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Just now, Derbados said:

Most underwhelming signing

Rooney - one of the the most prolific and decorated strikers in English footballs history and played like a Sunday league player most weeks for us. 
 

most underwhelming graduate -

Callum Ball - Stocky, powerful, low centre of gravity with a rocket of a shot. Broke into the first team and scored then just gradually got worse until he looked like he’d won a competition 

Ball is up there for me looked like he could be a 20 goal a season striker at first. Miles Addison is another one around that time I thought he’d go on to be a big player but didn’t work out. 

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17 minutes ago, Nuwtfly said:

 

In reference to Albentosa “injury” problems in PRIDE:

“With the signing of Albentosa, Nigel had signed lower league or Scottish players where at previous times of success, they’d brought foreigners in. They’d brought Eranio, Stimac and they knew the response of the fans and how much they liked foreign players. I understood where they were going and if Albentosa had took off he’d have become a cult hero. But he was just making excuses. He wasn’t up to it.” (279-280)

Did the phrase 'if Albentosa had took off...' really get past an editor and into print?

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Butterfield for me.

Every time we played against him, he was the best player on display.

Then we signed him, he started off pretty well and regressed after a dozen or so games until he was a shadow of the player we'd signed. 

I suspect his face didn't fit in the dressing room at that time.

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1 minute ago, Millenniumram said:

Should be able to perform better than he did, even with Paul Jewell in charge. Don’t need a good manager to make basic passes.

And he did start out like that when he arrived. Goodness knows what changed *cough* Cocu *cough*

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20 minutes ago, Derbados said:

Most underwhelming signing

Rooney - one of the the most prolific and decorated strikers in English footballs history and played like a Sunday league player most weeks for us. 
 

most underwhelming graduate -

Callum Ball - Stocky, powerful, low centre of gravity with a rocket of a shot. Broke into the first team and scored then just gradually got worse until he looked like he’d won a competition 

Agree with Callum Ball, remember a friendly at Macclesfield he played up top won everything and scored 2 brilliant goals, then he scored that great finish vs West Ham in the league, thought he was going to be a hit but unfortunately it didn’t work out

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4 minutes ago, RoyMac5 said:

And he did start out like that when he arrived. Goodness knows what changed *cough* Cocu *cough*

Indeed he did. Very strange comment to make, considering the one thing that didn’t change during that time was the manager. He played well under Cocu, then he played poorly under Cocu. What changed was there was a lockdown, when he didn’t keep his fitness up, and came back well off the pace.

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Just now, Millenniumram said:

He played well under Cocu, then he played poorly under Cocu. What changed was there was a lockdown, when he didn’t keep his fitness up, and came back well off the pace.

Or he, like other squad members got 'confused' by the 'complicated play' that Cocu was trying to instigate. Fed up with the slow, 50 passes sideways before it goes forward, style of play. Why shouldn't he have been as effected as other squad members!

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