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Smokedsalmon

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. If they're both on 2 years then excellent news as I think it's more likely to be McNair who goes, then.
  4. 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
  5. "slow, ponderous and pedestrian" literally describes Middlesbrough FC since the year we were in the Prem.
  6. Lots of the blame. He has not budged at all from his Sheffield system despite not having the players to do it. Ridiculous.
  7. 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". 🤡
  8. If he keeps playing this horrific system week in week out despite no improvement I might not even be bothered.
  9. It's a team that's way too used to losing. You can't coach it out of a whole squad.
  10. 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.
  11. Spot on. Our low-tempo, tepid, overly-cautious midfield play is what kills our ability to score goals, not our strikers. When was the last time we scored a counter-attack? Be interested to see that. Feels like it takes us an age to progress the ball up the pitch.
  12. Does Watmore's 1 shot and couple of runs that led to nothing elevate him so far above Connolly?
  13. Connolly gets it worse because of the reputation he's come with off the pitch, I reckon. He looks like a "lad" with his Love Island girlfriend and history of a bad attitude. Balogun doesn't bring that, and Sporar has a catchy song, so neither get pelters as much as him.
  14. I'd love to see the statistics on the play around & towards him. Not being a Connolly-apologist at all, but seriously, how many passes were made into him that weren't long balls from Daniels?
  15. I don't rate Connolly at all, but I have to say, I don't know what people expect him to do. He'd have had to literally pick the ball up in our half and beat the whole Bournemouth team to score today. You can see how annoyed he gets after the 4-5th time when he's made a run, called for it, and we've passed it backwards. He probably snatches at chances because he's genuinely lucky to get the ball in a shooting position once per game. Our awful attacking play is not his (or any of the other 3 striker's) fault because they're doing what they're instructed to do. People can't se
  16. He always bangs on about wanting to win games, he said he backs us to beat Barcelona yesterday! I think not.
  17. It's a shame that Wilder can't change games. Either Plan A works and we win or... that happens.
  18. He's the only one, other than Tavernier, who tries to take his man on and make something happen.
  19. Team looks bereft of confidence and belief, always backwards or safety first, think the last 2 have knocked the play off hope out of them.
  20. He's said in basically every interview he's ever done with us that he's here "for the medium and long term" and there is 0.0% chance we sacked Warnock to bring Wilder in on a 7 month contract so that rumour sounds about as believable as the one I'm about to make up now saying that we're bringing in Dyche as our new Media Training Coach to teach the players how to growl when they talk.
  21. Moving the ball slowly has been our bane for years now. Very rarely we get some one-touch passing and movement going on down the right, usually involving Jones/Dijksteel (who have a great partnership) but otherwise it's soooo sloooow. McNair especially is guilty of picking the ball up in his LCB position, watching everyone stand in front of him, moving it to he left, then the right, then waaaaaiting.... I think we just don't have the technical ability to play at the pace required to break teams down with passing and movement.
  22. Except everyone would turn on Wilder, we'd sack him halfway through the season, give the job to Knill, abandon the whole project and come down back to square one. I swear I've seen this movie before...
  23. Connolly plays because Wilder brought him in and to not play him would be him admitted it was a mistake. There's literally nothing more to it, really. But I also don't think he's the source of our issues, that lies in our lack of quality out-wide (without Jones) and the fact we're carrying passengers in key positions (Crooks, Lumley).
  24. It isn't said enough by the way - what were we doing letting Ikpeazu go because he "doesn't suit the system" when we still ping long balls to Connolly every game? He literally never wins them. Easy to say in hindsight but Ikpeazu would 100% have contributed more than Connolly/Balogun have. He would have held the ball up and bought us time in the final third. He might not have pressed, but let's be honest, we don't press very well anyway, so I really don't get that one at all.
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