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  1. I’m almost with LDC here but I think at the blades we have to keep in the game when their initial high energy game is in flight and then maybe win it later on. I’m tempted to be a little different and move Emi to 10 and rupp to the right hand side to protect against their wing backs. We need to go and win the game but that might require discipline and patience to start with.
  2. Is there not a strong argument to play Vrancic over Duda? I must admit for the blades clash with their overlapping centre-backs I’d be tempted to go with buendia at 10 and rupp doing a defensive job on the right.
  3. Superb performance, whole back four played well.
  4. Apologies to bring up the dreaded VAR but surely Mike Riley has to resign for the shambles of the implementation? i know the result helped us today but the two Bournemouth handballs were terrible decisions, the KDB one is laughable and the red card (or lack of one at spurs) even worse. The worst part is the lack of retrospective action after they admitted they had got it wrong. Time for Riley to go and an immediate rule change enforced of the referee on the pitch has to make the final decision for everything other than offsides which will have to remain consistent for this season. you just know if we do get close we will be VARed out of it.
  5. I’m not trying to be blind to the position we are in or be ridiculously optimistic but I genuinely think we’ve not be a million miles away this season. It was clear that the premier was always going to be a huge challenge and I think the injury crisis early in the season stopped us dead in our tracks. We really needed to be able to play on our momentum and in effect we weren’t able to do that, the loss of Klose really hurt too as we lost a genuine leader. Further to this, we have a very young team, 4/5 players at 21 or below, really difficult to drop these boys who have been brilliant in getting us up but they are learning their trade in the hardest league in the world. Sheff Utd by comparison have an experienced core that has played together and they look a well drilled unit. They did spend some money but that was on trying to sharpen their attack which has worked for them. Our transfer business in hindsight hasn’t worked, Amadou, Roberts, Drmic haven’t made the difference we needed them too and Stipermann/leitner haven’t been able to make the step up. its frustrating as it would be great to see this team evolve overtime but we will have to prepare for a future without 3 or 4 of them. notwithstanding this, we do still have a good core of a team and we should, with the transfer fees received for Pukki, Buendia, prob Aaron’s, maybe Godfrey and Cantwell then we should be able to have a reasonable tilt at getting back up again but landing players like buendia again will be hard. I think as a fan, I’ll trust the model and hope as always we bounce back.
  6. I think we will do some business but the reality is that we have to ensure we get enough quality homegrown players through the door to cover the potential loss of any of our current sellable assets. I also think, impossible as it will be that we need to be taking a big step to bringing in a Pukki replacement. The bloke is class and capable at premier level and at 29/30 it’s highly likely he will want to stay there. In terms of the self funding model it’s ideal, sign someone for nothing, sell him for £15-25m and bring in the next option. Other than that it will be silly offers for our young players which other than Buendia are all homegrown. how many homegrown do we need in a match day squad in the championship again? One obvious answer is a good English back up keeper. I also think if we do go down (let’s hope we don’t) we will definitely need to find another central midfielder and or number 10. Tettey won’t go on for ever and whilst Vrancic, Trybull, McClean, leitner and stiepi were class last year we will need to have one on in trying to get back up and consider what our midfield could be like next time. I won’t be surprised (if we can find one) to bring in a couple of slightly more physical players with that in mind.
  7. Good point. im not going to be sad and dig back through all the boards about summer activity but my rough recollection was that most people said we needed a new keeper, right back cover, a defensive midfielder a winger and a striker. I didn’t here too many people saying a centre half but hindsight and bad luck (klose) suggests one would have been sage. Roberts and Drmic have given us nothing unfortunately so it is clear we need to find a way to get a tune out of them or we need 2 forward players and a centre half in the January (loans at best) but I don’t think we’re completely done just yet.
  8. What utter drivel! we have 3 excellent prospects who will all go on to be established premier league players, they are 19-21 for Pete’s sake. They will all be better players for this experience but they are probably at the stage we’re they need to be rested for periods and replaced with some experienced guys. Unfortunately we don’t have them so these guys are literally learning on the job. It amazes me the fickle nature of NCFC fans.
  9. I think this is a little harsh. Aston Villa have spent c£130 haven’t they and sit in the relegation zone too (albeit 4 points better off). I’m not certain I buy into this, “but we should have spent £10m and given it a go” rhetoric as that buys you about a 1/3 of Alex iwobi at this level. This league is hard, really hard and we are giving it a go but the naivety is killing us, but we have to persevere with our youth players and approach and continue to build. If that equates going down, selling a few and going again then unfortunately that is the only real option for us as a club in the absence of a Leicester like benefactor who wants to take forward a smaller club. Even then-if you look at how Leicester made the jump, it was through good recruitment of Vardy, Kanye, mahrez, albrighton etc. Norwich can do this too but patience is a virtue that Norwich fans will have to have.
  10. I hate all the club bashing every time we lose. The simple fact is we don’t have the money to compete at this level and therefore we have to take an approach that is more around sustainability, nurturing talent and looking for bargains and we will always be in the favourites to go down for that reason. There are a lot of people expressing opinion with power of hindsight around our team and approach that certainly didn’t say that much in the summer. Personally I think the loss of Klose was big, Godfrey always deserved to play as did Lewis and Aaron’s but I envisaged a time when experience would be invaluable too, he was our £8m international defender and we miss him. I think if there is one area where I could be critical regarding recruitment it is the lack of value any of the additions have made to the squad. Only Byram and Amadou looks like they can play at this level but not really better than we have and we clearly lack some extra quality further forward, Drmic and Roberts haven’t quite worked out, both looked like gambles given their injury record and it has unfortunately turned out that way. Personal view is that there must have been a loan option we could have gone for, a Harry Wilson for example that would have given us some optionality which we just don’t seem to possess, an injury to Pukki is a frightening thought. we have to keep fighting and hope for a game to go our way through luck, bad decision or whatever that brings a confidence bounce but we do look in trouble for now
  11. I personally think we need to change up a little from our 4-2-3-1 as teams have worked us out and picking it off, I would revert more to the Liverpool/Leicester 4-3-3 and make sure our midfield not wide open at any stage. This might also play to getting Buendia up the pitch and able to drift in without exposing Aaron’s so much. Krul aarons, Zimmerman, Godfrey, Lewis amadou vrancic/leitner, trybull buendia, Pukki, Hernandez
  12. I would have thought the person who may ultimately pay for the spending spree is Dean Smith. A really good manager but will be under huge pressure if villa get off to a bad start and even though, as some have pointed out, they have kept a degree of continuity they have lost Abraham’s goals. just to break with public opinion (and Micheal Bailey) I’m not convinced by McGinn. It was noticeable that it was he and not McClean who was subbed by Scotland in their qualifiers as he kept getting caught in possession. Clearly they have some good players and haven’t stopped spending yet but I would definitely think they will be amongst the bottom 7 fighting for survival with probably us, Sheffield Utd, Newcastle, Brighton, palace, Burnley and maybe Bournemouth.
  13. I assume because he would like to come here. If he bought his final year out for roughly £2m, we would surely pay him that to sign on. I was more just wondering if he was allowed to?
  14. All, honest question. Can Jordan Rhodes buy himeself out of the last year of his contract and become a free agent? If so is this not a way round the transfer fee of £7m
  15. I agree with a lot of the posts on here, the summer transfer activity will require a very careful balance from Farke and Webber. The team spirit and the intuitive way we are now playing should only be tinkered with care. Our best chance of staying up is riding our momentum and getting early points on the board. We do need to keep planning 2 seasons ahead though and whilst highly positive about our chances we do need to consider the potential constraints of the home grown rule if we do drop back down especially as our key talent Aaron’s, Lewis, Godfrey all tick that box. in terms of outs I assume srbeny, Thompson, cantwell and oxborough may well go out on loan to get a season under their belts and will be interesting to see if Ben Marshall is sold or not. In terms of signings - Nick Powell on a free at Wigan could be useful. Good age/pedigree and gives us another physical option to compete with Stipermann or off the bench with Pukki. If we go down the loan route Mason Mount rather than Wilson for me. I assume Rhodes might be on some type of buy if you go up deal too but if not it would be great to bring in Maupay from Brentford. I like everyone else recognise we are short in the two wide positions in terms of depth so a winger is a must - I’m sure there will be a detailed list of overseas options but Daniel James would be a dream addition. A back up right back is a must and I think a more defensive minded player to compete with trybull would be useful, although I agree with other posters that Klose back to centre half and Godfrey in midfield in there is an option.
  16. Parma, I have to say that whilst I have always been for patience when it comes to Norwich and particularly Mr Farke, I have to admit after watching the Preston game I thought we were in trouble. We just seemed to lack any plan or confidence in our play. I am so pleased that I was wrong, because as you say the club is in a good spot at this moment in time. We have to urge a little bit of caution in that this run could splutter to a halt but there looks to be a steel that wasn’t there previously and players competing for spaces. If I had one concern, it is that we don’t have enough players who score goals, we need Stipermann, buendia, Cantwell to add a few but I’m really looking forward to McClean playing too.
  17. Although I retain concerns about Pukki burnout, I think I would at least start with the same again, assuming all fit. Will need to use subs wisely though, would be nice to have Hernandez, Rhodes,vrancic, trybull as options off the bench, let alone Godfrey and Thompson.
  18. I expect Stoke to be up there at the end of the season. Rowett really does need to take a team up or the plumb jobs might start drying up. I am a little concerned about tomorrow as we were starting to look a little leggy in places mid-week and we could do with the international break to take a breather. I would start with Rhodes or Sir Benny tomorrow over Pukki as he looked shot after 75 on Wednesday and I think maybe Vrancic deserves a start but not quite certain where.
  19. I’m not certain we can make too many changes today, given the injuries. The obvious concern will be whether tettey can go again and how we control the young guy Eze and Wells for QPR. I would be strangely tempted to bring in trybull for Leitner and keep him fresh for the last 30 mins when we can go and win the game. Cantwell gave us some legs the other night and has the ability to interchange with stipermann. I’d li,e to see Sir Benny get some minutes today too, he needs to play to develop so maybe a cameo from the bench.
  20. [quote user="wooster"]NN/LDC, I''m with 6088m canary though I see it as realism rather than negativity. I like the idea of turning this into a PuPs bet though so I will donate the following: 18 points £100 15-17 £75 12-14 £50 9-11 £25 6+ £10 (hope the formatting works out)[/quote] £10 in already Wooster
  21. [quote user="Parma Ham''s gone mouldy"]As Napoleon knew, occasionally you have to shoot a general or two. If red lines are drawn, crossing them undermines coaches and other players - and their attitudes to ‘the boat’ - can be negatively affected. A Sporting Director has to simultaneously support the Coach and boat, whilst endeavouring to protect and maximise the value and saleability of the asset. Thus apparently conflicting statements and actions are actually no such thing. Parma[ Parma, It is possible to pull up from the water and back into the boat an appropriately remorseful and contrite individual of course. Whether Nelson wants to eat that large slice of humble pie to be re-integrated is a question but I fancy him to be top scorer in the u23 league in the interim!
  22. I thought we played pretty well in the main and I concur it’s great to see Lewis, Aaron’s and Cantrell play but Zimmerman was outstanding. We definitely look better when we’re being positive though, when we backed off a bit we looked much less effective. Squad depth looks improved but could do with finding some pace off the bench or for when Hernandez out as an option. Keep going Farke, the tide is turning
  23. [quote user="ron obvious"]Hernandez out for a few weeks -hernia op. Been playing through it (explains why he''s not been at full throttle lately. Marco hip problem. Marshall bug. McLean, Thompson and Hanley remain out. Not good :-([/quote] You forgot Jarvis!
  24. [quote user="Big O"]It’s a difficult one with Oliveria. I find myself thinking if we decided to change manager then the first thing the new one would do would probably be to reintegrate a centre forward who can score goals at this level. Part of me likes the fact that Farke sets clear boundaries and expectations on his players (I’m not close to the Russell Martin rumours) and the players who are flourishing under him appear to be the ones that are hungry, Lewis, Maddison, Aaron’s, Zimmerman etc and that’s not a bad sign, we want players busting a gut for the club. I do think the club needs a solid period of stability and that this will probably help us to progress and I’m opposed to continually swapping managers, however the difficulty for me is evidencing that we are actually progressing. I don’t blindly expect Norwich to be competing with clubs with bigger resources, that haven’t been through the cost cutting transition we have been but I need to see something that gives me a spark. I was talking to a lifelong diehard NCFC fan yesterday, you know the sort in tears at Wembley, bleeds yellow and green and idolises the community nature of the club etc and he said to me , I’m not actually looking forward to going tomorrow -that is a deeply worrying sign. Really hoping for NCFC that Farke now takes us on a good run and gets the spirit to course back through the veins of the club, as I feel we need a lift to give us back some belief. As for today, I’d take a 1-0off howsons arse as long as we win!, On a slightly different note, I watched Birmingham vs the baggies last night and still maintain that Garry monk would be an excellent manager for NCFC.[/quote] Looks like I might have my spark, great result
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