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Petriix

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  1. Petriix

    The Centre Back conundrum

    With Amadou in midfield we would have the flexibility to seamlessly switch to a 3511 formation or to bring on a midfielder when one of our remaining centre backs inevitably gets injured midway through the first half.
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    Webber’s new contract official

    His success has been in no small part down to the level of trust the board have placed in him. It is hard to imagine the likes of Man Utd affording someone like Stuart Webber so much freedom and control. For that reason, we may find that he stays here longer than some might expect. That and the hope that he continues to be so successful with us that we actually become one of the big clubs and can afford to keep hold of him.
  3. I was working from 8pm and my seat is about as far as possible from an exit so I left my seat a minute before the whistle and celebrated as I got to the stairs.
  4. I've done some man-maths and... We achieved roughly 2.5 times the amount of points per game over the course of last season compared to the first 5 games. If applied to this season we would win all of our remaining games and finish on 105 points. The title is in the bag!
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    Binner supporting work colleague!!!

    Everyone seems to be forgetting Mike Bassett. He has about as much relevance to the current fortunes of the club as any of our Suffolk neighbours' previous managers have for their current plight.
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    Time to cash in?

    It's an interesting discussion point, and not as clear-cut as people would make out. Arguably a number of our players have the potential to reach the very top of the game. But it is also possible that some are overachieving right now and might drop away without fulfilling that potential. It is also important to remember that players only really develop fully when exposed to first team football so the success of the current group will prevent the next generation of young players from breaking through without at least some of the incumbents moving on. So, what's the best case scenario? We keep all our young stars and somehow manage to continue to improve around them, bring in new young players to replace the natural attrition as older and lesser players reach the end of their contracts. Eventually we will have to start paying them higher wages to match their ability (and what they could be earning elsewhere). With agents in their ears and 'bigger' clubs circling, would we be able to keep the team unity and workrate which has been central to our success? Either we will have to become a top 6 club, or we will eventually have to let some of these players move on to bigger things. Only time will tell if we (or the young players) have peaked, or if this is just another rung on the ladder of untold future success. Injuries can quickly curtail careers and hindsight is a wonderful thing. However, everyone has their price. I trust the club to sensibly weigh up any offers and only sell if it is too much to turn down. We're in a great position in that we are financially secure. If the right offer comes in, and the club thinks we can unearth a replacement then we might see someone move on sooner rather than later.
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    Todd Cantwell

    Yes, Cantwell plays Hoolahan's position as well as tracking back to cover in [defense]. The game has moved on dramatically since Wes was here and I don't believe that, even in his peak, he would have been good enough to fit into this team.
  8. I'm sure I can't be the only one who consistently runs out of reactions. I can't understand why there would be a limit on the number of times you can show your support or appreciation for the words of our fellow Pinkun members. You can 'like' an unlimited number of things on Facebook and upvote as many comments below-the-line on most major news articles. Can we ask the powers that be to remove or significantly increase the limit so that we can all be a bit more generous with our interactions on here?
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    Our First Goal

    To be fair, there are still some people in the river end who do this.
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    Our First Goal

    Yes, I noticed that it was a good period of possession but didn't realise it was 30 passes. It really betrays the narrative of Norwich defending for their lives and snatching lucky goals on the break. Obviously after taking the lead we had the luxury of having something to sit back and defend.
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    Todd Cantwell

    I am not particularly adept at spotting the signs of raw footballing ability: I thought the Murphys would do really well and was overly fond of Cody McDonald, and I certainly didn't see Todd Cantwell developing in the way he has. Last season I struggled to see what he brought to the side and thought he lacked any kind of cutting edge which, as a winger/attacking midfielder, is pretty much your main requirement. Perhaps his underlying ability was somewhat masked by his inexperience and the demands of learning how to fit into Farke's system. However, several areas of his game have suddenly shone through in a way that I couldn't have imagined. He is lightning fast. It had somehow escaped my attention until Saturday when he was up against Kyle Walker when it suddenly became apparent that he could easily keep up with one of the quickest players out there. For his goal he left the Man City defence in his wake. He has exceptional vision and awareness. He is getting forward into goalscoring positions far more often now, but still somehow fulfilling the defensive requirements of his role with great discipline. He looks to move the ball quickly to catch teams out when we win possession and break. Yes, he gives the ball away often - largely because his first thought is to play high-risk/high-reward passes. He's basically the opposite of Robert Snodgrass. He is very skilful. The flicks, tricks and turns which have materialised over the summer show a new level of confidence which is bringing his game to a whole new level. This kind of thing is fairly unusual for an English player and could give him the potential to develop into one of the best midfielders of his generation. I can see him being better than James Maddison. Now, it's obviously worth reiterating that I'm not particularly skilled at predicting how well players will develop. He might have had an unusual purple patch before descending into mediocrity, but I think he's the real deal.
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    Unlikely CENTER Backs

    On last night's display I genuinely believe that we may have stumbled, accidentally, into one of the best defensive pairings outside the top 4 (or maybe better than Stones and Otamendi ). They are both big and athletic with plenty of pace. They are strong enough in the air and can tackle, track and block as well as anyone. However, it's the midfield attributes that set them apart. The passing, movement and reading of the game is exceptional, fitting perfectly into our style and philosophy. CDM is the new CB!
  13. So, Byram and Amadou are the next £30m+ players, assuming we already have an agreement in place to make the deal permanent at the end of the season...
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    VAR and the River End handball

    From behind the goal I thought it was clear handball but, watching the reply, I think it would have been harsh. His hands were out, but it wouldn't be possible to jump with them by your side. The ball traveled a very short distance from the head and it was in no way deliberate or possible to avoid. Ultimately it was the correct decision; unlike many of the fouls against us which the referee completely ignored.
  15. This is perfect. Man City are bound to completely underestimate us, meanwhile we'll just bring in whoever this year's versions of Godfrey and Aarons are from our youth ranks. We'll catch them cold, pick up the three points and unearth the next two £30m+ players at the same time. What's not to love about that?
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