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Everything posted by Smokedsalmon

  1. Why not? He is a very good player. Regressed slightly having been number 2 for so long at City, but Pep Guardiola doesn't bring you in to be his backup keeper if you aren't exceptional at playing exactly how Wilder wants you to play.
  2. Maybe Wilder is going to move McNair back into CM (where he is much better) now that Lenihan has come in? Frees up Payero to move on and make some $$$ back.
  3. I'm sure De Roon ended up playing furthest forward for us in midfield for a while, bizarrely?
  4. Wilder will be bringing him in for his impact in the dressing room. He's said a few times we have no leaders or big characters. Warnock used to say the team was too "nice". Players like Lenighan & McGoldrick fulfill the roles that players like Leadbitter & Nugent used to do last time we went up.
  5. Very very few goals are scored via headers, even from crosses. Look at how many assists Jones got by putting low crosses into the danger area that were put in by a free man (usually Crooks, who actually did score a couple headers from him as well). Put balls in behind the defensive line towards the far post and good strikers will pounce. Heading ability is really neither here nor there.
  6. Isn't it an optional clause you have to insert to say a loanee can't play against you? Feel like Wilder might have deliberately said "let him play"...
  7. Lumley by the way is 100% keeping 2 clean sheets against us. Probably get a goal and an assist while he's at it. Inevitable that whichever £10m striker we bring in has a tap in from 2 yards and somehow Lumley will get his *** in the way and bounce it out.
  8. Awful isn't it the off-season. Sat here at quarter past seven on a Saturday night dreaming of Paddy McNair pinging heat-seeker balls 45 yards across the pitch and out of play after dawdling on the ball for 10 seconds. Hits you right in the gut when you don't have it man.
  9. Think it's worth remembering we've never had a problem identifying good players, we've always had a problem securing them and getting deals over the line. How many times have we ended up with our 4/5th choice over the past few years? KS is probably streamlining the whole process and making sure we get who our manager wants early doors. Don't think he's been brought in to magic wonderkids out of thin air after 6 months.
  10. He words things in such a way that he can never be wrong until it's 100%. The guy genuinely posts about 50 variety of the same tweet about a story before it finally breaks. Absolute genius in terms of building his brand and making a living, but if he says something "isn't done" it translates to "I don't know what's going on and nobody has broken it with 100% certainty yet, so I won't commit". Either way I'm *** myself that we're getting 20m for Spence here. What a time to be alive.
  11. He pretty much just re-posts other journalists' work most of the time. Guy has become a bit of a meme because of "here we go!" but in terms of exclusives, he's pretty much useless apart from a few select Spanish/Italian clubs.
  12. Yeah have to be honest I think it would be a horrific signing but I can see the sense in it.
  13. Considering we literally need to sign 3 strikers it makes sense that one of them would be a cheaper/older option.
  14. The maximum I've seen him valued at is 15m. Our shopping list is; First-choice GK LWB LCB CB CM ST ST At an absolute minimum, we need all those positions filled with first team players, and we would still have very little depth afterwards. Is 15m enough for that? I'm not so sure.
  15. It's just a question of necessity for me. We haven't got enough money to build the squad we need. If we sold 1-2 players we could buy 4-5 players who are better than what we have, and more importantly, that we desperately need. Normally that would be a bit silly to say, but our squad is literally that unbalanced.
  16. If they're both on 2 years then excellent news as I think it's more likely to be McNair who goes, then.
  17. Based on Wilder's interview I can see one/two of Tav/Fry/McNair/Jones being sold along with Spence. Spence will go for 12-15m and I think Tav/Fry would be 7-10m based on the final year of their contract. Jones we might get another 15m for. Maybe 5m for McNair. I've said it before and I'll say it again, there's nobody in this squad that I would mind going that much because they have all had a loser's mentality for years. Some of them have been coached by a collective of Monk, Pulis, Woodgate, Warnock. Four managers who drilled the fear of losing in to them, the pump it long at first s
  18. "slow, ponderous and pedestrian" literally describes Middlesbrough FC since the year we were in the Prem.
  19. Lots of the blame. He has not budged at all from his Sheffield system despite not having the players to do it. Ridiculous.
  20. I don't think you could say 1 of our 4 strikers has had a genuinely good 90 minutes for months now. And it isn't their fault. They're all the same player (try to play on the shoulder and run in behind) and our midfielders are instructed to play the ball long to them where they all lose it because none of them are target men, and the one target man we had in the squad we binned off because he didn't "suit how we play". 🤡
  21. If he keeps playing this horrific system week in week out despite no improvement I might not even be bothered.
  22. It's a team that's way too used to losing. You can't coach it out of a whole squad.
  23. The thing that concerns me with Wilder is that his Sheffield United team hit a massive brick wall and by all accounts he just kept smacking his head against it until it broke him. He's gone away and had a few months away from football to look at what went wrong, what he could do differently, how he could apply a different style of football to his next team and... just done exactly the same thing. He's coming across like a massive one-trick pony right now - which I guess is one of the issues in having a manager who's assistant seems to be the brains behind the operation.
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