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  1. Leandro Bacuna

    What makes me laugh about this is a player can throw their toys out of the pram, cry to the media demanding a move, refuse to play, but still get their loyalty bonus because they didn't officially hand in a transfer request, it's ridiculous
  2. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    Not sure how I feel about #StevoITK being actually ITK
  3. Steve Bruce

    The only problem with the subs on Saturday was they were made too late, taking Hogan off clearly isn't a popular decision, after all he's scored 1 goal for us so was all but guaranteed to score another, but those subs did change the game, we retook control of the game again and went back to creating good chances. In the 90th minute chasing a goal you don't need to be a tactical genius, throwing a big man on to hit and get the ball forward quickly is a tactic employed by just about every manager (excluding Pep) at some point, it's just about the only reason Fellani has played so many games for Man Utd, it's not the sackable offence some seem to think it is. And will everyone please stop claiming Bruce took Hogan off for Samba when chasing the game?! There's enough to criticise him for without just making stuff up. His first subs worked as they changed the game, relieved all the pressure on us and we retook control, had Green put his very straightforward chance away Samba would not have been brought on at all Like everyone I was disappointed with a draw yesterday, we should have won, apart from 2 mins before half time, and 20 mins of the 2nd half we were in control, I still have faith Bruce can get us promoted this season (although I agree if we don't improve soon Xia will have a decision to make)
  4. Leandro Bacuna

    Watching Bacuna for their goal literally made me scream at the TV, he got back well, helped defend a decent attack, then literally just stops as soon as the ball was half cleared and hey presto Hull end up with a free man in the box. It's typical Bacuna, he does half a job then gives up and loses all interest. He can drive the ball forward like Delph used to, run through players, then misplace a 5 yard pass, he'll work himself back into a good position then just stop assuming his job is done, he'll ping a great pass to someone then let the return ball run under his foot. Half a job, every time, get rid
  5. The Championship thread

    Anyone got a link for the wolves Boro game? Watching Fulham as it's the only one I could find, they're looking good again
  6. Steve Bruce

    Again, the pre season game is of absolutely no consequence. Being worried about how we played last season and hoping it will change this season is fine
  7. Steve Bruce

    Yes. If it goes tits up next season it won't be because we didn't play well in our 2nd pre season game
  8. Steve Bruce

    I will say this with confidence. The way a team or players play during pre season matches - especially the first ones - is in no way indicative of the way they will play in competitive matches. If our 2nd pre season match has caused people to change their opinions on Bruce then they don't understand pre season matches. Lack of passing and moving? It's pre season, their getting their fitness up. No cohesion in the team? It's pre season, their getting their fitness up. Bruce defying everyone and playing Hutton and Richards at centre back? It's pre season etc etc. Whether we win every game 5-0 or lose every game 5-0 will not dictate how our season goes, the only game you can take anything from is the final one, and even that's a stretch. It's about getting the players some match fitness and getting them used to playing with each other. Tactical work etc will be being done on the training ground, and the matches are only there so the players are ready for a competitive 90 minute match in a few weeks time, some of the over analysis and jumping to conclusions after the last game is ridiculous
  9. Steve Bruce

    The players all looked miles off the pace...in their 2nd pre season match. Shocker
  10. Chris Samba

    Tbf he has the potential to become a bit of a cult hero, just because he will dominate in the air still and everyone kind of expects him to be rubbish, so anything half decent he does will be praised as if he's Maldini, but even against Telford there was one moment when one of their quicker players had a run at him and he barely managed to get a block in, against any half decent attacker that would probably have led to a goal. I wouldn't trust him in our team as things stand
  11. Chris Samba

    Just did a great little run and through ball...rolling back the years!
  12. Leandro Bacuna

    Is that true though? I can't remember too many thinking that Gueye was bang average, he just couldn't hold us together completely on his own. Given that we were comparing him with Sanchez I think most rated him fairly highly. I've said before on Clark he was never a bad player, he was just capable of some almighty cock ups (pretty common with young defenders) and those mistakes did blinker a lot of our perceptions of him, now he's maturing its not that surprising he's ironing some of those errors out (being a division lower certainly helped him as well). Westwood is doing now what he did for us, not a great deal, playing tidy non risk football and not setting the world alight, and Albrighton was similar to the situation with Cahill, not quite good enough for our starting 11 yet, but good enough to not want to be a bench warmer. He wouldn't be the player he is today if we hadn't sold him, that move suited everyone. Bacuna is totally different, he doesn't just "make a few errors", his overall play simply doesn't have enough quality, he doesn't even have a proper position. He's not been hampered by injuries or not given enough chances, he simply isn't good enough to maintain high level performances for a season, a 12 game spell where everything clicked and he looked good that he has never managed to replicate doesn't change that
  13. Leandro Bacuna

    In Marlon Harewood's first ever season in the PL, in a struggling side, he scored 16 goals and was one of their best players. 1 decent run does not make a good player. Playing well in 10% of games, and awful in 90% doesn't make you a good player that's playing badly, it makes you a bad player that had a good spell once. If he did it consistently then I'm sure many more would agree with you, but he hasn't, he's been bang average (at best) over his time here. Believing he has potential to be better is fine (personally I do not, but each to their own), believing he already is better because of a good 12 game spell 3 years ago is crazy
  14. Transfer Speculation Summer 2017

    There's a clear difference between Clark and Bacuna though, Clark generally played well and was a good defender with a few big mistakes which skewed our perception of him as we saw him all the time. Those mistakes are pretty common for defenders and will generally get ironed out as they get older, which will see him being more consistent and probably good enough for a lower mid table Prem team. Bacuna on the other hand excels at nothing, he's the clearest example of bang average that I've seen for a long time, he's not terrible, he's not great, he's just meh, and seems to have the Billy big boy attitude and thinks he's a superstar. Bacuna will never be more than a Championship player, if he can get himself some consistency as he matures he may end up as a poor man's Milner, and make a name for himself at a semi decent Championship team
  15. Steve Bruce

    Of course we can all see the same problem, it's not hiding, the real difference between people who think Bruce should be given more time and those that don't isn't being blind to what we've seen, it's having faith that it will change. I should have added "so far" to what I said, Bruce is not stupid, he's not lucked into his previous promotions, I didn't see much of his other teams, but Hull didn't play drab defensive football, they generally had the upper hand on possession and scored plenty of goals. So far we've seen a style similar to that of McLeish, that is, no real style, but overall Bruce's teams set up more like a Mourinho (note : I'm not saying he is anywhere near Mourinho's level, simply a comparable style), solid defensively with some excellent attacking players allowed to express themselves. Until those attacking players are brought in and gel the attacking will always seem lacking, but once they get going it's hard to stop. The resilience is now there, getting the attacking players to begin linking up and gelling together is the final step, it may need a new signing, it may just need a bit of time, but I firmly believe it will happen eventually. I understand you don't believe that, but given Bruce will undoubtedly be starting the season as our manager, I'm sure we're both hoping that I'm right and you're not!