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Honestly I'm at a point where I just can't get excited about new signings as long as Mowbray is in charge. Even if the signee appears impressive I already know his impact will be neutered by Mowbray's

Hi all. Would like to thank anyone and everyone who has given my work a read over the last few days. As you can probably tell it took a very long time to do and a lot of late nights around my full tim

Fast forwards 12 months.... 'We lost the quality of Holtby and the goals of Armstrong last summer along with the regular right back and the experience of Johnson.  It's a sad day for the club but

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Bell was a long term signing - He looks no different, better or worse than when he first turned up.

Brereton was a very expensive long term signing - The jury is eating a lot of sandwiches and drinking a lot of tea on that one still.

Chapman was a long term signing - say no more.

So the cv on that approach is very underwhelming with this present regime.  Maybe pages full of stats approach will yield better.  Because the judgement hasn't been very good so far.

Young players we produce ourselves tend to fare better or as well at least.

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20 minutes ago, tomphil said:

So the cv on that approach is very underwhelming with this present regime.  Maybe pages full of stats approach will yield better.  Because the judgement hasn't been very good so far.

Young players we produce ourselves tend to fare better or as well at least.

Difference is the risk we've taken on a young player in Pickering is minimal, peanuts in comparison to Brereton.

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1 minute ago, JoeH said:

Difference is the risk we've taken on a young player in Pickering is minimal, peanuts in comparison to Brereton.

As was Bell, it's the long contract and efforts to justify them that causes problems if they aren't up to it. 

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6 minutes ago, tomphil said:

As was Bell, it's the long contract and efforts to justify them that causes problems if they aren't up to it. 

A long term contract that's hardly costing the club ridiculous amounts of money. If Harry Pickering fails it's a drop in the ocean when compared with Brereton or Gallagher.

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4 minutes ago, JoeH said:

A long term contract that's hardly costing the club ridiculous amounts of money. If Harry Pickering fails it's a drop in the ocean when compared with Brereton or Gallagher.

I agree with that on a one off basis.  I think now its another flop, then another....so the pressure increases irrespective of the money really. Mowbray has a very poor transfer record.  The pressure is on to deliver a good signing 

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Bell another one who will end up getting a new contract by default due to a lack of forward planning and ambition. 

Not good enough for a side wanting to progress and kick on but no doubt cheap and content to be on the bench and fill in when needed without rocking the boat so right at home here under Mowbray. 

I fully expect a number of those out of contract/loan in the summer to end up getting new deals. Not because they are good or anything but because the alternative - finding replacements in an admittedly tough market with a badly organised system at the club - will see us struggle to recruit alternatives on a budget.

Exciting times.

Benno will be another one, Jonno too.

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2 minutes ago, Sparks Rover said:

I agree with that on a one off basis.  I think now its another flop, then another....so the pressure increases irrespective of the money really. Mowbray has a very poor transfer record.  The pressure is on to deliver a good signing 

This is what i was getting at, the young ones signed so far might not have cost much in transfers but the wages add up.

Both Bell and Brereton should have been loaned out long ago.  1 to free up a wage or percentage.  The other to get some time under his belt and build his match strength. He doesn't like doing that with his signings that aren't working though.

Chapman probably had to tell him where to go in order to get bombed out.

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1 hour ago, JoeH said:

A long term contract that's hardly costing the club ridiculous amounts of money. If Harry Pickering fails it's a drop in the ocean when compared with Brereton or Gallagher.

If they're shite, they're shite and not worth a place in the squad regardless.

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ive never seen this pickering lad play. ive seen the little highlights and like any highlights package they are easily manipulated. However he does look great going forward as bell did when we all got sent that 2 minute highlights clip. Id love to believe he is a young talent ready to nail down a place in the first team for many years to come but what roversfan99 i think is trying to say and i certainly am is.... How can a DEFENDER have a highlights package and best bits and it not show any DEFENDING. Ive seen crosses, goals, free kicks, dribbling, assists. where's the amazing recovery challenges crunching tackles, tracking tricky wingers and not giving an inch, headed clearances. the highlights ive seen i want the lad in front of him to do 

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The abilities of Amari'i Bell and Harry Pickering for me will not be compared and questioned once we've watched him for a season here. I accept apprehension on his signing, but I'm happy to place on record that I think he'll be a success. Happy to eat my hat if he isn't better than Bell or Douglas - but I have no doubts he will be.

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1 hour ago, JoeH said:

The abilities of Amari'i Bell and Harry Pickering for me will not be compared and questioned once we've watched him for a season here. I accept apprehension on his signing, but I'm happy to place on record that I think he'll be a success. Happy to eat my hat if he isn't better than Bell or Douglas - but I have no doubts he will be.

id like to think he is. I'm confident he will be . i would just liked to have seen the odd tackle in the package as well as the assists and free kicks. Defenders defend first and foremost

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7 hours ago, JoeH said:

The abilities of Amari'i Bell and Harry Pickering for me will not be compared and questioned once we've watched him for a season here. I accept apprehension on his signing, but I'm happy to place on record that I think he'll be a success. Happy to eat my hat if he isn't better than Bell or Douglas - but I have no doubts he will be.

Eat your hat, we will still be left with shit defenders.  Mowbray has never bought a good defender, I don't expect him to start now.

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8 minutes ago, Sparks Rover said:

Mowbray has never bought a good defender, I don't expect him to start now.

I dont think Mowbray bought many defenders in the first place. Ayala, Bell? Who else? Permanent not loans. Maybe Caddis and Paul Downing? Shocking.

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8 hours ago, JoeH said:

The abilities of Amari'i Bell and Harry Pickering for me will not be compared and questioned once we've watched him for a season here. I accept apprehension on his signing, but I'm happy to place on record that I think he'll be a success. Happy to eat my hat if he isn't better than Bell or Douglas - but I have no doubts he will be.

To be fair, especially with Bell, its not a high benchmark to set! Lets hope you are right, do you think he will be a good Championship defender from the first day? One who will increase our chances of clean sheets?

Have you seen many full games in which he has played out of interest or is this based solely on data and highlight reels?

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9 hours ago, Oldgregg86 said:

ive never seen this pickering lad play. ive seen the little highlights and like any highlights package they are easily manipulated. However he does look great going forward as bell did when we all got sent that 2 minute highlights clip. Id love to believe he is a young talent ready to nail down a place in the first team for many years to come but what roversfan99 i think is trying to say and i certainly am is.... How can a DEFENDER have a highlights package and best bits and it not show any DEFENDING. Ive seen crosses, goals, free kicks, dribbling, assists. where's the amazing recovery challenges crunching tackles, tracking tricky wingers and not giving an inch, headed clearances. the highlights ive seen i want the lad in front of him to do 

Exactly. Although I suppose you could argue that last ditch challenges would indicate proneness to be found out of position anyway and indeed a good defensive full back would excel by being steady and reading the game well which wouldnt make for a good highlights reel. But as good as it is to see him whipping in great crosses and free kicks in, Mulgrew got 10 goals in our first season back and the majority were losses or at best draws, they arent a defenders bread and butter.

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3 hours ago, yellowsubmarine said:

I dont think Mowbray bought many defenders in the first place. Ayala, Bell? Who else? Permanent not loans. Maybe Caddis and Paul Downing? Shocking.

Hart. Cunningham was decent but on a loan deal.

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5 hours ago, Sparks Rover said:

Eat your hat, we will still be left with shit defenders.  Mowbray has never bought a good defender, I don't expect him to start now.

Broken clock and all that though.

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Full back has become, perhaps, the most important and the most difficult outfield position in the era of 4-3-3.

You're expected to be Cafu, virtually being able to be in two places at the same time. And, if your defensive midfielder isn't helping you out, then, it's nigh on impossible, I think.

Which makes me think that Pickering, next year, will struggle if we continue to play as we do.

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Those pointing out he is playing in a poor defence should remember that he is a quarter of that poor defence.

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On Bell I will say I though TM was unlucky with him. He was signed in league 1 and got into the league team of the season, had the physical attributes - so in theory he looked a good bet to move us forward. I can see why TM signed him. 

I am less forgiving of the fact that 3 years on he is still here when it's abundantly clear he isn't up to standard. Not having signed better on a permanent in three years is a bit of a mick take. That Douglas gets compared with him for who is better is criminal. Defenders are coming - yeah right. 

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1 hour ago, bluebruce said:

Those pointing out he is playing in a poor defence should remember that he is a quarter of that poor defence.

They should also remember that once Harwood-Bellis goes home the defence Pickering's joining aint no great shakes either..

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