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5 hours ago, Rochdale_rover said:

Really good watch.

Some lovely football .

Even with 10 we could and should have scored a few more.

Annesley had 2 nightmare moments. And cost a goal and a red card.

Really liked the look of Whitehall and pike. Ro be honest the majority of the players look quick and good on the ball. 

The city full back will be having nightmares about dolan . Had him in knots all game.

Will be taking in a few more games for the u23 if I get to watch football like that.

 

 

 

I know Louie has been training with the first team lately, have to wonder if maybe that's playing on his mind so he's trying to over-do things and making mistakes in the process? If so he needs to sort out that mentality cos he definitely has the ability to make it as long as he keeps his head on straight.

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4 hours ago, inflikted said:

I know Louie has been training with the first team lately, have to wonder if maybe that's playing on his mind so he's trying to over-do things and making mistakes in the process? If so he needs to sort out that mentality cos he definitely has the ability to make it as long as he keeps his head on straight.

He looked decent until he dropped the clanger then looked quite suspect .

Maybe he's been learing too much from the first team defence ha

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23 minutes ago, roversfan99 said:

https://www.lancs.live/sport/football/football-news/blackburn-rovers-injuries-butterworth-bennett-19699737.amp?__twitter_impression=true

Butterworth out for another while. Dont think hes got any chance of making it with his constant injuries.

Some times with a back injury you have a friend for life. I speak from personal experience.

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50 minutes ago, roversfan99 said:

https://www.lancs.live/sport/football/football-news/blackburn-rovers-injuries-butterworth-bennett-19699737.amp?__twitter_impression=true

Butterworth out for another while. Dont think hes got any chance of making it with his constant injuries.

"Dan won't feature a while now, unfortunately," said Barr. "But you didn't hear that from me."

I don't think Billy will be talking to Crooke for a while.

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18 minutes ago, Hoochie Bloochie Mama said:

"Dan won't feature a while now, unfortunately," said Barr. "But you didn't hear that from me."

I don't think Billy will be talking to Crooke for a while.

Shocking journalism.

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18 hours ago, Rochdale_rover said:

Whitehall looks really good in the centre . Calm on ball strong and quick.

For those who watch alot of the u23 is he normally this good

He was head and shoulders the highest rated last season down at the Academy - First one to get a pro deal - and the only one to get multiple years.

We've just been made more aware of Eastham, Pike and Brennan due to limitations at those positions. (Pre Kaminski, Elliott, etc)

Not certain if they have figured out if they see Isaac as a defender or midfielder yet. He's played CDM, CM, CB and even RB and LB this past year.

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5 minutes ago, Angry_Pirate said:

He was head and shoulders the highest rated last season down at the Academy - First one to get a pro deal - and the only one to get multiple years.

We've just been made more aware of Eastham, Pike and Brennan due to limitations at those positions. (Pre Kaminski, Elliott, etc)

Not certain if they have figured out if they see Isaac as a defender or midfielder yet. He's played CDM, CM, CB and even RB and LB this past year.

CB, LB and RB (cover anyway) have been areas of serious limitation though. I've mostly heard of him as a CB and LB.

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7 hours ago, Parsonblue said:

I think the plan is to cover home games at Leyland and stream them live.

Well look forward to watching it

19 hours ago, Rochdale_rover said:

Really good first half from the young lads.

First time I've watched this season and Whitehall looks really good in the centre . Calm on ball strong and quick.

For those who watch alot of the u23 is he normally this good

He is very good young player. Hopefully he makes his debut for first team in 18 months

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2 hours ago, Angry_Pirate said:

He sees himself as a CDM/CM 🤣

He looks built for that role. Suprised he's only 18 . Will have to keep an eye on his progress. 

Do you think he has a chance of breaking through ? 

And what are your thoughts on pike

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I think *they* think he has a chance.

With Johnson, Trybull, Evans, Downing, Bennett all likely gone within the next 18 months, we only have Travis for that role. Perhaps he could find his way.

Pike is very deserving of his opportunity, my personal favourite from the group. Will he ever eclipse or replace Nyambe though, I'm not sure.

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3 hours ago, Angry_Pirate said:

He sees himself as a CDM/CM 🤣

Well we have nine million of those, I'd suggest he starts seeing himself as a defender!

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22 hours ago, Rochdale_rover said:

He looks built for that role. Suprised he's only 18 . Will have to keep an eye on his progress. 

Do you think he has a chance of breaking through ? 

And what are your thoughts on pike

Agreed, he has a hint of a young Gerrard. Mobile, powerful, good decision-making. Was also very impressed when he played right back, powerful runs and looked pretty fast as well.

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On 26/01/2021 at 15:13, bluebruce said:

CB, LB and RB (cover anyway) have been areas of serious limitation though. I've mostly heard of him as a CB and LB.

Not sure if he has played left-back. Are you thinking of Jake Garrett? He is quite similar but has played a lot of left back, and in the centre. Very highly rated and I think he has captained England as well, which is quite rare for a Blackburn player.  Still only 17, has featured for the U23 but will probably be a regular feature next season.

There is a raft on talent when it comes to centre-backs, which makes it important to get the likes of Carter and Magloire out on loan so the younger ones can progress on U23 level. 

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22 hours ago, Rochdale_rover said:

He looks built for that role. Suprised he's only 18 . Will have to keep an eye on his progress. 

Do you think he has a chance of breaking through ? 

And what are your thoughts on pike

I think Whitehall has a very good chance. Could feature next season, or probably benefit greatly on a loan. Quite similar as a player to Ben Godfrey who had a great season on loan at Shrewsbury when we were in League One, and kicked on from there.

I really like Pike who has all the tools for a right back. Can defend and get forward. Commited and energetic. Mowbray has praised him already and made the bench recently.  One who I'm certain will have a have a professional career. 

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26 minutes ago, Rochdale_rover said:

Thats really promising to hear . 

Who else should we look out for with a chance of coming though

 

 

 

I really like Jack Vale as a player. Made his debut for the senior team towards in end of the last season, and was expected to be more involved this season. Very unfortunate to pick up an injury in pre-season which kept him out for months.Is just back and has played the last two games for the U23. 

Still only 19, he is a well rounded forward/striker who is intelligent, pretty quick, can take on players, run with the ball and decent hold-up play as well. Weakness is probably that he is not prolific enough. Probably more of a Brereton type than Armstrong, but has a lot more awareness than Brereton. I'd also like to see how adapt physically in senior football. Good hold-up play in U23 games against 5'11 boys, are not the same as seniors. Another candidate for loan, who have or soon will have outgrow U23 level. 

The impressing thing with the current U23 is that almost any of them could become a player. Unlike earlier batches, there are very few who just makes up the numbers. Hayden Carter is an example that never stood out, but was always solid and dependable in a number of positions. Suddenly he is playing for the first team and now a regular starter in League One for Burton. Buckley was another who was a bit part player who kicked on and became a midfield maestro and outgrew that level within a season. Loved watching him in the U23, and a bit suprised that he has struggled that much physically to impose himself, but probably evidence of the difference.

Butterworth is such a sad case with his injuries. Far too good for U23 and would've been regularly involved for the senior team, but sounds now that there some reoccurence of the back injury that kept him out for the whole of last season.

 

 

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On 26/01/2021 at 09:59, roversfan99 said:

https://www.lancs.live/sport/football/football-news/blackburn-rovers-injuries-butterworth-bennett-19699737.amp?__twitter_impression=true

Butterworth out for another while. Dont think hes got any chance of making it with his constant injuries.

Really disappointing for the lad. The fact it is a back injury again raises the concern about it too.

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What is slightly concerning is that we seem to regularly be winning games at under 23 level but there doesnt seem to be much in the way of tangible graduates since Travis to really convince in the first team for such a successful team against other kids. 

I look at those who have come through, Rankin Costello is the closest it seems but even beyond his proneness to injury, he hasnt convinced me beyond being a versatile squad member, not a natural full back and hasnt yet shown spark or stand out features further forward. Buckley apparently stood out at that level but looks a million miles away. Thompson and Pike werent considered when we had no senior options in their positions. Carter and Magloire looks well off in their fleeting appearances, the hope would be to replicate Whartons trajectory (minus injury) with loan spells but the latter being in non league isnt convincing. Mols could barely get a game in the Spanish 4th (I think?) tier and Vale and Butterworth have managed roughly 90 senior minutes between them and seem again very injury prone, especially Butterworth.

 

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