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  1. If we get 3 points against a very resilient and in form Rotherham then i will be very pleased. This is a potential banana skin fixture and i would take a 1-0, though we may need to score more than 1 as Rotherham have shown an ability to score
  2. Rotherhams recent form is very much better than their league position suggests and if we are not 100% then they are easily capable of taking points off us. To be honest unless we have injuries or someone desperately needs a rest then i would play my best side. I can see the argument about including Sorenson, though Mc Clean has done nothing wrong and its only when he is not playing that you notice what he gives. Is Hugill fit there was some suggestion he may be in which case i would like to see him with Pukki against a physical Rotherham outfit rather than Dowell or Vrancic. The latter has disappointed whilst the former has offered very little indeed when he has played.
  3. We love our club but we have to be realistic without significant outside investment our glass ceiling is being a top championship club, getting promoted every now and again and having short stays in the PL. If we have a successful manager they will be pinched like Lambert was and the same goes for the players. We have a lot of players at this club that will need to be moved on even if we are in the championship let alone the PL. We have a hard core of 3 or 4 players that can justly count themselves as being PL quality. No younger players have broken through unfortunately this season in sharp contrast to 2 to 3 seasons ago when Maddison, Lewis, Godfrey, Aarons ,Buendia and Cantwell arrived on the scene, which is both a worry and disappointment. Of the more mature players Krul is still at the top of his game so is Gibson and Hanley, but then we are pretty thin on the ground, Vrancic, Steipermann, Hernandez and Tettey are way past their best, Pukki is still good but past his best, Hugill looks a decent championship striker, Dowell just looks off the pace as does Platecha
  4. To me its all about if we go up or not. He may be a local lad but he will have his career aspirations which probably are a lot higher than a club like Norwich can offer. With a year left after this season if we are still in the championship and he does not sign an extension then he has all the aces and we need to sell as soon as we can for as much that we can get in the summer. If we go up then we can offer him a lucrative contract with no doubt a sell on figure included. This would suit all parties, he has a decent wedge guaranteed, he could show his talents in the PL and probably invite a bid from a bigger and richer club that would satisfy the management here. In many ways we are a similar size club to Leicester but without that financial investment we have a glass ceiling of getting promoted and relegated again on a regular basis. Leicester can offer top half PL football and without that top young players will not want to hang around here too long
  5. Well Skipp is a great prospect imo and regardless of which Division we are in if Spurs do not want him then i would bite their hands off assuming we could afford him
  6. Could do a lot worse regardless of which division we are in and it looks that Spurs are fully intending having Skipp in their first team squad next season which the lad full deserves and a very good advert for the loans policy whereby both clubs and player benefit
  7. Great watching the lads play some great stuff against a pretty robust Stoke side who many pundits thought we may drop points against. It really underlines the importance to us of Buendia, made one, scored one and won the penalty and no coincidence that we dropped 7 points in 3 fixtures in which he played a total of about 60 minutes. No player is irreplaceable i know but he is as close to being one for us. Then to smash it all and fully expecting Brentford to smash a Barnsley side without a win in 2021 then that happens with old boy Carlton Morris getting on the scoresheet. Many twists and turns to come but nice to have that post game buzz return again this weekend albeit i know we did our best to give Stoke a couple of goals, we need to learn from those errors pretty quickly, it did not hurt us this time it could on another day
  8. We have been a good Championship side for the past decade with brief appearances in the PL. The squad of 10 years ago looks easily as good as the one we have today
  9. This lad looks the real deal. credit to Brentford time and time again they sell players for very good money and then make very astute purchases. This lad scored heavily in league 1 and Brentford took a punt on him we could have done so too, If he stays fit he will power them to the PL and possibly keep them there. I bet Newcastle are kicking themselves they sold him for £600000 to Peterborough
  10. This is a strange one. I like him he has done very well but his games have been out of position at LB. It does not automatically mean he would be far better in his more natural midfield position. He may be but we have not seen him i rate Skipp too but it may be worth giving him the odd rest and trying Sorensonn
  11. One hell of a gap between league 1 and championship. He was a decent player in his time and i am not surprised that he is doing well in league 1 even at his age, but no good for us now
  12. My wife is from Carlisle and i often took in a game when we used to visit her parents. Alas they passed away a few years ago so we no longer go up there very often. I recall watching them beat Farnborough Town in the Conference 7 nil and also a game against Torquay who had Neveille Southall in goal for them about 4 stone heavier than in his prime and he got sent off
  13. He has played very little football since he was on loan to us. Wrong side of 30 and in his last season of his owls contract, someone will pick up a half decent player for free soon and he will have to accept much reduced wages. If we do not go up then we could do a lot worse having him as a squad player
  14. When he left us to go to Villa it was a crossroads for him and our club. Had he stayed i am sure we would have kicked on . His career has gone back wards and though we have had 2 further seasons in the Pl which is no mean fete we never looked like staying there and i think the same could be said next season if we managed to go up
  15. He has done a pretty decent job but lets not get too carried away. If we go up then he will have done a very good job indeed 2 PL seasons out of 4, if not then 3 championship seasons in 4 and a PL season the worst that we have ever had would be an ok performance but not much more
  16. A decision for the end of the season imo.If we go up he is not good enough or fit enough to play on a regular basis. If we stay in the championship then he can still be a good squad player for another couple of seasons
  17. Bretford look the best team in the league for me, how the top 6 perform against each other will in the main decide who is top 2 and who is play offs. We are 15 points ahead of Middlesbrough in 7th so we would have to have a nightmare not to get into the top 6. There is little to pick between us and Swansea when we are both at our best, at the moment we are not at our best which is why we have only taken 2 points from 9. Any team who wants automatic cannot afford too may wobbles, we had one at the start of the season in the first 4 games and we are having one now, snap out of it quickly is the only answer or play offs it will be
  18. Big disappointment for me i really thought he may be one to kick on. He has had his chances and may yet get more
  19. When fit for me he is first choice at the moment
  20. cream rises to the top i think they are the best team in the league by a mile
  21. Short term Pukki is probably the best of a pretty ordinary set of strikers by championship standards. He is not what he was. and i no longer think he is a first choice striker for a club wanting automatic promotion .Hugill has potential to challenge him for the starting berth but gets injured at times when otherwise he may be getting the nod. For me there should be younger better strikers at the club than Pukki and i would see him making valuable contributions filling in and coming off the bench like Billy Sharpe has
  22. I never really rated him even when he was playing. I do not think he would add anything much to the direction of travel and it is all academic as there are clearly issues behind the scene which Farke does not like
  23. Brentford were very unfortunate not to go up last season For me they look the more complete squad , they have gambled and bought well with Tony who is banging them in. They are playing sides off the park and scoring lots of goals, they look to have few weaknesses at this level, but 2 or 3 key injuries could change everything
  24. Disappointing though a couple recent performances and results had been, keeping our feet on the ground, most supporters in my opinion would have jumped for joy if we were told we would be top at this stage of the season. We had come off a terrible second half of the PL season and no one knew how many of our better players we would lose, what our injuries would be like and how many of the more established players at the club would perform at championship level again. To be in this position we must have been doing something right albeit there are also some alarm bells. Firstly the upside. Our defense has been outstanding in particular the two main CBs. We have kept most of our better players despite speculation and got good money for the ones that have left. Of the new arrivals Sorenson playing out of position has made a very positive impact and Skipp albeit only on loan has been outstanding. Hugill when he gets a chance and when he is not injured has started to show signs of being a good striking option at this level. We have by and large shown very great determination and resilience grinding out results, not pretty but effective for the most part. Now the downside going forward this season and next regardless of which Division we are in. I may get a bit of flack here but despite the positives outlined above i do not think we are as good a squad as the last championship one and we have many areas of concern going forward. We have not really played anyone off the park yet and most wins have been by the odd goal. Of our upsides Gibson and Skipp have been 2 of our better players. If we go up Gibson will sign and possibly Skipp may be allowed another season on loan if not he will be a big hole to fill. If we do not go up we probably will struggle to afford a package for Gibson and Skipp will want to be tested at a higher level. Regardless of which division we are in i am very concerned about a lot of our established players. Pukki is still pretty decent but age and confidence have caught him up a bit and he is nowhere near the player of the last championship season and first half of the PL season, we need to plan for a replacement. Steipermann looks finished and ineffective and Vrancic has also seen better days and is not the player of 2 seasons ago. Tetty is finished but at his age that is no surprise. Zimmermann has never really recovered from his injury and neither has his performances, can he bounce back only time will tell. Hernandez to a lesser extent falls into the same category for me, yes he needs to regain fitness and have game time, but when he has played he has looked way off what he was. Platecha has speed and potential but at the moment he is a disappointment, he needs to up his game and output considerably to be even a starter at championship level. Through a whole series of different reasons including injury the youngsters that i had hoped would kick on this season have not yet done so ie Idah, Martin and Mumba. If we go up i do not think they will be in next seasons plans, though loan moves may well be the way forward, if we stay in the championship they will all need to kick on next season if they have a future. Dowell for me has made little impact though injury has eaten into his season So in summary very pleased to be where we are with what we have, i think it is between the top 3 for the 2 automatics and in the short term the other 2 look like better bets though that can change. If it comes to the play offs we all know it is a lottery but we will be difficult to beat and have as good a chance as anyone. Regardless of the Division a significant squad rebuild will be needed as in addition to the players detailed above Cantwell, Buendia and Aaronns will be looking for moves for certain if we do not go up and some even if we do
  25. Points and league position way beyond my pre season expectations. defensive record way beyond my expectations. In attack we are not what we were 2 seasons ago but we cannot have everything. Pukki still good but slightly past his best IMO as with Vrancic. Steipermann now a busted flush. Skipp outstanding so too Sorenson. buendia a class act at this level great to still see him at the club, same comments for Cantwell. Hugill showing signs of being a got plan B option getting unfortunate injuries at the wrong time. Hernandez mixture of injuries and poor form when he has played, Platecha shows promise but more of an impact player at the moment, not sure he will get much game time if we go up. All this and we have sold two good players for good money
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