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  1. [quote user="Branston Pickle"]There was mention of this on the pinkun commentary last night - Michael Bailey(?) seemed to think he was in the last year of his contract at WHU so it might not be an issue, would be up to us and him if he stayed; even if he was then going into the final year you''d think the fee would be small in comparison to many.[/quote]Branston,His contract expires June 2017. So, if we were interested come the summer and he wanted to come, we should be in a good position to secure him for a decent fee. However, as the Brady situation demonstrated, it is a seller''s market at the moment. The key is the player expressing to his host club that he will only play for us.
  2. Mrs M,Apparently, it was Koulibaly himself, who saw us as a backward step, rather than Napoli that was the problem. See the link below.http://www.football-italia.net/73046/koulibaly-talks-norwich
  3. An update - fills in some of the gaps in what we already know.http://www.football-italia.net/73046/koulibaly-talks-norwich
  4. Weston,I suggest you actually watch the goal on you tube rather than relying upon a journalist to get his facts right. It was quite clearly our Russ who failed to clear the header. In fact, he simply failed to jump whereas the player he was marking did! Addmittedly the scorer took his chance well. Don''t believe everything you read in the press!
  5. The logic of not splitting up an established partnership makes sense IF it is working. However, we are already averaging 2 goals against per game. All of the relegated teams last year conceded fewer than this (both Burnely and Hull less than 1.4 per game), so unless we are going to all out gung-ho for goals and try to outscore the opposition, we need to do some different at the back.
  6. Highland,I was there too on Sunday and completely agree. Whittaker looked like he had concrete in his boots and Tadic isn''t an out and out speed merchant. Wisdom looked good going forward, but does not convince me as a defender. As for Martin, he cant compete in the air, lacks any pace and lacks positional awareness. Bassong is good enough and I think it is time for Bennett to be given his chance. After all, AN keeps saying that he picks the team on form and if players keep making mistakes, they wont play. Martin hasn''t played well for ages, and that includes the run in at the end of the season.Nigel,We are shipping too many goals. Southampton were off key until they scored and they made us look completely wooden. We are conceding two goals a game at present and we haven''t yet played any of the top teams. We cant afford to need to score 3 goals per game on average to survive. Something has to change, although I appreciate that our rotation options are limited after yesterday. We look OK on the left hand side when Olsson returns, but we are wide open exposed on our right flank, especially when Redmond plays. Opposition teams will quickly work this out and exploit our weakness, particularly when they can deploy pace.
  7. Highland,I think you are probably in the minority of fans who think this. He is a average RB, which is a much less critical position than CB in terms of conceding goals. If he is undropable as seems, I would pragmatically like to see him shifted back to RB rather than endure him at CB. I still can understand why Bennett is not preferred, especially as he is more commanding in the air which is where Martin looks really exposed (Pelle terrorised him).
  8. Yes, but undergoing a long rehabilitation from surgery and probably wont come to us as he left Villa seeking a bigger club. He is first choice CB for one of the best international teams in the world.
  9. I am no Martin fan either, but surely the success of our team is not dependent upon keeping Gordon Strachan happy. At some point AN is going to realise that he has to make a change - it may just take a few more 0-3 results or worse. Bournemouth provides AN with the opportunity to have the RB or nothing ''wee chat'' with him.
  10. First steps,Then your only alternative is to drop Martin completely, play Bennett at CB and Wisdom at RB. This was pretty much the team against Rotherham (Olsson''s absence excepted). I cant see AN dropping Martin, no matter how bad he plays, but by moving him to RB it is at least diplomatic.
  11. Bor,This could happen sooner than you think as Wisdom cant play against Liverpool. If Martin/Whittaker pick up injuries playing twice for Scotland, or if any of our back four (other than Olsson) get injured or sent off against Bournemouth. By the way Bassong is already on 3 yellow cards, so it wont be long before he misses a game once he has 5.
  12. With Whittaker suspended, here''s my guess at what could happen in terms of the back four:Olsson (LB), Bassong LCB), Bennett (RCB), Martin (RB)Although a straight Wisdom/Whittaker swap is the obvious, AN''s choice seemingly boils down to whether Bennett is a better CB than Wisdom is a RB. I would argue that Bennett has more PL experience and is less of a gamble. After the performance of Martin and Wisdom (good going forward though) at the back on Sunday, AN must be considering whether Bournemouth with their very fluid attacking game will again make us look too slow/wooden. Given that we cant play Wisdom for the subsequent Liverpool game, picking this permutation offers the chance to keep the same back four for both games. After the stupidity of his sending off, I cant see AN letting Whittaker straight back into the team to cover for Wisdom''s ineligibility, so this could make sense.
  13. Bor,We cant loan anyone else because the window is shut until January and we cant have any more domestic loans. Only hope is picking up a free agent, but I am afraid that is clutching at straws. If we get desperate with injuries and suspensions, I can see Tettey being converted to a makeshift CB. We only need to lose 2 out of the five CB/RBs in any one game and we have no bench cover.
  14. Kingston," If he''s not happy, he won''t hang about"That is my fear. He doesn''t strike me as a Martin O''Neill type quitter. Instead, I think we have a carbon copy of Lambert. He will find a way of keeping us up, but will then depart for a club with ambition in the summer. Then the board can appoint another more pliable manager in the mould of Gunn/Hughton/Adams.
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