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  1. RoverKyle

    Summer Transfer Window

    I wouldn't go off the information on those sites as gospel. In fact it's almost embarrassing to do so, unless you're being tongue in cheek. You only need to watch a couple of our games to see that Gallagher is the closest we have to a target man. It's why, even when he's played out wide, we lump the ball up to him in the air in the hope that he'll win a header.
  2. RoverKyle

    Summer Transfer Window

    I wouldn't go as far as saying that was one of our main tactics, but it certainly gave us the most penetration. Although the passing was through the opposition midfield, we typically play with two banks of midfielders (a defensive unit manned by Travis and one other & typically a three man attacking unit behind the main striker), so those passes were still hitting our midfield and the most 'creative' ones at that. If we're being honest it was ponderous against the more open, attacking sides as well, but we certainly had more of the ball against more defensive sides. The point about needing a plan B & C leads back to the initial conversation about target men that are available and could do a job for us. With Graham gone, Sam Gallagher is the closest we have to that in the squad. I completely agree that the defence needs sorting. Will be interesting to see who we go for.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    Holtby would've been a much better fit than Downing in centre midfield. Some of our worst football last season was played when Downing played there. It's a big reason why opinions on Downing and whether he should be given another contract changed drastically after Christmas.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    Yeah, I agree. Missing out on McGinn a couple of seasons ago was a massive blow.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    Yeah I agree with every word. Stats wise it looks nice having lots of possession but if all we're doing with it is passing it around the back safely, I don't see the point. The only penetration we had was with Nyambe dragging us up the pitch (but with no final ball) and via Tosin's incisive passes through midfield. Our midfield struggled to create enough clear cut chances. It says a lot that most of the goals scored by our top scorer came from his individual brilliance, as opposed to from genuine creativity and team moves. Maybe that will improve with Dack coming back into the fold.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    There's an argument to be made for another striker coming in if Mowbray insists on playing those three out wide. In my opinion, the only one of the three that should be playing out wide is Armstrong. He's proved that he can score from that area of the pitch. Striker isn't a priority area at the minute though, considering we're short of 2x goalkeepers, a centre back and a competent left back.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    That's been the talk coming out of the club (Mowbray) for a while, but countless times last season we resorted to Lenihan or Walton lumping it up to the likes of Armstrong. There's little evidence that the transition in style has worked. We relied almost solely on Tosin passing it out from the back to get us up the pitch with the ball on the floor and he's gone back to City. If we don't sign a defender who has a similar passing range to Tosin, we're going to see more of Lenihan lumping it forward and that's just a fact. I wasn't actually saying I would buy those suggestions by the way. Merely just agreeing with the sentiments that Chris Martin could do a job for us and offered up Steven Fletcher as someone who would be of a similar vein. It would make sense to have a variety of options up front though. All I've seen of Vale is from his cameo appearance at the end of the season and although he looked bright, I can't comment on whether he's a viable option for a Championship front line at the moment as I don't know enough about him. Happy to hear your views on him and his playing style if you've watched a number of U23 games he's featured in.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    With Mowbray seemingly looking to move away from the style of fooball that would require a target man, I can't see it being a goer. I think he'd do a job though. Could probably get a good year or two out of Steven Fletcher as well.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    The issue with that is if you're talking about a player of Dack's quality, if you keep hold of him he could be the difference in a promotion push. As we've seen for years with Rovers, if we get a reasonable offer for Dack (taking into account his contract situation), we can expect very little of that to be spent, on more than likely a player of lesser quality than him. Or even more likely, the money won't be spent at all and we'll 'replace' Dack with Holtby, Rothwell or Buckley and the money disappears into the ether. I'd rather have him around than cash in personally. As someone said above, lets put all our efforts into getting him to sign a new deal. If the release clause is too low, so be it. It will have kept him around long enough to see if we can sustain a genuine promotion push and will have guaranteed us a bit of money when he does leave.
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    Millwall Away

    Yeah, but bear in mind that's from a commentator who had us winning that match for the whole of the 2nd half. Watching a different game to us.
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    Millwall Away

    Apart from the odd tidy touch, what does Rankin-Costello offer? Probably more of a question for someone who has watched our u23 games, because I know he's had some good reviews at that level. I just don't see what we're getting with him. I appreciate he's being played out of position.
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    Millwall Away

    Providing his ACL injury doesn't take something from his game, imagine how good Dack is going to look alongside this lot next season.
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    Millwall Away

    He's had some decent touches in all fairness to him. Think he's looked pretty decent.
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    Millwall Away

    I'm not sure whether anyone has covered this in any other threads, but Downing as a centre midfielder just isn't working. Thought he was effective from the wing and left back in the first half of the season. His left foot was a real outlet down the left side. However it's no coincidence that his influence and form has dropped off since he's been moved to centre midfield. He's not dynamic enough for it to work and we seem to be squeezing him to the detriment to the team. If Mowbray plans to utilise him like this, I'd be happy for him not to get another contract. I thought that was unthinkable after the first half of the season.
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    Millwall Away

    Does he not have 2 league goals this season? In not that many starts as well. He scored a good few when he first signed in L1 but overall that season he was awful as well. A new contract for him shouldn't even be an option.
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    Millwall Away

    We're seeing nothing new from Samuel here. The odd goal here and there doesn't gloss over the fact he isn't good enough for us or this division.
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    West Brom at home

    That's actually where he plays though.. He'd have him at Left Back.
  18. RoverKyle

    Summer Transfer Window

    Is this and the Graham/Downing stuff coming from a fairly reliable source inside the club?
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    Cardiff away

    Nyambe is pants going forward every night.
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    Leeds at Home 4.7.20

    I wouldn't have Samuel anywhere near the team. I think people forgot how poor he really is when he had the long injury lay off. He wasn't good enough in L1 and certainly hasn't improved since his injury. Should be the first out of the door this summer.
  21. RoverKyle

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    Yet Tony would have you believe that we play attractive, attacking football. We've literally just sat through 180 minutes of us lumping it forward to Armstrong or Holtby playing as a false 9. The mind boggles.
  22. RoverKyle

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    Get him gone. I can't keep watching these teams he puts out. You don't need to be involved in football as a profession to see what he's doing wrong.
  23. RoverKyle

    January transfer window 2020

    I think the one thing we can all agree on is that Wharton has been mismanaged. We've done him a complete disservice sending him out on loan to L2 for 3 years. Although he's been playing 'mens football', he's been playing at that level for so long, that there will no doubt be reservations about him stepping back into a Championship team with promotion aspirations. Which begs the question, why have we let him play in L2 for so long. I thought he looked good in the first team during his handful of appearances and would be happy to see him given a runout.
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    Barnsley v Rovers

    Yeah, they've scrapped the Sky Red button for the rest of the season. Will have to watch via ifollow.
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    Ben Brereton

    Haha yeah, I got what you meant. It's a shame but he's really gone backwards since we had him on loan. He's so much better in the air than he was, but he's lost a bit of everything else that made him look like a striker with promise.
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