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06 Apr 2021 08:31:45
Really frustrating result. You guys have every right to take pops at the players and the manager, but ultimately from the managers point of view what more could he do?

You can criticise the subs, but we spurned enough chances to win that game, can you blame him for deciding to go defensive to see things out?

We haven't created that many clear cut chances in a long time, and as CA said we usually are much more clinical. I Think DCL has let the score with your first touch thing get into his head a little too much, as he should have taken more touches tonight.

As for Richarlison, I can see him, as always, taking a lot of the blame, but no one can argue he didn't try his utmost to win us that game, maybe tried a little too hard if anything, just wasnt his night. As for the free kick, Coleman should have sorted it. But to be fair, can't remember the last time we scored from a direct free kick, so again can see why he'd want to have a pop.

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1.) 06 Apr 2021 10:07:44
Trouble is if Siggy doesn't take free kicks and corners then he might not touch the ball.


 

 

14 Mar 2021 09:22:15
I think what bugs me most is that, if you take West Ham, Leicester this season. Both side have a few really top quality players. But the rest of the team is made up of your general average Premier league players - no different to us.

The difference is, they seem to be able to elevate those average players to play more consistently to a higher level than we are able to with ours.

CA has said previously that we have spirit but sometimes lack the technicality - but if I'm being brutally honest, I don't see that spirit on the pitch. I see Godfrey, Kean, Dacoure, Richarlison and DCL giving it 100% or more every game - that's not saying they always have good games. But the rest even Digne/ Allan often seem to be going through the motions way too much. As for Gomes/ Iwobi the less said the better but we need to move them on as a priority!

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1.) 14 Mar 2021 13:56:55
Did you see the spirits against Liverpool and Man U? They’re not robots.


2.) 14 Mar 2021 17:09:20
Spurs walked all over them. Just saying like.


 

 

06 Mar 2021 11:25:50
Be interested to know people's thought on Gylfi based on his current vastly improved performances. Have seen some fans even calling for a new contract, which I think for a player his age is a little risky. From what I've seen recently he is actually giving much more than Rodriguez but because of his disappointing history with us, is perhaps getting overlooked a little.

Take the Rodriguez assist vs Liverpool and Siggy vs Southampton. Almost the same ball, but I recall Rodriguez being touted for it being class, and the reason he is so good (despite being the only thing he has done in the last 5 games) whereas Siggy barely gets a mention.

Also lots of talk about Davies resurgence - and rightly so - but no talk of Siggy. In fact the one poor game he had vs Newcastle is the only one I remember anyone mention, despite everyone being awful in that game.

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1.) 06 Mar 2021 11:50:03
I think there has been quite a bit of talk in the press recently about Siggy, he’s certainly improved a lot under CA this season and is definitely worth keeping onto for another season or two; I do not think it is much of a risk. There are certainly other players who should leave ahead of him, Bernard, Andre Gomes, Alex Iwobi for example.


2.) 06 Mar 2021 12:59:36
Sorry Efcone - no way is he giving more than Rodriguez.

He may have played more games and showed some improvement however it’s not every game. He’s always got a tendency so pass backwards or sideways, and the number of times Ives seen him pointing to another player for the pass to go to them than him is ridiculous.

Rodriguez is pure class, got an amazing football brain and seems a few steps ahead of the play with his vision. He’s also got the ability to conjure something from nothing.

I’ll agree sigurdsson has improved - but was that really that hard based on his shucking lacklustre performances earlier in the season?

Would only offer a new contract if was sensible wages and not what he’s currently on.


3.) 06 Mar 2021 13:33:07
I think Gomez, Gifi and James all lack pace.

I think it has been telling in quite a few of our games recently.

Decore and Allan are also not spring chickens - I feel we would be in a position to replace whole midfield in few years and better to do it a player at a time.

I think Gifi is good player but compare him to Grealish / Maddison etc

Time has come that we change it - I’d also get shot of Gomes / Bernard /

Iwobi is two different players - got no idea which one is turning up from game to the next.


4.) 06 Mar 2021 14:11:58
at 31 his best days are now behind him. We have to be looking at players who can bring energy and pace into the team. Not someone who takes the odd good free kick.


5.) 06 Mar 2021 14:56:54
For me if we get Europe and tbh even if we don’t I’d give him another 12 month contract. Imo his price tag has always weighed him down in fans expectations.

He’s been as good as any for us in recent months.


6.) 06 Mar 2021 16:34:19
For me, you can only afford to have one of James or Siggy in the starting 11. Forget Gomes, he doesn’t offer enough either defensively or in attack. Hopefully, we’ll be in Europe and so I’d keep Siggy in the squad. Gomes and Bernard are free to leave - I wouldn’t be upset if Iwobi left either. A top drawer right back and a top drawer right winger and our first 11 is good to go.


7.) 06 Mar 2021 16:40:53
Hey gingerdan, look I know Rodriguez is class on his day, has a much higher ceiling than Siggy for sure. But other than the first half a dozen games he has also been very much in and out of games, and his availability has to be a concern - one thing you can't accuse Siggy of is not being available for selection.

You can see from the replies the opinion is very 50/ 50 on Siggy. Given how poor he has been for us I think that goes to show how decent he has been recently.

Both players are out of contract end of next season, although we have the option on Rodriguez, be interesting to see who CA chooses to stick around as we clearly need to swap one of them for someone with a little more energy/ pace.


8.) 06 Mar 2021 16:42:52
I am a little hot and cold on Siggy which is about what his performance is. He is capable of some good football but hides for long periods. Long term he is not the answer, maybe as an impact sub.


9.) 06 Mar 2021 16:59:26
Gomez gives the ball away. Rodrigues on the flank is an invitation for Teams to easy passage. Siggy is slow but does put a shift in.


10.) 06 Mar 2021 17:12:40
Sigurdsson and davies were the 2 players i thought at the start of the season we should get rid of. Been made to eat a big dollop of humble pie. Davies been excellent of late and sigurdsson has improved. Like most of you I don't think sigurdsson James and or gomes have anywhere near enough pace therefore you can only have 1 in your starting 11. I'd give sig another 12 months, would like to see more games from james in preferred position as a central number 10. Gomes too slow and bernard just not worked out. Davies and allan battle it out for a shirt so healthy competition there. Dacoure has pace and great at getting up and down. Defence sorted but would love to keep hold of branthwaite. My main concern is goalkeeper (can he perform consistently? ) Lack of width especially on the right hand side. Would like to see us turn godfrey into a RB then no need for arrons? Keep iwobi as a squad player. Think we need a midfielder similar to dacoure but younger and a quality right winger. Also long term replacement for king (if he leaves) someone who will provide healthy competition for Calvert lewin and richarlison.


11.) 06 Mar 2021 17:42:32
I think we need to settle on either Kean or Simms as a second striker. Kean has been operating on the right a lot for PSG so potential there. Doubt he wants to stay though so probably put eggs in simms basket. So few options out there up top, just doesn't feel worth spending money on a back up at this point.


12.) 06 Mar 2021 22:53:57
Sobs your spot on
I’d break bank to get Grealish (our whole summer war chest) . Maddison too but dint think either r realistic at mo as they’ll only move to top CL clubs.
We need to find next star and develop hence Brands need new contract.
Who are thurs next star blues who we realistically could buy?
I think Aarons is and we r linked but vented midfielder box to box (who are getting rarer) imo is a priority for us.
Who? I don’t know! Blues your views?


13.) 07 Mar 2021 09:43:38
Doucoure is no spring chicken he's 28 Jesus I am 41 so I must be ready for the knackers yard regarding Gomes I think he's much more effective playing 10 yards higher up the field he might of lost a bit of pace since his injury but he's still one of the best players I have seen with the ball he is so hard to knock off the ball its unreal and he can pick a pass out (poor v West Brom) but still a very useful player.


14.) 07 Mar 2021 14:02:10
In jan Allan will be 31 and Decore will be 29.
What I am saying is that if Sigs is given a new contract we will have quite an aging midfield in x2 years .

Got to replace 1-2 of them over next couple of years like we have done with defence / forward.

{Ed077's Note - there's still a year and a half left on Siggy's contract so no need to hurry with a decision either way I think


15.) 07 Mar 2021 17:37:39
agree.


 

 

04 Mar 2021 20:06:00
Another win, we can all agree performance wasn't the best. But we had a few injuries in midfield and a fairly packed schedule of games, and where that is causing some of our rivals to drop points, we seem to be eeking the 3 pts out.

I think our success is boiling down to creating good chances. We don't create a lot, but when we do they are mostly bread and butter finishes for the strikers.

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1.) 04 Mar 2021 20:32:30
Sod playing pretty tippy tappy 'entertaining' football, a win is a win, that is what competitive means. Give me 1-0 any time.


2.) 04 Mar 2021 20:56:02
E1 and Croc AGREE TOTALLY! COYB!


 

 

02 Mar 2021 08:59:14
Looking at run ins, we have to play every team we are in the mix for Europa/ Champs league between now and the end of the season. Chelsea, Spurs, Villa x 2, Arsenal and West Ham. Really it's 100% ours to lose, we have already beaten 3 of those in the league - repeat that, don't mess up our easier fixtures and we will make Europe, maybe Champs league for sure.

Won't be easy, but last night, maybe more than the Derby gives me faith that we may be able to start picking up points against weaker teams - a lot rides on CA picking the right line ups/ formations for the right matches, seems that is our key to winning.

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1.) 02 Mar 2021 12:24:17
I think the best bit about all of this is we are getting our injured players back, and players who struggled earlier in the season are starting to find a bit of form.
Good competition for places now. Push on and go for it.


 

 

 

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23 Mar 2021 14:43:20
I don't know much about the rumours etc, but isn't Colin Chong the guy in charge of the stadium project? If he is involved in anything then we may well find the stadium is in trouble. I sincerely hope not, it would be a new low in our storied search for a new home - and there have been a lot already.

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31 Aug 2020 15:51:26
Hate to say but I agree with Ed. I worry the Prem will pass him by. He has undoubted ability, but so does Gylfi, just feels like pace is king in the Prem these days, we lack it and James will only make that worse.

Unless Carlo has some master plan to play the game at a different pace to the rest of the league and rely on Allan and Gomes to dictate the pace of games.

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27 Aug 2020 14:31:20
Exactly TWB, I agree Guernsey blue that it's time to let them go. But it is just not time to sign them as far as other teams go. Both Iwobi and Gomes can offer more than they did last season, and if Ancelotti is as good as his record suggests, he should be able to get that out of them.

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27 Aug 2020 12:24:28
As much as I want to believe, we simply cannot afford to throw 100m and 350k in wages at 3 more midfielders. We can't have a bench with sigurdson, gomes, Davies, delph, Walcott and Iwobi on it. That's got to be best part of 500-600k wages and 140m in transfer fees.

Whatever we do, we need to get more out of Iwobi and Gomes at the very least. So I can only see us signing 2 more midfielders at best, unless we ship out at least 2/ 3, and who would want any of them?

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07 Aug 2020 21:25:41
We had the money once to spend wisely with minimal risk and blew it massively. That means now the only way forward is through some canny dealing and some risk taking.

To be honest some of our best business has been when we've been forced to be canny, so I for one look forward to what happens.

If we can get Rafinha in for 15m I think it's worth the gamble. At least the gamble isn't his ability. Or maybe I'm just biased because I'm from Worcester too.

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26 Mar 2021 13:13:27
Fair enough TD I may have been a little grumpy this morning and taken my argument to the extreme. You never said he was terrible. Just find myself a little frustrated when I see negativity around players who I think give their all the club and for the most part are playing well in a very inconsistent team.

The prem era may not be the best era to gauge success against, but if you go back through our entire history very few players have scored 20 plus in a season and that was with more games. DCL could potentially come very close to that mark, and despite a few glaring misses recently still has one of the better conversion rates in the prem.

Just think when the lad gets 2 for his country albeit against a rubbish team we should be supportive not knock him down.

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26 Mar 2021 13:06:28
There is only sense to the rumours if we go back 5. Then I could see it making sense. Personally think only Keane/ Godfrey are top 6 starters, holgate/ Mina are very good back ups though. I would expect Branthwaite to go out on loan again next season.

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26 Mar 2021 09:28:58
Also worth noting only Cottee, Yakubu, Kanchelskis and Lukaku have ever score more goals in a league season than DCL has this season. If he gets 2 more that list becomes just Lukaku.

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26 Mar 2021 09:25:53
You're absolutely entitled to your opinion, but like I said, more goals from Open play than anyone else while playing for a 'mid table' side doesn't sound that terrible to me. That's my opinion. I'm sure you have a list of preferred Strikers we could have too?

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26 Mar 2021 07:52:07
Honestly ToffeeDavey the criticism DCL has started to get on this page is astonishing. All strikers miss chances, Salah couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo at the moment. We have the striker with the most goals from Open play in the entire league, yet he still gets grief - despite the fact he is clearly still improving.

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