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Posh Ram

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  1. Ok, so if we can bring in 5 players, I think it makes sense that 2 would be Wisdom and Davies. They both know the club well and have performed in the past. Wisdom gives us versatility and Davies leadership. Then we’d need another CB - Mengi or Jagielka, personally I’d pick Mengi as I see him as a better partner for Davies whose pace can make a huge difference - plus space for 2 more outfield players. I wouldn’t take the risk on Morrison in this scenario - if he goes off the boil again we’ve wasted that slot - so would go for Aluko & Baldock instead.
  2. I think Mount will be the star tonight. For me he's the most important player in the 4-3-3 - someone who can break a press and pass the ball forwards.
  3. I don't want Messi. I've heard he can't do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke.
  4. At this point we just need warm bodies really. A squad of 14 wouldn’t keep us in the Championship even if the quality was a fair bit higher. If I’m Rooney I’m trying to work who in that group would be willing to play on a CKR-style deal.
  5. I’d like us to switch full time to the system we played when we beat Bournemouth 1-0. 5-2-3 with the wing-backs pushing up high to give us a front 5 in attack. Starting XI: Marshall; Byrne, Mengi, Davies, ?, Buchanan; Bird, Shinnie; Jozwiak, CKR, Lawrence Bench: Roos, Ebosele, Cashin, Forsyth, J. Brown, Sibley, Watson, Ibe, Stretton Sell Knight, sign a left-footed centre back & save the spare cash.
  6. Germany were rubbish. We'll batter them
  7. Yeah, I agree. And our performances under Southgate have been decent in that competition!
  8. That's often the way in international football though, little to no opposition in qualifying, group stages often produce mismatches, then suddenly you're in with the big boys in the knockout round. In Italy's unbeaten run they've faced Ukraine, the USA, Finland (twice), Liechtenstein (twice), Greece (twice), Bosnia (four times), Armenia (twice), Poland (twice), the Netherlands (twice), Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania, San Marino, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Switzerland, and Wales. I think statistics and the eye test are the best way to judge international defences because we so rarely see the best teams play each other in a competitive setting. I'm not worried about pacey forwards (except Mbappé), because Walker will be playing as either the third CB or a defence-first full-back. He's not as good as James/Trippier going forward but he's a quality 1v1 defender with incredible recovery pace.
  9. If we win the last-16 game, it looks like a potential run to the final. 2018 level. Netherlands are the weakest of the big teams and I'd back us to keep it tight and win that fixture 1-0. Big if but I do think we've got what it takes to beat Germany, assuming France take care of business vs Portugal today. It's fair enough to question Southgate's overly conservative approach in the Scotland game but our defence looks like the second best at the tournament, after Italy. I'd go to a back 5 in the knockout game, play on the counter, absorb pressure, and frustrate the opposition. Use the embarrassment of riches on the bench to get back in the game if we're a goal down after an hour. That blueprint won Tuchel/Chelsea the Champions League and it's our best hope at the end of a knackering season, even if it's a bit boring. Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Rice, Henderson, Shaw; Sterling, Kane, Grealish with Mount, Foden, Saka, Rashford, Sancho, DCL, James, and Bellingham all potential options off the bench.
  10. Italy looked like strong contenders. Chiellini, Spinazzola, and Insigne were all excellent. They can bring Verratti back into the side soon, too.
  11. I think what these hypothetical squads show is how much depth we now have. Jack Butland, Phil Jones, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Welbeck all made the 2018 squad. FWIW, my starting XI would be: D. Henderson; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; J. Henderson, Rice, Mount; Sterling, Kane, Foden.
  12. Don't have a subscription. Does this article confirm we won't have a points deduction this year?
  13. How about Tom Lees on a free? Old-fashioned CB with lots of Championship experience. Could be a good defensive partner for Mengi?
  14. Completely agree. Players like Knight and Bird are regressing due to the state of the club at the moment. Don't want to see them waste their careers being muscled off the ball in League One.
  15. Now that it's a 26-man squad: GK: D. Henderson, Pickford, Pope DF: Walker, Alexander-Arnold, Trippier, Maguire, Stones, Dunk, Dier, Tomori, Shaw, Chilwell MF: J. Henderson, Rice, Phillips, Bellingham, Mount, Foden, Grealish, Lingard FW: Rashford, Sancho, Sterling, Kane, Calvert-Lewin, Watkins
  16. Appalling. First goal so, so soft. Then caught out straight away. Imo Darren Wassall is probably the only current DCFC employee - coaches or players - with a role to play in the club's future. Incompetence everywhere else
  17. Really poor performance. Edmundson, Jozwiak and CKR have played ok but we are so short of quality all over the pitch. Byrne, Forsyth, Lawrence and Waghorn look like League 2 players. And yet... we are one crap set-piece goal, or dodgy penalty, or Lawrence worldie away from survival.
  18. We don't really have any sort of plan in possession. Think that's where the loss of Bielik hurt us so much
  19. Maybe luck is on our side today? Massive let-off when Whittaker took that awful touch, Rotherham make a similar mistake and Adam Armstrong buries it.
  20. Well done Jozwiak. Need everyone to work that hard
  21. I think the forum would come back even stronger. There'd be loads of transfer threads as we build a new squad, fans will be back at games, the club still up for sale, and hopefully a new manager as well
  22. Mel Morris. He's not a bad person, but he has absolutely no idea how to run a football club.
  23. Plus yesterday's "I've told the players I don't care about the performance, just get a result." Looks like they heard the first part of that sentence
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