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Monty13

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    VAR...again

    VAR made the right decisions today. It still sucks **** and is ruining football. Edit: Also even though the decisions were right chalk another decision in the against column for us with Godfrey’s red.
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    Norwich vs Bournemouth match thread

    Complaining that people have negative comments after a win is as bad as this board being relentless negative after a loss. We are here to discuss football right? If we had thumped them 5-0 I’d understand it. Happy with the three points, Duda looks class and great to have Pukki back. Shame to lose Godfrey but it was a bad challenge and deserved it. Objectively as good as we were in the first half we dropped off in the second though. We also failed to score the critical second goal and it lead to a nervy end, especially down to 10 men. We’ve given ourselves a chance, feeling cautiously optimistic we will at least challenge for that 17th place.
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    Norwich vs Bournemouth match thread

    Is Vrancic injured? Dropped from the match day squad is harsh although a strong bench compared to recently. Hanley as well, I personally thought he’d done better than Zimmerman in recent games. Overall though very happy with that selection.
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    Team for Bournemouth

    You’re eyes are biased, they see what they want to see a lot of the time. I’m not saying gut feeling and perception aren’t relevant but stats provide the evidence for those feelings, or not and change the perceptions.
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    Team for Bournemouth

    Hernandez may be direct but he has been pretty ineffective this year. You may not believe in stats but they show that Cantwell is one of our best and one of the most likely to provide the result we need.
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    Team for Bournemouth

    I’m really surprised that a number of people want to bench our second highest scorer and most creative player after Buendia. Yes Cantwell can frustrate at times but he scores goals, we are a team that desperately needs goals so benching him makes no sense to me. Plus he was one of the few players who I personally thought didn’t go missing against United.
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    Team for Bournemouth

    Krul Aarons, Hanley, Zimmermann, Byram Tettey, Vrancic Cantwell, Duda, Buendia Pukki Im also of the view if Duda is hopefully ready throw him in.
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    Lucas Biglia

    Would be an amazing signing to try and rescue this year, big upgrade on what we have. Other than in Pukki our central spine of the team is where we have been lacking this year. We've already brought in Duda to try and solve the No10 issue, an upgrade in the midfield pair like this and we are almost there IMO. Just a shame Klose isn’t closer to a comeback. If we can pull this off I see Leitner the logical sacrifice.
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    Duda signed

    I’m equally happy with those young signings, it’s great to see the club building for the future and trying to grab the next Maddison, Godfrey or Aarons. But as you point out none are for this season. Che Adams is a striker, a proven one at that if not at PL level, they always command the highest fees. I do feel we should have been prepared to spend some “serious” money given the circumstances we now find ourselves with PL money and Parachutes. We didn’t need to go Villa crazy, nothing even close to it, 10-25 mil of sensible investment max. One or two players in the 5-10 mil bracket that could have made a difference. If you use Adams as an example he’s exactly the type we should have been after as if we are relegated he is proven in that league and tying him to a long contract wouldn’t be anywhere near as risky as our previous failures. Those signings either tear up the PL and double or more in value or at least remain quality second tier assets. We didn’t buy any players in the model for now and failed to really add anything to really upgrade the journeyman who are accompanying our young talent bar an injured striker and our one gem in Byram.
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    Duda signed

    Thank you for your interesting and insightful response Parma. I still don’t think my views are antithetical to the model, I’m glad we have achieved a reputation as a club that trusts in youth and that we have showcased and increased the value of our biggest talent. I still feel however that if that is the model, surely the squad as a whole needs to be invested in to that basis? If you want young talent to come to you their first team opportunities can’t be limited and we also can’t put out a eleven of that nature. So we surely need to also buy experienced quality players for our youngsters to learn from and to provide guidance and leadership on the pitch as well. We surely also need a strong squad of players to replace them if it really isn’t working or they are injured. The signings made in the summer to me were fine, there just wasn’t enough of them (the fact they have largely failed is benefit of hindsight). Roberts I find baffling, why bring in young largely unproven talent on loan? How does that fit the model? The rest make sense as backups and/or potential squad improvements. However there was no player brought in that fits the model? Why not use the opportunity to bring in any number of young talent looking for their PL opportunity, especially with the reputation we had cultivated? Only one or two were expected, but none materialised. Finally on the squad strength and depth this was clearly a choice that backfired, a lack of fifth CB given the injury records of recent seasons was a gamble that didn’t pay off. As has proved only an injury prone Drmic as the only reasonable quality backup to Pukki. If we had brought in Rhodes (or another experienced backup), another CB and one or two exciting prospects that could have competed for starting births in midfield I think both our summer business would have been largely unquestioned and personally we likely would be better off. None of that seems incompatible with the model and it’s why I feel dissatisfaction personally. That’s the middle ground I propose and I actually think it’s more of a case of slightly to the right of what we tried than a big change.
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    Duda signed

    Not sure your point, I agreed that in our current predicament spending big makes no sense.
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    Why we will be relegated

    Agree with this, for me this was the most frustrating thing, we were outplaying teams but lacked the options to kill them off. We are really lacking the Rhodes like figure to throw on from last year. I truly believe now he would have been a good acquisition in the summer considering what we ended up with, but we penny pinched and lost the chance to pick up a decent 3rd choice, who wanted to be here, for already relatively cheap.
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    Why we will be relegated

    This is the crux for me, far too many chances spurned. It’s between this and our lack of CB cover which will be the main reason we go down in my eyes. We have played some top quality football at times this season, particularly over the last month or so (barring Saturday) but we can’t score the goals to close out games. Even world class defences are under pressure trying to hold onto 1 goal leads for majority of games.
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    Duda signed

    Parma what you’ve said makes absolute sense, especially in the case of Duda and our current predicament. However surely taking into account our business as a whole this summer we could have afforded more long term liability? No one wanted another RVW or Naismith, but surely there is a middle ground between shelling out for 50K a week players for 4 years and loans? We brought in both Byram and Drmic for next to nothing so if the fee is largely irrelevant as you say, we weren’t averse to signing players? Having given new long contracts out to nearly the whole of our talent we certainly weren’t averse to accruing long term liability’s either. I think all you’ve done for me is highlight that the nature of our business this window is largely going to be driven by the failure of the last.
  15. If we can’t beat that Bournemouth side at home it really is the end of any faint chance of avoiding the drop, they are woeful.
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    Duda signed

    Fair enough. The unfortunate irony is we could probably afford him still.
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    Duda signed

    No way Duda signs to be playing Championship football so the only way that happens is if we stay up.
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    Farke getting off lightly

    Has Farke made some errors? Inevitably, he’s not omniscient. I don’t think he’s beyond any criticism, however given the hand he’s been dealt I think it’s objectively difficult to argue he should have achieved much more than he has.
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    Prudence v Naviety

    Anything less than promotion is failure next year, that’s the message one way or another that has been signalled by this seasons actions. I’m not happy with our investment this year but the club has a plan and we were apparently promoted too soon, so they need to now enact it, but that has set themselves so that anything less than promotion next year, assuming relegation occurs, is failure. My personal view is this is naive in the extreme, a calculated gamble this year would be far more likely to have kept us up IMO than relying on finances to bounce you up to the premiership next season would be. Relegation will affect confidence of those players that remain and will mean having to replace likely most or all of the PL quality we currently have. I’m fearful of our ability to bounce back at the first attempt and that’s if we keep Farke and a couple of our best assets, promotion from the championship is the biggest gamble there is in football. Assuming we do bounce back building a stronger side than we currently have to avoid relegation next time is also going to be hard, Emi, Pukki, Cantwell, Aarons, Lewis and Godfrey will not be easily replaced when some or all depart, even like for like let alone improved upon to continue momentum. Webber has his work cut out for him. I’m not calling for anyone’s heads at Carrow Road, but my overwhelming view of our position right now (particularly given points thrown away from winning positions) is that of a missed opportunity.
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    Bounce straight back up?

    I know it’s partly benefit of hindsight and what ifs on the injury front but I don’t feel anyone can justifiably argue we got our business right in the summer, either acquisitions or money spent. Byram was an astonishing bit of business, but one success is dire return in the bigger picture. We knew both Klose and Drmic were injuries waiting to happen so I find it baffling we didn’t plan for that eventuality. Also expecting the entirety of our 1st team from last year to make the step up was naive in the extreme. We didn’t sign a single player who improved the 1st 11 and arguably only Byram offered competition, that was the real disappointment for me. One or two first team additions could have made a huge difference, such small margins between the season we are having and what could have been.
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    Bounce straight back up?

    On evidence this year I think we were 1 CB, and a No 10 away from a competitive starting 11. Arguably a better Teemu backup as well given Drmic injury record. I didn’t want to see us jeopardise our financial security but the lack of ambition to put forward 10-25 million of all that Sky money to potentially secure it at relatively low risk is still going to hurt when this team starts to get broken up in the summer. This is the most exciting group of players I’ve seen in the last 25 years or so of my support and I’m not convinced Farke will stay or enough of the best will remain to secure promotion next time. Those that do stay look set to be mentally knocked from a bruising campaign. I hope I’m wrong and we use the money from the PL and sales to progress but it’s all very depressing right now.
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    Match thread v Man Utd.

    I’m confused why everyone’s losing their **** over being comprehensively beaten by Utd when they were bound to rebound after midweek and our most influential and truly Premiership level quality player was missing. I don’t want to get on Idah’s back at all, lads come in to do an impossible job making your PL debut at 18 at old Trafford as a lone striker, but we simply couldn’t get out of our own half today and without someone to hold up the ball this was always going to be a struggle as we weathered the pressure. Any other time a trip to United would be written off yet for some reason people expected a result with the above in mind? Other than that nothing has changed, we were bottom before, we still are, and we got schooled by a team with far more fit talent than we will ever likely have in their ranks. We are likely to get relegated due to previous results and I can’t for the life of me think why people expected today to change anything?
  23. If he somehow performs a miracle and helps keep us up, every penny.
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    Match thread v Man Utd.

    Strange we sanctioned it without a replacement in the door, assuming there will be one.
  25. We have shown a complete inability to score the extra 1 or 2 goals needed to kill off games we are dominating so I’d have to disagree that we don’t need attacking improvement. Asking any defence to hold onto a 1 nil lead is always a gamble, one we are continuously losing at the minute.
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