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  1. Just now, "KM" said:

    I think with the figures being quoted for Spence alone we should have more than enough to bring in the players we need.  

    The maximum I've seen him valued at is 15m.

    Our shopping list is;

    First-choice GK







    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. Just now, "KM" said:

    I can understand the reasoning behind selling Spence but I just can’t get my head around fans being ok with the likes of Jones, McNair and Crooks being sold. These are players we should be looking to build our side around.

    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. Just now, TLF10 said:

    @Smokedsalmon. Tav and Fry both have 2yrs left on their contracts. Wilder has gone out his way to praise Tav so I dont think he going anywhere. 

    Fry am unsure of as he does not strike me as the commanding centre half Wilder wants. He been bullied a few times this season.

    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 sign of pressure mentality, a culture of abject football and acceptance of failure to pull through big games.

    We need fresh players with a fresh mentality to come in and really believe they can win every game. Players who play with a bit of zip, spark, confidence. Take a player on, show for the ball, get the tempo up (like McGree does, even if it doesn't always come off for him).

    Personally excited as hell for this window. It's refreshing not to fear losing any of your players. 

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  5. 1 minute ago, AnglianRed said:

    They might work with the right players...but Boro don't have the right players.

    Even then, I wonder how he was that successful with Sheffield? Other teams will suss you out sooner or later...and when they do you have to adapt. Wilder hasn't shown much sign of that.

    For that reason I'm not totally blaming the players. He has to take some of the blame.


    Lots of the blame. He has not budged at all from his Sheffield system despite not having the players to do it. Ridiculous.

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  6. Just now, J.T. said:

    Out of interest, when was the last time Sporar and Watmore did anything? Might as well stick Crooks up too

    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".



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  7. 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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  8. 1 hour ago, White Band said:

    Connolly's big problem is that the vast majority of our fans were prejudiced against him before he even kicked a ball for us.  None of our strikers are doing well because none of them are getting any service.  Yes, Coburn has come on as a sub and scored (I think he may actually have been assisted by a striker both times) but I think he would struggle with the same lack of service if played from the start and then fans would turn on him as well.  You could put Mitrovic in our current team instead of one of our current strikers, and even he would struggle to score. 

    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.

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  9. 4 minutes ago, Changing Times said:

    Watmore managed to get himself involved so what’s Connolly’s excuse exactly?  Balogun was on for 10 mins, Sporar for about 20 mins.  Connolly had 81 mins and if anything got even less involved than he had been in the early parts of the game.

    Does Watmore's 1 shot and couple of runs that led to nothing elevate him so far above Connolly?

  10. Just now, Neverbefore said:

    The fact that balogun and sporar didnt touch the ball backs this up. That's why I always defend him, he gets far worse than any of the others but they're all much of the same - at some point you have to ask if that's a tactics issue or do we really just have 4 crap strikers?

    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.

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  11. 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 seriously believe all 4 of our strikers are this bad, right? You could genuinely put Lewandowski up top in this side and he'd struggle exactly the same way.

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  12. Just now, Borodane said:

    We’re going backwards way too much. It always ends up with a punt up from Daniels that we never get hold of. 

    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.

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  13. 7 minutes ago, Denzel Zanzibar said:

    This is worrying considering I'd heard a rumour that Wilder's contract with us is only for one season. 

    Surely he'd want to have a full season with us though if we don't get promoted this season? Burnley in the Championship, even with parachute money doesn't seem to be a very attractive job offer to me...

    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.

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  14. 2 hours ago, AnglianRed said:

    Fair point. Quite a few times I've found myself shouting "shoot!" then groaning when they take another touch, or pass it. Another reason we are so frustrating to watch at times.

    Its like we caught the Arsenal disease and just want to pass the ball into the net.


    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.

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  15. 1 minute ago, TeaCider24 said:

    It would be a great idea to go up.

    We could go down with 0 wins and 38 losses and we'd still probably be in a much healthier place than we are now.

    The financial benefits of promotion outweigh any downsides of struggling when we're up there.

    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...

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  16. Just now, Downsouth said:

    Connolly is an enigma no doubt about it and the most marmite player we ever have had. You either like him or loathe him but the question is have we seen him improve? 

    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).

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  17. 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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