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  1. That might explain missing players like Payero, Boyd Munce, Gibson etc.
  2. That's the thing. If he is our third or fourth best striker, then we're in a decent place.
  3. How good is Gyokeres? One of the best strikers in the league last season in a decent team. It was his breakout season. Whether he can build on that is the question. Does he fit into our pattern of play? Coventry largely played some version of 3-5-2 possession-based football with Gyokeres one of the front two. He played 45 games, 3,600 minutes with a goal or assist every other game. His endurance and performance is exactly what we're looking for. He doesn't seem to play in the manner of a Wilder forward. According to Whoscored, he's weak defensively and easy to knock off the ball and
  4. Good start, looked the real thing then nothing. The best of our strikers last season but that's not saying a lot. It kind of feels that either covid hit him hard or he was mismanaged and lost interest because he was a shadow of himself from the end of January.
  5. This is a bit of an urban myth. Wilder doesn't actually rotate his strikers. In the promotion season, Sharp and McGoldrick started pretty much every game they could. He does routinely sub off one of his strikers after about 60 minutes. He only 'rotated' our strikers because none of them earned a place. In general, Wilder is old-school and doesn't rotate. If you're in the team you get dropped if you're not performing. He doesn't generally rotate players in and out for fitness reasons. If he thinks you're the best option in that position and you can play, you play.
  6. It does make the point that part of whether a player is a success is the system he plays in. For Cardiff he played 21 times with 9 assists. They seem to have played a mix of 3-5-2 and 4-2-3-1 with him playing left wing-back or left wing. For Blackburn he played 10 times with 1 assist but didn't play in a settled position or formation. Blackburn were also having Mogga's traditional new year nightmare. Like Jones, he seems ideally suited to be an attacking wing-back/winger. He's probably a better crosser than Jones but we're not a team that focuses on crosses into the box so it'll come down
  7. An odd one this. Seemed like a Warnock signing and started well but Warnock was soon saying that he was never intended to be a first choice forward and he was bombed out of the team as soon as Sporar signed. Wilder clearly never fancied him. Went on loan to Cardiff but couldn't get into the team ahead of Hugill. At first he looked destined to be a cult hero but three managers in the same season didn't fancy him. He's a victim of a really confused recruitment process this summer. As a player he probably gave us a solid 6/10 when he got pitch time but as yet another piece of botched recruit
  8. That probably explains why so many of the senior u23s were let go. Looking at the squad list on Transfermarkt, only Brad James and Boyd-Munce are over 21. (Hemming and Brynn are out on loan).
  9. Every club misses out on many targets every year. If Wilder starts making passive-aggressive comments about the ones he doesn't have then he'll be showing himself no better than the likes of Warnock and Pulis who spent their entire tenure blaming everyone but themselves.
  10. Updating this. GK. none Defenders: Dijksteel, Fry, McNair, Wingbacks: Jones, (Fisher, Coulson, Bola) Midfield: (Howson), Crooks, McGree, Tav, (Payero) Forwards: Watmore, (Coburn) U23s to step up. Gibson, Bilongo, Boyd-Munce Fisher, Bola, Coulson and Payero all look to be on the shoogly peg. Howson in brackets because I presume Wilder wants him but it might be difficult to agree a new contract. I think Wilder would rather have Coburn go out on loan but may wait to see if he needs him on the bench.
  11. It all seems pretty simple really. Conte wants Spence but Levy fancies himself a master haggler. Levy will drag this out for as long as he can so that either Spence or us (or, ideally from his point of view, both) reduce what they're looking for. We want to sell but we're not in a tearing hurry because we know we'll sell him to someone at some point; Gibson can bridge incoming transfers with security. Conte will get annoyed if this drags on because Spence will miss some pre-season. Spence will also start to get concerned if it looks like he's risking missing out on what is likely to be his pre
  12. Really bright start but Covid and international absences meant he missed a crucial 6 weeks and then took a some time to rebuild his sharpness. Has shown an eye for goal and really good passing range. I think he potentially is a better option than Tav on the left of midfield going forward but Tav is better defensively there. Two goals in 7 starts is an excellent return. Undoubtedly our best January recruitment but that is a low bar. Rated him 7 but as a signing he should probably only be a 4-5 so far because absences meant he didn't have the impact we needed from him. Medium term, I
  13. I suspect that when historians look back on this era they'll discover that Taylor offered more than we realised at the time. During our best run, he marshalled the left side well. Obviously more defensive than Jones but he still frequently showed up in the opponents' 6 yard box. With McNair not having a left foot, Taylor lacked options for attacking play and generally focused on triangles with Tav and whichever one of the striker mystery box selection turned up on his side of the pitch. I think this was a solid 5 or 6 of a signing. He always did a job under difficult circumstances. A bit
  14. As far as I can tell, the issue seems to be that Wilder wants his defence to play a high line which means that main criteria is a keeper who can work as an auxiliary defender. That means being able to read the game well, good positioning and good sprinting speed. Lumley was quick but that was it. Daniels wasn't good at any of those, forcing the defence to play deeper. He seems less worried about distribution because we don't generally play on the counter.
  15. We've made worse signings in the last 5 years. I gave him 2 but 3 is probably fairer. He's on a long slide down to nowhere. He tried for a while. He was a really bad misjudgement. Up there with JLS in that respect.
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