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  1. Michael Bates

    Team for Brum

    ......................Krul

    Passlack Hanley Klose Lewis

    .................Godfrey

    .......McLean...........Trybull

    Marshall......................Hernandez

    ...................Pukki

    I''d rather rest Rhodes and ensure he is fit for the rest of the season. LEWIS however, is an athletic machine and I wouldn''t be surprised if he can slot in comfortably despite lack of pre season minutes.

    I''m not sure Leitner or Trybull have done enough to show he deserves to start in pre season. However Trybull will add more bite in an away game so he gets the nod.

    Leitner

    Buendia

    Rhodes

    Srbeny

    Stiepermann

    Marshall

    Zimmermann

    That also meets the home grown quota i think also? :)

  2. Michael Bates

    First seven games

    Grab 4 wins and we will be in the top 10. Maybe even top 6.
  3. Michael Bates

    What next for Matthews ?

    He will be our number 2 and tasked with pushing Tim Krul. Play most cups games too I''d expect.
  4. Michael Bates

    Predicted Lineup for Birmingham

    Absolutely spot on in my eyes. Only potential changes are Lewis not being fit. So id expect Stieperman, passlack or Husband. Unless Max Aarons has impressed?

    And Rhodes not being fit, so Pukki replaces and in the hole we play Leitner. Adding Thompson in DM pushing Trybull up a little.

    [quote user="lincsy88"]Doesn''t this just prove we have a better more balanced side than last season with the options we''ve got. I have two opinions on this 3-4-1-2 or 5-3-2 or a 4-3-3 as follows:

    Krul

    Zimmermann-Hanley-Klose

    Passlack-Trybull-Leitner-Lewis

    McClean

    Rhodes-Pukki

    or

    Krul

    Passlack-Hanley-Klose-Lewis

    Leitner-Trybull-McClean

    Marshall-Rhodes-Hernandez[/quote]
  5. Michael Bates

    U23s 4-0 up at HT

    Couldn''t agree any more. Give him the chances as he will play with no fear. The biggest plus is he is physically big for his age also which helps. The fact it was rumoured Mourinho was keeping tabs on him...
  6. Michael Bates

    Team for Brum

    Ok.. that didn''t work but a 4-1-4-1 with Pukki and Hernandez being the wide attackers/Wingers
  7. Michael Bates

    Team for Brum

    For me I want to see a solid back ''5'' with Godfrey or Trybull protecting the back 4 all game until Tettey is back in contention. And then a flowing forward thinking ''5'' that support Rhodes as much as possible.

    . Matthews/Loan Keeper

    Paaslack Hanley Klose Lewis

    . Godfrey/Trybull

    . McLean Leitner

    Hernandez Pukki

    . Rhodes

  8. Pm me as my team are looking for new players to improve the squad. Preferably players who can play most weekends.
  9. Michael Bates

    Goal keeper looking for a team

    If you''re after a good laugh on a Sunday then PM me. Standard isn''t great at all but a great bunch of lads and looking to get promoted next season from league 3.
  10. Michael Bates

    Ben Godfrey goal -

    Cracking goal there, just needs to avoid mistakes like the one that lead to Southend''s goal! His fault for not tracking his marker for the header.
  11. Michael Bates

    Striker options January

    I''d bring Chris Martin back. He is a natural finisher. With the creativity and style of play we play, he would be suited to the ball on the floor. Yet he can also mix it up by holding the ball up. The biggest question is how much he would cost and also whether his attitude is any better than when he was here previously...
  12. Michael Bates

    Maddison called up to U21's

    [quote user="Bradwell canary"]From a selflessness point of view, this will put his great talent even more in the shop window.

    Does anyone out there know if this game will be on TV, I just love watching him play.

    Amazing how the previous manager signed him and Prichard, both very talented, but in the main un used during his reign. What a waste![/quote]

    You can add the technically talented Canos to that list also... With the type of football we play now, i''d have loved to see Canos in this set-up.
  13. Michael Bates

    Fastest ever player?

    [quote user="Alex "] Who was the player we had who could do the 100 metres in a time that would have allowed him to be a professional sprinter if he wasn''t in football? I have a feeling it might have been Hucks? [/quote]

    James Vaughan was the fastest UK youngster at 100m at a certain age before he decided to opt for football over athletics.

  14. Michael Bates

    The next big test?

    Play just trybull as defensive midfielder in home games. Allowing us to play an additional creative midfielder. However this won''t work when playing with wingers such as Murphy as you need to have everyone tracking back when we have just the one defensive mid cover. Playing steiperman and wildschut out wide and capable of tracking back for instance would enable us to play two of vrancic/madisson/hoolahan/Pritchard (when fit) in front of trybull.
  15. Michael Bates

    Middlesborough Match Thread

    Pleased Oliveira is back on the bench. A point tonight would be delightful.
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