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  1. It was one of those games where it felt pretty dismal watching from the stands but in the cold light of day the stats showed we dominated the game with more possession, more chances, higher xG etc. not to mention three points and a clean sheet, so difficult to complain too much. I thought Bournemouth were very well organised defensively and seemed happy to park the bus and let us play in front of them leading to a lot of frustrating side to side, back to the keeper stuff from us. This only got worse once they were down to ten men. Things opened up a bit when it was 10 v 10 and we hit the panic button a few times dropping deeper and deeper, but other than Wilson missing the ball from 6 yards I don't remember them really looking like scoring. As you say we've had plenty of games this season where we've played lovely football and lost so maybe it was about time we managed a scrappy one nil win.
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    For all his natural attributes and technical ability, Ben's lack of experience as a defender has been exposed a few times this season. Of course not having a regular partner earlier in the season hasn't helped, but I think he looked far better against a lower standard of opposition last season when his athleticism and technique could compensate for sometimes poor positioning or decision making. He still has a lot of potential for improvement though and would benefit from an experienced head like Klose or dare I say it Hanley alongside him.
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    How good is Emi?

    Krul aside, those players are all young and inexperienced and their value reflects their potential as much as their current level. It's also probably fair to say they would all look better with more experienced teammates around them.
  4. Agree with all of the above and would also add that perhaps under Farke's system Tettey has been given more freedom and confidence to play creatively than under previous managers.
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    Poor loan signings again.

    I suppose it's possible they signed Amadou as cover for DM and CB with a hope that he could push Tettey and ultimately take over from him. However at the time I think most people saw Amadou as the DM upgrade we desperately needed and after time to get used to the EPL would have expected him to feature as a regular starter in his preferred position.
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    Poor loan signings again.

    I think this is also why we have looked a bit more solid now we have a fit Hanley at the back. Despite his technical shortcomings he has bags of experience, including in the premier league.
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    That's a bit like saying Grant Hanley is the same type of player as Virgil Van Dijk though Wanyama has proven ability at the highest level whereas Amadou is someone with the potential to step up and therefore much more of a Norwich signing. I expect if we were going to make a signing like Wanyama we'd have done it in the Summer instead of Amadou. As I said earlier I don't think it will happen, but agree with those who say he could be a fantastic player for us.
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    Poor loan signings again.

    As great a player as Tettey is for this club, there's something wrong if Amadou can't get in the team ahead of him or at least give him a break over Christmas. Tettey was knackered in the second half last night and in a couple of games recently his fatigue and lack of pace has been exposed. Perhaps Amadou is not fully fit or maybe there's some issue behind the scenes and he doesn't want to stay.
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    How good is Emi?

    Fantastic talent and the last few games he's seemed stronger on the ball and more confident taking players on. Just because nobody else really has, I'll chip in with some criticism: he tends to sulk when things don't go his way and can spend far too long rolling around on the floor when the play has moved on. You could also question why if his stats are so good he isn't having more of an impact on results. But I'm nitpicking, he's a wonderful player and a joy to watch. As someone said above you really have to see him live to appreciate his technique and work rate.
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    Can't see us being able to meet Wanyama's wage demands or compete with other PL clubs who would be interested. I'd have given my right nut to have signed him in the Summer though.
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    Daily reminder that Pukki was Onside

    Very interesting comments from the IFAB man there. It does seem odd that the EPL were one of the last big competitions to introduce VAR and yet seem to have gotten it so horribly wrong. Does anyone have statistics for VAR reviews in the EPL this season? In this interview the same IFAB guy says they average 1 review every 3 matches, surely we're way ahead of that this season?
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    Souness on VAR/offside

    Just watched the Souness clip and while yes his suggestion would give an advantage to the attacker and lead to more goals it doesn't address the fundamental issue which is that the VAR technology is not accurate at the distances it's being used to determine given the speed of play and frame rate of the video.
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    Liverpool VAR

    And now Sheffield Utd have a goal disallowed for a toenail offside. Shame.
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    City v Spurs match thread

    According to the EPL website the two VAR officials were Dave Peacock and Stevland Morris.
  15. I've always felt Trybull can be a bit anonymous. When he's playing well he does the simple stuff and is neat and tidy, but ideally you want a player who does all that but also offers something more. Vrancic has a good range of passing and is a goal threat from distance but he can be a bit lightweight and drifts in and out of games. Certainly today he was fantastic and he had some great performances last season, eg. Elland Road where he dominated. He does need a solid DM alongside him though. With both him and Buendia in the team you've got two quality playmakers and it really gives the opposition something to think about.