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Everything posted by Snowblind

  1. Well... What a ****heap of a day... I don't get to follow much in Lockdown as I spend 7.5 hours online tutoring on saturdays - but having watched back? Jesus Christ. Our play-off hopes are diminishing. If we don't make it, I'll be rooting for Barnsley. The turnaround under Ismaël is nothing short of incredible. They're also the only other viable northern club in contention...
  2. Dickens and Shakespeare? Wouldn't get this level of cultural reference on FMTTM. 😉
  3. He was our keeper, faithful and just to us: But Warnock says he was calamitous; And Warnock is an honourable man.
  4. Perhaps. But a player like Howson signing on a lesser contract, Fletch being offered a lower deal and considering it, and Marvin Johnson re-signing and actually contributing aren't exclusive of who the manager is. Getting players like Dijksteel and Bola to play as they have, and even getting the best out of McNair, are firmly on Warnock's doorstep. Even look at Fry now compared to when people were writing him off over the last 2 years. Then add to that the Watmore deal. And signing our first genuine wide players for *** knows how long. What happens in logic and what happens in reality aren't always married. Again, Pulis' tenure being a case in point. If I were Gibson? I wouldn't have offered him a deal right now. But it's quite easy to see why he has. And it's quite easy to see what Warnock has done here in a short, tumultuous period. It's a 'safe' decision. Not exciting. But at a time when all football clubs at this level are struggling to meet financial demands, you can absolutely understand going for safety.
  5. I didn't mean we weren't competitive under Monk and Pulis - as you say, certainly did mean Woody. The issues he's helped turn around for Monk and Pulis are more financial; insane wages, high transfer fees on mediocre players. He's essentially done the job which Pulis claimed he'd be doing, whilst actually just lining his own pockets. Stability is the most succinct word for it I think. In different ways compared to different tenures, but now at least stable in a higher percentage of aspects. I'm not a fan of the guy, but I am thankful for the work he's done so far. I also think he's benefitted from there being no fans in the stadium. Less 'in your face' reviews of the style of football played.
  6. Warnock has saved us, to be fair to him. Yes the football is dire. Yes he's a bit of a ***. But he's turned around the diabolical decisions of the Monk, Pulis, and Woodgate eras and made us competitive again. One more year. Let him keep consolidating the turnaround. Then, we move forward. That's the hope.
  7. A decent call - but, as always, Gibson won't chas3 a guy who's already in a management job. So we can almost certainly discount brining in a young, blossoming boss from a lower level - which would be my personal preference. Someone like Ryan Lowe would be on my list, or try to tempt Valérian Ismaël from Barnsley - but I can't see it with Gibbo. I don't see names like Howe or Lampard being realistic options. And without poaching, there's not much available. My bet would be we end with an appointment like David Wagner or Mark Hughes and just follow along that similar, well trodden path. 😑
  8. Is this the OneBoro version of OnlyFans...?
  9. Jozo Simunovic is the only name that's realistic and in a part of the pitch we're short. Maybe someone like Albornoz if we wanted better cover at LB.
  10. Fabio. There's a strange obsession with him from some Boro fans who thought he was 'phenomenal' in his one appearance against Huddersfield. I was there and thought he was diabolically bad...
  11. The line "a product of the Feyenoord academy" excites me. 👌🏻 Transfermarkt has him as a 10 who can play CM or LW. Hopefully he does well here and develops into a decent player. He was signed by a far bigger academy than our beloved Anfernee, so there must be at least some raw talent there.
  12. To be honest, I don't think it really matters what XI we'd play with everyone fit, because it's unlikely to happen. The key is going to be how well we rotate, and the strength and depth of our forward players means we can do that far, far better. All clubs have an insane fixture pile up, so it.truly is a squad game more so than ever before. NML and Bolasie will take time to reach match fitness, and Watmore arguably isn't quite there yet anyway - but having Kebano, Tav, and Johnson in there to keep vitality is going to be key.
  13. I've wanted Kebano here for about 18 months. What a signing that is! Great window. 👌🏻
  14. Aye, could have Watmore on either side tbf. He's played from the Left move often for us, but they could.easily be interchangable. NML can play either flank too, so even gives us the options to switch mid-game and test opposition FBs.
  15. GK - Bettinelli / Archer / Brynn RB - Fisher / Spence CB - Fry / Hall CB - McNair / Dijksteel LB - Bola / Coulson CM - Morsy / Hackney CM - Howson / Saville RW - Bolasie / Mendez-Laing 10 - Kebano / Tavernier LW - Watmore / Johnson ST - Fletcher / Assombalonga / Akpom
  16. He's a natural No. 10, but was very effective cutting in from wide for Fulham in the back end of last season. He's been on the fringes of Fulham's side for a while, but everyone he's been given a chance he's had absolutely unplayable moments. Instrumental in their Play Off games. Give him a Free Role and he'll create us some.good chances.
  17. Looks like he'll eat defences alive. Like, literally eat them.
  18. NML is looking a bit chunky like... Adriano Mk. II 😅
  19. Get Kebano confirmed.and announce a new deal for Fletcher and, in the immortal words of CF, it will be a "cream" worth day.
  20. I don't want to get too excited over Kebano. We've been burnt by 'typical Boro' too many times...!
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