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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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    Nagy

    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.
  4. Someone to protect the back four? Get Kalifa Cisse fit and registered, he's only 35!
  5. I like that type of contract. Must be saving a fortune on wages.
  6. I agree there have been too many poor purchases and it looks a bit scatter gun as opposed to the structured and inspired way Brentford go about their business. To balance things though, the likes of Brownhill, Taylor Moore, Bentley (before the bad run at least), Dasilva, Famara, and Massengo probably have quite enhanced values. I also think a profit (far too little due to being injured and having limited opportunty) was scraped on Mo Eisa as well as the Webster millions. Probably the most valuable player with massively enhanced value is Niclas Elliason - but only if he is tied down to another contract. I'm not sure he'll extend his contract for a team where, regardless of the quality of his performances, he is likely to feature irregularly in the starting line-up. I'm not so sure LJ is as isolated from the signing process as suggested though as the likes of Marley Watkins, Brownhill are players he has worked with previously and, for example, he was out in Portugal pre-season looking at potential players.
  7. I'd rather City invested in Brentford's recruitment team than add a lot more players to an already bloated squad this January. Brebtford seem to have the same philosophy of recruiting talented, athletic young players with potential and giving opportunities and a pathway but they do it so much better than us and with far less money thrown around. Of course we have seen some lip service paid to Steve Lansdown's desire to see up and coming young players developed, recruited and given opportunities but running through the team I don't see Jack Hunt, Kallas, Williams, Korey smith, Watkins, Famara, Rowe and Weimann as examples of that recruitment approach. If we are going to finish mid-table then I'd rather see the likes of Cameron Pring and Joe Morrell involved in the first team squad and recruitment of the type of player Brentford go for. As well as a new recruitment team it would need a head coach who is best suited to implementing that philosophy and I'm not sure LJ really is.
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    COD

    He'll be chipped out I think in the New Year. Great result today and shows what happens when we go on the front foot.
  9. If a vacancy arises of course. I like LJ but I think alternatives have to be considered for three reasons:- 1) Season after season there is an inevitable succession of poor results accompanied by dismal football. Home and away the team is set up to start as if we are a lower league team with a defensive mindset trying to steal a win. There is the impression that LJ stumbles across a winning streak formula more by accident than design. 2) The odd tactics of a back 5 protected by a midfield 3 instructed to protect the three centre backs results in two stranded forwards getting zero service or chasing scraps where gaining or retaining possession is against the odds. It just isn't a recipe for consistent success or attractive football. 3) A bloated squad with a failure to get the best out of players that were recruited under LJ and were far from cheap punts. In fairness LJ got the best out of Joe Bryan, Aden Flint, Lloyd Kelly and Bobby Reid but he inherited them rather than bought them in. So has he guided Mark Ashton well in terms of recruitment? Adam Webster was a great bit of recruitment but there is a long list of players who have disappointed. Are they failing due to being poor signings or because LJ isn't getting the best out of them? Undoubtedly there have been some wasteful signings but I think with the likes of Nagy and Palmer I think it's team set-up and the way they are instructed to play. Palmer driving forward in the opponents half is a danger to the opposition, but picking up possession in front of our three centre backs then he's a danger to us. If players are going to be picked they need to be played in positions that play to their strengths rather than areas that expose their weaknesses. Three potential managerial candidates ... Chris Hughton - the sort of character who would appeal to SL but would CH be tempted? Probably depends on whether he would be pledged the resources to make him confident he could get back into the Premiership and replicate what he did with Newcastle and Brighton. Slavisa Jankovitch - wouldn't necessarily sort out the poor defence but it's been shown that attacking intent with the right recruitment can get teams dominating the Championship Richie Wellens - not proven at this level but if it's a case of choosing a distinctly average and experienced manager at Championship level then I'd rather take a chance on up and coming manager / coach who plays entetrtaining attacking football. Interested in the choices of others ...
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    Eliasson

    If LJ is intent on playing 3-5-2 then I'd like to see him play Eliasson in the front two. He has an eye for goal, can head the ball and I just think he would link better and create more chances and combine better with Diedhiou than Weimann. Eliasson can run around too but I just would like to see a bit more productive running around. Weimann can't be faulted for effort Defending less deeply with the midfield pushing up would help too so the likes of Diedhiou are not so isolated. Bizarrely the tactic / identity seems to be a) trying to play out of defence and conceding possession (unless it's the classy Taylor Moore) in dangerous areas and b) floating in aimless aerial punts to Diedhiou and conceding possession given that's part of the game isn't his strength. For me it's more how badly we have played in the last three games as much as the three losses.
  11. I don't think Joe Morrell got a fair run in the team last year after one superb MOTM performance in a cup game and an average league performance. That was surprising as he has all the qualities to be a quality Championship midfielder as well as ticking the LJ 'busy bee' box. I hope he is recalled and gets games
  12. Perhaps it's just me, but I find James Crawley's usage of the word 'would' a bit grating:- "But Dan Bentley would have to produce two smart saves ... But Blackburn would double their lead"
  13. An identity related to possession football would be okay for me but the issue is the team lose possession very quickly. If Bentley kicks it long to Famara the opposition almost inevitably take possession. If we try to play it from the back we lose possession as the opposition close us down and players lose the ball and lose it of late in dangerous positions. The odd thing is we have players who have the quality to retain possession but whether it is team tactics / coaching instructions or something else the ball is lost too easily and there is a lack of ideas to break through the opposition and create chances.
  14. I think Mansfield is a red herring. Apparently, we discovered he has a 300k break clause in his contract and have triggered his signing after SL finally lost patience with LJ and our home form. Coughlan's done brilliantly with limited resources. Strikes me as someone who is a driven winner and good motivator but realises he won't be backed. The family and more convenient location might have some truth but I doubt it's the main reason.
  15. I think 11 goals might compensate. Also, we are a side who create chances but don't convert a high percentage so, arguably, a clinical finisher surrounded by those 'busy bees' would have worked well. I think you need a balance. As mentioned Nketiah is a goal machine but Bielsa hasn't picked him and his reason is that he is not being the team player he feels Bamford is. That's presumably diplomatic language for lack of work rate. We were pretty much going to guarantee Nketiah starts due to the goals he would bring and presumably play him in a two with a hard working partner. So I don't see why that same logic wouldn't apply for Eisa who would have been our player without the loan fee and high wages.
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