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View MrRobbo's Profile MrRobbo Flag Purley 28 Jul 22 9.06am Send a Private Message to MrRobbo Add MrRobbo as a friend

Feels like we have quietly and efficiently gone about our business this window. Picking off a couple of priority positions in CB (with versatility to play across the back line) and DCM.

But also picking up a few really cost-effective options (who have bags of potential) in Johnstone and Ebiowei.

I suspect the club feel that LB is ok with TM (and TA for the future), and at RB we have enough for another season. Then we also seam ok for wide forwards with 4, and ok up top with 4 centre forwards (in which OE and LP can play wide too). We've got bodies in CM...

For the first time in a long time, it feels we have the right numbers.

Id still like another CM, would like another no 10 maybe on loan (e.g. Loftus Cheek) and certainly be open to any options for the future e.g. Colwill

Are we desperate for anything else?

Edited by MrRobbo (28 Jul 2022 11.15am)

 

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View taylors lovechild's Profile taylors lovechild Flag 28 Jul 22 9.19am Send a Private Message to taylors lovechild Add taylors lovechild as a friend

I think that's a good summation of where we're at. We probably could do with another goal scoring/creative midfielder, but if Eze stays fit and Olise recovers then we should still be fine on that front. I think any more signings are a bonus, but if we really did want to push for the top 8 then in reality I would say we still need to make a couple of top quality signings, but I doubt we have the 60-80 million it would take to get those.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 28 Jul 22 9.38am Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by MrRobbo

Feels like we have quietly and efficiently gone about our business this window. Picking off a couple of priority positions in CB (with versatility to play across the back line) and DCM.

But also picking up a few really cost-effective options (who have bags of potential) in Johnstone and Ebiowei.

I suspect the club feel that LB is ok with TM (and TA for the future), and at RB we have enough for another season. Then we also seam ok for wide forwards with 4, and ok up top with 4 centre forwards (in which OE, PL can play wide too). We've got bodies in CM...

For the first time in a long time, it feels we have the right numbers.

Id still like another CM, would like another no 10 maybe on loan (e.g. Loftus Cheek) and certainly be open to any options for the future e.g. Colwill

Are we desperate for anything else?

As opposed to bygone days when we were reliant on experienced players, who were pivotal to our survival, we have gallivanted down a different path.
The danger is that in just purchasing young players with potential, clubs are perhaps looking too far into the future when of course remaining in the PL is imperative.I suppose it is all about getting the balance right.

Edited by Willo (28 Jul 2022 9.39am)

 

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Yellow Card - User has been warned of conduct on the messageboards View MonsterMunch's Profile MonsterMunch Flag Cambridge 28 Jul 22 10.04am Send a Private Message to MonsterMunch Add MonsterMunch as a friend

I dont think we are desperate in any position and overall happy with our squad. As with probably all teams I would like a proper number 9. Not convinced OE or JPM will add enough numbers, albeit I like both of them. I would have like to have seen someone like Batshuayi in this team.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 28 Jul 22 10.32am Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by MonsterMunch

I dont think we are desperate in any position and overall happy with our squad. As with probably all teams I would like a proper number 9. Not convinced OE or JPM will add enough numbers, albeit I like both of them. I would have like to have seen someone like Batshuayi in this team.

Scored 17 goals last season for Besiktas who finished 6th in 'Ligi 1'.

Edited by Willo (28 Jul 2022 10.33am)

 

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View JRW2's Profile JRW2 Flag Dulwich 28 Jul 22 10.41am Send a Private Message to JRW2 Add JRW2 as a friend

Originally posted by Willo

As opposed to bygone days when we were reliant on experienced players, who were pivotal to our survival, we have gallivanted down a different path.
The danger is that in just purchasing young players with potential, clubs are perhaps looking too far into the future when of course remaining in the PL is imperative.I suppose it is all about getting the balance right.

Edited by Willo (28 Jul 2022 9.39am)

Wise words, Willo. (I suspect you like alliterations.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 28 Jul 22 10.49am Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by JRW2

Wise words, Willo. (I suspect you like alliterations.

I am as thick of mince and don't know the meaning of that word.
Unlike the weather I am not even bright in patches.


 

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View aashman12's Profile aashman12 Flag 28 Jul 22 12.06pm Send a Private Message to aashman12 Add aashman12 as a friend

Originally posted by MrRobbo

Feels like we have quietly and efficiently gone about our business this window. Picking off a couple of priority positions in CB (with versatility to play across the back line) and DCM.

But also picking up a few really cost-effective options (who have bags of potential) in Johnstone and Ebiowei.

I suspect the club feel that LB is ok with TM (and TA for the future), and at RB we have enough for another season. Then we also seam ok for wide forwards with 4, and ok up top with 4 centre forwards (in which OE and LP can play wide too). We've got bodies in CM...

For the first time in a long time, it feels we have the right numbers.

Id still like another CM, would like another no 10 maybe on loan (e.g. Loftus Cheek) and certainly be open to any options for the future e.g. Colwill

Are we desperate for anything else?

Edited by MrRobbo (28 Jul 2022 11.15am)

Solid 6 so far, bar Doucoure we've not added to the starting xi enough.

 

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View palace99's Profile palace99 Flag New Mills 28 Jul 22 12.19pm Send a Private Message to palace99 Add palace99 as a friend

Originally posted by MrRobbo

Feels like we have quietly and efficiently gone about our business this window. Picking off a couple of priority positions in CB (with versatility to play across the back line) and DCM.

But also picking up a few really cost-effective options (who have bags of potential) in Johnstone and Ebiowei.

I suspect the club feel that LB is ok with TM (and TA for the future), and at RB we have enough for another season. Then we also seam ok for wide forwards with 4, and ok up top with 4 centre forwards (in which OE and LP can play wide too). We've got bodies in CM...

For the first time in a long time, it feels we have the right numbers.

Id still like another CM, would like another no 10 maybe on loan (e.g. Loftus Cheek) and certainly be open to any options for the future e.g. Colwill

Are we desperate for anything else?

Edited by MrRobbo (28 Jul 2022 11.15am)


Yes, agree we have recruited well.

GK and defence definitely look stronger this year. We were short across the back four last year and luckily had few injuries or loss of form. The few games Tomkins did play showed how uncomfortable he was in possession so i can't see him playing too much this season (injury permitting). A fit Fergie and new signing Richards gives us options across the back - both as cover and also if we are going to play 3-5-2 at times.

Midfield is still a bit of a concern IMHO. Hopefully Jimmy Mac can stay fit as he is still an important performer. CG will be a difficult position to fill as there are few players who have his energy. Assuming Eze plays in that number 10 position we gain in creatively but lose the energy and tackling ability of CG. I think we need 2 defence minded midfielders to accommodate Eze. I'm assuming this is Doucoure and an.other - probably Macca ahead of Hughes IMHO (not convinced by Schlupp as a CM).

I think we are ok in attack. Eduoard is a better player than he showed consistently last season and Mateta is still learning but did ok 2nd half of season. We only play 1 up top so not sure we need more options assuming Tekkers stays.
Wilf is still an important player when he is up for it. I'd be happy if he performs for us and runs down his contract. At 30 next year he will still be able to get a move for Champions League football assuming that is still what he wants.

Plange and Ebiowei look good options as impact subs.

Hopefully a fit and more experienced Olise will see an improvement on last season. Yes he was great at times, but also went AWOL and his defensive side is poor. No goals in the league when he started a game must also be improved upon. Can still see Ayew starting some of the away games due to his workrate.

 

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Very good so far, i would like us to offload Luka, Ben & Eddie and get another striker, even if its a Loan.

 


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View silvertop's Profile silvertop Flag Portishead 28 Jul 22 12.26pm Send a Private Message to silvertop Add silvertop as a friend

Originally posted by aashman12

Solid 6 so far, bar Doucoure we've not added to the starting xi enough.

Probably, but what I suspect you wish for would blow the club's budget.

We are still trying to be a club run sustainably at a time of increasing costs, rising inflation and major capital projects to finance, not to mention staying in a division that is possibly beyond our means.

I agree the OP. The window has been pretty good, save getting gazumped by WHU on Flynn.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag South coast - west of Brighton. 28 Jul 22 12.31pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by palace99


Yes, agree we have recruited well.

GK and defence definitely look stronger this year. We were short across the back four last year and luckily had few injuries or loss of form. The few games Tomkins did play showed how uncomfortable he was in possession so i can't see him playing too much this season (injury permitting). A fit Fergie and new signing Richards gives us options across the back - both as cover and also if we are going to play 3-5-2 at times.

Midfield is still a bit of a concern IMHO. Hopefully Jimmy Mac can stay fit as he is still an important performer. CG will be a difficult position to fill as there are few players who have his energy. Assuming Eze plays in that number 10 position we gain in creatively but lose the energy and tackling ability of CG. I think we need 2 defence minded midfielders to accommodate Eze. I'm assuming this is Doucoure and an.other - probably Macca ahead of Hughes IMHO (not convinced by Schlupp as a CM).

I think we are ok in attack. Eduoard is a better player than he showed consistently last season and Mateta is still learning but did ok 2nd half of season. We only play 1 up top so not sure we need more options assuming Tekkers stays.
Wilf is still an important player when he is up for it. I'd be happy if he performs for us and runs down his contract. At 30 next year he will still be able to get a move for Champions League football assuming that is still what he wants.

Plange and Ebiowei look good options as impact subs.

Hopefully a fit and more experienced Olise will see an improvement on last season. Yes he was great at times, but also went AWOL and his defensive side is poor. No goals in the league when he started a game must also be improved upon. Can still see Ayew starting some of the away games due to his workrate.

I am of the same viewpoint.

In defence, I have never been overly impressed with Andersen.I accept he has ability on the ball and can 'Ping' a pass but as an out-and-out defender he is found wanting with his lack of pace and his mobility on the turn.

 

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