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View Skilly's Profile Skilly Flag Perth 06 Feb 24 9.47am Send a Private Message to Skilly Add Skilly as a friend

With Olise now out for the foreseeable future, is it feasible to finally give Franca an opportunity to finally start a league game. I don’t know whether I am missing something, but I cannot fathom why Hodgson overlooks his involvement in every game. From the small cameos I’ve seen, he definitely looks the part. However, his confidence must be shattered by Hodgson’s total lack of faith in him. It’s only my opinion, but Franca should have replaced Olise in the Sheff Utd game. He would have least given us an outlet further forward, rather than bringing on two defensive midfielders and then defending for our lives for the rest of the game. Enough has already been said about the debacle of bringing on a less than semi fit Olise against Brighton when we’re already 3 down, but again, why didn’t he rest him and not put Franca on at half time? There must be more this than we know, but he looked pretty useful when he did finally come on, and if he’d more game time in the past then he’d have put his one opportunity away, which would have made the score 3-2 at the time.

 

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View PatrickA's Profile PatrickA Flag London 06 Feb 24 9.58am Send a Private Message to PatrickA Add PatrickA as a friend

I think you make some valid points.
However, if he's to be involved give him a proper opportunity.
He's not a traditional winger or defensive workhorse.
He looks more comfortable floating around the final third as he has a trick or two and can pick a pass.
Whether Hodgson will accommodate this in his 'structure' is debatable.

Originally posted by Skilly

With Olise now out for the foreseeable future, is it feasible to finally give Franca an opportunity to finally start a league game. I don’t know whether I am missing something, but I cannot fathom why Hodgson overlooks his involvement in every game. From the small cameos I’ve seen, he definitely looks the part. However, his confidence must be shattered by Hodgson’s total lack of faith in him. It’s only my opinion, but Franca should have replaced Olise in the Sheff Utd game. He would have least given us an outlet further forward, rather than bringing on two defensive midfielders and then defending for our lives for the rest of the game. Enough has already been said about the debacle of bringing on a less than semi fit Olise against Brighton when we’re already 3 down, but again, why didn’t he rest him and not put Franca on at half time? There must be more this than we know, but he looked pretty useful when he did finally come on, and if he’d more game time in the past then he’d have put his one opportunity away, which would have made the score 3-2 at the time.

 

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View MrRobbo's Profile MrRobbo Flag Purley 06 Feb 24 9.59am Send a Private Message to MrRobbo Add MrRobbo as a friend

IMO yes.

I still don't think he is anywhere near ready, but Jeff is proving to be to ineffective going forwards, I don't know what choice we have.

A front 3 of Ayew, Jeff and JPM aren't going to score in a month of Sundays (especially with Hughes in a number 10).

IMO we have no other option but to start him, and work out a plan to protect him.

 

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View ASCPFC's Profile ASCPFC Flag Pro-Cathedral/caravan park 06 Feb 24 10.22am Send a Private Message to ASCPFC Add ASCPFC as a friend

Originally posted by MrRobbo

IMO yes.

I still don't think he is anywhere near ready, but Jeff is proving to be to ineffective going forwards, I don't know what choice we have.

A front 3 of Ayew, Jeff and JPM aren't going to score in a month of Sundays (especially with Hughes in a number 10).

IMO we have no other option but to start him, and work out a plan to protect him.

We could use a different formation as we don't have any wide players.

 


Red and Blue Army!

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View southnorwoodhill's Profile southnorwoodhill Flag 06 Feb 24 10.26am Send a Private Message to southnorwoodhill Add southnorwoodhill as a friend

I think Roy Hodgson holds a grudge against Brazilian players ever since Roberto Carlos spoke the truth.

Edited by southnorwoodhill (06 Feb 2024 10.45am)

 

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View taylors lovechild's Profile taylors lovechild Flag 06 Feb 24 10.36am Send a Private Message to taylors lovechild Add taylors lovechild as a friend

The thing is he has to get a run of games and he has to be given space to make mistakes. With Eze and Olise out and now JRS too we are desperately short of players who can produce a bit of magic. Franca looks like he could do that. He also looks like he will give the ball away quite a lot. A few weeks ago De Zerbi talked about playing the young players at Brighton and giving them the space to make mistakes and learn. Roy doesn't seem to allow for that from the young players.

At the moment there is so much pressure on Franca to do something in a cameo that he looks like he's trying almost too hard, but that's what I want to see, a player desperate to get on the pitch and show what he can do. It's similar for Ahamada. They may not end up being the answer, but something needs to change to give the fans a lift. Show some belief in your players Roy.

 

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View palace99's Profile palace99 Flag New Mills 06 Feb 24 11.17am Send a Private Message to palace99 Add palace99 as a friend

These are desperate times. I agree with the comment that if we start with Schlupp on the left and Ayew on the right, regardless of the striker, we won't score.

If we stay 4231 maybe Franca in the Eze role with no defensive responsibilities is worth a try. If we want to be tighter then maybe Ahamada could play that role as he should be able to get up and down (like Doucoure role at Everton).

Alternatively maybe Ahamada on the right so Ayew can stay left as surely Schlupp cannot start another game on the LW - if you are not convinced watch the 2nd goal on Sat. Young RB walks into our box, stays there when the first cross gets blocked, and scores when the 2nd arrives. Jeff looking on 30 yards away.

An alternative is a more solid 442 with OE and Mateta upfront and maybe Ayew and Ahamada supporting Lerma and possibly Wharton in CM.

 

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View thai-eagle's Profile thai-eagle Flag chiang mai 06 Feb 24 11.18am Send a Private Message to thai-eagle Add thai-eagle as a friend

He offers a lot more than some of the regulars!

 

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View monkey's Profile monkey Flag 06 Feb 24 11.28am Send a Private Message to monkey Add monkey as a friend

They can’t be worried about the physical side of it, he comes from South America, I think the tricky players get used to having lumps kicked out of them over there from a young age.
Now is the perfect opportunity to give him a run, as long as they give him the freedom to play and go at defenders, even if he keeps losing it, he just needs that confidence to keep having a go

 

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View Elpis's Profile Elpis Flag In a pub 06 Feb 24 12.15pm Send a Private Message to Elpis Add Elpis as a friend

Originally posted by ASCPFC

We could use a different formation as we don't have any wide players.

Absolutely . What first team players we have got left need to be on the pitch playing in their best positions .

 


And we still need a striker

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View DenTyler's Profile DenTyler Flag Sidcup 06 Feb 24 2.04pm Send a Private Message to DenTyler Add DenTyler as a friend

Let the boy play. Let him off the leash and give him a few games to see what he can do. He’s been training with premier league players a lot of whom are internationals too. Surely he knows what expect by now.

And wouldn’t it just be magic if he linked up well with Wharton.

A man can dream.

 

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View leejaneagles's Profile leejaneagles Flag 06 Feb 24 2.06pm Send a Private Message to leejaneagles Add leejaneagles as a friend

No. Jeffrey Schlupp all day every day.

 

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