paterson (or Palmer) could be pushed up as a number 10 behind Wells. That would be harsh on Diedhiou but, in his absence, presumably we wouldn't be hoofing it up aimlessly up the pitch which is an odd tactic as it's only in our penalty box that Famara generally wins headers.
  4. It always slightly annoys me that if you type in BCFC on Google that Birmingham City not only get the top slot but about 17 of the links in the top 20 search results. Not sure if that is a result of Birmingham having the dot com or just a better SEO team at their Club.
  5. Best: Paul Cheesley, would almost certainly have played for England but for the injury after the clash with Peter Shilton. England played a similar type of player, Paul Mariner, but Cheesley looked a class above him. A lot of candidates for worst: Sean Dyche would have been a candidate but he was actually a good central defender who was forced onto the pitch or chose to play for City with a bad injury hence he looked on a level with Nicky Hunt and that's some achievement.
  6. Mo Eisa looks the more natural and instinctive finisher to me but Fam is a decent 12 to 15 goal a season championship striker so I'm not knocking him. City provided strikers and Fam in particular with abundant chances last season so that a main striker should really have a better tally. Fam did hit the woodwork a fair bit but he misses too many he should put away for that just to be regular bad luck. He does help out a lot with set pieces in defence and puts in a shift so he's a committed team player but probably one we need to upgrade. Oddly enough, he seems to be much more consistent in winning aerial duals from defence compared with long balls played to him in attack.
  7. Correct, clubs are obviously not going to pay anymore for a player given a few outings in the under 23's who wasn't been given a reasonable chance to impress. Under the circumstances, MA did well to recoup the fee. Peterborough are renowned for being savvy in the transfer market and spotting value. I don't doubt they will sell Eisa for significant profit at some stage.
  8. Unlikely given his conversion stats. Diedhou is a 5m to 10m (China money) footballer. You are saying Diedhiou might match the goal scoring rate of Eisa in league 1 which seems to suggest we sold the latter too cheaply without giving him a chance. I see you are also putting forward league 1 Jordon Shipley as a potentially decent signing despite City having a surfeit of players in this position. Is the claimed massive step up to the Championship too hard for strikers but not so for attacking midfielders?
  9. Nope, I am saying he can quite *possibly* finish at Championship level because he has finished at every level where he has been given the opportunity. I am saying he is an instinctive finisher at every level he has played but is a player who might lack other work rate attributes needed for game time in a LJ team. I am saying it's unfair to say so emphatically that he couldn't do it at Championship level because you simply don't know. He has pace, dribbling skills, greed on the ball and an eye for goal. Not a bad combination for a goal scorer at any level. He's also come into the professional game late and there does seem to be a certain hunger and subsequent success through the leagues for many players who do that. You seem to be citing the league 2 clip as meaning he can't do it at a higher level. Well, he's already dismissed that logic already in league 1 and, as I have pointed out, many past league 1 instinctive goal scorers can also do it in the Championship. The essence of your point seems to be that because a few disgruntled Peterborough forum posters (I think they have picked up one point out of 15 so they are going to be hacked off generally) have had a dig at Eisa on a forum then that represents the consensus view of the entire Peterborough fan base. It also means their view should be taken as gospel and proves he can't succeed at a higher level. That's an odd argument to make and probably incorrect assumption. Fans are fickle and if Eisa scores a hat-trick next week there will be some saying we have to say no to offers for him if they come from the Premiership! It doesn't mean they would be right about that either.
  10. For every Matty Taylor I could cite many more lower league goal scorers who have succeeded. The point is that we don't know as he wasn't given a fair chance as he wasn't played. Yes, we agree, re. Maddison, strikers need chances provided and Eisa would have got them at City. I have no doubt whatsoever he would have finished many more than Fammy and Weimann. He would have lacked other attributes that they have in their games though. But if we are debating whether he would have put more chances away than our current strikers then I am convinced he would. Re. the video, you are being very harsh. It shows he has pace, good dribbling skills and a natural instinct for goal. He cant' do anymore than excel at the level where he is given an opportunity and, where he isn't given an opportunity, it's premature to dismiss him at that level. On your logic you would never take a chance on lower league striker so many lower league players who have excelled in the Championship and higher would have been rejected as 'only good enough for league 1'. I don't think you have really watched him particularly closely as in an earlier post you were dismissing him as just a penalty box finisher and he actually starts a lot of his goals by dribbling and running at defenders with pace and finding space from outside the box.
  11. I think he's got 13 goals this season so nearly double the tally of any of our strikers and only one of those are penalties. Yes, he's 'just' a fairly pacy and clinical finisher but we could have done with that v Shrewsbury and also Barnsley. The likes of Lineker (obviously a different level), Tony Thorpe and even Bob Taylor were mainly penalty box finishers. Nothing wrong with that but LJ likes his 'busy bees' up front and Eisa isn't a busy bee. He's not really a fox on the box either as a lot of his goals come from running with pace (and skill) from well outside the box. Maybe a bit selfish at times but aren't all goal scorers? I think it's wrong to say he's just a league 1 finisher as those with a natural eye for goal (especially if they have a bit of pace) can often run right through the leagues and continue to have a good goals to games ration if given the opportunity. We just don't know as I suspect he was a Mark Ashton choice rather than a LJ pick hence he wasn't given a run of games as he wasn't an LJ type of player. Eisa might not be on fire now because Peterborough's playmaker (and goal scorer), Maddison, is being frozen out due to him refusing to sign a contract. All strikers need to be provided chances and he would have plenty of chances at City with the likes of Eliason and Delsilva playing. Basically Peterborough want him to sign elsewhere as his contract expires in the summer and he's holding back so he's been dropped. Perhaps Maddison's a target for City as two Championship Club's are interested. We already have Palmer and Patterson so, if true, Palmer would have to be moved on I guess. I'd rather have Toney and Maddison than Palmer and Weimann to be honest and, yes, Eisa thrown in as well.
  12. I know you mean in preference to those three players, but I'd like to see LJ literally / positionally play Taylor Moore in front of (defensive midfield) two of the above. He brings the ball forward so well and has the skills and instinct to try and retain possession and that rarely seen ability of late, to consistently pass to a teammate. His weakness has been in terms of winning the aerial battles and the odd mistake. I think he has the footballing ability and physical presence to play defensive midfield and, who knows, it might turn out to be another positional change revelation like Bobby Reid. Defensive midfield is a little less pressurised than playing centre back where the odd mistake as the last man has more significance and scrutiny. There is a growing consensus that whilst we need a striker who is more clinical than Fammy, our midfield is being dominated match after match by the opposition and is a little lightweight and needs strengthening. The three practical solutions are 1) sell Brownhill and recruit. Recruitment has been interesting but a little lightweight and unbalanced, although I don't think we have seen the best of Nagy just yet. 2) Bring back Joe Morrell, something I'd like to see but doesn't look likely to happen. LJ talks him up but actions speak louder than words. 3) Lastly, give Taylor Moore the opportunity to physically strengthen midfield and potentially provide more cohesion to our link-up play. Perhaps worth a try given the obvious current weakness.
  13. I think if Brownihill goes then a player with good footballing skills and a bit of physicality might be needed to bolster the midfield. We have some good ball playing midfielders but Nagy, Massengo, Walsh, Morrell are all quite similar although Morrell does have a bit more bite to his game. I think Taylor Moore might fit the need for a physical presence with decent footballing skills. He is very comfortable on the ball and distributes well. Perhaps he could even play the Marlon Pack role and be an upgrade. I would rather see him played out of position in midfield than O'Dowda and with Korey coming back from a serious injury and picking up strains then maybe TM could be given a chance to shine in the role of the defensive midfielder. Our midfield hasn't linked well with either defence or attack and lacked a bit of bite.. LJ tried Webster in midfield on occasions but we missed him in defence whereas Baker (first choice on current form) plus either Williams or a fit Kallas are in front of TM in the centre back pecking order.
  14. He's only 22 so as long as he is offered a contract (which inevitably he will be) the Club are protected and guaranteed compensation for any move whilst he is under 24. The same applies to Bakinson who looks much further away than Liam Walsh from reaching the first team squad. It was an undisclosed fee to Everton but the figure cited in newspaper reports before signing was £1m.
  15. bcfcnick


    Yes, get him fit for next season. No player can do themselves justice when playing high level / high intensity sport with an injury that potentially needs an operation. It presumably explains why he looked such a high quality player early on in contrast to the relatively poor performances of late. It''s the ideal chance to give Joe Morrell a chance and get a more effective central midfield that both protects the back four and provides some service to the forwards.
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