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    Jourdan got a reaction from Ellafella in 433 - what's your current team?   
    We’ve lost Wilson, Mount, Tomori, Johnson and Bryson, and only signed Shinnie and Dowell - so of course the squad looks weaker on paper. I don’t think anyone would disagree with that.
    But I think it’s a bit daft to say that the squad looks bang average and mid table at best. 10 games in, 15 games in, 20 games in, make that call. But in the second week of July?
    It’s a new season and many teams are still taking shape, so I don’t understand how that assessment can be made. Every team starts from zero, and we’ve seen time and time again in this division ‘bang average teams’ come from nowhere and make a big splash, especially with the right blend of personnel and the right manager. Sheffield United last year, a prime example.
    Cocu has been in the job for a week, so what can we really expect at this point? I am sure come the end of the transfer window, the squad will look a lot healthier. But I also envisage his coaching and tactical nous will bridge any gap in ability we may have.
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    Jourdan got a reaction from Alpha in 433 - what's your current team?   
    I am sorry @rammieib if it came across a little harsh. I was criticised on another thread for voicing a different opinion on our latest signing, so it’s unfair of me to do the same to you.
    You make some fair points and you could well be right. I guess time will tell.
    I think everyone is riding the wave of optimism from Cocu’s appointment. I can imagine most are only saying top 6 and beyond based on Cocu’s pedigree rather than the players actually at his disposal.
    The idea that he will turn Vimto into fine Bordeaux wine with superior coaching and tactics seems to be the thinking.
    That said, I don’t think you necessarily need great individuals to make a great team, so Jozefzoon and Bennett could still play an important role in a successful team.
    Again, I think people are looking at Cocu and his man management skills and suggesting that if everyone has a role and buys into what the manager wants, even  with less quality on paper, we might still be able to outshine other teams.
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    Jourdan got a reaction from reverendo de duivel in 433 - what's your current team?   
    We’ve lost Wilson, Mount, Tomori, Johnson and Bryson, and only signed Shinnie and Dowell - so of course the squad looks weaker on paper. I don’t think anyone would disagree with that.
    But I think it’s a bit daft to say that the squad looks bang average and mid table at best. 10 games in, 15 games in, 20 games in, make that call. But in the second week of July?
    It’s a new season and many teams are still taking shape, so I don’t understand how that assessment can be made. Every team starts from zero, and we’ve seen time and time again in this division ‘bang average teams’ come from nowhere and make a big splash, especially with the right blend of personnel and the right manager. Sheffield United last year, a prime example.
    Cocu has been in the job for a week, so what can we really expect at this point? I am sure come the end of the transfer window, the squad will look a lot healthier. But I also envisage his coaching and tactical nous will bridge any gap in ability we may have.
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    Jourdan got a reaction from 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in 433 - what's your current team?   
    I am sorry @rammieib if it came across a little harsh. I was criticised on another thread for voicing a different opinion on our latest signing, so it’s unfair of me to do the same to you.
    You make some fair points and you could well be right. I guess time will tell.
    I think everyone is riding the wave of optimism from Cocu’s appointment. I can imagine most are only saying top 6 and beyond based on Cocu’s pedigree rather than the players actually at his disposal.
    The idea that he will turn Vimto into fine Bordeaux wine with superior coaching and tactics seems to be the thinking.
    That said, I don’t think you necessarily need great individuals to make a great team, so Jozefzoon and Bennett could still play an important role in a successful team.
    Again, I think people are looking at Cocu and his man management skills and suggesting that if everyone has a role and buys into what the manager wants, even  with less quality on paper, we might still be able to outshine other teams.
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    Jourdan got a reaction from Nick_Ram in 433 - what's your current team?   
    I am sorry @rammieib if it came across a little harsh. I was criticised on another thread for voicing a different opinion on our latest signing, so it’s unfair of me to do the same to you.
    You make some fair points and you could well be right. I guess time will tell.
    I think everyone is riding the wave of optimism from Cocu’s appointment. I can imagine most are only saying top 6 and beyond based on Cocu’s pedigree rather than the players actually at his disposal.
    The idea that he will turn Vimto into fine Bordeaux wine with superior coaching and tactics seems to be the thinking.
    That said, I don’t think you necessarily need great individuals to make a great team, so Jozefzoon and Bennett could still play an important role in a successful team.
    Again, I think people are looking at Cocu and his man management skills and suggesting that if everyone has a role and buys into what the manager wants, even  with less quality on paper, we might still be able to outshine other teams.
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    Jourdan reacted to 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    Shame. When I could simply read Bris' footy predictions and then bet the opposite result I could afford to shop in Waitrose.
    These days it's more like Lidl 😕
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    Jourdan got a reaction from rammieib in 433 - what's your current team?   
    Well when Cocu was linked with the job, I instantly thought that Mel was going for the Bielsa effect.
    The difference between Leeds in 17-18 and Leeds in 18-19 was night and day. Such a massive change and so much of that was down to Bielsa. They went from 13th to 3rd, and they looked completely transformed.
    I suspect we are looking at Cocu to do the same, especially if we can’t invest a lot in changing the playing squad.
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    Jourdan got a reaction from 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    We did argue like siblings, but no, no relation. 😂
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    Jourdan reacted to 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    You're not related to Bris Vegas by any chance, are you? 😛
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    Jourdan reacted to KCG in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    I think I'll wait and see him play a few games for us before developing an opinion.
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    Jourdan reacted to 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    Poor old @Jourdan I like Dowell a lot but I've not seen a lot of him either. I guess the most reliable indicator for folk like me is feedback from the clubs he's played at and by and large, it's very positive.
    Ref the above, I again have to defend @Jourdan as you've clearly not grasped the fact that the term 'explosive' was used in reference to the effect seeing their names on a teamsheet had on some DCFC Fans posters. Please see evidence below...

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    Jourdan got a reaction from 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in 433 - what's your current team?   
    We’ve lost Wilson, Mount, Tomori, Johnson and Bryson, and only signed Shinnie and Dowell - so of course the squad looks weaker on paper. I don’t think anyone would disagree with that.
    But I think it’s a bit daft to say that the squad looks bang average and mid table at best. 10 games in, 15 games in, 20 games in, make that call. But in the second week of July?
    It’s a new season and many teams are still taking shape, so I don’t understand how that assessment can be made. Every team starts from zero, and we’ve seen time and time again in this division ‘bang average teams’ come from nowhere and make a big splash, especially with the right blend of personnel and the right manager. Sheffield United last year, a prime example.
    Cocu has been in the job for a week, so what can we really expect at this point? I am sure come the end of the transfer window, the squad will look a lot healthier. But I also envisage his coaching and tactical nous will bridge any gap in ability we may have.
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    Jourdan got a reaction from 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    If we all did that, what would be the point in such a forum?
    We might as well tape our mouths shut until August 31st.
    Yet there’ll be posts upon posts of pre-season predictions on teams and players on what evidence? Stats, video clips, the occasional night down the pub watching Sky...
    It’s the second week of July and MACKWORTHRAM is in another thread declaring Fulham will be a force on the evidence of one potential signing and Mitrovic’s contract extension. No-one is saying that he is ill-informed or should sit on the fence.
    Again it’s only because I am not saying ‘What a signing! What a gem! What a stud!’ that I am being singled out. If I was singing the lad’s praises, no-one would have batted an eyelid.
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    Jourdan got a reaction from rammieib in 433 - what's your current team?   
    I am sorry @rammieib if it came across a little harsh. I was criticised on another thread for voicing a different opinion on our latest signing, so it’s unfair of me to do the same to you.
    You make some fair points and you could well be right. I guess time will tell.
    I think everyone is riding the wave of optimism from Cocu’s appointment. I can imagine most are only saying top 6 and beyond based on Cocu’s pedigree rather than the players actually at his disposal.
    The idea that he will turn Vimto into fine Bordeaux wine with superior coaching and tactics seems to be the thinking.
    That said, I don’t think you necessarily need great individuals to make a great team, so Jozefzoon and Bennett could still play an important role in a successful team.
    Again, I think people are looking at Cocu and his man management skills and suggesting that if everyone has a role and buys into what the manager wants, even  with less quality on paper, we might still be able to outshine other teams.
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    Jourdan got a reaction from ariotofmyown in Holiday Plans 2019   
    Well I have lived abroad for the last 6 years working as a teacher. 4 years in St. Petersburg, 1 year in Naples, and currently in Porto.
    Before that I studied for a semester in the US, I also did a volunteer project in Peru and a summer internship in Bulgaria.
    I guess it’s a bit of both. The thing is when you go from the UK to live somewhere else, it might seem like an exercise in gratification. But it’s actually much harder than people imagine. People think it’s all sunshine and rainbows. But depending on where you are and what kind of support network you have, you can get just as down, disillusioned and restless as if you were stuck in Derby.
    But it’s definitely a character building experience. Not quite as toughening as sitting through a year of Phil Brown or that 11 point season, but mightily close.
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    Jourdan got a reaction from Ted McMinn Football Genius in Villa splashing the cash   
    It’s hard to say.
    They are building a very young and potentially very exciting side, but a side that will seemingly lack a bit of steel, a bit of edge, a bit of nous, a bit of experience.
    They could go either way really. As it stands, I would say they are more likely to be this year’s Fulham than this year’s Wolves.
    For them to do well, their new striker Wesley will have to be a revelation and I reckon they need one experienced pro to bind everything together.
    But it’s always tough to call with the promoted sides because you just don’t ever know how well some players will handle the step up.
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    Jourdan got a reaction from rynny in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    But that year, Bryson also was heavily involved in general play and developed a key partnership with Martin. It wasn’t just about his goals. It was his all round contribution, even though there was a case for 5-6 players to win player of the year that year.
    If Dowell is going to score goals and offer a lot in general play, then great! Again, I really hope he comes in and runs riot for us, but I am not convinced he will.
    Anyway, I am just trying to do my laundry, and then go out to a museum and have food and wine in the sunshine.
    Stop quoting me, please. 😂
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    Jourdan reacted to desirelines in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    Although the Dowell-Shinnie-Holmes triumvirate looks exciting in terms of going forward, I think there will be occasions when they get badly overrun by more muscular teams. I reckon a younger version of Bradley Johnson would fit in very nicely into that midfield three, and rotate Holmes/Dowell. 
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    Jourdan got a reaction from Andrew3000 in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    I think if he is coming in as a squad player, then it’s a good addition. If he is coming in to be a key player, then I have my reservations.
    I am not complaining, just expressing a concern that Dowell might not be what we need. 
    In truth, I hope that I can post after the first game, ‘Huddersfield 0-2 Derby. Dowell ran the show. Cocu is a genius.’
    You are right in saying that not every signing will set pulses racing and not every signing has to be a blockbuster.
    I am delighted that Cocu is here and I think we are in line for a great season (but maybe I should sit on the fence with that one?)
    Is it so bad to be unimpressed by one signing?
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    Jourdan got a reaction from Andrew3000 in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    If we all did that, what would be the point in such a forum?
    We might as well tape our mouths shut until August 31st.
    Yet there’ll be posts upon posts of pre-season predictions on teams and players on what evidence? Stats, video clips, the occasional night down the pub watching Sky...
    It’s the second week of July and MACKWORTHRAM is in another thread declaring Fulham will be a force on the evidence of one potential signing and Mitrovic’s contract extension. No-one is saying that he is ill-informed or should sit on the fence.
    Again it’s only because I am not saying ‘What a signing! What a gem! What a stud!’ that I am being singled out. If I was singing the lad’s praises, no-one would have batted an eyelid.
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    Jourdan reacted to RamNut in Holiday Plans 2019   
    Three beautiful days on Sark. Heading home tomorrow.

     

     
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    Jourdan reacted to Cam the Ram in Keogh to Sheff Utd?   
    This is what I've found after having a quick search 😂
    The Middleman account is quite clearly just winding people up and that Wazza guy comes across a bit of a numpty from reading through his previous tweets (no offence if you're on here, Wazza). 
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    Jourdan reacted to roboto in Pre Season Friendly v Sarasota Metropolis   
    #AnnounceVanGinkel
    #WelcomeKoopmeiners
    #WilkommenVanBeek
    😉
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    Jourdan got a reaction from DarkFruitsRam7 in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    If we all did that, what would be the point in such a forum?
    We might as well tape our mouths shut until August 31st.
    Yet there’ll be posts upon posts of pre-season predictions on teams and players on what evidence? Stats, video clips, the occasional night down the pub watching Sky...
    It’s the second week of July and MACKWORTHRAM is in another thread declaring Fulham will be a force on the evidence of one potential signing and Mitrovic’s contract extension. No-one is saying that he is ill-informed or should sit on the fence.
    Again it’s only because I am not saying ‘What a signing! What a gem! What a stud!’ that I am being singled out. If I was singing the lad’s praises, no-one would have batted an eyelid.
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    Jourdan got a reaction from DarkFruitsRam7 in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    Do any of us have well informed opinions?
    So as Derby fans, what makes my opinion less valid than anyone else’s?
    Everyone makes snap judgements when a player signs.
    But just because I am not over the moon with this signing, I am being singled out?
    It remains to be seen just how good or bad Dowell will be. He could be fantastic and I’ll be flying over from Porto at Christmas dancing on the bar and leading the Kieran Dowell chant.
    I really hope so.
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