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Niki Mäenpää - Now Officially Signed (Merged)

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3 hours ago, WolfOfWestStreet said:

Are there seriously city fans who thought Baldock was shit ...? that's mental. 

No, that's such ridiculous hyperbole. 

You're only quoting from Monkeh's throwaway comment I know, but no one has said that.

We can all agree he was a prolific div.3 striker for City, it's evaluating his effectiveness in the Championship which is divisive.

 

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1 hour ago, Luxo Jr. said:

Here's someone else with the same surname pronouncing it. It's My-un-pah. 

The a with umlaut in Finnish changes the letter a from "ah" as in "glass" to "a" as in "lash". It's not "ay".

My un pah it is then.

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16 minutes ago, JonDolman said:

Well, Johnson just said the 2nd goalie we sign will not be a marquee signing. So maybe this guy is our number 1 this season, or at least until Frankie returns.

Only the Sags make Marquee signings surely?

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10 minutes ago, Nogbad the Bad said:

No, that's such ridiculous hyperbole. 

You're only quoting from Monkeh's throwaway comment I know, but no one has said that.

We can all agree he was a prolific div.3 striker for City, it's evaluating his effectiveness in the Championship which is divisive.

 

I am not even sure that is debatable. He was a key player on a very good Brighton side who went toe to tow with Newcastle in a tough championship. City fans are in love with the idea of 20 goal strikers when in reality less than 10 will hit 15 or more. It is strictly a goals thing with SB imo

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28 minutes ago, JonDolman said:

Well, Johnson just said the 2nd goalie we sign will not be a marquee signing. So maybe this guy is our number 1 this season, or at least until Frankie returns.

Where did he say that mate?

 

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I’m trying not to feel underwhelmed with this signing and hoping his sheer size will make him a good goalie. Like Thanos in goal or something 

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This forum hasn’t been so underwhelmed since Wilbo signed....He’s gonna be great!!

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3 hours ago, billywedlock said:

what sort of keeper is he ? With so few games has anyone any info? Does he play out from the back with a high passing accuracy ? Assuming that is what we were looking for to assist the new game plan. 

Ice hockey is very popular in Finland.

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3 hours ago, davidoldfart said:

See all the usual Muppets criticise Niki before they have seen him play,what a welcome for the lad.

Chris Houghton wanted him to stay at Brighton and has been highly complimentary ...so why not give him a great welcome and support.

Hardly surprising. OTIB has more than its fair share of Statler and Waldorf’s. 

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4 hours ago, davidoldfart said:

See all the usual Muppets criticise Niki before they have seen him play,what a welcome for the lad.

Chris Houghton wanted him to stay at Brighton and has been highly complimentary ...so why not give him a great welcome and support.

They did the same with Aaron Wilbraham, armchair critics!

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3 hours ago, JonDolman said:

Well, Johnson just said the 2nd goalie we sign will not be a marquee signing. So maybe this guy is our number 1 this season, or at least until Frankie returns.

Have a feeling we will soon add a loanee keeper, meaning Max will go on loan. Then of the three senior keepers the weakest will be moved on  in due course.

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3 hours ago, Nogbad the Bad said:

No, that's such ridiculous hyperbole. 

You're only quoting from Monkeh's throwaway comment I know, but no one has said that.

We can all agree he was a prolific div.3 striker for City, it's evaluating his effectiveness in the Championship which is divisive.

 

No, @ExiledAjax posted “Well he thinks Baldock is largely useless” - and you replied “Good judge then” - and now you’re replying to @WolfOfWestStreet who posted “Are there seriously City fans who thought Baldock was shit...? That’s mental” - and your reply includes “...no one has said that” - but you said it...you said anyone who thinks Baldock is useless is a ‘good judge’ .....

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I thought we were going to take our time and get a goalkeeper that's for now and the future. Little disappointed by this but let's see how it turns out, could end up being a top keeper.

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If this has been posted apologies but the thoughts of the BHA North  Stand forum

http://www.northstandchat.com/showthread.php?365836-Niki-Maenpaa/page2

 

He seems well thought of.  It will be interesting to see what happens when Fielding recovers as I cannot see him going now he crooked for up to 3 months (max).  I would have though Maenpaa No 1 and Max as stand in ?  As always fun to see what happens !

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30 minutes ago, Jerseybean said:

Have a feeling we will soon add a loanee keeper, meaning Max will go on loan. Then of the three senior keepers the weakest will be moved on  in due course.

Me too.

Think Mäenpää is effectively Luke Steele’s replacement, however one of our greatest keepers (Basso) arrived as a Woking reserve player & he went on to be excellent for us.

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10 minutes ago, DT The Optimist said:

If this has been posted apologies but the thoughts of the BHA North  Stand forum

http://www.northstandchat.com/showthread.php?365836-Niki-Maenpaa/page2

 

He seems well thought of.  It will be interesting to see what happens when Fielding recovers as I cannot see him going now he crooked for up to 3 months (max).  I would have though Maenpaa No 1 and Max as stand in ?  As always fun to see what happens !

Well that’s a thoroughly positive thread. 

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13 minutes ago, JammyOne said:

I thought we were going to take our time and get a goalkeeper that's for now and the future. Little disappointed by this but let's see how it turns out, could end up being a top keeper.

3 days till kick off , had to get one in. 

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6 hours ago, AppyDAZE said:

Save me scrolling back through the thread, folks... how are we pronouncing his surname, anyone?

Bristol: “Drive..”

Somerset: “ Young ‘un...”

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2 hours ago, Major Isewater said:

Ice hockey is very popular in Finland.

So he is a goaltender then. A man to stop a puck. I look forward to his butterfly saves . 

Though that word suggests  that maybe he could grow flowers, paint the posts , maybe a water feature. inside the net. 

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6 hours ago, bristolcitysweden said:

No. Were the **** are my glasses..

I'm guessing on your head or stuck between your arse cheeks from when you were sat down in the sauna. 

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17 hours ago, GrahamC said:

Me too.

Think Mäenpää is effectively Luke Steele’s replacement, however one of our greatest keepers (Basso) arrived as a Woking reserve player & he went on to be excellent for us.

Suspect plan A was to recruit a new number one keeper (whose kicking was an asset) with FF as back up. Hence the release of Steele. However, we were unable to do this and then Frank got injured. Therefore plan B emerged.

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I thought Steele asked to go because he wanted game time which LJ would only give him if Frankie was unavailable (?)

this new guy seems well respected, looking at the comments from the Brighton fans. 

If we are desperate perhaps Monkeh could dust off his gloves and do a shift between the sticks - I assume you are still playing Monkeh?

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Based on what LJ said in his latest presser, it sounds like he thinks quite highly of Niki, and is willing to give him a chance to shine on the pitch. He talks up his distribution skills as well, which a lot of people on here said wasn't a strong suit of his.

My guess is that O'Leary is on his way out on loan, leaving another keeper to come in and form the three we'll have for this season. Niki will get a chance to shine at the start of the season, but if he doesn't deliver like LJ has said then he'll be back to the bench and out next year.

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On 01/08/2018 at 21:43, BS4 on Tour... said:

No, @ExiledAjax posted “Well he thinks Baldock is largely useless” - and you replied “Good judge then” - and now you’re replying to @WolfOfWestStreet who posted “Are there seriously City fans who thought Baldock was shit...? That’s mental” - and your reply includes “...no one has said that” - but you said it...you said anyone who thinks Baldock is useless is a ‘good judge’ .....

You seem unwilling to recognise the notable difference between me agreeing with a Brighton fan that SB is 'largely useless - at Championship level of course, because that's how he'll be judging him - and me saying 'Baldock is shit.'

Which I haven't said, in fact I've repeatedly stated his record shows he is a very good div. 3 striker.

Anyway, enough of that - unless you wish to continue the discussion on the other thread.

Welcome to AG Niki Maenpaa.

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very composed debut I thought, good kick with his right foot, perhaps not so confident on his left, one decent save in the second half, and no real chance with the goal. It must have felt quite strange to be playing after such a long time on the bench.

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1 minute ago, Port Said Red said:

very composed debut I thought, good kick with his right foot, perhaps not so confident on his left, one decent save in the second half, and no real chance with the goal. It must have felt quite strange to be playing after such a long time on the bench.

Couldn’t have put it any better imo

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Thought he was bloody good personally. Felt so much more confident with him in. Without that calm head in goal, we may well have lost that imo.

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I can understand why Johnson was quoted that he was one they liked.  Calming influence between the sticks, good distribution and good feet.  Solid signing for a freebie.

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Jury still out after one game , looked quite assured , handling and kicking good , and fit me made some good saves , with our defending he certainly will be busy ! 

although his signing was for me a panic buy , ok he was on trial , Frankie gets injured , leaving max O’Leary as the only keeper , and not much of a gamble for city , if he really is the long term option for us why only sign him for a year ? 

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6 minutes ago, EmersonsKev said:

I can understand why Johnson was quoted that he was one they liked.  Calming influence between the sticks, good distribution and good feet.  Solid signing for a freebie.

Excellent debut, one outstanding save, calm accurate distribution.

Can be very pleased with his first League game in 2 years.

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1 minute ago, GrahamC said:

Excellent debut, one outstanding save, calm accurate distribution.

Can be very pleased with his first League game in 2 years.

Thought he had a perfect game. Nothing he could do on goal. Didn't actually have a lot to do shot wise, but that was one great save. Looks composed on the ball and good distribution. 

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5 minutes ago, Red Right Hand said:

I do like Frankie but he did look an improvement. I also wondered at the time if Frankie would have got to that save, it seemed a long way across - maybe fingertips rather than a full hand on it?

Bit of an early call there RRH

Didn’t do anything wrong but didn’t have lots to do - Lets see a few more games 

 

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1 minute ago, BobBobSuperBob said:

Bit of an early call there RRH

Didn’t do anything wrong but didn’t have lots to do - Lets see a few more games 

 

Yeah I thought that after I posted but it was too late to edit! Perhaps it`s because he`s a big old unit and just looks more imposing, who knows? You certainly are going to think twice about jumping for a ball with him steaming out to claim it I reckon!

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