I was about to reply to that post saying the same thing before I read this. Requiring us to fund our own transfers purely through player sales while signing 29+ year olds with zero resale value and high wages is up there with some of the dumbest decisions I've heard.
I've not a clue what the club are doing at the moment, it feels like its quickly becoming a mess from top to bottom. From this change in strategy and transfer policy to the manager snapping at the media and stripping our only proper leader of the captaincy and then this week cancelling stadium tours last minute so a bunch of MPs can have a kick about on the pitch.
I have a feeling these owners are pretty far away from the decision making process these days and Purslow is doing what he wants. Gerrard is clearly his man and he will back him until the very end, we may need the owners to pull the trigger on both of them.
Will be a half chance or a scrum in the box that wins this game.
Forest have played both the 352 and the 4231 but more the 352 this season. I expect Cooper to read the scouting report on Villa and go back to the 352. Villa are not a team capable of breaking down the low block so they will clog the middle and we will hit hopeless crosses.
But maybe MacPhee can conjure up another set piece routine that will result in a goal. That's the only way I see this scoring.
I don't rate any of our options lining up against them. Bailey (if available) will have a tough time finding any space if Forest sit back. Watkins will be running into brick walls. This is a game crying out for Ings and Buendia but will Gerrard have enough sense to see that? I doubt it, but surely he knows that's the right thing to do in the back of his mind.
I would not be surprised to see his away lineup that we've seen twice this year.
In Gerrard's mind, this midfield can "control" the game (laughable) and he's going to try and conjure up some magic out of the front three. The problem is - as gifted as Buendia and Coutinho are - you can't just thread the needle with two small players and an inefficient finisher. I would prefer to line up.
You are giving up a lot of defensive solidity with this lineup - but Forest can be got at if you have numbers in their final third. Sadly, I don't think we will ever see this lineup
One of my biggest concerns about Gerrard is how wasted our youth prospects are going to be unless they get game time by leaving on loan.
I'm gutted for Archer that he wasn't loaned out because if he isn't going to get minutes against 10 men when we need a goal, then when is he going to?
If you want a sell to buy plan for the club, which I think is a good thing if done correctly, then you need a manager that develops players that can actually be sold for decent money. You also need a scouting system that can find the hidden gems that the likes of Brighton can find that can make a strong impact, whether it's straight away of after one season.
I honestly don't think we have either.