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Mason 47

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  1. Honestly, I'm now comfortably moving into the camp of 'We Just Don't Have Enough'. Whether that is by fault or by design, there seems to be zero mental fortitude left in our players and our staff. If we had remained solid for 10 minutes at the start of that second half and come out with some fire, forced our game back on them, we would have taken the 3 points. We get rattled by high pressure, we just don't know how to recover and the team separates like an under 12s side. I just feel like the side now isn't 'ignoring the noise' and is actually buying into this pauper mentality and if anything we expect to get beaten. I may be way off on this but the team came out (off of the back of one of our strongest halves this year) and just looked completely dumbfounded. I don't think it's recoverable. Just try to enjoy the ride.
  2. I forget who it was against, but at the end of his first season Mario popped up at the back post with a header that I distinctly remember thinking 'it's about time you looked any good'. Year and a half on and he's running a Prem game without getting above a jog. Great half
  3. It's not that at all, I think BG is a very talented player and has all the attributes to go on to become a top player. But if you relate it to the sale of Maddison, for example, who when sold was an almost ethereally good player who was winning games by himself at 20. Are teams going to pay £10 million more than that for Godfrey at his current level? I think not. Bottom line is he's worth more to us than teams will be willing to pay in January.
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    Sour grapes

    Watching the Manchester Derby currently, United have just had the first non-penalty call rectified by VAR into a penalty to go 1-0 up. It is the right call, sure, but again the referee is superfluous- he's basically the guy that tells us what VAR has decided. Come on, refs- show a bit of bravery, go review the footage yourself and use the technology like it was meant to be.
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    Everton winning

    Has anyone ever stopped to think about, if physical 'Did A Job On Them' sides are so incredibly successful and effective, why they don't dominate and finish first every year?
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    Sour grapes

    The question for me is whether or not the officials in this country are capable of using it as it is meant to be. Presently, referees are essentially becoming superfluous aside from relaying the VAR decisions onto the players. Officials are more than happy to wash their hands of any criticism and let VAR make any call they don't feel confident in making, which has led to this micro-management bean-counting version of VAR we're lumbered with. It was my understanding that the referee was still judge Judy and executioner, VAR could advise that the wrong call might have been made thus allowing the ref to double check his own work- and be confident in doing so. On pretty much every occasion, it hasn't worked that way. In terms of Wilder, hes just grumpy at his own players. Players should now know to keep playing.
  7. Honestly, Ben isn't good enough yet to start for a top, top team. And even top, top teams won't pay £30 million for someone with potential to sit on the bench- unless the deal is a fiver up front and the rest in add-ons, which we know Webber won't go for. Our set of bright young things will be with us until the summer at least, I would bet my house on it.
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    Amadou got rattled by their aggressive press and the midfield shape fell apart as a result. Tettey has that experience at this level and you could see the midfield were a lot more controlled in the second half, which helped force them back into their half. Hopefully Ibra learns quickly.
  9. Most of us would have taken 4 points from Arsenal H and Everton/ Southampton A at the start of the season. Subjectively it isn't that simple, but objectively you can say our points haul from the last 3 is alright. Last night was disappointing on many levels; watching Shame Long take our entire team out of play with a running jump, for example, is borderline criminal at this level. But we move onto Sunday, and I believe Farke will pay Sheff U enough respect to set up like we do against the bigger sides- usually, this brings better performances.
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    Do you think we will stay up?

    My theory on why we can't beat the teams around us is based on a bit of arrogance. Against Everton and Arsenal, two much bigger teams, we played the same system but showed them respect: we acknowledge their attacking threat first and foremost, and we generated chances out of that patience. Watford and Southampton, again same system, but night-and-day performance wise. We go back to being less defensively concerned and more about trying to get the ball to our attackers who are based a lot higher, trying to put leaky defences under pressure. Against Watford and last night I saw the same problem, that we lost our shape too often and became almost a 5-0-5 formation; this in turn forces long, high clearances that come straight back and even the best defence in the world will concede if put under constant pressure. We know we can score goals at this level, so we need to drop the arrogance and set up to be more solid and maybe, we can edge staying up. Also take a wedge out of the transfer budget and give it to a Pulis or an Allardyce as a consultant set-piece coach for a month or so.
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    Godfrey to Spurs?

    If Ben is going anywhere it'll be for at least 20-25 million. The fact it would be January means you can add another 5 or 6; I think we can all be honest that Godfrey is not yet a £30 million player. As such I think he will be with us until at least the summer.
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    I don't subscribe to the Athletic, but Michael Bailey interviewed him a few weeks back and recently posted this snippet. I would say based on that, it sounds like Tetts knows that if everything goes to plan, he's passing the torch to Amadou.
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    Complete Bulls***

    A day on, where I've settled is that if VAR wasn't involved yesterday, the penalty is not retaken- and the fact of the matter is that MOTD wouldn't then have been highlighting Aarons' front couple of toes being on the line and saying it was an unacceptable lapse in judgement. That is for me what VAR was brought in for; unacceptable lapses in judgement, like in the Man U / Arsenal game some weeks ago where a linesman inexplicably called a player offside when he was 5 yards on. That's perfect. Instead it has developed into a soul-crushing Big Brother scenario, where the on-pitch ref feels a bit superfluous. I think it's clear that we don't like it this way.
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    Complete Bulls***

    If we're talking about the handball call against Kolasinac, no it wasn't. Clearly hit his torso. Aarons was encroaching before completing the clearance- I don't think that point can be argued. As I said before, I think the issue is that the first player who would have legally reached the rebound was Zimmermann by acres and acres; if no Arsenal player was even a tiny bit in contention to win that ball, i cant understand the ruling that it's a get-out-of-jail free card to retake.
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    Complete Bulls***

    My view on it is thus: Zimbo, your hand went unnaturally out into the way of the ball. It was bizarre. It is for sure a penalty, David Luiz challenging him physically has nothing to do with it. My issue is of course with the retake. Aarons is encroaching, that is clear; second closest to the ball is Amadou who is also encroaching. Third to the ball would have been Zimmermann without an Arsenal player in sight, and he wasn't encroaching. Therefore for me the question is, despite there being no goalscoring opportunity from the rebound, why is it retaken? If Lacazette or whoever was bearing down on the rebound I could understand. Similarly, their second goal. When a second ball enters the pitch, rules state a ref must stop the game if it interferes with play, but not if it doesn't. Can anyone say it didn't interfere with the defences concentration? An entirely human decision, no VAR, which applied to the first scenario would have meant within reason that we remained 1-0 up in the first place. I think the problem with VAR is that most decisions are still being made with regular human eyeballs, and then depending on the weather the odd pivotal few are being scrutinised to within a millimetres like some obscene justification. It rips the heart right out of the game.
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    Team for Arsenal?

    Byram deserves to keep his place but I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't. He did very well against City when we beat them but was dropped pretty much as soon as Aarons was fit. I wouldn't be surprised if we're pushing Lewis + Max into the first team as much as possible to maximise possible values, with Byram on an agreement that he is backup this season but guaranteed starter next.
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    Moritz Leitner

    Even without the rumour it seems odd that he's disappeared from the squad entirely if not injured. Could also be worth noting that Emi and Mo are very good friends and a slight on one might have aggravated the other. Leitner has everything he needs to be an excellent deep lying playmaker, for a team controlling a game- we did this a lot last year, and won't be able to this year. Makes it difficult to argue for his inclusion.
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    Ratings v Everton

    Kenny's performance yesterday had all the hallmarks of that Cardiff game in the cup when Steipermann played AM and we suddenly found our attacking answer. It's a very exciting development and IMO is now his position to lose. He also comes with that added Holt-esque benefit of really getting under the opposition's skin with his antics, which is a bonus.
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    Villa interested in Emi

    Emi, just like everyone else in the squad, has suffered a crisis of confidence that hopefully will now recede- he's been reluctant to release the ball and has lost possession too much as a result, and rightly has found himself on the bench. Stats don't lie- even his role in Srbeny's goal today was in what I've taken to calling the 'Buendia position', in between the lines, right of the box, and the last pass before a goalscoring chance. He'll be back, but what is still concerning is that within 5 minutes of coming on again today he was trying to dribble out of trouble 20 yards from our goal defending a lead and lost the ball. He needs to get with it, and he'll be moving to someone better for 20-25mil before his contract is up. If he doesn't he'll find himself back in Spain playing for an also-ran.
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    Should Srbeny start?

    Funny thing is that if it was Pukki still on, we probably wouldn't have scored. Dennis makes a run to draw the defenders and nobody follows him, which is why he's standing in that peculiar position. The upside of anonymity.
  21. The attacking players are looking a lot more comfortable in the knowledge that if they lose the ball we have 2 more defensive midfielders behind them ready to mop up. We look much more like a team of 11 this week than the 5 attackers and 5 defenders we saw against Watford. We know we aren't world beaters but the least the fanbase want to see this season is that we are competent + competitive, which we definitely have so far today. Just feels like one of those afternoons Pukki will pop up with a goal off of his knee and we burgle a 1-0. Here's hoping!
  22. As above, McLean is actually reasonably capable at this level but but when he plays as one of the deeper midfielders, his tendency to charge forward and join the attack leaves us far too open. I'm actually quite optimistic about this lineup. We have bench options and look like we've acknowledged playing with one centre midfielder doesn't work at PL level.
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    Team for Everton

    Think given the injury updates we'll see Byram RB and Aarons LB. If rumours are true, Zimmermann to partner Godfrey at CB. This would allow Amadou to move forward into his favoured position and, if Farke is watching the same games as us, it will be one of Leitner, Trybull or Tettey alongside him. I believe Vrancic will settle back into the bench role, or 'not being fit to start', and if there's any sanity left Mclean will drop away. He hasn't been particularly bad and is actually a very effective breaking midfielder, but his enthusiasm to push forward and join the attack has been one of the main reasons our midfield hasn't been able to cope recently. Buendia should look better with more solidity behind him, and I think he'll be given one more chance not to play the stroppy git. Stiepermann hasn't done much but what he has done hasn't been that bad, and Hernandez looks to have the speed of foot to challenge PL defences. Pukki of course starts up front. And as a shock twist, Archie Mair in goal! ...just kidding.
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    Steer clear!

    We want to be a 'Top 25' club as per the noises coming out of the club. Anyone that doesn't understand why that isn't 'Top 17' club is probably missing the point.
  25. That in itself is one of the major contributors to our poor form, IMO. We have players falling out of form but knowing that there hasn't really been much waiting in the wings to take over can lead to apathy and reluctance. It isn't just Jamal, it's just that his lack of confidence is easiest to quantify. I believe that if Stiepermann's early drive against Brighton had crept under the bar we would have come away with at least a point, if not scrapped for all three; we just don't look like we have that arrogance to assume our passes will find their mark like we did last year and we need to find that again.