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  1. No, he was in the National League South if we want to play 'pedantry' Dave, but if you abbreviated it to 'National League' it would still be accurate in the same way as it's accurate to say Sunderland and Stevenage are in the 'Football League'. I've only seen Janneh in a couple of friendlies but he seems more of a goal threat and has a more instinctive eye for goal than Antoine, so it's on that basis that I think he's better suited to providing competition to Famara as opposed to being similar players. We are looking for another goal scorer from the out of contract market but, who knows, we might already have one who would be available soon.
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  3. He did exceptionally well in the pre-season friendlies. He's more of an instinctive, physical and direct goal scoring forward and 'under-study' for Diedhiou than Semenyo. No doubt he would benefit from a league 1 or 2 loan but, given that's not possible, I would love to see him on the bench and given some sub appearances. I think Semenyo would also benefit from a league 1 loan and it's no criticism of him to say that Janneh is more suited of the two to provide competition for Famara given his playing style and strengths in the the box. He's already shown he can bang in the goals at Conference level (about 17 in 34 games I think) and our injuries mean it's an ideal opportunity for him to stick around. I think Semenyo is better out wide and he is down the pecking order in that position at this stage of his career. I think Steve Lansdown was influential in his recall and perhaps the fact that Chelsea were interested means SL thought we needed to give him an opportunity rather than lose him.
  4. It's a good interview with the two Johnston's from about a year ago after Gary had recovered from his heart op and was still at Cheltenham. The reference to Jamie Paterson is after 32 or 33 mins and apparently he posted a 'particularly wrong' whatsapp to the first team group that includes coaches when he meant to just send it to his teammates group... 'that effected him for a couple of weeks '. Lee comes across as wryly amused by whatever was sent and Paterson played quite a lot last season so I wouldn't read too much into it but who knows. https://www.facebook.com/ITVWestcountry/videos/gary-and-lee-johnson-live-on-itv-news-west-country/2027603043938967/
  5. LJ will have a difficult decision to make when Adam Nagy is back. He oozed class and covered the back four whilst also linking with attack - a genine box to box player who reads the game so well. But can you drop a young, enthusiastic classy player like Massengo who has contributed towards a ten game winning run? Or do you drop the club captain? I suspect Massengo will be 'rested' and maybe that's right given his youth and we don't want to risk burn out. At some stage, however, I'd love to see a Massengo and Nagy midfield partnership. It could be a great combination. There's a similar situation when Kalas comes back, it would be a pity to see Taylor Moore dropped and both Baker and Williams have also excelled. It's good to have competition and they will all play a part during the rest of the season but there are some tricky selection decisions ahead.
  6. I don't think LJ was annoyed. He was just describing his mindset for a situation where he had to make very late adjustments and, quite rightly, gave Baker's performances very high praise for this season. "Unfortunately about an hour and 20 minutes ago I found out he was ill and not well. Throwing up in the trauma room that we have," Johnson said."Which is disappointing because I think he's been absolutely fantastic so far this season. But you quickly have to move on and put all your energy and focus into the ones that are fit and ready to play." NB does miss a few games each season and signals to comes off every now and again. City have such a professional set-up these days and focus on the marginal improvements they can make. So if NB needs support - whether it be for enhanced mental strength, anxiety or a physical ailment - then support will be given. Still, who'd have thought that Ashley Williams and Taylor Moore would be the solid central defence pairing this season. After the Leeds Match I thought we might struggle with the back four. It's a sign of a very good manager if he consistently gets the best out of players and LJ seems to be able to do that.
  7. I don't know the timeframe for a return to fitness, but it would be a bonus if Janneh is back in November. He looks a more natural goal scorer and better suited to LJ's pressing preferences than Semenyo. They are both physically strong for their age but Janneh looks like he would fill the Afobe role and has the physicality in his game to compete with Diédhiou leading the line. I'd like to see him given an opportunity if he gets fit above the option of getting an out of contract player in before January. It's a real pity Mo Eisa wasn't retained as he's an instinctive and clinical finisher that I reckon will score goals at Championship level. He needed a few games in the Championship to at least have been given a chance. I guess he's just not the 'busy bee' type of front player that LJ likes.
  8. I think the LJ remark has to be taken in the context that Nagy shouldn't have played in the last international as he was not fully fit and it appears to have set his recovery back by a couple of weeks or more. Disappointing as he was looking a key player before the injury.
  9. bcfcnick

    Baker injury

    He’s had a very good season so far and doesn’t shirk putting his body on the line. We need him right now and he’s played a significant role in our table position. Hopefully he was just using common sense to maintain his fitness and availability. I think this season he deserves praise rather than any questions about his commitment and attitude.
  10. Semenyo has qualities but even LJ has acknowledged he needs to get his tap ins and get into goal scoring positions in the penalty box. I think Janneh is probably the most natural and instinctive goal scorer at the club right now although obviously he's untested at this level. He looked incredibly eager and gave a couple of man of the match displays pre-season. It's a pity he's not available until end of year at the earliest as sometimes these opportunities from sad circumstances can bring on new young stars..
  11. A cod roe combination
  12. I think Bentley is a good keeper, I just have a preference for Maenpaa who seems unflappable, appears to have a calming influence on the defence and makes hard saves look relatively straightforward by good positioning / anticipation. It was understandable given Maenpaa was long-term injured to go into the transfer market for a new keeper but I would have kept O'leary as number two. With O'leary and Wollacott, City have two very talented keepers going forward. The latter along with McCoulsky saw Forest Green into the next round of the Cup.
  13. Maenpaa Pereira Kalas Baldwin Rowe Brownhill Nagy Elliason or O'dowda Palmer Semenyo Afobe Massengo will be pushing Brownhill for a start soon but he's only 19 and it's best to ease him in slowly. Baldwin is 22 and I've been impressed with him the two times I've seen him play at lower levels of course. He is fairly pacy, can bring the ball out of defence, fairly physical and played a couple f games at left back for Cheltenham on loan before injury so he could play left of Kalas. If Maenpaa is ready I'd play him. Bentley hasn't been at obvious fault for the goals that have been shipped but Maenpaa seems to give confidence to the defence.
  14. I think Pring would have coped well as he looks to have it all (attack, defence and aerial ability) aside from experience. It's a pity that there isn't a recall option now, although I think he can be recalled in the January window that opens Jan 9th. That's about a month or so before JD is due back and I'm not sure if the five months out projection includes a time for getting match fit.
  15. I think a strong case could be made to have retained Max O'leary, Cameron Pring and Joe Morrell in the first team squad. They would all be close to playing on merit in my view and improved the squad. I'd rather the cash spent on a goalkeeper had been spent on a centre back. Brian Tinnion is doing a great job though with the loans.
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