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View sydtheeagle's Profile sydtheeagle Flag England 23 Feb 23 10.52am Send a Private Message to sydtheeagle Add sydtheeagle as a friend

To be honest, the thread is titled "life after Zaha", not "do you think Wilf is a great player or past his best?".

Personally, I'm fed up with the endless new contract saga. It's been a distraction for eighteen months now. He's had a new deal on the table and, as is his right, he hasn't signed it. His openness to offers clearly hasn't helped him find a new club (at least thus far) and it hasn't helped us to plan for the future either. Drawing this out for so long has been a lose-lose for all parties.

Whatever I think of Wilf, he either needs to sign the contract we've offered him or confirm that he has no intention of doing so, in either case as soon as possible. We might be better off with him than without him next season but we don't hold the cards and the future should be our focus.

If he goes, the show will go on. Yes, I want Wilf to stay but I'm damned if I'm going to lose any more sleep about it. Either way, we'll be fine.

Edited by sydtheeagle (23 Feb 2023 10.53am)

 


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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 23 Feb 23 11.13am Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

We've been after Sarr for about a decade - we might get him in a year or two.

 


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View sydtheeagle's Profile sydtheeagle Flag England 23 Feb 23 11.33am Send a Private Message to sydtheeagle Add sydtheeagle as a friend

Originally posted by ASCPFC

We've been after Sarr for about a decade - we might get him in a year or two.

Sarrcasm won't get us there :-)

 


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Move Olise to the left to replace Wilf

Do either of Ebiowei or Rak-Sakyi get a chance on the right ?

Ebiowei - he must wonder what he has done ? Signed by Palace and on the bench every game but never comes on. Gets loaned to Hull for game time and sits on the bench for them.

Rak- Sakyi - maybe more chance with an impressive season at Charlton.


Most likely - it will be Ayew !!!!

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 23 Feb 23 11.41am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by Crystal_Clear

Move Olise to the left to replace Wilf

Do either of Ebiowei or Rak-Sakyi get a chance on the right ?

Ebiowei - he must wonder what he has done ? Signed by Palace and on the bench every game but never comes on. Gets loaned to Hull for game time and sits on the bench for them.

Rak- Sakyi - maybe more chance with an impressive season at Charlton.


Most likely - it will be Ayew !!!!

Maybe he's just not that good?

 


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View sydtheeagle's Profile sydtheeagle Flag England 23 Feb 23 12.22pm Send a Private Message to sydtheeagle Add sydtheeagle as a friend

Originally posted by Badger11

Maybe he's just not that good?

Seems to be the way we've handled Ebiowei has been entirely sensible. We knew he was young and talented, but not ready. We bedded him in and got to know his strengths and weaknesses by exposing him to the first-team squad for six months, putting him on the bench to let him experience what the PL was about while knowing he wasn't ready for it yet. Then, with the confidence and sense of belonging got from that period, we sent him out on loan to start getting decent-level games under his belt. Exactly the way to handle and improve a young talent. Ebiowei must be delighted to have arrived at a club who knows how to develop a young players future in the PL.

 


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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 23 Feb 23 12.39pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by sydtheeagle

Seems to be the way we've handled Ebiowei has been entirely sensible. We knew he was young and talented, but not ready. We bedded him in and got to know his strengths and weaknesses by exposing him to the first-team squad for six months, putting him on the bench to let him experience what the PL was about while knowing he wasn't ready for it yet. Then, with the confidence and sense of belonging got from that period, we sent him out on loan to start getting decent-level games under his belt. Exactly the way to handle and improve a young talent. Ebiowei must be delighted to have arrived at a club who knows how to develop a young players future in the PL.

I hope you are right but I don't get excited about players until they are tearing it up in the first team. Until then they are just possibles.

 


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View PJEagle's Profile PJEagle Flag London 23 Feb 23 1.50pm Send a Private Message to PJEagle Add PJEagle as a friend

Originally posted by sydtheeagle

Seems to be the way we've handled Ebiowei has been entirely sensible. We knew he was young and talented, but not ready. We bedded him in and got to know his strengths and weaknesses by exposing him to the first-team squad for six months, putting him on the bench to let him experience what the PL was about while knowing he wasn't ready for it yet. Then, with the confidence and sense of belonging got from that period, we sent him out on loan to start getting decent-level games under his belt. Exactly the way to handle and improve a young talent. Ebiowei must be delighted to have arrived at a club who knows how to develop a young players future in the PL.


A very good post. Have done a bit of Googling and it seems he's had a minor injury at Hull, so hasn't played many minutes. So probably too early to say how well he's doing. But he still very young, 19 so has a lot of time to develop.

 

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View Davepalace707's Profile Davepalace707 Flag Northumberland 23 Feb 23 2.46pm Send a Private Message to Davepalace707 Add Davepalace707 as a friend

Originally posted by Badger11

I hope you are right but I don't get excited about players until they are tearing it up in the first team. Until then they are just possibles.

Iíve been through the squad and Iíve counted 6 so far

 


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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 23 Feb 23 3.13pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by Davepalace707

Iíve been through the squad and Iíve counted 6 so far

Really 6 who came through the youth system?

I count 3 Mitchell, Clyne and Zaha?

 


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View Davepalace707's Profile Davepalace707 Flag Northumberland 23 Feb 23 3.17pm Send a Private Message to Davepalace707 Add Davepalace707 as a friend

Originally posted by Badger11

Really 6 who came through the youth system?

I count 3 Mitchell, Clyne and Zaha?

No I meant players full stop. That are tearing it up. Guaita, Anderson, Guehi, Doucoure, Olise, Wilf.

 


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Originally posted by Davepalace707

Iíve been through the squad and Iíve counted 6 so far

Of which how many are on the unlikely/no chance list ?

We seem to have aquired a number of players in recent years who after early enthusiasm have become either squad fillers for the U21 or those we have tried getting some money back via loan outs .

 

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