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    Gary Gardner

    Although I somewhat agree, people tend to use very absolute terms when describing players as it helps enhance their point, however the comparison here is as clear as day isn't it? He's not "absolutely awful" compared to Big Bob down the park playing for the local pub team, he's not "absolutely awful" compared to you or I, he's "absolutely awful" at the level Aston Villa are at and as a result most of his performances for us have been "absolutely awful". He was a player with the potential to be really good for us when we were a PL team, but he's never come close to realising that, he seems to be doing well for Blues so good for him, maybe his level is a bottom end Championship team, which compared to you or I is fantastic, compared to the level Aston Villa are or plan to be in the future, is simply nowhere near good enough
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    Jack Grealish

    Well his release clause was £40m, negotiations shouldn't have been required once they activated it, but they rejected it anyway and luckily for them convinced Suarez not to take it further and to sign a new contract instead. They were lucky it worked out as well as it did for them Anyway back on topic, that Gresford seems alright doesn't he?
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    Jack Grealish

    Liverpool broke the contract agreement to reject the offer and had it gone to court they would have lost, however the only way for it to go to court was for Suarez to sue them which would have really screwed him as it was too late to make the transfer anyway by that point and it may have even put off clubs from bidding for him in the future meaning he'd be stuck at a club he's just sued so it never happened, the club then convinced him to sign a new contract and sold him the following summer and I'm assuming there was some kind of agreement in place that that would happen. It really was a one off and I don't think any team should make it their policy to ignore contractual obligations and hope the player is OK with it
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    Tammy Abraham

    Don't really know much about Rodriguez, but I've seen enough of Abraham to know he has a far higher ceiling than the other 2, and even if they were all 21 now I'd still value him higher. In saying that the only league in the world he's worth anywhere near £40m is the PL where fees are ridiculous, and even then its a real stretch. To the sort of clubs he'd attract he'd be more the £25m mark I think, as he's not really good enough for the top 6 who can afford to pay more than that based on his potential
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    James Collins

    Being an "actual defender" is basically meaningless if he doesn't offer anything better than a player we already have. A guy on my Sunday league team is an "actual defender" as well but I'd still pick Jedinak there over him. Agree with the last point, although you definately can't pin 100% of the blame on Bruce (despite him clearly being a part of the total shambles leaving us with no CB cover)
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    James Collins

    This, Jedinak and Collins are basically the same. Slow, ponderous, poor in possession and great in the air, but Jedinak has a better beard, isn't ginger and has actually played more than 5 minutes of football in the last 2 years
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    January transfer window 2019

    The flip side of course is that not only is a footballers career short, but anything can happen and instantly kill that career (injuries or illness etc), signing that first big contract (big in normal terms, not necessarily footballer terms) is a huge deal. A 16 year old could play in the conference on £200 a week and develop, or move to Chelsea on £5-10k a week and probably be loaned out to the same conference team anyway. Its a tough one, it's good for bigger clubs that can afford the risk of having young players on big contracts based on nothing but potential, it's good for young players getting some early security in the form of that contract, but it sucks for the smaller teams that get screwed over by tribunals. Maybe possible to have to include a 20% sell on fee on top of the tribunal amount, allows a club like Exeter to get the £2m odd tribunal fee, but also allows them some actual profit when that player is inevitably sold having never featured for the club he moved to
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    Dean Smith

    Absolutely I did, I think I even said in the summer when Bruce was kept on it was clearly a short term measure while they identified the right people for the right roles and brought them in. Which was absolutely the right thing to do. I think people would have been wrong to suggest he wasn't important at Brentford, but due to the team of people around him he wasn't AS important for Brentford as Bruce was to us, for example (not comparing quality of course, merely job roles). Bruce was basically in charge of everything, from training to coaches to scouts etc. Smith is in charge of training and matchdays. Of course its an important role, you could easily argue the most important role (although poor planning and transfer dealings over a decade are what leave us in our current mess, rather than necessarily poor coaching), but it's not the only role. Let's not forget the "dinosaur", "old school" managers hire coaches to coach players, and they take the rest. It's an outdated approach in the modern game, in my opinion, but by hiring Smith we have to have people in place to do the additional, non training and non matchday work that a traditional manager would do, that Steve Bruce did for us, and it's football in 2018, its not as simple as "get any old sporting director to sign players". Its easy to say most clubs operate this way anyway, but we didn't, that was the point. Again, "small little cog" is not the same as "very important cog", which is what I actually said. There's really no need to adjust what I said to make your point more valid, it's a fine point. And again, he's a good coach, for sure, and I've certainly noticed what most people have in the difference in our play, but as I said above there is more to being a manager than coaching, and a club needs someone to perform that role. We did not have that earlier in the season, we seem to now, and perhaps the club taking some time and appointing the right people will be worth it in the end
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    Dean Smith

    It would certainly be a revelation, except the only people actually saying that were people like you completely straw manning any concerns people had with Smith. I'll echo roughly what was actually said about him. He works well in a specific structure, one we did not have at the start of the season. That's not to say he wouldn't work well in another system, just that it's far more risky. He was a cog in a machine at Brentford - an important cog, but a cog nonetheless, and taking him out of that and into a club like ours, especially without pretty much any backroom staff at the time would be a risk because we had absolutely no way of knowing if he could replicate any success without the team behind him. Because you don't have an argument for this line of questioning, you ignore it, make up your own argument ("so all he does is hand out bibs") and argue against that. It's ludicrous Around the time we hired him we have revamped our backroom team, with new key personnel coming in left and right. He is now a cog in our machine, a different machine, but hopefully one that will bring us success along with Smith, who is now as important a cog for us as he was for Brentford
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    Axel Tuanzebe

    Certainly plausible, however he looked equally shaky in his (albeit limited) CB appearances prior to the last 2 games, and being put at RB rather than CB will not cause you to be out muscled and consistently beaten in the air against much smaller or weaker players. I know professional football is not comparable to the Saturday level that I played, however I'm 6'2 and broad, generally a goalkeeper however have filled in at LB, RB, LW and CF in my time and in every one of those positions my main strengths were still my main strengths, I still won most headers, still relied on strength to shield or win the ball etc, I didn't forget how to head the ball when I was put in at LB rather than RB, a tricky 5'4 winger didn't start barging me off the ball because I was playing away from my natural position. Being out of position causes mistakes for sure, but being bullied and beaten easily isn't down to position. Mile Jedinak continued to win everything in the air when he was out of position, for example. I would also like to point out that I don't think the gamble paid off, as we were just as crap with Mile there (for different reasons) but I was simply offering what I'd consider to be a logical reason why he was played at RB in the first place and why he looked so rubbish at actual defending in the first few months, he certainly seems to be up to speed now, and if the performances of the last 2 games continue throughout the season he will have been an excellent loan signing
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    Axel Tuanzebe

    Cesc Fabregas, for all his qualities, isn't exactly Diego Costa on the physicality front is he? The next sentence in the post you just quoted I said playing games at RB hasn't made him a better player, but has helped him get up to speed with what is a physical league where strikers will bully you if they can, or words to that effect. You need different skills for different opponents, no good being able to defend superbly against Cesc Fabregas 1 game and being out muscled, bullied and run ragged by a Troy Deeney type the next. It wasn't even big brutes he was being beaten by either, he was being out jumped and out muscled by opposition wingers, he was pretty much run ragged in the cup against a league 1 or 2 side (can't remember which!) - and he was at CB in that one! The world we live in now is built on instant gratification so it can be hard to accept that these things take time but they do. The step up from youth football to men's football is technically not a huge jump, but physically it's enormous, that's why most of the young prospects that break through are either incredibly gifted, or big and strong for their age. Look at the difference in performances between RHM and Davis, by all accounts RHM is far superior technically, but Davis is the one who's actually made an impact on our first team as despite his lesser ability, he can cope with the physicality of the league. Andre Green looked amazing in friendlies, before immediately looking like a competition winner in league matches and had to go to league 2 to get football Tuanzebe is a big guy, he's got the size to compete, but he'd never really had to use it before this season as his technical skill and speed was more than enough at the level he was used to Apologies, I seem to have rambled on a bit there but I'm trying to avoid doing too much work this afternoon
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    Axel Tuanzebe

    I don't recall describing our defense as "rock solid" or the decision to play him at RB as a "genius move", I was simply offering a possible explanation as to why SB played him at RB. I guess if you have to make things up to disagree with then my post must have made some good points so I'll take it as a compliment
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    Axel Tuanzebe

    His ability wasn't the issue though, it was his lack of physicality because he wasn't used to the standard of players he is up against now. "a few games at RB" haven't made him the player he is now (well, has been for 2 games which we all hope will continue). However he was consistently beaten in the air by much smaller players at the start of the season, now he's imposing himself and actually winning the ball, "a few games at RB" may absolutely have made that happen. Of course it would have happened at CB too, but that learning curve would have cost us far more goals while he got up to speed
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    John McGinn

    Think we need to see some heat maps before we can close the debate
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    Ross McCormack

    Sounds about right