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  1. Blueandwhitemike

    READING

    Last game before heading back to China and what a game. First ten minutes were very good and Rothwell had a great shot hit the bar, Armstrong forced the keeper into a good save and it looked like we weren't going to miss Dack too much. Then disaster, Lenihan was messed up and Raya didn't save him. Darragh had an absolute mare first half and was making Bodvarsson look a star. Reading looked pretty decent all over and we looked shellshocked particularly after the second goal. Second half we got back into it more on effort and desire than skill or tactics, though Reading helped us by going onto their shell and we played the last 20 minutes or more with 3 at the back and really went for it. Of course, Dack and Palmer's absence plus the injuries hampered us but we lost this game more by poor defending. Great to see that passion and hard work in the second half, Nyambe and Evans did well, as others have mentioned Rothwell looked the only one with real quality so well done TM for bringing him in. Good to see Lenihan do so much better in the second half too rather than be affected by his really poor heading in the first. Overall we should have won as we created a lot more chances than them but feels like a good result after that first half shocker.
  2. Blueandwhitemike

    Loan Window

    I'm not sure if we can get Brereton or not and I've not seen enough of him to say he is better than Jerome this season. I don't think that there are that many out there that have had 2 high scoring seasons in the championship in the past 4, so I don't think we should be too quick to dismiss him, that's all.
  3. Blueandwhitemike

    Loan Window

    He scored 16 goals in the Championship season before last, unless you've seen him recently you can't say his pace is on the wane, Jason Roberts, a similar player, was 34 when he went to Reading and played a big part in their promotion to the PL. If it is just a loan and we're not paying too much out on wages he'd be decent backup. Not saying I'm a big fan but we shouldn't dismiss him so quickly.
  4. Blueandwhitemike

    Loan Window

    Please tell Tony next time You could be our Lorient/Ligue1 scout.
  5. Blueandwhitemike

    Hull away

    After listening to TM's post-match interview on Tuesday he mentioned going with 2 and a 1/2 attackers and a Bennett or Conway on the other side. I don't think he wants to play Bennett in a 2 in the middle, not saying he will never do it but it isn't his preference. Given his other comments, like Parsonblue, I'd expect Smallwood, Evans, Bennett, and Graham all back. I have my doubts about Smallwood and I think TM wants to replace him but doesn't think Travis is trustworthy enough yet. I also don't think that with Evans and Smallwood in midfield that there is enough passing ability to play Armstrong down the middle on his own, I know we have Dack but he can't do it all on his own and although I didn't see the game it seemed like Rothwell and Travis allowed Dack to stay further forward against Carlisle. I don't think the dropping of Palmer means he's a bad signing just yet, rather it's just that he's not adapted to how TM wants us to play just yet. I do hope he cottons on quickly though.
  6. Blueandwhitemike

    Loan Window

    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/05/11/tenorio-columbus-crew-sc-captain-wil-trapp-acquires-greek-passport This seems to say his contract runs until the end of 2020.
  7. Blueandwhitemike

    Loan Window

    It all seems a bit strange this £5-8M for a young prospect. As many others have stated, are we in a position to gamble so much on potential? Has Balaji told TM that if he finds a youngster for 'investment' on relatively low wages that he will fund it? It does seem like TM is aiming a lot higher than most of us would have thought, or hoped even the more optimistic of us. IF the rumours about McGinn/Freeman were also true it would suggest had we signed them we would have been aiming for playoffs or close. The more TM spends (if the loans are to buy) the higher the expectations, the more pressure.
  8. Blueandwhitemike

    Loan Window

    I've no idea but doesn't the MLS season finish in Nov-Jan time? If so wouldn't it be strange if his contract ended in June/July?
  9. Blueandwhitemike

    Loan Window

    This £8M story is in the Sun, right? Is it Nicko? Is it true? Find it hard to believe we would want to bid that much on one player even if we could.
  10. Blueandwhitemike

    Loan Window

    To be fair onTM he didn't say only 3, but rather that 3 deals are moving. I'd be surprised if we got both Brereton and Gallagher, that would be an awful lot of our budget on a position where we have Graham and Armstrong. It would also indicate that Samuel and Nuttall are not rated by TM. I know BB, SG, and AA can all play on the wing but not at the same time. TM indicated he'd only play two with a more traditional wide man like Bennett likely to play most games. It would also be a big gamble as both players might increase in value there's a good chance at least one and perhaps both wouldn't. Despite both seemingly being available not heard much about anyone else being interested. Personally, I think another centre midfielder is likely if rumours about bids for Freeman, McGinn and the American Trapp (that bid was confirmed by his club) were true, especially as I don't think we can play Smallwood and Evans when we have a smaller guy up front.
  11. Blueandwhitemike

    Loan Window

    Sharpe's article is almost word for word the same as the interview TM did on Radio Lancs. https://twitter.com/BBCLancsSport it's on their twitter, easy to access on a desktop (don't need the app or to have a twitter account), just scroll down to the one that starts "football is about a balance... He's very clear not to promise a player in before the weekend, 'probably but might not'. It's quite an illuminating interview. Listening to it you can see why Sharpe used the word admitted. If I remember correctly Gladwin came in very cheap but with add-ons like promotion bonuses so it's hard to say how much those add-ons were. Dack wouldn't have ended as just 750k as I think his add-ons might have been quite significant maybe even doubling the initial price but who knows.
  12. Blueandwhitemike

    Hull away

    @AW17Yes, I did, it's a strange practice as it only allowed me to buy in the N7 block and I only bought a single ticket.
  13. Blueandwhitemike

    Hull away

    Is that right? When I bought my ticket yesterday I couldn't buy one in all but one area.
  14. Blueandwhitemike

    Loan Window

    Stoke will only get offered so much, I don't think the big budget teams will be in for him and the teams with smaller budgets won't offer too much. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't think he will be in high demand and therefore his market value won't be that high and he's only worth what people will pay for him (salary percentage wise). Same for a few that people say are on massive wages. Not saying we should sign him as I haven't seen enough of him recently but he's only 32 and never been fast or particularly mobile.
  15. Blueandwhitemike

    U23s

    Watched the last 25 minutes thanks to @briansol Rovers only had ten men but still competed well. Some poor play from some Derby youngsters but 16 year-old Sibley (sp?) looked their best player from what I saw, a real talent. They showed Mols goal at the end and it was a very nice finish, what a shame for him he was injured most of last season but good to see him back. Finished 2-2
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