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  1. 7rew

    Leeds 😂😂😂😂

    A draw prevents villa finishing anything but 5th, so they may well rest key players.
  2. 7rew

    Song for Stiepermann?

    Der dee Dee Dee der, dum _ dum _ dum, der Dee Dee Dee der Stiepermann. to John Williams.
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    Who replaces Buendia?

    Since Trybull took a knock at the end, move Kenny out there and bring Leitner and Tettey back into the middle for Tuesday. Unless Tom is fine, then move Kenny out there and bring Vrancic in with Trybull. With less tackling in the 3, we should also shore up the 2 with an established pairing.
  4. I don’t think that the team overall had an poor first half. Kenny McLean had a really poor first half positionally, bad enough that everyone else looked bad, then he massively improved positionally after half time. The role he was in, which is the Mario/Mo role, means he should be dropping deep, taking the ball from defence and make the first pass to an attacking player in space. Instead he would consistently drift up the pitch or wide and try to be the player that received the first pass into space. That left us with one fewer player in that important area and made playing that first pass much harder. It made it easier for Bristol to press us effectively, and lead to Krul having to go long more often and passes forward being made from worse positions, which give the ball away more. After half time, when I assume he got a rollocking, McLean was more disciplined, but still I don’t expect him to keep a deep lying place in the team. That said his goals were good and i’d happily watch him in one of the three advanced midfield roles.
  5. I’m pretty sure xG doesn’t yet measure the positions of other players, as Ben Mayhew of experimental361 suggests here (https://twitter.com/experimental361/status/1092669354465001473?s=21). I remember a 538 podcast that suggested it is not included for a technological reason, because measuring the position of all 21 other players is currently too hard to do at scale. But it is a good point about tiring other teams out as a strategy.
  6. I preface this by saying I find xG and 538 really interesting and useful, but... I don’t agree that higher goals than xG shows we rely on exceptional/lucky finishing. It could show that we have a forward line who are really good at getting themselves better than average space to shoot (which would makes shots easier to score than their xG values). We can also observe in whether that is true in play, which I think it is.
  7. 7rew

    Merry Christmas

    Happy holidays
  8. 7rew

    Name your worst ever actual Norwich XI

    That Reading team had 6 loanees, as Shackell was back on loan from wolves at the time. Lee, Shackell, Leijer, Bertrand, Gow and Carney. It’s a pretty good bet for this thread for me. Although 3 went on to play in the prem with other teams later.
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    Name your worst ever actual Norwich XI

    Luke Daley was what our academy was producing in those days. Fast and nominally a winger. Lambert used him to change things up in league one a few times before we signed MacNamee iirc.
  10. The misery guts who sits behind me and complains all the time left at 3-2. Hehehe.
  11. 7rew

    Happy hour on TWTD

    It’s unfortunately not true about McCartney. His other 3 clubs were relegated the season he left.
  12. 7rew

    Prediction time

    A slow start, that gets better and an exciting run to try and make the playoffs at the end that goes to the final day. 7th.
  13. 7rew

    Cracking result for the scum

    Ipswich have been massively out preforming the quality of chances they make for a long time:



    If they don’t:

    keep up a top 6 conversion rate

    deal with the defence that faced the most shots of any team last season, by a long way.

    sort out an attack that created the third least shots

    then they are in trouble.

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    “So on those grounds would you say Olive branch was a success for us this year?”

    No. Far from it. Oliveria is precisely the kind of player that is overvalued when judged by his goals alone.

    It’s Srbeny that I rate higher than his goals scored suggests at Norwich. We were more dangerous as a team when he played than when Oliveria played, even though personally Oliveria scored more.

    That doesn’t mean I don’t want another striker in this window, but that I am perfectly happy with Srbeny being In the squad.
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    “A good game yes, a great game might involve him either scoring or creating an assist for a goal.”

    I totally disagree. A forwards job is to get the team to score goals. It doesn’t matter who gets them.

    Stirling did enough to make it more likely that England would score that he had a really good match.

    Goals scored are one of the worst ways to measure a forwards contribution, because while they are easily available they leave out well over half of what a forward needs to do.
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    Felix Passlack

    I''ve never understood why not having heard of a player is a negative about a signing.

    One of the most basic requirements for a scout is that they should know more players than we do, surely.
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    Strong looking squad

    I can’t see Pukki not being a step up from Nelson.

    Srbeny is a step up from Nelson.

    The team played better when Nelson was on the bench. Thus his replacement is the better player in the only way that actually counts.
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    Leitner signs permanently

    Great news.

    If he’s not an out and out number 10, then he did look like he wanted to occupy that space at times.

    It would be interesting to see us without an out and out number 10, which we haven’t done for a long time.
  19. It isn''t the end of the internet as we know it.

    It is the end of Google''s profits from pirated videos on youtube, hence the fuss.
  20. I don’t think we would sign him on a one year contract for what we could get for him.

    So sell.
  21. The prospect of Leitner, Trybull, Vrancic behind two quick wingers and a striker who can bring others into play is rather exciting.

    I''d really like us to get Leitner again next season if we can.
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    Farke's tactics

    But we have played different formations and adapted to the players we have under Farke. It''s the big change he''s brought in compared to Neil, who played the same formation with whoever fitted into it.

    We have played 4-4-1-1, 5-2-1-2, 3-5-1-1, 4-2-3-1 and lately 4-3-3. That is changing formations and we do it a lot.

    What we haven''t played is a formation that doesn''t play with a midfielder at number 10. Because we have adapted to the players we have.

    Specifically, James Maddison is the first outfield name on the team sheet by a mile and rightly so, he is by miles our best player. But that imposes things on how you play.

    That means you find a formation with a midfielder at number 10.

    You also have to have a striker in front of him, because he would be wasted leading the line.

    You need two midfielders behind him, because he is wasted playing in a midfield two.

    Given that you also need 2 centre halves and 2 wing backs, you have 2 players left to move around the pitch and do all the wide attacking.

    It means you send a large part of your build up play through the number 10 position. It certainly means that either bypassing (route one) or shrinking (balls over the top to runners) midfield are not sensible tactics.
  23. Since they "won" a star:

    Modern Football was invented (1992 - back pass rule introduced)
  24. This thread seems odd to me. I get that people are emotionally invested in issues of racism and workplace relationships.

    But it looks like he was prepared to pick the team based on reasons other than winning football matches.

    Why would anyone want to keep a manager who did that?
  25. Someone not in the Championship, because we''ll play them anyway.

    At home, or away to Spurs because Wembley.