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    Ben Brereton

    It hardly not accompanied with some level of scope to suggest that, this early within this teams progression, as Mowbray will testify with his pleas for x more transfer windows and comments such as the one he made yesterday, stating that "thats where we are at the moment, " that the TYPE of signing Brereton was is a questionable one. Someone who may turn out to be a prudent signing long term, we dont know. But someone who has yet to really contribute, and has yet to start a league game, with so many other areas in which we needed to improve first. You seem to be insistent on downplaying that we had any room to manoeuvre in the transfer market, and quashing any scope for discussion. Firstly, that we are recently promoted is factual but also slightly misleading at the same time. You compare us to Rotherham for example, we have far bigger expectations and far bigger resources. The point of the list was more to add some context to any suggestions that 7 million is anything but a large amount of money at this level. I'm not naive enough to go, we should have signed Hunt, Robinson, Egan, Benrahama and Pukki with that 7m instead. I appreciate that there are other factors, notably wages. What I dont accept is to just presume that there is absolutely no room to manoeuvre, its the same with your similar argument @chaddyrovers. Just to make assumptions about the wages that potential targets may or may not have demanded with no real evidence. We have also got resources tied up on the likes of Rodwell and Palmer that perhaps werent the wisest in retrospect, 2 players who have been signed very much for the short term and dont have the same argument about a long term project to fall back on like Brereton, neither of whom have at any stage been able to nail down a regular place or contribute significantly to our season. For me, the acid test for Brereton will be, as soon as Graham leaves the club, is he ready to instantly take over his mantle, albeit perhaps in a different way. He is not a total novice now by any means, but obviously he will need to markedly improve before then. We can only judge from what weve witness so far.
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    Ben Brereton

    I'd offer to take him for a drink but I suspect I may get an answer similar to Mercer...
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    Rovers v Birmingham-Saturday ,December 15th

    I think that when Dack goes, we are in trouble due to our reliance on him and his at times underappreciated consistency in terms of goals and assists. None of the signings that Mowbray has made have suggested that they can come close to taking on that mantle, and where do the goals come from then? I find your comment that "he can be invisible when things don't go well resulting in a 10 vs 11 type of game" to be incredibly harsh, he more than anyone shows for the ball and even yesterday he was coming for me a little too deep to try and get involved.
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    Ben Brereton

    I never felt we would be near the bottom, mid table is about where I expected, wouldnt say we are overachieving. But I do think that Mowbray is doing a good job and have never suggested otherwise.
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    Bradley Dack

    Im not sure thats entirely fair. He plays in his favoured position but playing the most long balls in the league is hardly playing to his strengths. One of those blessing in disguises whereby the second striker we currently play who scores on average every other game (and assists too) is removed?
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    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    The thing is, I dont think ive seen anyone say our league position is not good enough. Thats not what people are questioning. Have I seen people question his recruitment? Yes. His team selections? Yes. Our constant throwing away of points? Yes. Just hurling valid, constructive individual criticisms and discussion under the "yeah but we are meeting expectations in terms of our position" is totally missing the point.
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    Rovers v Birmingham-Saturday ,December 15th

    I believe the comment was part of a follow up to a question about us throwing away 2 more points, nothing to do with our league position in general.
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    Ben Brereton

    @Ewood Ace responded with the same point as I was going to make. You judge based on what people say rather than what people do. There have been no signs of us changing our style on the pitch, we still play direct, long ball, playing the percentages football. I judge on what I see on the pitch, not on soundbites in interviews which until they are carried out mean nothing. He has been accused of being overly loyal to his favourites, he Smallwood for example has had numerous poor games but he continues to be selected, rather than moving Reed central or the far more technically capable Rodwell who he signed. He has been overly loyal to Armstrong, who in the main has been poor this season. 2 more of his signings, Rothwell and Palmer who both are capable of perhaps making our team more technically proficient, have in the main been kicking their heels on the subs bench all season. Even with the personnel at his disposal, if he does genuinely want to play a more passing based style, he seems reluctant to use the players that he presumably brought in to help implement it, and there have been no signs of these changes thus far. Football is all about results anyway, there is no right and wrong way to play. But just commenting on all of this Mowbrays vision nonsense.
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    Rovers v Birmingham-Saturday ,December 15th

    Nit picking a tad but wasnt too impressed with Mowbray saying maybe "thats just where we are." He was right to feel frustrated, I dont think that a constant surrendering of points is ever something that you should be accepting of or is just a growing pain. What makes you say that Brereton would suit a passing style, his first touch and technical ability are certainly not his strong suits? I dont think that a total change of tact from a long ball team to a passing team is imminent or reasonable and there are no signs that it is being gradually done. We need competition at right back now, Travis is seen as a midfielder, as is Bennett.
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    Ben Brereton

    You keep talking about this vision but ive not seen any tangible signs that we are working towards a new playing style. We play long ball football (most in the league) and have shown no signs in terms of playing style of slowly filtering in any Please can you explain exactly what you mean by Mowbrays vision? The reason that @Gavlar Somerset Rover! presumably posted that is that Brereton is not only a player in his own right, but a player who cost such a big fee that people may argue that could have been utilised in better ways. Gallagher is unable to hold the ball up so wouldnt be adequate in terms of an alternative to Graham. If we are going to change style then we may aswell pursue with our 7m signing.
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    Ben Brereton

    If your primary argument is that its difficult to sign players at reasonable players full stop then surely all signings and all managers are exempt from judgement when they make a signing? Just to prove that there are reasonably priced players that could have improved us in various areas where we could have done with reinforcements, here are some other Championship transfers from the summer. I have excluded some loans that I felt were unrealistic (, and I am not saying that ALL these players were necessarily attainable, or that all of them would have proved to be clever acquisitions. Prices taken from transfermarkt: RB - Moses Odubajo (Brentford, free), Jack Hunt (Bristol City, 1.5m) CB - Kyle Bartley (Swansea, 4m), Jordan Storey (PNE, 750k), Ezri Konza (Brentford, 2.5m), John Egan (Sheff Utd, 4m), Adam Webster (Bristol City, 3.6m), Tamas Kalas (Bristol City, loan), Michael Hector (Sheffield United, loan), Michael Hefele (Forest, 300k), Reece Burke (Hull, 1.5m) LB - Connor Townsend (WBA, 750k), Jay DaSilva (Bristol City, loan), Barry Douglas (Leeds, 3m), Jack Robinson (QPR, free) RW - Barrie McKay (Swansea, 500k), Florian Jozefzoon (Derby, 2.8m), Duane Holmes (Derby, 750k), Brandon Barker (PNE, loan), Said Benrahma (Brentford, 1.5m), Gwoin Edwards (Ipswich, 700k), Jack Harrison (Leeds, loan) ST - Jack Marriott (Derby, 3m), Martyn Waghorn (Derby, 5m), David McGoldrick (Sheff Utd, free), Andreas Weimann (Bristol City, 2m), Teemu Pukki (Norwich, free), Nakhi Wells (QPR, loan), Lewis Grabban (Forest, 6m), Josh Windass (Wigan, 2m) Just wanted to dispel any myths that 7m isnt a hell of a lot of money to spend at this money. No one has said that. You are exaggerating and twisting a genuine argument that we could have improved other areas or spent the money much more efficiently at this stage of the teams development to something totally ridiculous.
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    Rovers v Birmingham-Saturday ,December 15th

    Surely that is a closed minded comment baring in mind our glaring deficiencies elsewhere? Why are we spending the majority of our budget on someone yet to start in the middle of December, when we are still so short in other positions.
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    Rovers v Birmingham-Saturday ,December 15th

    Feel free to answer and accompany with further reasoning. I dont go as a group of 4, it wasnt me, were these people shouting their opinions or just talking amongst themselves?
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    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    It also adds weight to the argument that perhaps, at this point in our development as a team under Mowbray, that spending such a large sum on a player unable to provide competition was not a wise idea.
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    Rovers v Birmingham-Saturday ,December 15th

    Do you have yes or no answers to these questions please: Do you agree that our constant tendency to throw away points from winning positions is a massive concern? Is our fragile defence something that worries you at all? Do you not at all go back on your opinion that signing competition for Nyambe is necessary? Do you agree than Graham is much more effective in our team than Brereton? I am not in my mid 30s so no that wasnt me and further still, I am not a member of the "I hate Ben Brereton society." The fee will of course cause an added sense of intrigue, pressure and added discussion, like it or loathe it. Just as Mowbray is commended further for his signing of Dack when considering his small fee. People will obviously judge if we have a 7 million striker yet to start, yet to score, as a team with weaknesses in a number of positions.
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