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  1. The core of our team is probably upper Championship standard. When I say that, the majority of the players you mentioned (Aarons, Lewis, Buendia, Cantwell and Pukki) are forwards, wingers and full backs. The centre backs and centre midfielders are decent, but just not quite good enough. Godfrey is great but it has been mentioned that he struggled a bit without a more experienced head next to him. This is backed up by the Duda and Rupp signings. I think they will sign a solid centre back and possibly another striker on loan to cover Pukki.
  2. Are you disgusted that the BOD haven't invested in players this season or that they are going to sell the majority of our players? 1) We haven't sold anyone yet. 2) If/when we do, I feel like Webber has done enough for us to trust that he will promote more youth players and invest wisely. 3) They have learned from previous promotions. They learned that we can't "**** money up the wall with nothing to show for it", placing our existence as a club in jeopardy.
  3. Yellow and Green

    Incoming?

    I think he has been one of the more consistent performers this season - hence why he has played in most games. We are poor defensively as a team. Tettey has made few individual errors. It is actually the other midfield spot that we've had issues with. Trybull compliments Tettey but doesn't give us enough quailty, Leitner is too lightweight, Vrancic has struggled too... hence the Rupp signing.
  4. Yellow and Green

    Incoming?

    I'm quite surprised by people's reactions to this. Amadou hasn't played because Tettey has done really well this season and he has a lot of PL experience - something that we lack. It's either drop Tettey, which he doesn't deserve, or play two DCMs, which Farke would get criticised for - for being too negative. It's the same with Farhmann and Krul.
  5. Agreed. I would add that I would expect the club to continue to develop young talent. We have shown that it is possible and how beneficial it is.
  6. Yellow and Green

    A dearth of strikers

    The topic is the lack of investment in strikers and Joelinton is probably the prime example of an expensive flop, even if Newcastle are doing well. There are loads of examples that people could name - Che Adams (15m, zero goals), Moise Kean (27.5m, zero goals), Success (12.5m, 2 goals in three seasons), Muto (9.5m, zero goals). There are loads more: Batshuayi, Tosun, Iheanacho etc. Transfers are clearly hit and miss. The reality is that Byram could easily have been the one who was crocked for the season and Drmic the bargain buy (https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2009729-arsenal-transfer-rumours-josip-drmic-would-be-step-in-right-direction). I don't think any of the summer transfers are particularly bad players, it's just frustrating that they haven't featured much. If Villa go down with us then it would prove Webber right: we could've spent 100 million, got relegated and be screwed. Instead, we will be fine financially with a good set up, which puts us in a good position to "have another go" next season. It's part of the long term plan.
  7. Yellow and Green

    We failed because....

    https://www.pinkun.com/norwich-city/canaries-stuart-webber-rules-out-lavish-premier-league-spending-to-stay-up-1-6023304
  8. Yellow and Green

    We failed because....

    If Villa get relegated after spending almost 100 million then it could cost them their club. I agree that we could have spent more - particularly in defence - but I'm not going to be overly critical of SW's methods because he's done an excellent job so far and I have faith he can continue to develop the club both on and off the pitch. If we had Neil Doncaster at the helm then I wouldn't be quite so confident!
  9. Yellow and Green

    We failed because....

    We'll be in the Championship with decent finances and a squad that has been promoted before. We will probably sell players - who or how many is anyone's guess. I don't really know what step that would be!
  10. Yellow and Green

    We failed because....

    It's actually quite an interesting question. I guess it would be when Webber leaves. At which stage, it will tell us if it is actually possible to succeed in the Premier league as a self-sustaining club. I disagree about 'going back to square one' though. Square one would be on the road to administration, with a squad full of ageing, overpaid players.
  11. Yellow and Green

    We failed because....

    It's funny how you've mentioned Byram and Drmic. Both were purchased cheaply, have good reputations and a slightly suspect injury record. Byram has proven to be an astute purchase and the other one has been unlucky with injuries. It happens; some transfers work and some don't (yet). It just turns out that it hasn't cost us anything - unlike Villa, who spent 22 million on Wesley, who's crocked for the rest of the season. I didn't say Idah was a capable replacement for Pukki. I pointed out that your statement was wrong.
  12. Yellow and Green

    We failed because....

    Well said. People were hailing this side as 'the best team in our history' at the end of last season.
  13. Yellow and Green

    We failed because....

    I don't think people were questioning the transfers, however they probably just expected more money to be spent. I sympathise with that, and I would love us to be able to buy a few 10 million pound + players, but I also trust Webber to do what is right for the club. He did try to spend money but, for one reason or another, it just didn't happen.
  14. Yellow and Green

    We failed because....

    A lot of these criticisms (transfers, contracts etc) were being praised in the summer. It's only now - with the benefit of hindsight - that people are complaining about it. We need to take a longer term view about this and trust that we will continue to develop the squad - in a better financial position than we were when we got promoted - and learn from this season's shortcomings if we do get promoted again. Appreciate that we got promoted sooner than expected and that we still have Farke/Webber for another three years. * "you have no striker for a month" - Idah is fit and Drmic and Pukki are back next week.
  15. Yellow and Green

    We failed because....

    I'd probably suggest that we were let down by our more experienced players today. Whilst United did well to press us and force us into mistakes, Hanley, Zimmermann, Tettey, Vrancic and McLean were all poor today and lost possession repeatedly. Paddy gave all of the above 5/10 on his ratings. We had a small chance of snatching something at 1-0 but Krul had a shocker and decided to slide in on Williams. As I mention on a different thread, we shouldn't really expect to get anything from United away (a free hit, as Webber would say) so we should just move on from this quickly and focus on Bournemouth.
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