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12 hours ago, Philosopher said:

We could have had Harry bloody Kane upfront and we would've still lost. Look at how or left backs were ripped to shreds by Adama and our midfield could string a bloody pass together.

We weren't great in any area. However we hardly had anyone to keep the ball in opposition half with Jack out so I'd like to think the striker we sign in January will be good at holding the ball up and keeping attackers going. Like most aspects of his game Wesley's very hit and miss in that respect.

Put it this way would our play have looked so poor if we had a Raul Jimenez calibre type striker upfront?

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1 hour ago, VillaChris said:

We weren't great in any area. However we hardly had anyone to keep the ball in opposition half with Jack out so I'd like to think the striker we sign in January will be good at holding the ball up and keeping attackers going. Like most aspects of his game Wesley's very hit and miss in that respect.

Put it this way would our play have looked so poor if we had a Raul Jimenez calibre type striker upfront?

Raul Jimenez took 5 months to start putting in performances.

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On 29/09/2019 at 09:27, kurtsimonw said:

I know people hate the phrase, but we really do need some "Premier League experience" in there IMO. Players are human, if you've been there and done it, it's not as big a deal. But this is the first real proper run a lot of these players have had at this level and they look frightened.

Hope after today more people are realising this.

Not every over 30 year player has to be like Joleon Lescott. We had Whelan and Jedinak in the championship who did good roles on and off the pitch after all.

Without Mings and McGinn on the pitch today has been a disgrace for the lack of organisation and simple belief. This is in our biggest match since play off final aswell.

Last few weeks has also shown the squad isn't as good as it's cracked up to be, the thick and fast games over xmas generally seperates the decent squads from the poor ones.

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Our recruitment in the summer is now looking exactly like it did the last time we were in this league and went down.

Signed a load of youngish inexperienced players with 'potential'; however now they have their big move to the premier league don't really give a shit when the chips are down. 

We needed a few more experienced heads and leaders across the pitch.

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30 minutes ago, andym said:

Our recruitment in the summer is now looking exactly like it did the last time we were in this league and went down.

Signed a load of youngish inexperienced players with 'potential'; however now they have their big move to the premier league don't really give a shit when the chips are down. 

We needed a few more experienced heads and leaders across the pitch.

I do think we signed some good players in 2015 aswell as last summer. People stil seem in denial about Adama for instance even though he's been in fantastic form for Wolves all season. Gana, Veretout and Amavi have certainly proven themselves at the top level after leaving us.

Ultimately though half of our signings were imo made just in case the worst happened. Certainly you could see likes of Targett, Hause, Konsa, Jota, El Ghazi and Trezeguet all playing for us in the championship next year as they're all more proven at that sort of level than any major top level league.

I simply can't understand why we haven't learnt the lessons of summer 2015. That summer we signed Gestede (done nothing since he left us and massively out of his depth in the prem), Ayew (not the worst player but hardly a goal machine at Palace either), Scott Sinclair (did o.k at Ceotic a couple of years but can't make their 11 now).

It's now looking very similar. Just taking punts on players who simply aren't good enough to play week in week out at premier league just yet.

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What has happened to our youth development? We do not seem to have any home grown players pushing for a place in the squad, not even in the cup matches. All other teams seem to have a core of development players in their squad but we don’t have any!

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7 hours ago, M_Afro said:

What has happened to our youth development? We do not seem to have any home grown players pushing for a place in the squad, not even in the cup matches. All other teams seem to have a core of development players in their squad but we don’t have any!

Well we had likes of Revan and Ramsey on the bench at times last year but guess the step up to premier league has made that unrealistic, not sure why either haven't gone on loan which has long been a problem for us.

Players who should be challenging by now like Green and RHM have either lost their way or struggled on loan so they're a year behind where they should be. O'Hare seemed to be doing o.k in his loans so he's maybe one who could come back and push for a spot next season although more likely if we're back in the championship.

It's certainly not great.

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7 hours ago, M_Afro said:

What has happened to our youth development? We do not seem to have any home grown players pushing for a place in the squad, not even in the cup matches. All other teams seem to have a core of development players in their squad but we don’t have any!

we finally did the sensible thing and sent them on loan to build up experience in the lower leagues

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The updated 25 man squad submitted for the rest of the season. (U-21 players not needed to be registered)

Wesley and Heaton out as expected.

Goalkeepers

Nyland, Orjan 

Pepe Reina

Steer, Jed 

Defenders

 Ahmed Elmohamady 

Engels, Bjorn 

Targett, Matthew 

Guilbert, Frederic

Hause, Kortney 

Konsa, Ezri Ngoyo*

Mings, Tyrone 

Taylor, Neil 

Midfielders

Drinkwater, Daniel 

El Ghazi, Anwar

Hassan, Mahmoud  (Trezeguet)

Grealish, Jack*

Lansbury, Henri 

McGinn, John

Nakamba, Marvelous

Hourihane, Conor*

Jota

Strikers

Borja Baston

Samatta, Mbwana Ally

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@sne why have you put an asterix next to Grealish, Hourihane and Konsa? 

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34 minutes ago, Junxs said:

@sne why have you put an asterix next to Grealish, Hourihane and Konsa? 

I just nicked it from the Mail or something, not sure why those asterix are there.

Pay them no mind :D 

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