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View Lanzo-Ad's Profile Lanzo-Ad Flag Lanzarote 02 Oct 22 7.55am Send a Private Message to Lanzo-Ad Add Lanzo-Ad as a friend

I think we are generally playing well, played most of the top teams in the first seven games, bad decisions at Man City where they wouldn't Have come back from 3 down, Ayew's goal fine, and yesterday's blatant red card ignored, but maybe we got lucky at Newcastle, having said that we now have 9 league games where we should take at least 17 points minimum, if we don't then it will be time to panic, we also need a DM and a RB on loan at least in the window which is 7 league games away. COYP

 



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View southnorwoodhill's Profile southnorwoodhill Flag 02 Oct 22 8.02am Send a Private Message to southnorwoodhill Add southnorwoodhill as a friend

Originally posted by Lanzo-Ad

I think we are generally playing well, played most of the top teams in the first seven games, bad decisions at Man City where they wouldn't Have come back from 3 down, Ayew's goal fine, and yesterday's blatant red card ignored, but maybe we got lucky at Newcastle, having said that we now have 9 league games where we should take at least 17 points minimum, if we don't then it will be time to panic, we also need a DM and a RB on loan at least in the window which is 7 league games away. COYP

Ah Lanzo, these things were predictable from the beginning of the season, most notably: paper thin midfield only one player of genuine quality brought in to replace those going out, no real defensive cover in case of injuries, not a lot of quality beyond the first 11, tough opening set of matches etc.
Now we are here, what is the board going to do about it in the window?

 

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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 02 Oct 22 8.08am Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by southnorwoodhill

Ah Lanzo, these things were predictable from the beginning of the season, most notably: paper thin midfield only one player of genuine quality brought in to replace those going out, no real defensive cover in case of injuries, not a lot of quality beyond the first 11, tough opening set of matches etc.
Now we are here, what is the board going to do about it in the window?

Faff around until the last day hoping for a bargain bucket to arrive

 

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View samprior's Profile samprior Flag Hamburg 02 Oct 22 9.30am Send a Private Message to samprior Add samprior as a friend

Originally posted by Spiderman

Faff around until the last day hoping for a bargain bucket to arrive

I think there was genuine hope Gallagher would become available. That clearly didn't come to pass and now the best thing to happen would probably be that he becomes a Chelsea regular to put the matter to bed and we can fully move onto other targets.

It's going to be strange next window with the WC before it and then one game before it officially opens again. Hopefully Dougie will have a couple of things lined up. The AWB rumours will obviously continue if he fails to feature for United.

 

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View Lanzo-Ad's Profile Lanzo-Ad Flag Lanzarote 02 Oct 22 9.32am Send a Private Message to Lanzo-Ad Add Lanzo-Ad as a friend

The problem that they/we have sort of created themselves is we have a lot of very good youngsters who aren't ready yet for a year or two, but surely the 4 available loans is the ideal answer to the problem, experience without obstructing a young players progress.

 



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I think some of the reason that the paper thin midfield was left was because we tried to leave a space open in case CG came back & the lack of availability of another affordable Decoure type player with similar strengths & engine.

I know some people are critical of the last window ( & maybe I am just older & more tolerant) but I still think we did OK & will build on the gaps if not in January definitely in the summer.

 

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View Jacey's Profile Jacey Flag 02 Oct 22 10.09am Send a Private Message to Jacey Add Jacey as a friend

Don't panic,yet??

Defeats against Leeds and Leicester in our next two fixtures, will in all likelihood see us anchored in the bottom three.

Me thinks we will struggle this season,with survival our key priority.

 

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View aashman12's Profile aashman12 Flag 02 Oct 22 10.11am Send a Private Message to aashman12 Add aashman12 as a friend

Utter s*** show of a window has left us paper think and trying square pegs, doucoure the only signing that starts, lack of Gallagher replacement has us dropping 20 yards deeper. Vieira making subs for the sake of it, next batch of fixtures really are make or break for big pat and our season.

 

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View southnorwoodhill's Profile southnorwoodhill Flag 02 Oct 22 10.22am Send a Private Message to southnorwoodhill Add southnorwoodhill as a friend

Originally posted by aashman12

Utter s*** show of a window has left us paper think and trying square pegs, doucoure the only signing that starts, lack of Gallagher replacement has us dropping 20 yards deeper. Vieira making subs for the sake of it, next batch of fixtures really are make or break for big pat and our season.

Yes, Doucoure has the quality and it was obvious he was going to be a starter from the off. The others are for when we drop into the Championship. It's called forward planning...

 

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View Elwissthebest's Profile Elwissthebest Flag Marlborough 02 Oct 22 11.06am Send a Private Message to Elwissthebest Add Elwissthebest as a friend

Not convinced Zaha, Eze, Olise can all start. Let's put it another way: one great player and two good ones. Have we ever won when all three started a match (Willo, where are you)?
We need a bit more grit? too many 'flair' players?

 

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View Rachid Rachid Rachid's Profile Rachid Rachid Rachid Flag 02 Oct 22 11.23am Send a Private Message to Rachid Rachid Rachid Add Rachid Rachid Rachid as a friend

Apart from Man City I don't think the top six are all that this season. Chelsea were slow to move the ball and lacked intensity.
Liverpool not the same without Mane and some of their key performers seem to have fallen off a cliff.

At the other end of the table the promoted teams seem to be making a proper fist of things. The league is far more competitive all round.

In the middle of last season when we went into a run of games where we fancied our chances we underachieved.

I don't think we should be looking at the games against the top six as being a write off in the way we are.

The squad is so thin I think the board have taken a massive gamble when the margins are so tight.


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View Goal Machine's Profile Goal Machine Flag The Cronx 02 Oct 22 12.23pm Send a Private Message to Goal Machine Add Goal Machine as a friend

No need to unnecessarily wet pants.

Of our seven games we've already played 4 of the 'big 6' which are games we expect to lose. In addition, we've played Newcastle away which is a tough fixture. Of our two realistically winnable games (Villa & Brentford at home), we've taken 4 points, which is a good return.

for me, the only real disappointment so far was PV's negative tactics when try to see out the win against Brentford.

From what I've seen so far, which is pretty much all of it, we look a solid team with exciting young attacking players. With all their riches, we matched Chelsea yesterday and it took a late wonder goal to beat us.

We can only really judge how good we are at the halfway point of the season when everyone has played each other. I'm extremely confident we'll be between 10th-13th by that point.

The next 7 league fixtures on paper look far easier than the previous 7. If we're near the bottom then, perhaps its time to start getting a bit edgy.

 

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