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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For what it's worth, Darren Ferguson rated him the best finisher he has ever worked with. There's no doubt he is a clinical finisher and I feel he would replicate that in the Championship. He just wasn't a 'busy bee' so wouldn't have met with LJ"s criteria for a striker. I am not sure Nketiah is a busy bee either hence why he hasn't been getting starts. I am not knocking LJ as he gets his teams to out perform with energy and commitment and has generally done well in the transfer market. Equally I think we have let go a 6m to 7m value player for 1m and it's ni surprise that it was Peterborough who picked up the bargain as they can spot them.
  4. Yes, agreed , Weimann isn't a like for like comparison by any means beyond being the top scorer for us this season. I think a more accurate comparison is the Nketiah category of player. LJ was desperate to get him for his goals as he is an instinctive goal scorer. Leeds haven't played Nketiah from the start because Bielsa wants a player who leads the line with more strength from Bamford. Lee Johnson likes his 'busy bees' up front and I don't think Mo Eisa comes into that category just as Leeds have kept Nketiah on the bench in favour of a more physical presence. There are players who will score at any level. I remember from years ago a prolific footballer called Derek Hales. Aside from scoring (and he got an England cap I think) he was a poor footballer but a prolific goal scorer who was born with that natural instinct for being in the right place at the right time to put the ball in the net. Again the only comparison is the 'natural goal-scorer' tag because I think Mo Eisa looks a decent footballer. Anyway, I think Mo will get his chance in the Championship and I am sure he will continue to score plenty of goals. It's only then that the question will be answered. Even then players have to be played in the right position. Swansea got the best out of the free spirited Lee Trundle but Gary Johnson tried to put him out wide and we only saw glimpses of his brilliance and goal scoring ability.
  5. Credit to Lee Johnson and Mark Ashton for a lot of the recent transfer dealings (including the loan signing of Afobe) but I feel they got this one badly wrong. Mo Eisa is an instinctive and prolific goal scorer who averages about 1 in 2 at every level he has played at. These type of natural goal scorers can usually replicate what they do right up to Championship and even Premier level as well. Mo Eisa:- 10 goals, 1 assist , a goal every 104 mins on the pitch, 25 shots and 18 (72%) on target Our most successful striker Andi Weimann:- 4 goals, 2 assists, 21 shots and 6 (29%) on target Weimann adds other positives to the front line and presses more but there is little doubt that we could have done with someone as clinical in front of goal as Mo Eisa. His transfer value must be a significant multiple to the circa £1m City got for him. It's an odd one that he was offloaded especially as the number one target was Nketiah who is similar in the sense that he has that natural striker instinctive right place at the right time eye for goal. Obviously Nketiah has had a more traditional route through at a high level but Eisa was our own player and was 'owned' at a fraction of a cost of the potential striker loan fees. I believe, given game time, he would be towards the top of the championship goals stats and be the much needed player that converts a higher % of the chances that we create.
  6. 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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  8. 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.
  9. 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/
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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..
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