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Everything posted by c1982

  1. I felt completely different about Holgate - I wouldn’t feel comfortable with him starting in the league. He had a few good moments (in my opinion) but the stand out moments were the shaky ones - I’d love him to develop into a top player but he doesn’t always fill me with confidence.
  2. 1. Win the league. 2. Win any other trophy. 3. Qualify for the Champions League. 4. Quality for the Europa Cup. 5. Finish as high up the league as possible.
  3. It’s not to do with the assists though (for the umpteenth time!) - he regained possession to start attacks when teams weren’t/aren’t set - that was/is his main quality.
  4. Exactly, 65% possession playing in front of an organised Villa team - far too easy for them to defend. Teams ‘set traps’, giving the opposition possession and nicking it when they are in their attacking shape - this is where Gana is/was priceless.
  5. Gana’s not about assists as such. His main quality was regaining possession when the opposition weren’t set. This allows us to catch teams. Too often, on Friday night, we were faced with 9 of their players and a goalkeeper to get past... this is a Villa team who must have the weakest full-backs in the league - we hardly exposed them all game - part of this is due to slow turnover allowing them to get into position comfortably.
  6. McGinn is really impressing me - his energy/engine is incredible and he’s got a bit of magic too. Dare I say, our midfield needs Delph in it.
  7. Let’s see how Kean copes then... I expect he’ll create more chances for himself.
  8. Exactly - he doesn’t take enough shots. See the stats I’ve just posted - he needs to back himself more... if you don’t buy a ticket blah, blah, blah!
  9. Not entirely true... Here’s some random goals/shots conversion percentages from last season: Kane 17/102 17% DCL 6/52 12% Salah 22/137 16% Aguero 21/118 18% Lukaku 12/55 22% Vardy 17/79 22% Kane missed 11 ‘big chances’ and Calvert-Lewin missed 7.
  10. I’ve previously had the opinion that Calvert-Lewin is getting enough game time and opportunities here but watching Abraham (someone who Dom has been ahead of or at least equal to at England youth level) it shows what a loan at a decent club in the Championship could have done for him. I still don’t feel we had the luxury of being in the position to loan him out and don’t feel we could have this summer but looking at the bigger picture, we should have made sure we had the players to accommodate this. He would get in the Leeds team who will probably run away with the Championship this season - he’d have probably bagged 20+ too... it’s all hypothetical but good loans at a lower level can be as important as first team opportunities here. Still having Niasse, Sandro, Bolasie, Mirallas and Tosun probably prevented the chance of strengthening the forward line any further to allow the luxury of loaning out Dom.
  11. This hasn’t gone down well with our fans on Twitter... Hopefully no one oversteps the mark but it’s clear he’s got no connection with EFC anymore (apart from the £80k a week or whatever)!
  12. I know, we sure did miss Gueye on Saturday 😉
  13. Gylfi could have easily had 2 assists yesterday too. Richarlison should have finished both free headers. I agree, his performance was poor, but I doubt we’d be talking about it had Richarlison done his job and we’d won 3-0.
  14. There were certainly flashes of a good player but I agree with this. Ideally, Gbamin probably wouldn’t have played until Lincoln in the cup but Schneiderlin’s suspension and Delph’s injury has denied us that luxury. I think he’ll be just fine though.
  15. Mina + Keane just ahead of Bernard. ‘Keana’ wasn’t an option so went for Mina again.
  16. Gbamin was Gana’s replacement so that’s an unlikely scenario. Gana would have done a better job than Gbamin today but that’s not to say that Gbamin won’t develop into a player of Gana’s quality.
  17. Just finished it too - 4 days for me. It was excellent and I’m not a superhero fan - another series coming in 2020 👍🏼
  18. ‘The Boys’ on Amazon Prime is brilliant - 4 episodes in and I highly recommend it.
  19. I think it was more Stoke were dire. I know a few Stoke STHs who had him as their best player - wasn’t hard!
  20. His brother is playing CB for Bolton too - he was probably pretty settled up here and I believe the rumours that his preference was to stay with us.
  21. Azp... (I can’t spell his name either!) won’t be played as 1 of 2 centre backs. He played centre back when Conte was playing 3 centre backs - completely different role. Reece James looks a real prospect though.
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