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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 30 Oct 22 10.35am Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

He might have put himself in the shop window with that performance. Would be handy if we could get a decent fee for him and buy an upgrade.

 


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View crystal-purley's Profile crystal-purley Flag Purley 30 Oct 22 10.40am Send a Private Message to crystal-purley Add crystal-purley as a friend

Luka did really well yesterday although maybe another midfield would have tested him more. How many shoulder to chest "tackles" were there yesterday and all ignored. Luka is not the answer but Cheick + Luka/Hughes now that they are all fit would work.

 


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View southnorwoodhill's Profile southnorwoodhill Flag 30 Oct 22 10.48am Send a Private Message to southnorwoodhill Add southnorwoodhill as a friend

PV has the problem of having to rotate a lacklustre (in the main) midfield due to lack of options. It's not ideal and we need a genuine PL calibre player to partner Doucoure. Neither Schlupp, Luka, or Hughes are ideal candidates. Even if McArthur was to become available after the WC it would only delay the necessary dip into the transfer market.

 

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View Nicholas91's Profile Nicholas91 Flag The Democratic Republic of Kent 30 Oct 22 11.00am Send a Private Message to Nicholas91 Add Nicholas91 as a friend

I think he played well yesterday however the first tick box on that assessment is for him not to disgrace himself or do something catastrophic which is a very low bar.

The game still looks slightly too quick for him and he shone when we were less ‘mobile’ as a team.

You never know, I don’t think it valid to write him off completely however one swallow and all of that jazz. If he does step up it will serve us well whilst the midfield is still under resourced. Interestingly, I couldn’t name one notable moment from either Hughes or Jairo when they come on which again is both a good but not inspiring take for me.

 


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View Elpis's Profile Elpis Flag In a pub 30 Oct 22 11.13am Send a Private Message to Elpis Add Elpis as a friend

Originally posted by southnorwoodhill

PV has the problem of having to rotate a lacklustre (in the main) midfield due to lack of options. It's not ideal and we need a genuine PL calibre player to partner Doucoure. Neither Schlupp, Luka, or Hughes are ideal candidates. Even if McArthur was to become available after the WC it would only delay the necessary dip into the transfer market.

I would agree with that , upgrades are required .

Luka had a decent game yesterday but would be tested against better opposition ,especially as a replacement for Docoure though I think he would be fine along side him in a more defensive formation .
Playing as PV prefers with one DM leaves him on the bench with Docoure fit. Its the other midfield positions that give more concern

 

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 30 Oct 22 11.26am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Originally posted by ASCPFC

He might have put himself in the shop window with that performance. Would be handy if we could get a decent fee for him and buy an upgrade.

Good point AS.

 


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View Plaistow Eagle's Profile Plaistow Eagle Flag 30 Oct 22 12.04pm Send a Private Message to Plaistow Eagle Add Plaistow Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by NEILLO

Luka did ok yesterday and surpassed my admittedly low expectations.

But he is only a stop gap solution when we are short on numbers. I really don't see yesterday's game as any more than that.

Totally agree we desperately need an upgrade or two in central midfield as early as possible in January - in fact I sincerely hope negotiations are already ongoing if not complete.

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View stancummins's Profile stancummins Flag 30 Oct 22 1.31pm Send a Private Message to stancummins Add stancummins as a friend

he did ok yesterday but he is no more than a benchwarmer in the prem nowadays . Three years ago he was the dogs goolies but he has lost 5 yards of pace and even his deadball set pieces no longer hit the mark . I feel sorry for him as it is not his fault he always tries his best and gives 100% ,its just his body says sorry mate no can do anymore,that is why i would be surprised if we got any money for him

 

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View waddy's Profile waddy Flag Highton,Melbourne 30 Oct 22 2.06pm Send a Private Message to waddy Add waddy as a friend

1st half was Brilliant- 2nd half woeful- Everton play came back
The attacking from Wilf/Olise/Ebbs/Ward/Mitchell was non stop.
Yet Our Midfield is under utilized as them players are defensively minded.

Milo played “ok” but his mistakes came back 3 times where he allowed them shooting opportunities- plus in 2nd half he did not take command like a captain should
Soton were all over us.
Viera made changes that I think he only needed to make one - Luka no one else
And switch Wilf & Ed over

Milo needs to be sold ! Along with Ward and lazy lazy Ayew -
We walks on pitch like he’s been out all night - then he gives the ball away & strolls back - god damn lazy I would have subbed him back off !

 


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View doombear's Profile doombear Flag Too far from Selhurst Park 30 Oct 22 3.07pm Send a Private Message to doombear Add doombear as a friend

Originally posted by waddy

1st half was Brilliant- 2nd half woeful- Everton play came back
The attacking from Wilf/Olise/Ebbs/Ward/Mitchell was non stop.
Yet Our Midfield is under utilized as them players are defensively minded.

Milo played “ok” but his mistakes came back 3 times where he allowed them shooting opportunities- plus in 2nd half he did not take command like a captain should
Soton were all over us.
Viera made changes that I think he only needed to make one - Luka no one else
And switch Wilf & Ed over

Milo needs to be sold ! Along with Ward and lazy lazy Ayew -
We walks on pitch like he’s been out all night - then he gives the ball away & strolls back - god damn lazy I would have subbed him back off !


I was at the game and it seems we watched different games or at least saw the game differently.
1. Ayew was not lazy. His work during the final 25 minutes or so enabled us to get the ball forward. Indeed, he won the corner for us that resulted in the last play of the game, not to mention a couple of fouls that helped us re-organize.
2. Edouard was virtually dead on his feet by 60-65 minutes - he had to come off for someone with fresh legs and energy. Several people in my area of the ground were calling for PV to make that change at least 10 minutes before he did. It was obvious Edouard had run himself into the ground. Our front 4/5 put a lot into the first half with the high press we put on Soton.
3. Luka needed defensive support towards the end of the 2nd half - not replacing. He got that support in the form of Hughes and then Riedewald and we saw the game out.

 

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View Vaibow's Profile Vaibow Flag vancouver/croydon 30 Oct 22 3.52pm Send a Private Message to Vaibow Add Vaibow as a friend

Saints were absolutely terrible first half.... losing the ball, snapping under pressure... sure this performance would have done him good, but any other prep team on form would have worried him..... and me

 


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View Gribbo's Profile Gribbo Flag Bromley 30 Oct 22 5.02pm Send a Private Message to Gribbo Add Gribbo as a friend

To answer your question, no.

Got caught on the ball again yesterday like he did for the first goal at Everton. Lying face down thumping the ground is not an appropriate response.

Passing abysmal, as evidenced by the Edouard booking.

Freekicks as dreadful as ever.

Too slow, sits too deep. Southampton bossing midfield until Hughes came on in the second half.

Good enough in his day, sadly that day is gone. Should have kept Kouyate, or made a better fist of bringing in Flynn Downes. Need 1 or 2 decent midfielders to replace Luka and the injury prone Jimmy Mac. Nobody currently in the academy who seems to be able to step up.

 

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