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November 12, 2017, 06:00:20 PM
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Get shouted at for making a prediction, for it happening and blowing your own trumpet. There isn't any way we should have gone from Lukaku to relegation candidates, but that's what happened.

While I never warmed to Koeman, it was a bold prediction and I wouldn't have gone that far. We wouldn't have been as bad if we had Lukaku, you only have to look at how difficult it is to find players on that level who will come.

You don't have to attack everything you don't like reading, it's not intended to offend.


November 12, 2017, 07:08:39 PM
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But it wasnt a prediction based on what has actually happened.  If he'd said 'In the summer we'll lose all three of our senior strikers from this season, and replace them with a returning Oumar Niasse we'll be at the bottom of the table' then theres not a single person who would have disagreed with him.  But he didnt say that, because no one would think it was possible to fuck up our striker recruitment as badly as we did. 

And saying 'if we'd kept Lukaku we'd be further up the table' isnt an great insightful observation either.  If we'd kept Kone or Valencia we'd have been in a better position too, as having something is better than nothing.

Like all predictions, it was before the event happened, predictions in hindsight are easy. Lukaku gone, check, relegation candidates, check.

Plenty of managers would have done better with squad than Koeman. Recruitment could have been better, lack of creativity plays a big part too. But if we still had Lukaku, they wouldn't be major issues and we'd be getting goals.

Striker recruitment wasn't great, but we got Sandro, Rooney and DCL is gaining more experience. Are you saying its not Lukaku, but 33 year old Kone and Valencia we miss?

November 13, 2017, 09:34:26 AM
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You're on your own on that one buddy, have you heard of FFP?

Just 70m net.  :laugh:


November 16, 2017, 08:03:27 AM
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We won't need a new striker in January, not unless they are shithot
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November 16, 2017, 02:55:40 PM
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Explain

I still think DCL is going to get goals and hopefully Sandro can start getting some game time and goals as well. Then we have Niasse and Rooney, who have been scoring.

Unless we are getting a really talented player or goalscorer who goes straight into first team and scores goals, we don't really need more bodies or options.

November 17, 2017, 06:01:00 AM
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We should operate a continual rotation policy, so every player gets a chance.

Play all the players who have struggled to settle, until they come into form, then sub them off for someone else.


November 17, 2017, 11:36:03 PM
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Given the scale of the task, it would have been a bit mad, not to lean on Royle's experience when needed.

Just there to give support and contribute anyway that he can.

People are always more willing to believe things that confirm their view, regardless of logic.