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  1. Stuart Webber at Norwich is continuing to do a fantastic job as their Technical Director by getting Sam Byram for £750,000.
  2. £20 million is a massive amount of money so I can imagine us getting tempted by it. However, considering Harry Maguire costs £80 million and Lewis Dunk costs £45 million, Dael Fry for £20 million isn't all that much in todays ridiculously inflated market. He has so much potential in him so his price is only ever going to increase. Hopefully we can keep him for one more season.
  3. A few thoughts on the Hartlepool game yesterday. The Evening Gazette giving Braithwaite a 5 out of 10 is simply disingenious and can't be a honest opinion. He was instrumental in the build up to Gestede's goal and also teed up a similar opportunity with another cross-field ball to the right flank. His attitude seemed great with his tracking back - such as early into the game he full sprinted to chase the a Hartlepool player down who had the ball, which was met by a loud applause by the Boro fans. Tavernier looked very good too. If he keeps his feet on the ground this season then he's going to be a joy to watch. I think he looks best at RW with the freedom to come infield as his technical ability, link up play and movement is better than most wingers so he can find dangerous pockets of space for him to exploit. The central defensive partnership of Flint and Shotton looks fundamentally floored in our new style as they're both not good enough on the ball. We're going to concede so many sloppy goals unless something drastic changes. I'm desperately hoping for Fry to be available for the start of the season as he has far more composure on the ball than any of our other centerbacks. Djed Spence looks very exciting going forward but he is concerningly slender, which is hardly surprising considering he's still only 18. I hope I'm wrong but at his current size he could struggle with the physicality of mens Championship football this season. I have a very good feeling about Malley as he looked very assured and confident on the pitch despite not having much chance to impress in the fairly disjointed second half. One moment of real class which impressed me was when he effortlessly pivoted away from a Hartlepool player with the outside of his boot. It looked effortless but it is a very high skilled movement to pull off to such a high standard. I can understand why many behind the scenes are excited about his potential. Coulson done well also. He's not very tall but he certainly has lots of energy, grit and bravery about him. Reading looked good when he came on too. We seem quite well stocked with young LB's to provide competition to Friend. It might explain why McGinley was sold seemingly without much concern.
  4. Yeah lots of players can do well in Scotland but struggle in England, however it isn't an absolute rule. Effective scouting - something which we struggle with - should filter out the spuds like Boyd. There are still the likes of Robertson, Van Dijk, McGinn and Fraser in recent years who show that there is quality in the Scottish League so nobody from there should immediately be wrote off.
  5. I watched a few Hibernian games late in the 2017/18 season and Kamberi really impressed me. I think I may have even mentioned his name on here at some point last Summer as a potential target. That Hibernian side had John McGinn pulling the strings in midfield and loads of movement down the wings around Kamberi, which he seemed to thrive within so maybe they changed style last season or just didn't perform as well going forward - which is likely considering the lost McGinn this Summer.
  6. It's quite concerning that Nottingham Forest are seemingly beating us to quite a few transfer targets.
  7. Graeme Bailey‏Verified account @GraemeBailey 2m2 minutes ago More Nottingham Forest are close to finalising a deal for Albert Adomah in the next 24 hours - a number of clubs are keen including West Bromwich Albion, but he looks set for the City Ground.
  8. It's interesting that Adomah has been up here. Signing him would follow a short sighted strategy of signing older players on high wages that we aren't going to develop and potentially make a profit on. That really concerns me. However, signing a player of Adomah's quality would be a huge positive to us, especially considering how weak we are on the wings. Us apparently having a serious interest in Adomah may explain why we have supposedly yet to bid on Jamal Lowe of Portsmouth, who would surely cost a good few million and would probably want a four year contract.
  9. Where did Woodgate say that he views Tavernier as a CM?. If that's the case then I'd anticipate we start 4-1-4-1 with Wing and Tavernier the CM's given freedom to get forward whilst Clayton sits at the base. Or unless we put Wing into a winger role - similar to how Bournemouth successfully utilise Ryan Fraser - as that would allow him to pick up some very dangerous positions and also would free up a CM spot for one of our many CM's like Saville, McNair or Howson. I would be confident that Wing could play that more advanced role very well from the wing as he has many of the attributes to replicate how Ryan Fraser operates.
  10. We're pretty well stocked in CM, especially considering we seem to have a few highly rated academy CM's like Malley and Liddle, so selling McNair won't cause us any huge problems in terms of squad quality and depth. McNair has failed to impose himself here for whatever reasons and if we do sell him, like it appears we're keen to do, then I'll be quite saddened to see him leave without being given a chance under Woodgate here. However, business is business and clearly the club seem content to letting him go - probably with us needing to redress the squad balance and wage bill - so I'm sure selling McNair will help open the door for new players in positions that we're desperate for like fullbacks and wingers. We've got a lot of work to do and not a great deal of time to do it so hopefully McNair leaving can kick-start our transfer activity.
  11. Clayton is a phenomenal holding midfielder in a team that plays to his strengths of playing good quality football, and players of his quality are in very short supply in the Championship so it would be madness to sell him. In the 2014/15 and 2015/16 season's he was without doubt the best holding midfielder in the Championship so I'm confident that he can regain that same level again once we go back to playing good quality football, which it seems Woodgate is aiming to achieve. Pulis largely bypassed midfield as we just hoofed the ball forward, so a holding midfielder like him was always going to struggle. Yeah I'd be quite happy to let Shotton go too if his wages are as high as £30k a week as he isn't particularly good and, assuming we manage to sign a proper RB that can go forward well, he won't be a first team starter. I'm guessing that top quality Championship players like Che Adams, Neil Maupay etc will be on far less wages than Shotton's supposed £30k a week. We need to cut loads of financial inefficiency within our squad, especially among the aging players that are on big wages and are out of contract next Summer such as Shotton. Once we do that then it will make it so much easier for us to spend the freed up wages on the signings that will add more quality to our strongest starting 11. Considering the quality of players down the spine of our team I think we can easily manage to cut some inefficiencies without it having a negative impact upon our team.
  12. As McNair is best as a box-to-box midfielder, I think his future here could be heavily reliant on what formation Woodgate wants us to play. If it's a 4-3-3 (4-1-4-1) then I can imagine McNair fitting in well as it allows the to most advanced central midfielders to break forward. However if we play 4-2-3-1, which requires the two midfielders to sit in an do a disciplined job in front of the back four - such as the very effective Clayton and Leadbitter combination in the 2015/16 promotion winning season - then McNair as a box-to-box midfielder would not naturally be suited to that formation.
  13. Where are you from to have icicles like that by the way?. Is it at least on earth?.
  14. Independently from whether the club was right of wrong in not giving Bowyer better terms, the way that the statement from Charlton's owner reads as petty, unprofessional and is just point scoring. Simply, it just reflects very badly on the them. If money was that tight then Charlton would have been better giving better terms to Bowyer than spending £300,000 on Bonne from Leyton Orient today. Keeping a good manager - especially one which unites the club like Bowyer has at Charlton - is far more important than any new signing.
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