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Everything posted by HertsCanary93

  1. I haven't played as Norwich on this version, as I normally enjoy starting with a league 2 team to start. What I always find impressive with FM is how well they determine a clubs best players and the sort of careers they might have. Significantly better than FIFA. 5 years down the line, Buendia has just joined Athletico Madrid after impressing for Lyon (which he joined after the canaries were relegated in 2021). He is absolutely unreal on my save. Aarons and Godfrey are playing for a Wolves team that consistently finishes top 6, while Lewis just moved to Man Utd from Newcastle. Cantwell hasn't faired as well, and was relegated with Fulham immediately after leaving Norwich on relegation. However, this was before the January update and I'm sure he got a hefty boost there.
  2. Coronavirus is not fair. The resolution to how football restarts is never going to be fair to everyone. At this stage I don't really give a toss about whether we go down or not. To me it seems reckless to try and finish the leagues before August - there is so much more significant at stake than football at the moment. For that reason I hope no football is played until it is 100% safe to do so. If it ends up that we get relegated on ppg or some other ****ty system, I would still prefer that than the potential carnage of football matches during a global pandemic.
  3. For me, getting thumped doesn't always feel as miserable as a narrow loss in a really important game. For that reason, I would say the play off final in 2002 was my grimmest experience not at Carrow Road. I was certain we had reached the promised land when Roberts scored in ET and to lose on pens was much more heartbreaking than getting 7 nilled by a brilliant Man City team (even if we were absolutely dreadful) . If we're not counting neutral venues - then Fulham away it has to be. Huge game and we got pumped. The double whammy.
  4. I have to agree with those saying 'if there is any form of relegation - we will be relegated' . Whether the season is completed or not. I'm betting the season gets finished (even if it is an absolute shambles, and a dangerous one too). However, even if we do get relegated without kicking another ball - I personally won't feel too hard done by. The table doesn't lie - we've been the worst performing team in the league up until this point.
  5. What would be interesting... is the percentage each player would have to sacrifice to pay the non-playing salaries for six months. I.e - if each player sacrificed 5% of their salary, would that cover the rest of the non-playing staff. It could probably be calculated reasonably accurately/easily using the latest accounts. Something for me to do if I get furloughed. More out of interest than any strong opinions on whether players should or shouldn't take any action.
  6. Seems to me that it is ultimately up to the players themselves and not the club to get players to sacrifice their wages.
  7. I can't see the proposed Bundesliga approach being used. Promoting the top 2 teams in the championship (as it stands), is just as unfair as relegating the bottom 3 clubs in the league (as it stands). If I had to bet on it, the season will be completed later in the year. Next season will be delayed and all Cup competitions/play-offs sacrificed. It will be very, very interesting to see what that powers that be decide though.
  8. There's no way this can be resolved with everyone happy, unless every fixture is completed. I just cannot see it happening, unless the rest of the season is played behind closed doors. Even then... Unlikely. It will be interesting to see how it is handled.
  9. I'd be tempted to bring Drmic in for Duda and drop Pukki a little deeper.
  10. I think they get a pretty hard time for not much of a reason to be honest. As many have already mentioned... probably their greatest contribution to their success is fantastic organisation and defensive work-rate. If you concede less than a goal a game - you have a great chance of a very successful season. However, while we often consider ourselves a very attack minded team (often to the disregard of our defensive woes) - it is quite easy to overlook the fact that they have scored more goals than us too. I have heard many friends and fellow supporters criticise their signing of McBurnie and Mousset for decent sums of money - but they have scored important goals between them and both offer very different options to Sharp. We dream of being able to bring a player like McBurnie off the bench, not because he is a brilliant footballer - but because he offers something different. Someone to battle for every ball, hold up play and be a threat in the air. It also helps to have a young 20+ goal a season striker if you're going back to the championship. If Pukki is not causing a threat in a game, then we are more often than not, doomed.
  11. Can they even afford to sack Lambert? He doesn't seem like the resigning type. If they did cough up the funds to sack him, that would be the end to their transfer kitty for their much needed summer overhaul.
  12. I think our recruitment was woeful in the summer, but this one was not a terrible signing. Krul had a huge injury only 2 years ago and it was always a risk that he would suffer a reoccurrence of the same injury. It was vital we had someone who could be PL quality able to step in. As Krul is a great GK - a loan made the most sense. Thankfully (and unluckily for Fahrmann), Krul has gone from strength to strength since coming back from his injury. However, it was definitely prudent for the club to prepare for the worst.
  13. How pathetic do you have to be to abuse your own players, let alone one's younger brother. Dier isn't the greatest player, but he always works hard.
  14. A superb win and performance, I felt they left everything on the pitch. Set piece was disappointing to concede, but we really grew into the game and created a number of decent chances. I was really disappointed to have my experience of the game ruined by a 'fan' sat behind me who moaned the whole game, told kids to shut up for showing support, repeatedly shouted at how boring the game was and how we 'were so **** he didn't care if we won or lost' . To top it off, he said the first half was the worst he's ever seen us play. In the unlikely event he reads this, Row 24, seat 555 - never come to a Norwich game again.
  15. I thought we would get between 35 to 45 points this season and be well in the fight until at least the last 2 or 3 games. To be on track for only 25 is very disappointing. We needed to carry the momentum from last season in the first half of the season (considering the poor reinforcement of the squad) . October, November and December were our key months after a tough batch of opening fixtures. In many games we played some really great stuff in that patch, but consistently bottled getting the points over the line. Going into January, it has always been a near impossible task. In particular, our record in '6 pointers' against the teams around us has been woeful. Gifting relegation rivals too many points. If we had managed to grind 2 or 3 of those defeats into draws/wins, we would be right in it. The 2 defeats to Villa are particularly sour.
  16. Our strategy under Webber has always been to buy lots for cheap and hope half step up. Even last season where our recruitment was universally lauded, we signed Marshall, Passlack and Heise. The season before was worse and had Franke, Srbeny, Raggett and Watkins. Unfortunately, this season our transfers have been universally diabolical and only one has stepped up to contribute to our season. To be honest, I am not entirely convinced our January business has been much better - I do not think Rupp or Duda are better than what we already have - but at least hope Rupp will settle and have a good part to play next season. The reliance on loans has been particularly disappointing to me personally. While on one hand they are less financially risky than transfer fees and long contracts, on the other they leave the club with nothing beyond the season you sign them for. When you finish bottom of the table, all we effectively have done is limit the development of a contracted player and spend a decent amount (Amadou, Duda and Fahrmann will have cost a decent chunk) on resources that have no resale or contribution to our rebuild next year. I was pleased to see Webber has held his hands up and admit we got it wrong in the summer. I think he need to really drill down into our scouting framework this summer, and review where it has gone wrong this year to ensure we don't get it wrong again. While our recruitment team did the business last season they have undoubtedly been found wanting this year and let both Farke and the existing squad down.
  17. Emi gets lambasted for his temperament, and honestly... sometimes they have a point. He was arguably the best player in the division last season, but it was plain to see that he could go to another level by becoming just that touch more professional. That said, he is a high flair player who is one of the only players at the club who can create a goal. He links well with Teemu, knows exactly what runs he will make - and ultimately gives him a few chances a game. Rupp and Duda do not have any form of partnership either with each other or Pukki at the moment. Not only have we not scored in ages, but we don't look like scoring. Rupp has his moments where he looks tidy, but looks completely out of his comfort zone when presented with the ball anywhere near the box. We could have played for 3 hours today and not scored. Long story short, if we want to score a few goals before we get relegated and try save the embarrassment of finishing with less than 30 points, we are going to have to play Emi.
  18. Today has looked the first game the players themselves believed we are down. Phoned in performance from the loans and dropped heads nearly everywhere else.
  19. Really not sold on either Rupp or Duda, but at least Rupp will be here next season. Absolutely zero linkup play with Pukki or any attempt to run in behind. Would take Emi and Onel over either.
  20. Absolutely awful - about as easy as it gets
  21. Def not a handball. Very much been our season in 25 mins here. Dominated possession, played some pretty stuff, but cut through at will.
  22. Well by that logic - Rupp, Duda and Cantwell were on the pitch for three times as long and also didn't effect the outcome. Buendia was not fit enough to start that game and hence seems like an odd 20 mins to judge him on. When it comes down to it, Emi has twice as many assists this season as any other Norwich player. Without him, we don't look anywhere near as dangerous as with him. Emi and Cantwell are the two first names on the team sheet in my opinion.
  23. Duda had a good debut against Bournemouth, but I do not think it is completely unfair to say both he and Rupp had poor games yesterday. Buendia took a fair bit of flack, but as others have said - in the 10 mins he was on the pitch he played in Pukki for an excellent opportunity. He is a player who tries to make things happen and with only 10 mins to force something, obviously a lot of what you try is not going to come off. He has to start the next game in my opinion.
  24. I thought this was curious too. Both left to join premier league teams and I haven't heard this rumour before. Seemed an odd thing to throw in the article with absolutely zero source. With regards to Cantwell, and if true for the Murphy twins - it is incredibly disappointing. Footballers may be very well paid, but are still human and extreme/consistent verbal abuse can take its toll - particularly when it is your local team.
  25. Dortmund seem to have turned a pretty healthy transfer profit over the last 4 years. They do a fantastic job at developing players and selling for huge amounts. E.G Aubameyang for 56m and Pulisic for 58m. Most importantly they invest their money wisely. Haaland for 18m has looked superb.
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