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Bristol is red

Now the window is shut, how do you see us doing?

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How does eveyone think we might do?

I wouldn't be shocked at a slow start to the season, lots of new faces to integrate, so don't think it will be until the second half of the season we fully hit our stride.

Strengthed and improved in vital areas only missing a CB, however Moore, Baker and Wright to fighting it out to play alongside Kalas is not a bad second option.

A good number of exciting signings and on paper  I feel this team is stronger than the one that finish last season.  If we can get the best out of Afobe I feel we can sneak into the playoffs this season, so I'm going for 5th for us.  

 

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Hopefully everyone gets behind the team now and puts any perceived disappointment of the transfer window out of their mind.

The team needs our support now more than it has for a while.

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Clearly the worry is most of us have never seen most of the new players actually play, let alone how they come together as a team. Big season for LJ now you think.

Worse case, we are going to have one hell of an U23 team.

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Looking at our squad...

jurassic park GIF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

just kidding, I think we’ll do alright. If we finish top 10 I’d be very happy 

 

 

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Afobe, Kalas (multiple), Palmer all played major roles in promotion seasons from the Championship. 

Champions League, Serie A and substantial international experience added. 

Playoffs now a minimum expectation.

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Mid table. Prob around 14th I reckon.

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We also have to adapt our structure and change formation. Need actual flair and build up play involved. Like Leeds produced on Sunday.

None of this sit deep and launch it rubbish.

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Miles off top 2 . Good shout for top 10 and play offs . But hopefully a welcome surprise with new players . Depends on what is the playing strategy , that of course will have driven the mass recruitment , LJ will have told the club how he views the team his strategy and philosophy . Be great to see LJ with all of his chosen players , he has now filtered through 60 plus, deliver his vision , his ideals and his playing approach . He has been given millions in wages and transfer fees so he must be excited that he can now show us why he is considered one of the most exciting coaches in English football . He has been given everything. He must be the happiest coach in the league . 

LJ show us your ability . No more excuses.  You can now enter the big time. 

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It’s going to be a new team. It simply will not happen overnight.  how many of the additions will start Saturday. 4. Perhaps 5. 

New right back, the wonder kid, old Nagy, Afobe.  Sammie ?  You soon realise there is a job in hand.  Fun times ahead 😀

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Predict the opposite to the last 2 seasons...slow start until mid-October while the team sorts itself out. Possibly bottom half of table and then things will gather pace and we will rip into the play offs at full speed come May. If this be true then we will need to get behind them more than ever during the first few months as there will be plenty of panicers ready to throw in the towel at the first sign of a wobble!

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Nice to see some optimism after some of the OTT reactions on the transfer thread today.

I think we are nowhere near top 2, miles away from that.

Playoffs ? I don't think so, plenty of others have strengthened and we have a few unknown quantities with a problem at left CB and only one Left Back. I think we have lost a lot of experience from the team in Maenpaa (hopefully back soon but who knows for how long), Pack, Webster, and even Paterson to a degree. Not that I think it was poor decisions from the club, just how it is. 

If we make top 10 I will be pleasantly surprised and more than satisfied with that.

But, realistically, I reckon anywhere between 12th and 16th.

 

 

 

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Can see us being bottom third for a few months. If the players wilt under the pressure it could get hairy. Hopefully they'll gel and we'll go on one of LJ's hot streaks later on. I reckon 12-15th.

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Is anything below top 6 really good enough after what has been spent ? I know we have brought a large amount in but we have been big spenders, I agree we may have a slow start with so many new players but top 6 has to be a minimum aim.

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3 hours ago, Bristol is red said:

How does eveyone think we might do?

I wouldn't be shocked at a slow start to the season, lots of new faces to integrate, so don't think it will be until the second half of the season we fully hit our stride.

Strengthed and improved in vital areas only missing a CB, however Moore, Baker and Wright to fighting it out to play alongside Kalas is not a bad second option.

A good number of exciting signings and on paper  I feel this team is stronger than the one that finish last season.  If we can get the best out of Afobe I feel we can sneak into the playoffs this season, so I'm going for 5th for us.  

 

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So many changes and new faces to integrate - and no down time to do that. I'd predict a slow start but even 'slow' requires a massive improvement on the first match which was a very poor performance. It doesn't appear to have been a great preseason, but with so many new players I wonder now how much that will matter. Looking ahead I'd be happy with a season of consolidation and some exciting play, I expect to see LJ show what he's got. He has to do so. But probably no improvement on last season, top 10.

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Over the shock and drama of the last day...and I now think LJ has made some good bold decisions ....could take a while to settle but after that I'm quite positive for a top 6 challenge.

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LJ never knew his best team last season, I worry how he will cope now with 11 new players especially with some of the players new to this country. The work of integrating them will now start in the season not in pre season. With the size of the squad ,he has a hell of a job on his hands and  I am not too sure where we will end up.

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Expecting nothing until mid October, needs to form a team ...Lee will be hero or zero come Xmas ...really hoping for the latter.

could be very entertaining early on...we will need a sense of humour and patience 

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I'm wondering if a lot of players have known they might be going over the last few weeks. That might explain the poor performances. Hopefully the club will find a way to get them focused now - although a few more might still be worried they might end up in L1 I guess!

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A lot of unknowns, and quite a few new to English football. Centre back definitely a lot weaker, and it's the midfielders tracking back and covering that worries me. A lot of exciting talent with great potential, but likely to be inconsistent, and a bit painful at times this season once sides get the measure of us. See what Birmingham brings.

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1 hour ago, DT The Optimist said:

It’s going to be a new team. It simply will not happen overnight.  how many of the additions will start Saturday. 4. Perhaps 5. 

New right back, the wonder kid, old Nagy, Afobe.  Sammie ?  You soon realise there is a job in hand.  Fun times ahead 😀

Would be surprised if it’s more than 2 starting 

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1 minute ago, Rossi the Robin said:

Would be surprised if it’s more than 2 starting 

Well the £8 million Massengo must be a starter. Surely even BCFC would not spend that money and plonk him on the bench .... interesting watch again 

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6 minutes ago, DT The Optimist said:

Well the £8 million Massengo must be a starter. Surely even BCFC would not spend that money and plonk him on the bench .... interesting watch again 

Away at Brum in the Championship- LJ won’t chuck him in surely

Hope he does, but will be surprised 

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1 minute ago, Rossi the Robin said:

Away at Brum in the Championship- LJ won’t chuck him in surely

Hope he does, but will be surprised 

I'd be surprised if any of the new signings start, bench would be my bet.  Much more likely to start them in the league cup.

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1 minute ago, Nibor said:

I'd be surprised if any of the new signings start, bench would be my bet.  Much more likely to start them in the league cup.

With Pack gone I reckon it’s likely that Nagy will probably start.

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32 minutes ago, DT The Optimist said:

Well the £8 million Massengo must be a starter. Surely even BCFC would not spend that money and plonk him on the bench .... interesting watch again 

I think that you might be surprised.  He’s the one that I think they will give most time to settle in and see as a long term prospect.  He’s very young, looks a bit slight and I doubt will cope with a full season so they will break him in gently.   I wonder whether he will be the most expensive player outside of the Premier to play U23s?!

Think we will all need to be patient with him although I can’t wait to see him play. The others are older and have more first team games under their belts.

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2 hours ago, Fordy62 said:

One things for sure, there’s nowhere to hide for LJ now. Let’s hope it goes well!

There isn’t, but , against my better nature, I think we will get Top 6 .

Its irrational but I think ,  from what I have seen -  on YouTube -  Massongo looks a star and Afobe , if he is ‘right’ could be a huge signing .

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