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RodleyRam

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  1. RodleyRam

    Chris Martin

    Yep exactly what I think. Martin will always work if you get the ball to his feet and give him runners to link with. Not only that but he'll get goals too.
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    Chris Martin

    Can anyone find any player positional data to prove / disprove this? Not saying you're wrong, I just don't buy the argument without some evidence to back that up. My sense would be that the Vydra/Nugent success was based on Rowettball style. I.e. Nugent was a willing runner and pulled defenders around on the counter for Vydra to exploit the space. They were a success because Martin wasn't suited to Rowettball, not necessarily because Vydra/Martin are incompatible per we. If we play the ball on the deck higher up the pitch Vydra could benefit from Martin's layoffs and hold up play by arriving late in the box and running off flicks etc. In much the same way that Bryson, Russell and Hendrick did. Although Martin can drop off and link up play I'd never put his role in Derby shirt as a no. 10. Nor would I say Vydra is classic no. 10 either for that matter! Be interested to see a positional comparison to back that up either way. To be honest I think it's a moot point, if expect at least Vydra to leave this summer.
  3. RodleyRam

    Chris Martin

    I'm not sure it's ever been properly tested. I can see why it worked with Vydra and Nugent playing Rowettball but a different formation and style of play could easily suit that partnership. I genuinely don't see a proper reason why it couldn't work. They're very different players and could complement eachother. I doubt we will see it happen though.
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    Rams or England ?

    Still Rams for me. If England ever win anything the hyperbole will be absolutely unbearable.
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    Signings

    We will be signing people. I expect people out of the door for money and then 2-3 loans using Lampard's footy connections. I wouldn't be surprised if we don't sign any permanent. Next summer we will clear out a lot again and sign more long term based on what league we are in. With the kind of loans we might be able to acquire we will still be giving it a go this season but it's a lower risk strategy whilst we get big earning, under achieving players off the books and plan more long-term.
  6. Surprisingly not if you read it. I would think most recognise that Martin can be a good player at this level but ultimately it'll come down to how Frank wants us to play and who impresses. My view is that Martin could still lead our attack and succeed. Form is temporary etc. However, if we can play attractive and successful football without Martin then so be it. I'd still keep him around as he offers an option we sorely missed in the run in last year.
  7. RodleyRam

    Cameron Jerome

    He's on a fairly long list of older players we should be looking to offload if we can. Works hard, scored some goals in a purple patch but if we are to get back to playing football on the deck, I don't think he's got the game for it to be honest. If someone is offering money we should take it because next year he'll be worth nowt. For me, I'd only be looking to keep Carson, Davies and Keogh. We have some quality players but it's such a mismatch everyone else is available for transfer subject to the style of play and formation we play. No point keeping too many players that don't fit with our preferred playing style.
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    Lampard and Bryson

    You would expect someone of FL's stature to identify abilities and bring out the best in all of our midfield talent. Bryson has the intelligence to adapt his game to extend his career. Personally I'd like to see less running about and more astute 'right place, right time' runs. He has that in his locker. I have a nostalgic ideal that Bryson, Martin and Thorne will flourish under FL but realistic enough to know that all 3 could be surplus and part of a full. I'm okay with that too, just as long as replacements are proper footballers! Theoretically all of our midfielders will benefit if they get to actually touch the ball (maybe not Bradley)
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    Official: It’s Frank, 3 year deal

    Unless there are any disasters let's give him all of his 3 years. We should always be challenging but there's a lot of work to get the balance of the squad right. That's going to take time as we create the kind of squad that can get promoted and play exciting football. We have to think 3 years ahead. Where do we want to be? What kind of club to we want? We have to rally even if the first year feels a bit wobbly. Next summer is huge, so I really think we'll see more about what were going to look like then. Good luck Frank. Another fascinating turn of events.
  10. In my time... Gutted to see Jim Smith go. Probably the right call but we've been mostly gash ever since. Nigel Clough. To this day I stand by the view that it was a bad decision and I would argue we'd be an established PL side with a proper foundation from which to build if he hadn't been booted! Aside from them. Not that bothered either way really.
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    Best of luck Gary x

    Not at all disappointed he has gone but I wouldn't have sacked him for the sake of stability and rebuild. In a way I'm pleased he's taken the decision he has. I was so underwhelmed by the football and bewildered by some of the transfer activity. What worries me is what we do next. Derby is increasingly feeling like a poisoned chalice, it was when GR took over and It feels worse now. It almost feels like we need to have a disastrous season so we can completely reset and start building again from the ground up. Whoever comes in next is going to have limited funds so they're going to have to reshape what we've got and blood some youngsters. Rather them than me, tin hat on!
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    Fulham F.C. v Derby County F.C.

    Didn't deserve it over the two legs. Fulham by far the superior side playing the kind of football I'd love to see us playing. Good luck to Fulham, decent club, exciting to watch, fully deserve to go up, hope they do. As for us, feels like this is a real watershed. Very old and disjointed squad. Not particularly good to watch. Odd recruitment policy. Lots of work to be done over the summer but I would honestly still give GR next season to see if he can show he's learning and getting the squad into a coherent group trying to play attacking football. He (anyone!!) is going to need time to restructure and put a proper development plan forward. He's shown he can grind out results and get us top 6. I'd sooner we stick with GR to give him a chance than have yet another manager in to make it even more disjointed. I want to see building a football club again, with a coherent ethos, young players, team spirit and decent football. Dare I say it, the kind of football club we nearly were 5 years ago!!
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    Derby County F.C. v Fulham FC

    Didn't deserve it over the two legs. Fulham by far the superior side playing the kind of football I'd love to see us playing. Good luck to Fulham, decent club, exciting to watch, fully deserve to go up, hope they do. As for us, feels like this is a real watershed. Very old and disjointed squad. Not particularly good to watch. Odd recruitment policy. Lots of work to be done over the summer but I would honestly still give GR next season to see if he can show he's learning and getting the squad into a coherent group trying to play attacking football. He (anyone!!) is going to need time to restructure and put a proper development plan forward. He's shown he can grind out results and get us top 6. I'd sooner we stick with GR to give him a chance than have yet another manager in to make it even more disjointed. I want to see building a football club again, with a coherent ethos, young players, team spirit and decent football. Dare I say it, the kind of football club we nearly were 5 years ago!!
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    v Fulham (H) - 1st leg Predictions

    Squeaky 1-0 win Captain Keogh from a corner. I don't mean a header, I mean he takes the corner, spots the keeper of his line and bends one over his head. Genius. The crowd go wild. We lose 4-0 in the second leg, Keogh is sold to Burton for a couple of carrots and a water biscuit.
  15. RodleyRam

    Would you sell Vydra?

    Concerning indication there's no £20m clause attached to international appearances 🤔 Boo Rowett out! I'd love to see Will in an Englad shirt, I miss him.
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