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If Kalas is out for any period of time, we could play him at centre-half.

There appears to be a fashionable train of thought (Tinman included), that our record signing centre-forward, who is determined to leave us on a free, is worth a place in the side for the - and I quote - “10 goals that he heads away from defensive set-pieces every season”. The ones that may or may not have gone in, or, and heres a radical idea, the ones that we get our defenders to head away.

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15 hours ago, TomThumb84 said:

Got beat up by a creaking 35 year old today.

 

Your appraisal here is hardly indicating skilled for another role. 

14 hours ago, TomThumb84 said:

If Kalas is out for any period of time, we could play him at centre-half.

 

Or not play the player concentrating on players who want to be at BCFC and are demonstrating that desire. 

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23 minutes ago, Wolf Island said:

After missing out on Watkins and Toney in recent seasons I am just hoping NP can sort us a Vardy. 
 

Dieudhiou on balance provided value for money just about but our recent track record in buying strikers has been dire. 

I'd like to see Louis Britton given a chance. Scoring goals for fun in U23s . I thought he could have done a job for us yesterday.

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15 hours ago, TomThumb84 said:

If Kalas is out for any period of time, we could play him at centre-half.

There appears to be a fashionable train of thought (Tinman included), that our record signing centre-forward, who is determined to leave us on a free, is worth a place in the side for the - and I quote - “10 goals that he heads away from defensive set-pieces every season”. The ones that may or may not have gone in, or, and heres a radical idea, the ones that we get our defenders to head away.

This is one big area where we have a big imbalance in our possible team selections.

It's hard to pick a team that we look at and think, yep we will be okay at defending set pieces.

Pearson said post match that you don't pick a striker just to defend set pieces. That's just a bonus. I've said that numerous times when people have said about Fam being so good at defending set pieces. It should be completely irrelevant in him being in the team.

But the problem is we look a bit dodgy at defending them even with him on the pitch. Without him we look ridiculously bad at defending them. 

Massengo and others you don't want on huge Rotherham players, and Bentley who is looking really vulnerable with balls into the box recently so not taking the pressure off those marking.

Another thing is a lot of our most promising young players coming through are short and going to not be physically developed enough or used to defend set pieces well at this level.

So having a pathway for these quality young players to come into our team is great. Some real top young talent. But it's just like signing even more busy little players!

I'm hoping almost all signings in the summer bring the physicality needed that we are missing. Meaning we can pick numerous different teams and each one looks on paper capable of dealing with balls into our box.

It's okay having a bit of a height and physical disadvantage, like Leeds did under Bielsa over two great seasons at this level. We can have an advantage in other areas like speed, technical ability, work rate etc. 

But we have to be much much better in that area of our game. We are too vulnerable.

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35 minutes ago, JonDolman said:

This is one big area where we have a big imbalance in our possible team selections.

It's hard to pick a team that we look at and think, yep we will be okay at defending set pieces.

Pearson said post match that you don't pick a striker just to defend set pieces. That's just a bonus. I've said that numerous times when people have said about Fam being so good at defending set pieces. It should be completely irrelevant in him being in the team.

But the problem is we look a bit dodgy at defending them even with him on the pitch. Without him we look ridiculously bad at defending them. 

Massengo and others you don't want on huge Rotherham players, and Bentley who is looking really vulnerable with balls into the box recently so not taking the pressure off those marking.

Another thing is a lot of our most promising young players coming through are short and going to not be physically developed enough or used to defend set pieces well at this level.

So having a pathway for these quality young players to come into our team is great. Some real top young talent. But it's just like signing even more busy little players!

I'm hoping almost all signings in the summer bring the physicality needed that we are missing. Meaning we can pick numerous different teams and each one looks on paper capable of dealing with balls into our box.

It's okay having a bit of a height and physical disadvantage, like Leeds did under Bielsa over two great seasons at this level. We can have an advantage in other areas like speed, technical ability, work rate etc. 

But we have to be much much better in that area of our game. We are too vulnerable.

Stupid thing is that if Bentley stays on his line, like he did for the one before, he throws his cap on it.  He either made a poor decision, or he didn’t execute, or a bit of both.

Sometimes it’s just very difficult to defend a ball delivered into the right area with a bit of pace on it.  Fortunately most times a player hits the near post area and big Fam (or Martin head it away).

Yesterday if you go man for man you create congestion, and you accept what might happen.  If you go zonal you accept the weaknesses of that too.

I know it’s a stupid comment but Rotherham didn’t score it yesterday, we conceded it....if that makes sense.

As I was typing this, I was watching Quest.....Jack Hunt just lets M.Smith go. Jeez!  Although Bentley makes another bad decision.  In fact Wood’s header is going well wide until it hits Vyner.

Dont get me wrong we need to do better, but I think a lot is about organisation, concentration rather than height per se.

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7 minutes ago, Davefevs said:

Stupid thing is that if Bentley stays on his line, like he did for the one before, he throws his cap on it.  He either made a poor decision, or he didn’t execute, or a bit of both.

Sometimes it’s just very difficult to defend a ball delivered into the right area with a bit of pace on it.  Fortunately most times a player hits the near post area and big Fam (or Martin head it away).

Yesterday if you go man for man you create congestion, and you accept what might happen.  If you go zonal you accept the weaknesses of that too.

I know it’s a stupid comment but Rotherham didn’t score it yesterday, we conceded it....if that makes sense.

As I was typing this, I was watching Quest.....Jack Hunt just lets M.Smith go. Jeez!  Although Bentley makes another bad decision.  In fact Wood’s header is going well wide until it hits Vyner.

Dont get me wrong we need to do better, but I think a lot is about organisation, concentration rather than height per se.

But did Bentley shout for it? I guess defenders leave it for the goalie if so?

Yeah organisation etc but with a goalie who is currently vulnerable at coming for balls or knowing when to, and a very lightweight looking set of players back there. It is giving the opponent's a big advantage imo.

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2 hours ago, E.G.Red said:

I'd like to see Louis Britton given a chance. Scoring goals for fun in U23s . I thought he could have done a job for us yesterday.

Couldn’t disagree - also Sam Bell looks much quicker than both Fam and Nakhi.  Give them both a chance in upcoming games!

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2 hours ago, Davefevs said:

 

Dont get me wrong we need to do better, but I think a lot is about organisation, concentration rather than height per se.

Daffyd, why do you call the poster Percy when his name is Jon ?

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2 hours ago, Denbury Red said:

Couldn’t disagree - also Sam Bell looks much quicker than both Fam and Nakhi.  Give them both a chance in upcoming games!

Would be nice to be completely safe and then give the kids a go. If any are not here next season then there it would be more beneficial to go with youth with the seniors that will be here next season.

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2 minutes ago, Son of Fred said:

Literally couldn't do any worse..

At least the lad gives a shit...

If Fam does go away on international duty even with the ability to take a test to avoid a full 10 day quarantine, it is still 5 days.  Can’t see him being available for the Easter games.

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I see no use in starting with Fam , he is leaving, is miles off the type of player we need in the future. That he has played may indicate we don't think we have the correct player for that role available. Not sure I see much use for Wells either mind. Martin I have never seen play much for us, but also doubt he is suitable , though he did seem to hold the ball up well, though pace very slow. Be a good recruiting challenge this summer, but Fam is gone, so let's play someone else who wants to be here and will be here. 

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On 21/03/2021 at 15:36, Davefevs said:

If Fam does go away on international duty even with the ability to take a test to avoid a full 10 day quarantine, it is still 5 days.  Can’t see him being available for the Easter games.

So it's not all bad news!

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1 hour ago, billywedlock said:

I see no use in starting with Fam , he is leaving, is miles off the type of player we need in the future. That he has played may indicate we don't think we have the correct player for that role available. Not sure I see much use for Wells either mind. Martin I have never seen play much for us, but also doubt he is suitable , though he did seem to hold the ball up well, though pace very slow. Be a good recruiting challenge this summer, but Fam is gone, so let's play someone else who wants to be here and will be here. 

I guess it depends if Pearson plans to recruit someone whose the same type of striker famara is so trying to replicate the game play

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On 21/03/2021 at 15:36, Davefevs said:

If Fam does go away on international duty even with the ability to take a test to avoid a full 10 day quarantine, it is still 5 days.  Can’t see him being available for the Easter games.

Otibers right now

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39 minutes ago, RedNachos said:

There are millions of people who would go out and leave everything on the line for this club if they got the chance, yet we persist to start with someone who couldn't give a flying ****, infuriating.

Now, I am not defending any player that does not give 100% however people need to remember Fam, in this example, is paid by BCFC But is not a fan - he did not grow up dreaming of playing at AG.

Its a job, and he is looking out for himself as he is soon to be out of contract.

Live with it, he is not going to bust a gut for us anymore.

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2 hours ago, Davefevs said:

According to Gregor, Fam’s final game is being played in Senegal (not Eswatini), and they aren’t on quarantine list....but it’s still a tight turnaround that makes me fee, it’s unlikely he will start.

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5 hours ago, Lrrr said:

I guess it depends if Pearson plans to recruit someone whose the same type of striker famara is so trying to replicate the game play

Yep, thats the bit we don't know , what player he sees in that role. Nige is normally thrown into a squad that has too many players, and having to use what he has. At Leicester he was able to build what he wanted. We have scope , which must be attractive to him. Vardy Mk 2 is fine by all of us. Only based on that, I would think he wants someone with pace who can create space as well as not lose the ball every time it arrives to him. Of course knowing what you want and finding/affording them is the real challenge. He is clearly looking at Palmer playing in front of the midfield, and that suggests he needs someone who can create space. Though Palmer needs to improve a lot too, and be faster at moving the ball on and not trying to beat a load of players. Antoine tends to do the same, though has moments when he moves the ball on very fast. Hey it's guessing, but certainly we will need better , or let's say different to Fam. 

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2 hours ago, billywedlock said:

Yep, thats the bit we don't know , what player he sees in that role. Nige is normally thrown into a squad that has too many players, and having to use what he has. At Leicester he was able to build what he wanted. We have scope , which must be attractive to him. Vardy Mk 2 is fine by all of us. Only based on that, I would think he wants someone with pace who can create space as well as not lose the ball every time it arrives to him. Of course knowing what you want and finding/affording them is the real challenge. He is clearly looking at Palmer playing in front of the midfield, and that suggests he needs someone who can create space. Though Palmer needs to improve a lot too, and be faster at moving the ball on and not trying to beat a load of players. Antoine tends to do the same, though has moments when he moves the ball on very fast. Hey it's guessing, but certainly we will need better , or let's say different to Fam. 

Sounds exactly like Andi Weimann if he recovers who would definitely be affordable, also would able to cover the pressing part of a vardy type striker  

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9 hours ago, billywedlock said:

Yep, thats the bit we don't know , what player he sees in that role. Nige is normally thrown into a squad that has too many players, and having to use what he has. At Leicester he was able to build what he wanted. We have scope , which must be attractive to him. Vardy Mk 2 is fine by all of us. Only based on that, I would think he wants someone with pace who can create space as well as not lose the ball every time it arrives to him. Of course knowing what you want and finding/affording them is the real challenge. He is clearly looking at Palmer playing in front of the midfield, and that suggests he needs someone who can create space. Though Palmer needs to improve a lot too, and be faster at moving the ball on and not trying to beat a load of players. Antoine tends to do the same, though has moments when he moves the ball on very fast. Hey it's guessing, but certainly we will need better , or let's say different to Fam. 

I started looking at Lg1 strikers / forwards last night, who are u24 and that might be able to step up.  Gonna take me some time to produce my list.  Last season I did a similar trawl through Lg1/2 and although Toney was the standout, he was going to Brentford, and therefore I thought we should be looking at Tyler Walker, who was subsequently bought by Coventry.  Not got tonnes of game time, but 6g / 2a in the equivalent of 15 matches in a struggling side isn’t too bad.

There are a few in this years batch that need a serious look at.  I will probably expand my search to Champ too, especially the bottom half because it’s possible there might be a bargain.

Re Palmer....I think he’s already started to reduce the amount of time he’s on the ball, much more popping it off than trying to dribble per se.  Work to do undoubtedly, but encouraging signs.  Two months ago he was looking like an expensive flop.  Looks like he’s created an early bond with NP too.

 

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8 hours ago, Lrrr said:

Sounds exactly like Andi Weimann if he recovers who would definitely be affordable, also would able to cover the pressing part of a vardy type striker  

A small issue with goal scoring though. NP would know him from Derby, but from a quick check did not play him (he only started 1 game that season with NP and then Steve M) . He will be on some notable wages, even with the option that we could negotiate. I think the club will move on, you risk signing someone who could be injured many times as he recovers, and we cannot afford any more risks like that in my view. Nice guy, great work ethic, but end result not there. 

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8 minutes ago, billywedlock said:

A small issue with goal scoring though. NP would know him from Derby, but from a quick check did not play him (he only started 1 game that season with NP and then Steve M) . He will be on some notable wages, even with the option that we could negotiate. I think the club will move on, you risk signing someone who could be injured many times as he recovers, and we cannot afford any more risks like that in my view. Nice guy, great work ethic, but end result not there. 

Thing with Andi here is he’s scored approx 14 a season while also being shunted to playing on the wing, would wager he’d finish on a good total (providing he could return the same player) if he played 40+ games upfront, sure he misses chances here and there some think he should finish but what striker doesn’t? He’s also very good in the air when you look at the headers he scores. He seems to be out doing running on pitches which could indicate being about 2 months from playing at that time, could be were able to make an assessment as to his recovery around the end of the season even if he doesn’t play a game. Also offering him a 2 year deal on reduced terms rather than using the option on current wages could be an option. Reduces the immediate ffp contribution while giving him an extra season of guaranteed income.

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4 hours ago, billywedlock said:

A small issue with goal scoring though. NP would know him from Derby, but from a quick check did not play him (he only started 1 game that season with NP and then Steve M) . He will be on some notable wages, even with the option that we could negotiate. I think the club will move on, you risk signing someone who could be injured many times as he recovers, and we cannot afford any more risks like that in my view. Nice guy, great work ethic, but end result not there. 

In a 2 I'm happy for Weimann to play up top, as long as it's the right partner. 

Not so keen on Weimann as the main man up there. Not sure that role suits him.

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