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2 hours ago, plaidharper said:

Looks like Kenedy is going back to Newcastle on loan without option to buy.  Could have done a shift here for a year. 

Still waiting on that LB. Anyone know if Robinson is with the first team or is he with the youth squad in Spain?

When I read through the list of U23s with the senior squad I dont remember seeing his name. 

I have seen pictures of Connolly, Dowell, Beni and Pennington but not Robinson.

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I'm still ok with it all so far.

Must admit that maybe a feeling of being more curious has started to creep in. The realisation that we only have 4 weeks until the window shuts. There's going to be some mad frantic business going on in the PL over the coming weeks.

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looking at current squad here's what we have for lineup

 

gk - pickford, stek

lb - baines, robinson

rb - coleman, kenny, martina

lcb - keane, williams, galloway

rcb - holgate, jags, pennington

cm - schneiderlin, gueye, besic, mccarthy, beni

acm - gylfi, davies, klassen, dowell

lw - lookman, bolasie, mirallas

rw - walcott, vlasic

f - tosun, niasse, dcl, sandro

 

i don't expect browning or tarashaj to stick around.  it's not the greatest lineup in the world but we have every position filled.  after doing this i can actually see what brands is talking about in regards to squad size and needing to get rid of more.  let's hope some more are moved out the door before the window closes so we can bring a couple in.

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1 hour ago, Newty82 said:

I'm still ok with it all so far.

Must admit that maybe a feeling of being more curious has started to creep in. The realisation that we only have 4 weeks until the window shuts. There's going to be some mad frantic business going on in the PL over the coming weeks.

Yeh I am starting to get a little more... erm... yeh curious. Its not at the stage of concern but at the same time I am surprised that we don't have one of the key positions sorted such as LB where Robinson doesn't appear to be training with the first team.

When you go through the squad and consider how many players I would trust for the next season (based on last season's performance) then its not a very big number, however we do have a few kids that can improve and a few players that have a point to prove based on what happened last year. The biggest concern for me is the age in the back 4 and that all round, dictating central midfielder. I think we can get through the season in the rest of the positions.

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Nice breakdown Mark. I'd expect Martina to be 2nd choice LB, not that we should feel great about it.

At this stage, and knowing we will play 4-3-3, I still think we absolutely need a left back, center mid and winger. Backup keeper and center back would be nice. 

Get the F*** Out: Williams, Schneiderlin, Mirallas

Out if replacement found: Stek, Galloway, Bolasie

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On 10/07/2018 at 09:37, plaidharper said:

Looks like Kenedy is going back to Newcastle on loan without option to buy.  Could have done a shift here for a year. 

Still waiting on that LB. Anyone know if Robinson is with the first team or is he with the youth squad in Spain?

Think I spotted him in one of these photos of first team training so maybe he will be the backup if no one is signed?

https://twitter.com/EFCSnapped/status/1017420208858943488/photo/1

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2 hours ago, plaidharper said:

Think I spotted him in one of these photos of first team training so maybe he will be the backup if no one is signed?

https://twitter.com/EFCSnapped/status/1017420208858943488/photo/1

Looks like him behind Baines? 

In the next image, has anyone got an idea who the black guy is in the orange bib with what looks like a pony tail/dreads? 

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5 minutes ago, Bailey said:

Looks like him behind Baines? 

In the next image, has anyone got an idea who the black guy is in the orange bib with what looks like a pony tail/dreads? 

possibly beni, he did have very long hair last year (it went up) that could have been put into braids.

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4 minutes ago, markjazzbassist said:

possibly beni, he did have very long hair last year (it went up) that could have been put into braids.

I thought he was on the right of the picture based on the shape of his face? It could be though, or it could be something behind the player that looks like his hair? 

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When Williams goes we need two centre backs. Either Mina or a other and I’d have the young lad at charlton. Left back is a must. Tierney/ max or that Brazilian lad would do for me. We need a a midfielder or two dependant on besic, Morgan, McCarthy going. Loftus-Cheek would do for me, then it’s a winger and striker. Lozano or ziyech for the winger then a fast striker. 

                           Pickford 

coleman         Holgate     Mina         Max

     Loftus-Cheek    Gilfi      Gana 

Walcott/Lozano                 Lookman

                          Tosun 

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On ‎10‎/‎07‎/‎2018 at 16:59, Bailey said:

When I read through the list of U23s with the senior squad I dont remember seeing his name. 

I have seen pictures of Connolly, Dowell, Beni and Pennington but not Robinson.

he's posted on his instagram that he is in Austria with the team

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53 minutes ago, aaron said:

he's posted on his instagram that he is in Austria with the team

Good to hear! I re-read an article about the U23s moved into the senior camp and he wasnt mentioned for some reason. It might be becuase he was on loan however they still mentioned Dowell? Strange one.

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3 hours ago, Btay said:

So at what point do we worry about no players coming in..

 

2 hours ago, jofanon said:

Less than one month left...

Only 3 full weeks left!!!

I must admit that I'm getting more edgey with each passing day. Not just because the time left feels pretty scary...but teams are starting to make moves and signings.

I know I shouldn't bother what others are doing, but it's really difficult not to twitch as they start making additions...most have made one or two decent improvements.

We'll be ok though lads.

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8 minutes ago, Newty82 said:

 

Only 3 full weeks left!!!

I must admit that I'm getting more edgey with each passing day. Not just because the time left feels pretty scary...but teams are starting to make moves and signings.

I know I shouldn't bother what others are doing, but it's really difficult not to twitch as they start making additions...most have made one or two decent improvements.

We'll be ok though lads.

That's where I'm at with it all as well, Newts.

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43 minutes ago, Romey 1878 said:

That's where I'm at with it all as well, Newts.

Oh good! Always makes you feel better when you're not the only one.

I was expecting more exits too to be honest.

But, I suppose, Silva will be using the initial training camps to really run the rule over the squad. I suppose there was no other way. He needs to see the players in action, how they respond, where they are mentally, how they see themselves within the club.

I just hope we don't end up doing it all last minute, paying over the odds and missing out on our real targets. Been there too recently!!!

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4 hours ago, Newty82 said:

 

Only 3 full weeks left!!!

I must admit that I'm getting more edgey with each passing day. Not just because the time left feels pretty scary...but teams are starting to make moves and signings.

I know I shouldn't bother what others are doing, but it's really difficult not to twitch as they start making additions...most have made one or two decent improvements.

We'll be ok though lads.

But this happens season after season, so I’m not worried in the slightest 

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Just now, Newty82 said:

I know....

I know we'll make signings. That's not a doubt, it's just....well, I've already said!!!

If anyone else is making moves, I don’t really care either. Every year we look around us and get frustrated by other clubs signing players the media said we were in for, and every season (spurs aside in the last 5 years) the other teams have been equal or below us for the most part. 

I’m just trusting the new DoF, manager and the short time they’ve had to assess as reason enough to not worry. We’ll get who we want, I’m sure of it. 

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I think the fact that we are struggling to offload some of the fringe players suggests how badly we have recruited in the last 2 years.

High fees, high wages abd players who havent performed. Hopefully as teams get more desperate and the reality for some players set in (that they will spend the season on the bench at best), they will be able to be moved on.

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Fellaini was an even later buy. 

I think they k ow that if they let it known who our targets are early... then Spurs usually nick em.

If we wait until the last minute, it doesn’t give room for any others to steal in... or makes it more difficult.

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9 hours ago, London Blue said:

Lb, cb, striker.

We are over stocked in midfield. 

Over stocked with average players though. We need a starting centre mid more desperately than a cover LB or ST. CB would be next on the list as we are stocked with average (and aging) players there too.

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1 hour ago, Bailey said:

Over stocked with average players though. We need a starting centre mid more desperately than a cover LB or ST. CB would be next on the list as we are stocked with average (and aging) players there too.

Gana, Davies, Schneiderlin, Siggy, Benji are good players.

Besic, is good cover

Dowell is very promising 

Wingers we have Walcott, Vlasic, Lookman.

We have no European games so don't need a massive squad.

 

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22 minutes ago, London Blue said:

Gana, Davies, Schneiderlin, Siggy, Benji are good players.

Besic, is good cover

Dowell is very promising 

Wingers we have Walcott, Vlasic, Lookman.

We have no European games so don't need a massive squad.

 

We desperately need a rounded central midfielder. Not one of the players you mentioned can attack as well as they defend (or the other way round). Gana, Shneiderlin and Benji will all detract from our attacking play, Siggy doesnt convince me as a central midfielder because its not his position, and Davies and Besic havent shown the level of quality we need yet. We might have lots of players but if we want to play attacking or counter attacking football with quick transitions we will be hamstrung before a ball is kicked. 

I dont disagree with our wingers or potential 10's but our central midfield players are limited, they are also weak, and we need a well rounded physical prescence to control and dictate the game from the middle of the park. 

We can limp through without an established second left back (not necessarily for a long term absence), we can get away with Niasse, Walcott and DCL dovetailing in the absence of Cenk, but if we dont get a proper footballer in that midfield I think we will struggle to compete with the top 6 or 7. 

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41 minutes ago, Bailey said:

. We can limp through without an established second left back (not necessarily for a long term absence), 

We should be signing an established first left-back first like. We do that then we've got a second left-back sorted in Baines.

The only signings we should be looking to make this summer are first choice players, that then relegates the current starters to be back-ups. Quality. Quality. Quality.

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8 hours ago, Romey 1878 said:

We should be signing an established first left-back first like. We do that then we've got a second left-back sorted in Baines.

The only signings we should be looking to make this summer are first choice players, that then relegates the current starters to be back-ups. Quality. Quality. Quality.

I agree completely. 

I meant that if we have to rely on Robinson behind Baines we can get away with it more than not having a proper CM. 

I agree that a starting LB should be one of the positions we strengthen unless Robinson is expected to be good enough to be starting before the end of the season. 

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