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  1. Blueandwhitemike

    Rovers V Bristol City

    I thought Bennett had some of his best games when he played there a few times in 2017, it might even be his best position. For sure he’s very different to Dack and wouldn’t provide the same kind of creativity but his energy and pressing also can create opportunities for others. If Nyambe has been in the bench I’d have put him on for Dack last Saturday.
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    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    Regarding negativity, I think you see what you want. Personally, I see a wide variety of views as per usual.
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    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    The big question about Gallagher is whether he has improved or not, he was ok the last time but there was potential in him to make big strides. I haven't really seen him play since he left more than 18 months ago but I presume TM has so if he reckons SG is the answer we will have to hope he is right.
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    Rovers v West Brom 1 Jan 2019

    Like others have said Travis looks good, he's quite similar to Reed, nicking balls off others' toes but also knows how to pass forward more than Evans or Smallwood. Armstrong hasn't done much this season but did use his pace well a couple of times, I think Rothwell offers more. West Brom have threatened occasionally and will score if we don't, need a bit more urgency and a bit more quality second half.
  5. Better mobility and passing today, still could go either way but Travis Palmer doing well, good and bad from Rothwell and Brereton.
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    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.
  7. 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.
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    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.
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    Loan Window

    Please tell Tony next time You could be our Lorient/Ligue1 scout.
  10. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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