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This season is the real test of Lawrence


DontTrustTheDevilInside
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I have been screaming for years when we’ve had lawrence and ince that if the option on the other side isn’t stronger it’s easier for the opposition to prioritise one side and mark them out of the game. Only if you have real strength, pace and skill on both sides and potentially through the middle does it get really difficult for the opposition and these players get their man isolated and come into their own.

No offence to Russell, Weimann and the like who are all decent players but their end product was average and neither ever looked like beating a man with skill or invention. Great servants to the club and can’t fault their effort but not of the same quality. Both have benefitted in my opinion though from being the ‘weaker’ wing and therefore making use of this and picking the holes in the spaces created by it.

Here is now a real chance for Lawrence to either prove he’s ‘that’ level of player or really get shown up. I’m really excited to watch and also excited to see for the first time a real chance that Lawrence could be dropped and not considered by a manager to be in that best 3 behind the striker with ibe, jozwiak and sibley all very capable options who offer a massive threat. Sink or swim moment, will he rise to the challenge or could he be gone in the next 12 months and exposed as a not very good signing.

 

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1 minute ago, DontTrustTheDevilInside said:

real chance that Lawrence could be dropped and not considered by a manager to be in that best 3 behind the striker with ibe, jozwiak and sibley 

When you know if you play bad, someone else will come and take your place it makes you perform better simple as that. Competition for places in the squad is extremely important, I'm glad we're getting there with it now.

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4 minutes ago, sage said:

I still think Lawrence and/or Marriott will be sold to pay for the new CF. 

What happens if Jozwiak or Ibe get injured? We’re back in the same situation if we sold Lawrence.

Pretty sure I read somewhere Cocu say he doesn’t need to sell to bring in, just need to be creative in how we do it

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3 minutes ago, David said:

What happens if Jozwiak or Ibe get injured? We’re back in the same situation if we sold Lawrence.

Pretty sure I read somewhere Cocu say he doesn’t need to sell to bring in, just need to be creative in how we do it

if a £6/7m CF becomes available who would be a game changer and we can get £5m for Lawrence or £2m for Marriott to seal the deal, would you do it?

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11 minutes ago, sage said:

I still think Lawrence and/or Marriott will be sold to pay for the new CF. 

Mariott I'd say there is an outside chance. Lawrence I doubt though for two reasons we finally have actual strength and depth in those wide attacking positions which we have needed for years and I can't see anyone offering anything for Lawrence whilst he is injured. 

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Just now, brady1993 said:

Mariott I'd say there is an outside chance. Lawrence I doubt though for two reasons we finally have actual strength and depth in those wide attacking positions which we have needed for years and I can't see anyone offering anything for Lawrence whilst he is injured. 

Marriott is more likely as he is the last year of his contract. I would take £2m now if we have an incoming CF. 

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14 minutes ago, sage said:

if a £6/7m CF becomes available who would be a game changer and we can get £5m for Lawrence or £2m for Marriott to seal the deal, would you do it?

Personally think we have that money without selling any more players after selling Bogle and Lowe, think it's more about wages and making sure we don't sign anyone too risky. Wouldnt sell Marriott for 2mill that is pittance, give him this season with creative players around him and if he doesn't do much then don't renew his contract. 

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23 minutes ago, sage said:

Marriott is more likely as he is the last year of his contract. I would take £2m now if we have an incoming CF. 

I am inclined to agree on the face of it but I also think that for that price (which is all we could realistically hope for) it could be well worth keeping him around as a bench option/on the chance he comes good. 

It all depends on how much we need the cash I guess.

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Lawrence is broken currently and we have to cover for him when he is on his annual red card suspension for 3 games and probably a couple more for all his yellow cards 

I would sell him if we got a genuine bid of £10 million plus but I can’t see it but at least we have players who can replace him if he doesn’t look bothered in certain games 

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8 minutes ago, Edtheram said:

Surely more chance of Waghorn going?

ST - new signing, Marriott, JHI

LW - Jozwiak, Knight, Lawrence

CAM - Lawrence, Sibley, Holmes, Knight

RW - Ibe, Whittaker, Holmes 

Waghorn will more than likely be ahead of Mariott in the pick order. He is more suited to playing as a lone striker, is more reliable and has been ahead of Mariott for selection for pretty much the majority of the time both have been at the club.

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37 minutes ago, Edtheram said:

Surely more chance of Waghorn going?

ST - new signing, Marriott, JHI

LW - Jozwiak, Knight, Lawrence

CAM - Lawrence, Sibley, Holmes, Knight

RW - Ibe, Whittaker, Holmes 

I'd kick off big style if we sold Waghorn and kept Marriott. Big style. Proper big style. I'm kicking off small style just thinking about it.

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