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Will Hughes Hair

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  1. But is there any news on Cosgrove, Gibbs-White or Van Ginkel?
  2. Not sure I'm getting all the opprobrium cast in the full backs direction. That Fulham forward line is as good as anything in the Championship and I didn't think they were embarrassed at all. Even the first goal, Lowe is isolated up against Kamara and it's the positioning of the CB's and midfielders that make that goal even a possibility. I also thought Lowe was our most productive player in the final third. In other news, did anybody else sit up in the second half at some of Whittaker's close control and think 'ooh he's going to be a player'. For me with young players there's a moment when they make you think that they're going to make it. Last night I got that with Whittaker.
  3. From memory St Johnstone didn't offer enough going forward to make a definitive decision on any of the Aberdeen defenders although it was perhaps the left back who caught my eye (but this may have been due to Lowe playing there last year and some form of conformational bias). I also noticed Considine (the #4) but that may also be down to his namesake Paddy from Burton.
  4. Not sure why 'lil Duane sponsors there training ground.
  5. Something, something, Hillsborough, something, @DarkFruitsRam7, something, something....
  6. Just a final thought on Andre Wisdom when he came on. Anybody else notice that even though he was only on five or ten minutes he seemed to be moving much more freely than at any point last season? Much more the Wisdom of 2014 if my eyes didn't mistake me.
  7. Liked the first line, the second not so much.
  8. Hope she's coping alright? I feel bad for booing her last night now.
  9. I'm genuinely applauding him. Can someone tell me if I should continue do that so he knows at least one of us appreciates him or cease to do so because I'm amplifying those cheering sarcastically?
  10. Think it's worth pointing out that if Roos hadn't saved the penalty against Brum our season may have been shaping up considerably worse than it currently is.
  11. So hypothetically, the same chance falls to (let me choose an all time Rams favourite) Leon Best and Jamie Vardy. The XG would be the same in both scenarios? If so I'd suggest there is a fundamental flaw in using XG in a whole raft of scenarios.
  12. Sam Cosgrove just scored for Aberdeen from 25 yards with his wrong foot. I know he's been suggested by others so thought it noteworthy. 6'2", 22 years old and 17 goals so far this season. Watching it on the telebox and it's the first time I've seen him play, but he's physical, good in the air and has good positional awareness. Undecided on his first touch though, at times very good and others more Conor Salmon. Considering our geographically limited recruitment and links to Aberdeen I wouldn't be surprised at this one. Ps Best part of the game was discovering St Johnstone play 'Dancing Queen' over the p.a. when they score 😂
  13. Bloke behind me said 'He didn't mean that'. He bloody did.
  14. Cocu's interview seems to indicate that three or four out of the current seven or eight training with the first team squad will be first eleven starters in a couple of years from now. I think that's not only brilliant but quite exciting too. The other part of the equation, which I think Cocu referred to was the need to supplement the youth with two to three bought players. I can definitely see a couple of players incoming in January, I just hope they're more Bielik than Butterfield.
  15. I'd like to see more of Knight (and Sibley) too. I think most young players are in a similar position with regard to physique and that's why you often see inconsistent performances from them. But the best way for them to learn is get used to the demands is to play. I'm convinced that the academy is going to have to deliver players on a regular basis and you can see why having a manager with a reputation for bringing players through is important to us. Despite not seeing much of them very recently I'm probably comfortable in integrating our trio of midfielders (I think Bird in time will make it too) into the first team at the right time. I'm a little less confident that our recruitment team can find the gems we're going to need to address some of the structural faults (e.g. at centre back) in the squad.
  16. Think my first ever thread is going really well! Pointless? Check. Toxic? Check. Proved that I'm brainless? Check. I'm so proud of myself I've just had to check in the mirror that I'm not Bris. 😂
  17. Maybe but it's obvious the recruitment team were asking the right question. In fact we should be attempting to emulate the recruitment philosophy of Leicester. Look at their purchase of Tielemann. Took him on loan with an agreed price and option to buy in January, gave him the second half of the season to bed in and now looks every inch a quality PL midfielder. Our prefered strategy in similar circumstances normally runs as. Identify the player before January, baulk at the asking price and decide we can get better value for money in the summer, then seemingly forget about said player and watch Brentford buy him. At that point we buy a new random name, preferably someone who's had half a good season somewhere and hope they'll fit with whoever the manager is that day while the original player goes on to prove they'd have been the better choice. I know there's poetic licence in the above but as an example we could have spent 3m on Ollie Watkins but we decided against that and instead got Nick Blackman for similar money.
  18. I suppose it is all subjective but I think we should at least have the ambition to match the Wolves and Leicester's of the world and be targeting somewhere between 6th and 10th. Irrespective of that, I think the current squad would have an incredibly torrid time if it were parachuted as is in to the EPL.
  19. Angie, I was honestly surprised that the first reply to my OP didn't call me out on Bennett's inclusion (irrespective of who was first to reply)! It was a knife edge choice for me too when I thought about the list but he's still relatively young and could develop further. The list also represents future squad players and for a supposed cart horse he never scores a bad goal, brings aggression to the team, and when partnered with Bogle down the right last season he looked a threat. There's probably also a degree of sentimentality if I'm totally honest, he seems an honest lad who's made some stupid choices in recent times and I'm hoping for him on a human level he can come back from it and be a better person and footballer for it.
  20. I was going to edit the above post to change the ham to him, but I'm going to run the risk of upsetting @Warren Hobhead and let it stand 😂
  21. Maybe I've not really made my point. Over the last decade we have consistently made 'sticking plaster' signings and very few who you could imagine developing to be part of successful premier league team. For instance, when we signed Butterfield I think the question foremost in the club's mind was 'can he replicate his goal scoring form with Huddersfield?' when we should have asked 'is this guy capable of delivering in the Premier League when we get there?'. Ask the first question and you sign ham, ask the second and you don't. I also think that the thread also debunks the idea that permanent signings will block the path of our academy players.
  22. You can't have an answer but Toppers has let it be known that since Smashedgate it's down from three players to just the one.
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