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M_Afro

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  1. If Davis was available then maybe I would consider benching Wesley but Kodjia has not played well for years. Not since his first season at the club has he delivered consistently and then it was only at championship level. I really don’t get the fascination with Kodjia. Wesley is a much better option which is why he gets picked every week. Also, Wesley did really well against Norwich away. Maybe the return fixture is just what he needs to re-find his confidence. Whatever happens we need 3 points so I hope we all get right behind Wesley and everybody else today. The players need u
  2. Not wanting to be in danger of stating the absolute obvious but the remainder of this week is massive for us. Two wins absolutely transforms our season, whereas two defeats would be very difficult to recover from. What is certain is that we cannot afford to lose to another of our relegation rivals! I really believe that the margins between finishing 10th or 20th in the league are pretty fine. Key injuries at key times can be catastrophic and yet we cannot control that, we can only hope that it falls in our favour more often than not. One thing that we can control is the support that
  3. He’s 21 years old, playing his first season in the UK, in a struggling side. He has scored a couple of great goals and has shown some real ability. Shall we give him more than 5 minutes before we write off the next 15 years of his life?
  4. Absolutely. That’s my favourite bit of all transfer windows and it is Christmas after all.
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    Dean Smith

    Ha ha. Man Utd paid £50m for a full back who had only played a handful of games in the PL. If Jack goes, it will be for a good deal more than that.
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    Dean Smith

    That’s precisely my point. They all had a vision but unfortunately they were all different. A consistent approach that sits above ant head coach is the only sensible option.
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    Dean Smith

    Agreed but we still let all of those managers sign their own players without a consistent vision and process. They are all so different it is not even funny. We now have a system that will enable the right kind of head coach to flourish and will bring consistency. We need to be brave and stick to the vision, which I am confident will happen.
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    Dean Smith

    We are trying to go on a different path. We are trying to build something that will last. Something bigger than the current head coach. We have been through endless depressing cycles of a bloke coming in, bringing his own boys with him, buying his own players, getting sacked after 2-3 years to be replaced by a new guy who does exactly the same thing whilst the squad swells with loads of overpaid, underused players who we cannot get rid off. It is brain dead and depressing! We now have a structure that means the above can’t happen again. I know it is hard, particularly after a horrible def
  9. I hope we sign a big powerful central midfield player, a pacy winger and a centre forward, in that order of importance. We also need Mings back ASAP. The next three games are massive. They provide a great opportunity to gather some points. If we fail to get at least 5 points then I think whoever we buy/loan in January will almost become immaterial. It’s also so important that even if we fail to beat Norwich and Watford we do not lose. We must not lose!
  10. They were on high wages and to be honest they were not exactly saleable assets. That’s not true now. If we sold Jack and Ty we would bank over £100m. Also our new owners make Dr X look like a corner shop owner in every possible way!
  11. We are in a different position now. We no longer have to sell our players. Jack would almost certainly go. As would Mings. After that I could see them staying to help get us promoted. If we do sell players, it will be on our terms.
  12. It is the most sensible and sustainable model. In a few years, when this season’s recruits have fully bedded in, we will really be reaping the benefits. Anything worth having takes time to achieve. We have suffered from years and years of short term quick fixes. It will take some patience from the supporters but I really think it will be worthwhile.
  13. When are people going to understand the plan? We bought players with potential in the hope that their value will grow. They are assets. Gone are the days (hopefully) when we waste good money on over the hill journey men. How the hell do you think we got here in the first place! It is too early to judge/write off any of the summer acquisitions. The only one where maybe we took a punt is Jota and even that could still potentially work out. Get a grip people. For once we are trying to build a better future. It will take time but it is the right strategy. The good thing about our cur
  14. If we go down I don’t think we will lose anyone other than Jack and Ty. We will stay up anyway so it’s all pretty immaterial
  15. Centre midfield is our number 1 priority. We need an athletic, powerful, box to box, tall beast who can win the battle in the centre of the park. A Viera/ Keane to pull us out of the doo doo when we need it. A winger and then CF to finish it off would also be nice!
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    Dean Smith

    Sounds like a plan. A barmy, brummie, boozy Boxing Day atmosphere will hopefully cheer the boys home on Thursday. If we could follow that up with a long overdue away win at Watford, I’m sure we will all feel much better.
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    Dean Smith

    I agree with a lot of your post but part of being a head coach is implementing/changing tactics in order to positively influence the team. I have not seen any of this from Smith. It was the same when we went on our awful run last year. He kept doing the same thing over and over again until Jack returned and saved our bacon.
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    Dean Smith

    I really wish Dean would try 5 at the back. It would get more height in the team and also better suit our fullbacks who are both much better in attack than defence. Whilst SJM is out it would enable Luiz and Nakamba to sit in front of the defence. Jack could play in an advanced central role. This would leave the option of two up top or a 9 with someone in the hole. Gotta be worth a pop. I think it would make us more solid whilst also provide an attacking threat.
  19. If Watford play like this against us, it will be more embarrassing than yesterday! Hopefully they have got their big performance out of the way early!
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    Dean Smith

    We need to see where we are after the next two games. Two wins and things will feel much better. At the very least we must get 4 points. We cannot afford to lose another game to a relegation rival. Yesterday was painful.
  21. We are a professionally run football club for the first time in my lifetime. Doug used to run us as a corner shop, Randy as a hobby, Tony as a goodness knows what! These guys are not taking risks. There is a plan and an infrastructure designed to deliver that plan. Long may it continue!
  22. Anybody who is suggesting we re-sign Benteke should watch the first 41 minutes of tonight’s Palace match.... wtf has happened to the big man? He is an absolute shadow of his former self. Pretty sad to see really when you think about how good he was for us.
  23. Just watched the highlights from Saturday. There were lots of players illegally encroaching when he missed the penalty. VAR is supposed to be used to ensure this does not happen. The penalty should have been retaken. I can only assume that having already used VAR to award the penalty to Villa the software has a bug that automatically will not allow another VAR decision in our favour during the month of December!
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    Dean Smith

    We all get that you don’t like him. You don’t have to mention it in every post!
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