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  1. If Jonny Smith isn't brought back and given an opportunity at age 23 and after successful loans then you have to question City's development thinking and why he has been retained. He is the type of player who, if given a chance, might seize it. Not sure if he has had to play a more defensive role than previous loans, but hasn't got so many goals this season but has had some good wrote-ups for performances. It wouldn't be hard for him to improve on some our other attacking players goal scoring record and with O'Dowda out, Wells wasted and unsuited to playing wide then he needs to be brought
  2. Yes, all in favour of giving promising young players a chance but I wouldn't have a line-up that had a young player who hasn't scored a goal all season as the main striker. One of the main problems is that there just isn't goals in the team. Martin gets a minimal amount , Wells doesn't score unless played centrally and Semenyo doesn't score full stop. We have zero goal scoring midfielders especially with the absence of Paterson, Weimann and, potentially, Walsh who got a few in league 1. We have no Aden Flint's who will chip in with 5 or 6 from central defence. It's no great
  3. Raheem Sterling was by no means a natural finisher but with coaching, confidence and of course decent players providing chances he became prolific. The team desperately need goal scorers, but at least Semenyo provides a bit of much needed flair and excitement.
  4. With all the statisticians involved you’d think the recruitment team would look at making sure that the squad has enough goals in it. Unfortunately, it's lacking massively. So when the team don't have many shots on target and score so few it shouldn't be a shock. Yes, City have been unlucky with injuries and it’s no coincidence that when Paterson and Weimann were playing we scored more freely. I think Dean recognised there weren’t enough goals in midfield and playing these two addressed that issue. It worked well but with these two inuries there are no other goal scorers to take their p
  5. Very poor performance today but the criticism of Dean Holden is unreasonable. Nearly completed half a season and we are four points off automatic promotion to the Premiership. That's no fluke. DH had done brilliantly given the injuries and the blooding of young players and so far we haven't gone on a streaky run of losses - we tend to bounce back. We have Walsh and Williams to come back and maybe a signing or two in the January window. So a lot of positives and a lot to look forward to and still very much in contention for the play-offs. The more than healthy position in the table mean
  6. Trundle was terrific if used properly as he had goals in him as well as audacious crowd-pleasing skills. Definitely need the entertainers and mavericks in football and the two things almost always go together. I was disappointed at the time in the way GJ used him. Trundle obviously loves the game and has a really good attitude. Articulate, enthusiastic and a likeable personality. Totally different from Tomlin in that regard. He's kept himself fit I think and even up to last year he was scoring goals at non-league level that put a smile on fans faces and goals that few other players cou
  7. Lee was a useful part of an effective team which won a lot of matches. Obviously not one of the eye-catching flair players we all like, but he played a useful role. Nigel Clough was a classy player who has done reasonably well with clubs who have had limited resources. He obviously thought LJ was decent enough as he signed him on loan for Derby.
  8. Yes both likeable characters in their own way. Both obviously hate losing to an extent that resulted at times with Lee an unhelpful tendency to publicly name and shame players. Dean's more astute than that in his man management and his lack of ego is quite a contrast as well. He'll hate losing but his response isn't to talk to bomb disposal experts etc but to just to stay calm and move on. I think by instinct he is a much better man manager than Lee and I doubt if he'll have those horrendous losing streaks. There was a fascinating interview with both GJ and LJ (can't find th
  9. One of those games where a loss looked inevitable early on. Too many tired and non-performing players today. I like Dean's consistency in selection but this season is different and it needed freshening up today. Vyner was unlucky today but, along with Bakinson, he is looking to be the next very talented and valuable young player to come through. His stats back that up as well. I saw an extended interview with him and was very impressed with his maturity and attitude. It does look to be a concentration problem with Taylor-Moore. He's by no means a bad player but he just seem
  10. We will obviously offer him a contract if only to ensure some compensation and I assume one is on the table. Gregor in his Q&A today seems to think LW will sign but also confirms we will get something if he doesn't, but not as much as we would if we had developed him through the academy. It might be coincidence, but 6ft 3" Dean Holden, seems to favour playing a balance with at least one taller midfielder than was played under 5ft 6" LJ. Bakinson and the signing of Joe Williams highlights that. It makes sense and I got the impression we conceded from a fair number of headed se
  11. Yes, there is a strong possibility that he won't sign. We'll still get compensated if he is intent on signing elsewhere. That fee will be decided by a tribunal as he will still be under 24 when his contract expires. There is a strong case for getting a higher fee then we paid given hie was the top rated midfielder in league 1 last year. I think he was signed for about £1m . Then there is the usual % profit from future sales and that seems to be set about 20% judging by other tribunal decisions.
  12. Ah yes sorry Dave, I guess I should have checked the 'fam', Dean Holden' and 'Wells' threads before putting it on the 'Pato' thread
  13. I'd add : 3) Sublime pass with his back to goal to Semenyo to open up Derby. Great vision. Whilst Paterson is far from a lazy player he is not your typical industrious midfielder, but I'm glad he is a regular as he provides goals, assists and, every now and then, unexpected sheer brilliance.
  14. I don't know how genuine his reply was, but he was asked in his Radio Bristol interview about signing a contract and he said something like 'soon .... we're very close'. Being third in the table must help negotiations because offered contracts will presumably have a 'promotion to Premiership' bonus.
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