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  1. ben_the_beast

    Would you sign Christian Walton

    Any chance of resetting the poll now that we have had the chance to watch him for a full season
  2. ben_the_beast

    Summer Transfer Window

    The attacking ability of full backs was less important then. Obviously those 3 brought a threat going forwards because they were world class. But one of the main reason wingers playing on the 'opposite' side works is because its balanced out by having a full back who can whip in a cross with their stronger foot. Most obvious modern day example being liverpool with salah/trent and mane/Robertson. Which is very similar to what Mowbray has been trying to do tactically since Dacks injury. Imagine how much more potent our left side would be if Armstrong who fits the mould well, had a full back to knock the ball back too when he hits a dead end, and said full back could whip a quality delivery in first time.
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    Danny Graham

    Transfer thread. A few people getting a bit caught up on Danny Graham being called a legend. He's been a great player for the club. A bit of integrity and honesty about him. I don't think being a legend is always measured purely by success. I feel a real affection for Graham, Mowbray, Mulgrew and Dack. Mowbray and Mulgrew haven't always been spectacular. Graham is aging. But between them (and others obviously) they halted the slide at least for a while. And made me actually cheer the club again which had become increasingly difficult in the Kean, Coyle era. Getting caught up on the definition of a 'legend' is a bit silly. But I think Danny Graham has been a bloody good player for us and I'm quite sad to see him go, whether it be his time or not.
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    Luton Town away

    A few people saying Carter looked decent last night. I'm not writing him off by any means. But he certainly didn't look remotely ready on last nights showing.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    We live in a world where Joao Felix went for something like £126 million off the back of one good season in Portugal. Different ends of the spectrum yes but accrued time at a certain level doesn't really translate to worth. It is all about potential. £8million is small change these days. There are often bargains to be had. A £4.5million bargain doesn't detract from another players value.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    Not sure what planet you and a few others are living on. I'd be disappointed to see Travis leave for less than say 8 - 12 million with add ons. Arma similar range. Dack maybe a touch more if he shows the same form post injury. Lenihan around 8 million. Sometimes I think people love to just be pessimistic for the sake of it.
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    Ben Brereton

    I think giving him a boot up the arse with a public bollocking and a fine is exactly what he needs. As the impression I've had of him his entire time here is he likes a laugh, is desperate to fit in with the boys and I don't think he's massively focused on what he is actually here to do. Improve as a footballer. Hopefully the fact he's had a bit of a telling off will make him knuckle down. If he could focus on getting himself into the gym a little more and gain an actual athletic physique it would improve his game no end. I actually think Mowbray has jumped at the chance to give him a public bollocking as he thinks that's exactly what he needs in general. Not just for one petulant challenge.
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    West Brom at home

    Ahhh. No that's the next game 😉 This is another tough unexpected one
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    West Brom at home

    I don't think we will win. But given that Cardiff are currently behind against Fulham and Swansea face Leeds tomorrow a win could very well see us 2 points off the playoffs again. Crazy considering we've done all we could to throw it all away recently. There is a real incentive there
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    Summer Transfer Window

    I'd say he's exactly that. A league 1 MGP. His technique looks ok. Not the worst crosser, or long shots. I just think he's too one dimensional to make the step up. Jamal Lowe was the better of the two Pompey wingers. And this season he has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name at Wigan.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    I live in Pompey. I think a lot of people would be disappointed quite quickly with Curtis. Not a lot of pace, dribbling technique, nor is he particularly direct. Yes he has chipped in with a few goals at league one level but he would do a lot of passing it sideways and turning back against better opposition. Also he is very, very mouthy. Not saying it's a bad thing. But it's not a Mowbray thing
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    Wigan Administration

    I would like 1 Jamal Lowe. And I would like to pay pretty much nothing for him
  13. ben_the_beast

    Premier League Stuff

    Absolutely disgusting from Burnley. Flying above the Etihad this evening
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    Academy & U21s

    For me Buckley looks incredibly fragile and not massively ready yet. But he's improving and he does have a habit of showing the off flash here or there. You can tell there is a player in there. And once he fills out a little could be a great player
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    Academy & U21s

    Agreed. I think a few others took me saying that he doesn't look like he has a natural position nailed as me saying he wasnt very good. He seems technically decent. But just needs to begin to specialize in a certain area

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