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  1. 10 minutes ago, lake district canary said:

    This^^^. What I like about him is his willingness to learn and it's sensible to think that it will take time for him to settle in to the way we play.  However, he has been noticeable defending set pieces and strong at tackling....and he did put that penalty away with some confidence. More to come from him, without a doubt.

    What would you say he has learnt?

  2. 20 minutes ago, Dr Greenthumb said:

    Watch Pukki off the ball, whoever criticises him should learn about football. He may not have the goals, but his movement is excellent. He was unlucky with a slip the other week, Cantwell should have squared it to him Tues and his one twos were good against Rotherham.

    I agree with what you say, think about it from the point of view of the midfielders who are sat on the bench or can't get in the squad, yet Pukki might be keeping them out of the team because he can't do his own job?

    Do the other players expect him to be scoring and does it affect the dynamic of the team?

    I stress that this is devils advocate country.

  3. 46 minutes ago, 2clubbanker said:

    You then see on the player face (Mattie Pearson) how much it effects them as well. This Is happening to all our football clubs. Most fans say well they get money (the football players) but you forget they are human just like us.
    The government lie about how many people that have died and use a pnc test that is not accurate it gives high numbers of positive tests when people are really negative!! then if someone dies of anything they get put on the c19 death list. Now they changed their tactics to cases of the C19 And from last week they included the flu with the c19 on their numbers. Then  they  use the main stream media to push so much fear into the public. How are we the people letting them get away with this!!

    Keep safe mate.

  4. 23 minutes ago, hogesar said:

    I'm probably being a bit unfair but what I was trying to get across is if we're going to have a player on the bench, who at the moment needs to be a reliable option for their primary position whilst being an emergency option for CB, then Tettey's experience of playing with this squad, and in English football, for the last 5 or 6 years, is going to likely put him ahead in the pecking order against Sorensen.

    And you could add to that reasoning, Farke tends to go with what he knows. 

  5. 1 hour ago, TeemuVanBasten said:

    Hernandez perhaps the clearest example of body transformation, adding lots of upper body strength/mass.

    And Emi, it was said by the Clubs recruitment dept that Emi was overweight when we brought him here and they spent time developing his fitness. 

  6. 2 hours ago, hogesar said:

    Although we found a way through several times to the point Hugill could have had a goal and Cantwell could have had 2 or 3, and Pukki could have had one.

    And it's that same style that made us the leagues top scorers by a country mile 2 seasons ago.

    It's not rocket science.

    Most of our shots were blocked by defenders Hoggy, it was pretty congested. 

    And as you imply, we haven't moved on from two seasons ago. 😁

  7. On 21/10/2020 at 11:33, king canary said:

    Sky made the point yesterday that we were having Buendia and Cantwell play narrow and interchange yesterday and the space out wide was left for the fullbacks, so Skipp and Rupp didn't have lots of space to operate in further forward. Adding Vrancic to that mix both adds extra congestion to the middle of the park and leaves us more vulnerable to counter attacks. 

    I would have bought him on a bit earlier last night (when it became clear Birmingham had fully given up on actually attacking) but from the start I don't think he helps that much.

    Sky basically saying what we know, that Farke has everything go through the central areas. If wingers go forward, usually they turn inside or play the ball inside long, long before they reach the box.

    So the the central area we have most of our players and most of the opposition players, no wonder we can't find a way through. 

    The more passes we play, the more time it gives the opposition to get back and defend. 

    It's not rocket science.

  8. 1 hour ago, Fr. Chewy Louie said:

    Insults aside, I don't particularly remember him being obviously lacking in physicality in any friendlies, but it's fair to assume that Skipp was always likely to be ahead of him anyway. I expect he'll get his chance at some point, but whatever our opinions on here it all comes down to what Farke thinks.

    It was quite painful to watch, but many players seem lightweight, focus on the gym for a few months and suddenly look like absolute monsters. It was just my observation at the time.

  9. 1 hour ago, king canary said:

    He made the goal on Tuesday.

    He doesn't get a relatively meaningless 'assist' stat for it but his was the key work.

    He didn't get the relatively meaningless assist stat because he didn't assist.

    He tackled the player in midfield, the ball sprang free, Emi put the excellent pass for Idah to develop, Vrancic slotted it in off Idah's toe.

    Yes, it was a timely tackle in midfield, no he did not have control over where the ball went to, yes Emi did a fantastic pass, and we'll never know if Idah would have scored but we're all glad Vrancic did.

    You might also say that Emi or Idah or even Vrancic did the key work. 

    Watch it again. Yes he made a tackle but he's not the Messiah.

  10. 1 hour ago, hogesar said:

    To say Rupp doesn't score or assist at this level is a bit disingenuous considering the amount of games played and the fact he would have had an assist had Stiepermann not shot straight at the keeper against Rotherham. 

    He'll only need 2 goals and 1 assist to equal what Leitner did for us in our championship winning season.

    I understand that opinions are cool and we both have different ones.

    Rupp has consistently hit shots straight at the keeper and not provided assists in any game he played this year.

    It's not quite November, plenty of time yet.


  11. 1 hour ago, Fr. Chewy Louie said:

    In pre-season friendlies? Don't think you can read too much into that.

    He was being thrown about like a rag doll in the games I saw.

    Maybe he's in the gym bulking up, wouldn't be the first player to do that.

  12. 2 hours ago, hogesar said:

    You're seeing what you want to see rather than what actually happened. That's all I can say. Skipp doesn't try to 'thread several balls through defensive lines'. Rupp doesn't either, but he does pass forward and get on his bike for the one two and advances into good positions, hence the fact he gets shots off every game.

    Rupp does move forward and shoot. 

    He doesn't score, normally his shots go straight into the keeper, compare with McLean for example who aims for the bottom corners.

    He doesn't make assists. 

    Skipp doesn't get forward as much and shoot, he did put quite a few ball through against Birmingham. As I understand, Skipp is supposed to be DM rather than AM anyway?

  13. Skipp played far more passes forward to the attacking players in advanced areas of the pitch than Rupp did.

    Majority of Rupps passes were straight back two or three yards to the player who gave him the ball. A tiny fraction of his passing was forwards, the bulk of it was sideways or backwards. 

    Imagine being one of the attacking players running up the pitch and a midfielder constantly stops, turns round in a circle because he can't kick with his left foot,  and then gives it back towards his defence.

    Skipp probably had a lower stat of 'successful passes' because he tried to thread several balls through defensive lines to attacking players. They didn't all reach their intended destination but at least he was trying to create opportunities. 

    Much like the way Emi probably has a lower pass completion stat than Rupp or McLean. 


  14. 4 hours ago, Hardhouse44 said:

    1) Todd is a class act. Still rough around the edges in areas but he is a midfielder who gets in to goal scoring areas and despite missing several changes last night the goals will come. We’re a better side with him in the team.

    2) Playing Rupp and Skipp in CM at home at least is too conservative and we need to have a more creative and expansive player in there. If I were to keep one on recent showings Rupp would be the man.

    3) Mario needs to feature much more at this level, especially at home. His creativity and eye for goal is what we are crying out for.

    4) Emi needs to be more involved. Some lovely touches at times last night but not often enough.  Need to find the right position to bring out his total potential.

    5) Teemu is lacking confidence and form and last night’s position didn’t do anything to help that. 

    6) Without Hernandez or pancetta! we lack pace and somebody to run at defenders, not easy to shoehorn one of these in to the team as others are rightfully taking up the position but pace always bothers defenders. (Obviously Hernandez is injured at present)

    All in all last night was by far the best we’ve played so far this season. We have to take more of our chances and unpick the defensive line ups that will come to Carrow road this season. 




    1) Todd certainly gets about and puts his heart into it.

    2) I got bored of watching Rupp go in circles because he was on the left yet can't kick the ball with his left foot. At least Skipp played some creative passes forward to try things, some didn't come off but at least he tried. 

    3) Mario didn't look very happy, perhaps because he's not getting game time?

    4)Emi was heavily involved, watch again and keep your eyes on him.

    5)Pukki shouldn't be starting games, his job is to score goals and he gas been a passenger recently. 

    6)We had Xavi and Aaron's starting, maybe look at crossing to Hugill and Idah rather than trying to walk it through eight defenders in the centre. 

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