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  1. Some of the best players in the world are one dimensional, what it comes down to is playing to their strengths. No football club in a second tier will ever have a full squad of outstanding players, but you can have players who in the right situation are outstanding. Wells can score, and score a lot, but he has to be utilised correctly and that's not happening right now. This club will never be fighting for promotion until we can actually get someone in charge that can get the best out of our players and will be able to identify the players they need rather than having Ashton signing
  2. Boro wouldn't sell Assombalonga to us without demanding a fortune so I say so the same to them or sell to someone else.
  3. I'm seeing so many people say Palmer is a waste of money and a terrible signing and yet when he went from a loanee from Chelsea to a permanent signing he was hailed as a great signing. Don't get me wrong, if he's cost us as much as it would seem he has it's not been great value at all but this whole being angry at the club for signing him at a time when everyone said they wanted him to sign seems unfair. In my opinion Palmer has the same issue as Wells does for us, we don't play to his strength. When you look at the players we've had that have gone on to really shine at other clubs you only
  4. At this point it would probably be easier to create a fit to play list as it would be shorter.
  5. Wasn't Joe Williams supposed to be a "better" Marlon Pack, issue is we signed him and he's yet to play and from what I've read he most likely won't play this season... that's my real concern. Our man who was to sure up the link between the defence and midfield seems to have been a big fee for someone who's sustained such a bad injury and I worry that he may not be the player he was before it. It's almost like we've sold Korey only to replace him and now Korey is actually playing. I think there is a real issue with training at our club, I've never seen so many injuries all at once at Brist
  6. Well, game over. I'm not surprised. How long Holden will keep this job really concerns me.
  7. I wouldn't get excited, he set winning records for us and then beat our losing ones too. One result doesn't show LJs weaknesses, his ability to get a performance out of a confidence lacking side is his weakness.
  8. For 45 minutes we ran ourselves into the ground and it showed in the second half when we had nothing left to give, there was nothing in that second half and whilst you can make the argument that the first half was a good performance there is no denying that we looked dead in the second half with nothing for Bournemouth to worry about when we came forward. The team played right into Bournemouth's hands, they have better talent so they allowed us to wear ourselves out in the first half whilst they defended well and then in the second half tired players just couldn't contain their quality for the
  9. I'm still cautious with Dean Holden, I still don't think he's the man to improve our position, however, at the moment he's proving me wrong and I have no complaints about that, last night was a hard fought win and I do not remember the last time we took such an early lead without giving it up which showed a lot of passion considering our situation with injuries. Another concern I had was the ability to turn around a bad turn in form and whilst we looked awful against Norwich and very lacklustre for most of the game against Bournemouth we have now come straight back with back to back wins wit
  10. Fair enough but I do think Bielsa has just a little more experience in the world of football and if you compare those squads to our squad I don't think many of ours would make it into their starting line up's would they? My point is that Holden is not even close to being on the level of Bielsa tactically and Bielsa had/has a much stronger squad, hence Leeds are holding their own in the Premier League. This squad is not a Premier League team in the making, the performances (even the wins) are nowhere near strong enough, Holden is already making questionable substitutions and since we lo
  11. I'm just seeing exactly what I said would happen, we've come up against two of the better teams in this league and it's shown that this team is not a top 6 team and never was going to be under Holden. I'm genuinely quite interested to see if anyone can make a team that's been promoted playing 3-5-2/5-3-2, I can't think of any. I also don't see why at any point Holden was going to make this club stronger when he spent 3 years as an understudy to someone who was sacked for underachieving. Our opening games were against weak opposition or clubs having a crisis of their own. Stoke coul
  12. I thought Semenyo looked promising yesterday, certainly better than Famara did. He showed hunger, he held the ball well but we lacked support around him. He's not going to beat the whole Bournemouth back line by himself and the support he has was woeful, when he did have support he looked twice the player Famara did. I think Semenyo and Martin would be a while different outcome, Semenyo and Famara just don't work well together, I'd even take Wells with Semenyo over Famara and Wells right now. Strikers will never look great without supply either, you only need to look at the midfiel
  13. What bothers new is how they seemed to go up a gear (credit to them) but we certainly went down a gear too. I don't understand how their fitness was so good to go the full 90 minutes and our players looked exhausted after 60, that's what concerns me. There is no reason that our players shouldn't be able to play a full 90 minute match and look that tired, another concern was Holden changes, Brunt lacks pace and is getting on, what was he going to bring to the table when we were playing a team who were looking positive and pacey. The fact that it took so long for Wells to come on boggles m
  14. I said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not seeing progress, I'm seeing the same issues we had before, only disguised by a great start in terms of results largely down to the opening games being against weaker teams. Today was the first real challenging game we've had and we drew at home with a large equaliser, it's not a loss but it's also not a promotion chasing result. Swansea will be contenders this season, to make any kind of statement we should be beating them at home and at the very least putting in a strong performance, we did neither. Those who are happy with Holden can look
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