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Yelloow Since 72

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  1. Yelloow Since 72

    Is your glass half full or empty?

    Neither one or the other. Watkins seems to be a good signing with Championship experience and a good record. Gunn is a promising keeper, but also involves a risk given that we''re losing Ruddy and Rudd. Vrancic looks to be a reasonable replacement for Dorrans, but like Zimmermann, it depends on whether he can make the transition to Championship football. For me, it also depends on who we lose, and Jerome would put me in the half empty side of things.
  2. Yelloow Since 72

    Graham Dorrans

    Caxinha is desperate to get the Dorrans deal done and one Scottish paper says that they''re now willing to meet our asking price.
  3. Yelloow Since 72

    Jerome allowed to leave

    Jerome and Oliveira are very different types of striker. Jerome is at his best running with pace at the defense or taking the ball down, holding it then laying it off to others coming forward which is what makes him effective in away games, which is where he scored most of his goals. Oliveira is better playing against packed defences, working openings and shooting. They''re complementary and we need them both.

    Replacing Jerome with another cheaper striker from the lower leagues here or in Europe would be very risky. If he fails, we fail. Oliveira could pick up a serious injury. Midfielders can be replaced but replacing reliable strikers poses a far greater risk.
  4. Yelloow Since 72

    New name ...

    Tackling doesn''t seem to be his strength, according to this ''German football expert'':

    "Vrančić is a very consistent, deep-lying playmaker who would operate from central midfield," Chaffer told ITV News Anglia. "Occasionally last season he played on the left, but his best and favourite position is in the middle. He is not much of a goalscorer or assist provider, however he is the link between defence and attack. At Darmstadt he began almost every attack and was the transition player, assigned to be the player who started attacks. He has a wide-range of passing skills, is able to pass between the lines and find a long ball out to a wide player. Defensively, he is always well-positioned but is not the best tackler - that is not his job, to be honest. The best use of him is in a more advanced central midfield role in which defensive work is still needed, but not essential."

    More like an Ian Crook or David Fox, IMO.
  5. Yelloow Since 72

    Bielik incoming...

    Well if the rumours are true, we could sign Raggett (23 year old CB) from Lincoln and Bielik on loan as well. In addition to previously playing as a DM, Bielik is said to be able to play anywhere across the back line, so could provide cover at FB as well. Makes sense to me.
  6. Yelloow Since 72

    Press Conference

    Today''s Press Conference: AN confirms that Dijks & Zeegelaar negotiations over, but it was only going to be one or the other. Dijks came to England, but Zeegelaar did not. They liked the project here, but had other offers to consider. AN has long list of LBs to go through and as in all positions he only wants players who will improve the squad. RB rumours are false, as he wants him to fight for his place and the club have an option, so he won''t be leaving for nothing in the summer. Brady trained today and is in the squad for tomorrow but that could change if an offer comes in and is accepted. Neither Josh or Godfrey will go on loan, as both are needed for cover. Maddison wants to stay at CR and fight for a place. Thompson out for the season with achilles injury.
  7. Yelloow Since 72

    Shambolic...

    Zeegelaar saying no is disappointing to be sure, but we''ve been through all this before with the likes of Toivonen and van Dijk. If the club had gone for the Bradford or Fleetwood LBs from the start, they''d be accused of going for the ''cheap option''. I can understand Zeegelaar and van Dijk also saying no to a gamble about their own careers, especially to a team in the second tier, but for me the fact that we tried does show that we''re being ambitious. It didn''t come off, but it was right to try.
  8. Yelloow Since 72

    Palace £9m for Brady

    It''s reported to be £9m + £3m in add ons, which isn''t that puny. I like Brady as a player, but if Zeegelaar and Dijks come we''re covered at LB and we have several options at WL, so the money could be useful elsewhere in the squad.
  9. Yelloow Since 72

    Mitchell Dijks

    This from Sport Witness:

    De Telegraaf report on Wednesday afternoon that Norwich City are in talks to sign Mitchell Dijks from Eredivisie side Ajax. The Dutch newspaper explained that Newcastle United and Leicester City have also been interested in the player, believing he has the right qualities to succeed in English football.

    The 23 year old is a left footed central defender who can also play at left back. His Ajax contract runs until June 2018, putting the club under at least a little pressure to sell.

    De Telegraaf say Ajax have confirmed the talks with Norwich, which would suggest things are at an advanced stage. Dijks may prefer the Norwich option, because he’d stand a better chance of imposing himself than at Newcastle or Leicester.

    Sounds good if it happens.
  10. Yelloow Since 72

    Jem Karacan

    Karacan was a good player at Reading, including 21 appearances in the PL in 2012-13, as well as being their captain at one point. With money tight, he seems a possible back-up for Howson with Dorrans out and another option when Dorrans is back, providing the trial works out.
  11. Yelloow Since 72

    All quiet on the transfer front

    As for Jacob, Josh and Canos, AN said that he signed Canos because the potential of Jacob and Josh at this level was unknown. Jacob seized his opportunity at WR with Jarvis out injured and he has exceeded expectations, leaving Canos (who after all is 2 years younger) in his wake. Josh can also play WR but his preferred position is WL where he is competing against Brady and Naismith, as well as Wes and Pritchard at times. With Jarvis recovering from injury (hamstring now), Canos looks to be a long way from breaking into the starting line-up and Brentford is cash rich.
  12. Yelloow Since 72

    Olives goal against Barnet

    He''s a great option to bring on with Jerome in 1 4-4-2 if we''re behind or replacing Jerome as he tires if we''re ahead.
  13. Yelloow Since 72

    Redmond or j murphy

    Having watched Redmond since he arrived aged 19, I thought he took far longer to gain the poise and instinctive ability to read the game which Jacob seems to be showing. Time will tell, but Jacob looks to be something special indeed. Let''s hope Josh can follow suit.
  14. Yelloow Since 72

    Forest fans comments on us

    All those Forest fans can''t be wrong. Judging by the highlights Wes was on fire and Jacob is beginning to look a more than suitable replacement for Redmond.
  15. Yelloow Since 72

    Performance.

    Well said Indy_Bones. I''d also like to see the kind of football that we played under Stringer and Walker and IMO, so does AN. That 90s squad had been developed by Brown and Stringer, but more to the point, introduced young players like Sutton and Goss to add another dimension. My hope is that the Murphys, Canos and Pritchard fulfill their potential to give us the creativity, width and pace we need to play attractive football. We had an aging squad at the end of last season. These four players have helped to bring that back into balance. We also have yet to see what Oliveira can bring to performances, but I''m hopeful that we can improve and still keep picking up the points.
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