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25 Feb 2021 09:07:34
Vid, you know me, always strapped in and always enjoying the ride.
Let you in to a secret, I even enjoyed the 6-2 defeat by Man utd. No, not because I had been turned by the bandwagonning pseudo supporters round here where I am but because we were actually playing a LEAGUE game at Old Trafford. After years of visiting small grounds around the country we were now legitimately a PL club. yessssss, get in. And what made it better was they smashed us, fair enough, with a few goals but we never stopped taking it to them.

On the subject of Raph, I totally agree with the idea that it depends on the motivation of the player. Personally I would be looking at how players have improved under the coaches that they might join. has Ole improved any of the guys he has signed. has James improved since Swansea? A more relevant one maybe. has Ole improved Raph's countryman, Fred? Surely Raph must have designs on a Brazil shirt. Will he get to that level at Manutd?

Does Kopp improve players? (I am sure we will get an Ed001 reaction to that question) . Personally I think he doesn't, he improves teams. Shaquri is no better now than he was at Stoke, their are Salah or Mane much improved over their previous clubs form. But I will say Klopp has created an environment where they are so much more effective than they were at other clubs.

Only my ideas, I am not looking to be voted Prime Minister and implement anything in my manifesto.




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21 Feb 2021 12:58:56
Alf, agreed with your post as to Cooper's performance against Wolves, and the observation that the partnership between him and Struick has developed and improved.
It was good to see that neither of the cb was taking chances with the extra pass when under pressure. Earlier this season it looked like they had been told that keeping possession was at any cost. Some of the passing out from the back was 'Brazilian' in intention but made by a Championship standard foot. On watching the last couple of games I think I have seen a more pragmatic approach to being high pressed. All of the back 5, at some point in the match, were prepared to send the ball long and release the pressure on the defence. Obviously I am not a Euro B coach so its just a normal bloke making observation that may be rubbish. However, I did feel our defence looked a lot more confident overall and they still worked it from the back as often as it was prudent.

The unfortunate knock-on from the big hoof up to the front man is that we don't have a target man to take advantage. I am not decrying Bamford at all, he is running his butt off for the cause, he just hasn't got the physical attributes to be successful at that area of the game and with our pattern of play there isn't much use for it. Mobility is our key.

It was a similar situation with Harrison. Semedo (something like that anyway) was bigger and stronger. There should be no shame in losing out in those situations. I thought Semedo showed how experience and physical prowess is an advantage in the PL. Harrison is good, but is only 6months in to learning how to cope at this level.

I am still very happy at how we are approaching each game. I love watching us, even we are a couple of goals down. But I would say that both Burnley and Sheffield Utd have looked better than we do now on their first seasons up and they were less financially backed when they first came up. (However we are only putting out £23m of our summer outlay on a regular basis Meslier and Raphina, with £30m Rodrigo, £17m Llorente, £12m Koch and £16m Costa having teething problems this season) .




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16 Feb 2021 12:23:35
Leodis, totally agree regarding Drameh. In that last few games I have watched him in he looks so good. Calm, fast, physical

Spanish, can you confirm that winning this league gets us promotion? My worry is the top boys have a closed shop and upstarts don't get to play.




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16 Feb 2021 12:19:28
Leeds, not sure who your inferring that doesn't know we need another CDM?

Is it Bielsa, is it Orta is it Radz?

Or all of them?

Cos I just thought that those guys had already bought Spanish international Llorente AND German international Koch who have both played CDM at the top level.

Oh, wait, you want more. so once all fully fit we can pay players to kick their heels.

As far as I am concerned we have been unlucky and we just suck it up until we get our players back to fitness, a bit like Liverpool are having to do over Van Dyik and Citeh are doing with Aguero. Can't see their fans slagging the admin off for unfortunate injuries.




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14 Feb 2021 12:49:34
In all fairness to Keegan that statement isn't a lie. In respect to current transfer fees then and now the Newcastle team of his era cost hugely more than the team Bielsa inherited in the Championship and has got to 10th

So in truth we are a poor man's Newcastle.

However, that's more to Keegan shame than anything else. It just goes to show him as a guy that needs a cheque book to challenge and be entertaining, whilst Bielsa coaches entertainment and success in to his initially-lessable players.

Shame on you Wor Kev.