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  1. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    Theres a very small chance, but im saying that weve never at any point been in the top 6 since promotion. There are a few teams ahead of us and we are without 3 key players including our very best one. To suggest that we have a squad capable of a top 6 finish is a bit of a logic leap.
  2. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    Because like I said, he is playing with his mates. Hes not just suddenly become only capable of playing at the 12th level. I very much doubt it, it is a job at the end of the day. As far as they are concerned they are fighting for their places here. My point was that you can with planning and obviously with funds available sign players prior to the last few days. Regarding other signings, Scott Sinclair in particular and also Patrick Roberts would be a massive improvement on our bunch of non scoring and assisting wide players. I dont think its going to be an exciting last few days signing the 3 players youve earmarked. Seems like the kitty is dry. Hopefully its all a ploy and we have massively strengthened by next week. I doubt it.
  3. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    What makes you think that the current squad is capable of a top 6 finish? Have we been in the top 6 at any point since we got promoted? Just seems totally wishful thinking to me. Would agree with most of this, the Dack signing gives scope for a couple of the cheaper failures. The problem with Smallwood was giving him a new contract when we came up. There was no need, he dished out new contracts like confetti. There is no way that Johnson came in with the intention or indeed the wage to be a competent back up but im not sure he even qualifies as that. Was really impressive on debut then dipped into a consistent below par level of performance that eventually led to the usually patient Mowbray having enough and dropping him. He came back in for that Bristol City game when he was again excellent, he then had I think a decent game following that, then his performance level dipped again v Huddersfield and Birmingham. He has had 2 or 3 good games but aside from that hes been really dissapointing.
  4. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    Marshall is a very peculiar comparison. I have seen suggestions (unsure if true) questioning his professionalism in terms of alcohol, he actually didnt sit on his contract at Norwich, he seeked loan moves in both seasons to Millwall for regular football so he didnt sit on his contract. He could quite clearly get a contract in the football league but has chosen to play with his mates at a really low level, surely thats something that you massive approve, putting his enjoyment at playing football over being paid? Put it this way, neither Smallwood or Samuel would be unable to get a football league club. Also, I suspect you are building yourself up for a fall if you are expecting a late flurry of transfer business. Youve always said you expect in 3, id be surprised with 1. Other teams have managed to sign players at our level in spite of this being the way the window works.
  5. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    If the right deal came about now whereby the players wage wouldnt go down(ie it was partially covered by 2 teams) and it was at a team that the player wanted to go to, then im sure the players would consider it. But I was just pointing out that I dont think that players have any sort of moral obligation to seek a new club immediately out if loyalty. A footballers career is short and if they feel that they are best served allowing their healthy contract to expire and then seek a new club without having the problem of covering an existing contract, then there is nothing wrong with that. It is in our best interest to move them on but I am looking at it from the players point of view.
  6. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    You cant expect players to give up contracts that give them and their family financial security to rush through deals elsewhere because we have now decided that we dont want them prior to the expiry of a contract we mutually agreed with them at the start. Or to give up potentially tens of thousands of pounds as some sort of moral decision to try and maximise our clubs meagre kitty. The club and Mowbray are responsible for prematurely giving Smallwood a new deal as soon as we was promoted, when his past CV showed that he was very capable at League 1 level but had struggled with the jump to the Championship in the past. With Samuel, he has never been good enough from the start. I dont hold any sort of grudge towards either player and fully understand their position. Samuel has not long since recovered from serious injury. Theres plenty of logic in training hard for the rest of the season, ticking over in the under 23s if need be, being well remunerated, and then being able to negotiate a deal with more options available seeing as they have no strings attached regarding picking up part of an existing contract.
  7. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    The judgement is of the managers signings though. If he signs a good player and fails to get the best from him, whether it is playing him out of position, infrequently, whatever, it cant be deemed an unequivocal success. That being said, I can see him being deemed one at the end of the season.
  8. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    Its easy to say when its not you potentially losing 10s of thousands just to play potentially regular football for 5 months. Rather than rushing to move now, they can take their time in the summer as a free agent with more options. We should never have extended Smallwoods contract, it was always a premature decision. Dont think anythings gonna happen chaddy.
  9. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    I think youve been very generous on Rothwell! Otherwise you are spot on. Holtby might well at some stage become a yes, Gallagher almost certainly a no. Add Samuel, Hart, Caddis ans Leutwiler to the no's.
  10. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    Not only is there absolutely no sign of any incomings but it looks like there wont be any major outgoings. The likes of Samuel and Smallwood seem content to see out 6 months more on wages that League 1 teams wont come close to matching and then leaving on a free in the summer, which you can understand.
  11. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    Presumably they want one that scores goals.
  12. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    That was the exception rather than the rule. Like I said, if a few come through at once, brilliant, but dont plan depending on that to happen.
  13. roversfan99

    QPR (H) - Tuesday 28th Jan

    Totally agree with your team, barring reinforcements. Gallagher is never a winger. I dont agree that JRC in comparison to Bellingham or Travis, it would be unlikely that he could come in and have that sort of impact, the former is clearly a special talent and Travis has really done well to have the trajectory in the space of a year. Its down to the individual, each case will be different.
  14. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    I dont doubt that we need to give them chances from time to time, as I said I would play Rankin Costello for example every day over sticking Gallagher out wide. But it is not prudent to expect a whole batch of young players to all come through and become first teamers together, there are plenty of "promising" youth groups in the past that havent really amounted to much so its a case of wait and see. You have to give them encouragement and chances but if the plan is that this time in a year the side will be full of young players and we carry on with our top 6 push as normal then that would be a very naive prediction. The main 2 that get mentions are Rankin Costello and Buckley it seems, and the former has only made one sub League appearance (and made a promising start) and the latter looks absolutely miles off being able to play a part at this level and needs to go down the leagues. If any youth players come through it is a massive bonus and money saved, but history suggests that most of your list wont make it here.
  15. roversfan99

    QPR (H) - Tuesday 28th Jan

    Holtby and Armstrong have shown signs of real promise playing one off the other as our front 2 in the last 2 games, with the former getting 2 goals and the latter getting 1 goal and 2 assists. No need to move them both into different positions and change the formation.
  16. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    You mention the top notch youngsters but we dont know how many if any will break through and be regular players for where we want to go. Buckley has had the most chances and hasnt shown anything to suggest that he will be able to seriously contribute any time in the near future. Rankin Costello did well in his first cameo and should be around the first team going forward but again it could go either way. Butterworth seems to be forever injured. The youngsters should be used to supplement the squad and of course need opportunities which they should get (for example JRC and Chapman should be above Gallagher in terms of playing wide) but we cant realistically expect a clutch of them to suddenly come through and be good enough to get us into the top 6. Bell is nowhere near good enough, and has proved over an extensive period. The squad requires plenty signings in a few key areas before it has a genuine chance of finishing in the top 6.
  17. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    Not really, being linked with someone means very little. Most transfer rumours are a load of bollocks. Indeed the articles regarding Curtis etc have been followed by a narrative of not being affordable with the managee saying we are nowhere near affording these players!
  18. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    It isnt a guess, Mowbray has said numerous times that we dont have much money to play with, that we are miles away from peoples asking prices, and Waggott said we are on the FFP limit. I hope you are right and I can expect a series of players bought to fix problem positions but I suspect that it will be one loan max, if that.
  19. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    You dont have to come in and staunchly defend the club on any point everyone makes. Theres no reason to wait until after the QPR game. If theres a deal that we want all agreed there is no reason to drag it out. Id be surprised if we signed anyone, maybe a solitary loan, no money sadly, already been wasted. Is it really going to be a platform to come back to Championship football playing non league football and battering teams 7 nil?
  20. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    That supposed imminent signing seems to be a load of hot air at the moment. Getting de ja vu from last January.
  21. roversfan99

    QPR (H) - Tuesday 28th Jan

    Why would you break up the Holtby and Armstrong partnership, with the former getting 2 goals from close range from the second striker position? Baring in mind he has been fairly ineffective out wide out of position.
  22. roversfan99

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    We know he will play him wide but do you think he should? In your opinion, yes or no? He can watch all the video analysis he wants, he is not a winger! He is a pretty poor striker, but hes a fish up a tree out wide. Everyone can see that, it never works, and its frustrating to see every game, hence why the crowd have started to be vocal with their dissent. Curtis has essentially 18 months with the contract option. We wont get him because we cant afford him, no other reason. Bell and Nyambe have 0 assists between them this season. Do you not agree that under Mowbray the way that we have used our wide men, especially this wide forward rubbish has almost exclusively been dysfunctional throughout his time, save for a clutch of games that Antonsson had and one that Armstrong had from that position in League 1, the goals and assists coming from our wide men have been minimal. Jozefzoon is woeful, Eliasson is quality.
  23. roversfan99

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    Surely you wouldnt consider Gallagher there though? And if you are serious about top 6, is having Rothwell, JRC and Chapman not a gigantic risk?
  24. roversfan99

    January transfer window 2020

    Who is the opinion of? Without that detail, it seems a bit of a pointless addition to a conversation only to then mock people for having an opinion based on seeing them personally. If only professional opinions are worthwhile then you wont find them on here.
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