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  1. Absolutely the cohesion through till around November was poor. Not too many areas were showing superiority in this division. It clicked but it was very clunky. Hopefully Hayden can bring some balance in. I want us to go up and want us to show our style so we can then add some real quality to help with hopefully one or two areas not across the whole team. But it feels like we would need too, with few showing that they are the best in the championship in their position or that they are prem quality (exception bring Pukki) Nunez and Sara need to settle but we need the players to step up. Gibby and Byram certainly are not in this bracket but it would be great to see players levels rise at thus point. This is an important stretch and then after Christmas every team will need to find form again.
  2. I hope we put in a option of a purchase at the end of the loan. Firstly if I look at our season if we stay down, Rashica is not going to be wanting to play in the championship and and will become another Naismith. Tough to sell or loan unless he has a good season, but no guarantees that bids come in as it was so quiet this year. If we go up, we will have a new style, we will need new additions who are big, strong and physical. I can't see those players who are out on loan then coming back and fitting the new style.
  3. We have won 2 games recently from not playing particularly well. Therefore we need to get the right mix quick and use the confidence of the wins to get playing with a better level of cohesion. Points are all that matters but by achieving a style can help us achieve much more as we hopefully look to try and get promoted. It's going to be very difficult with the mid season break, any teams momentum will be disrupted. But if we can get something early I can see heads going down. I still think any team or fan of an opposing team are over the moon when they see Pukki on the bench and Sargeant starting. But if we can Sargeant scoring more, idah getting involved and Pukki scoring they will always fear our striker whoever is on the pitch.
  4. 100% Each season you start with fresh players, coaching principles, techniques to be the best you can. Right now we have a group can be one of the best in this league. We have improved our academy and producing young talent that I hope provide first team players but also finances to help us achieve goals in other markets to buy established players. We will continue to look at better players than we have and we will learn about recruitment. This club can be promoted and I want to see that desire every minute across the club. We can achieve this and I hope we build something now. We should be learning each season and I hope we have learnt from the last few years.
  5. Sinani was playing in a small league a few years ago and his close control, balance and intelligence shows what a steal he is. He looks a top championship player. Last season he was in a team with little expectation and therefore now he should have a little more time on the ball as defences concentrate on Cantwell and Pukki etc. His technique on that volley was perfect. Sinani is technical, has great delivery, intelligence and reminds me of a little Argentinian maestro. Rashica will have a good season and will get playing time but has to be consistent. For me Sinani offers a little more at this point and starts, no question
  6. Spot on and the new additions are going to grow into this season, hopefully oust the existing players and then if all goes well and promotion happens they will continue to grow. You should always buy in players that are better than your current options but also to have a higher ceiling. We need to hen create a opportunity for that palyer to reach that ceiling. McLean has reached his ceiling and stayed at that level for a long time. So we have needed upgrades here for a while so we can continue to rise the ability of each position.
  7. I think we have known for years that we have needed 2 defensive central midfielders. For years we have needed it, the closest I recall is O'Neil and tettey, both had grit, energy, could read the game well. It is a broken record saying we need 2 so let's see if we finally do it
  8. Tbh I felt that are last championship winning season we took a long while to get going. Buendia and cantwell were in and out and we didn't really find a gear till November. I didn't really feel we found a style. We need to do that this season, we are a very strong opponent, but we have lacked self belief, conviction and cohesion and that was before Smith's time. So I am optimistic that we have time in thus league. But also that we need to be strong, resilient and gave belief from the start. Players such as Sargent need to score early, that miss last season still haunts me much like when hux said brollies could not pass with his left foot, confidence us lost with your teammates. We need to step it up and perform at a level showing we are championship title contenders. None of this no show every 4-5 games.
  9. If the system is 4-3-3 Then I quite like the look of this and could the attacking 3 having a lot of fun in his division. The key is getting a style and cohesion on the field, it did not feel like they had that at all last season. Krul Aarons, Hanley, Omobamidele, Dimi Sara, Hayden, PLM Rashica, Pukki, Tzolis I would love Tzolis to come ot life and he has been involved a lot in preseason. Cantwell, Sargent, Idah, Dowell, Hugill, Hernandez, Byram, Gibson, McCallum and McLean are great squad players.
  10. Always said we need 2 DM, because with if one is injured then we have proven the players we have cannot fulfil that role. I like this 4-3-3 system we are looking at though and with Sara, Hayden and one other spot that is a shake up to the midfield. Tzolis, pukki, rashica could form quite an attacking three.
  11. Some of his highlights showed a strong player, close control and an eagerness to shoot, which at sometimes we very much needed. 2nd signing is good, let's keep it going
  12. I agree that is a decent return and much better than his performances have shown. He has been part of a miraculous period of our history and I hope we can continue by raising our standards higher and having McLean as squad players to support those better players.
  13. I always recall that first title winning team having McLean as a starter later in the season. Maybe with a quarter of the season to go. I remember him at the den missing a number of decent opportunities to put Pukki through on go and he over hit them. He is part of the squad but not a player we should be wanting to start if we go up or even with these new midfielders coming in. Squad player I hope.
  14. Very happy to see a defensive midfielder join, injury history may be a problem. Always thought we needed 2 DM so hope we may have another in the pipeline as it is such an important position. Keep up the good work
  15. It's a good preseason. Those mentioned, one at CR to be announced and also the break to Germany with another match there. A good mix of games and also a couple back to back to get the fitness up.
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