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  1. My point was about our supposed links with BCYFC and SGS, and why Cardiff and Chelsea have stolen a march on local talent. Was it a case of these two weren't on our scouts' radar, just like it was with Jack Butland signing for Birmingham from Clevedon United? That's what I'd want to know from that article. I agree with your point about not being able to compete with Chelsea, but I'd like to think - for example - if Wilson is a "top centre-back prospect" he'd have been in our academy a while ago due to our links with BCYFC.
  2. I was under the impression we had links with both SGS and Bristol Central Youth? Surprised to see we missed out Jaiden Wilson, who's gone to Chelsea. I don't know anything about him but it's surprise we're not in for the top prospects on our doorstep, seeing as we're supposedly the top pro club in the region. Not sure what to make of that.
  3. Whether or not that’s true about them having £40m to spend this summer, putting in the public domain is pretty stupid. Any selling club, assuming a player’s under contract, should double the price. Did I hear £5m for Taylor Moore?
  4. Spot on, Dave. I expect NP to recruit at least one winger or wide forward to either play 4231 or 442. The lack of experience throughout the squad is why Pearson is looking to add proven players this summer. Matty James would be a good start. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Cundy step up next term. Much like Walsh, he’s displayed the sort of L1 form that would likely attract our attention if he wasn’t already ours. Ostigård plus one other (Whatmough?) would be a decent signing.
  5. I'd be in for Rotherham's Matt Olosunde like a shot, personally. Ryan Nyambe at Blackburn would be my first choice but that's unlikely as he has the option of another year. At 6"1, 23 years old, out of contract and with Rotherham going down, Olosunde would be an excellent free (maybe compo) signing IMO.
  6. I'm not. Gould's job should, and probably will be, a predominantly commercial one. We can only hope a DoF or head of recruitment is in imminently. As @Harry says, we needed that appointment weeks ago.
  7. I think you might be right. He certainly has the engine to play RB, and he's never filled me with confidence at CB or CM. Whatever position he ends up in, he needs to make it his own.
  8. With the retained list announced and a clear picture of the 2021/22 squad, it's time to ressurect this excellent thread. NP wants to work with a reduced squad of around 25. IMO, it's clear we need: RB x 1 (maybe two if Simpson doesn't renew) CB x 2 DM x 1 WF x 2 ST x 1 There's no guarantee the likes of Bentley, Kalas and Semenyo will be here when the transfer window closes. Palmer's name should be circulated, so 7-11 new signings required as a bare minimum this summer.
  9. tin

    11 Gone

    Disappointed to lose Walsh, personally, and I wouldn't be surprised to see that bite us on the arse. But whatever anyone's opinions on him, that's about £10m in transfer fees (Fam, Walsh, Baker, Watkins, Pato) that we've seen no ROI on. Even before this season ended, I thought we need 12/13 new players this summer and we need someone senior in place to be leading those discussions.
  10. You might be right, actually. That's rings a bell. I was often wrecked when turning out for that Sunday team with him a long time ago. I'm totally with you, though. SL should've got someone senior in to take care of this a while ago. All it says to me is that a) he didn't know Ashton was conspiring behind his back, b) once again, there's no succession or contingency plan in place. It's embarrassingly amateur, IMO.
  11. While I have no idea how good or qualified he is for this role, he’s a local lad who has no desire to leave the area. He’s a Coventry fan.
  12. Fear not. I'm fairly sure Somerset will beat us next week. They won't have liked being well beaten by us on their own patch. The last time I went to Glos v Soms in the County Championship, Trescothick was bowled third ball by Mike Smith, Somerset were on the ropes and Richard Johnson smashed a ton from No.8 (we still managed to win, though!)
  13. Not sure if you or any of the other Glos fans on here have seen it, but there's a good interview with David Payne on TMS Online at the moment. One of the things he said was that our thumping at Taunton last year has made us pull our socks up. I'm looking forward to getting down to watch Glos next week, just hope this abysmal weather buggers off by then.
  14. Maybe, but LJ was moaning about the injuries long before March 2020. We've been crippled since 2018/19 (Smith, Wright, Kalas, Pisano, COD etc).
  15. While there's no doubt he's an athelte who might improve, I see a player that's neither a winger or striker. His two league goals were charge downs and he's consistently shown a lack of composure in key positions. Unlike late bloomers like Reid, Semenyo hasn't come through any academy from a young age and doesn't have that football brain. I thought the penny might have dropped in the Cup at Millwall, but we've seen nothing like that since. Personally, I would accept £3m+ for Semenyo in the current financial climate with several add-ons to ensure payment if he does develop. Those funds co
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