Defiantly get this done would love to see Douglas become the tabb of last season but I'm sure it won't happen. If we get Forshaw in he would definitely be above Douglas/coke in the pecking order for sure (excuse the pun)
Him with bish Dozzell coming through aswell would be great. As others said it would be nice to have a permanent deal but that doesn't look like it would be an option especially if it was around 2mill which is what they paid for him.
Put this lad alongside bish in the centre of the park and I would be very content with that! I can't handle another season of seeing skuse/Douglas partnership! Offer absolutely no service for our strikers but also agree with fellow posters we have to have some attacking flair down the flanks.. The lad harriott would be a good addition.. Someone who can beat a full back is something that gets us fans off our seats (Fraser) let's hope for a productive summer in the transfer market and give it another go next season.. COYB!!!
To my mind the priorities are a right-back and two wingers. If we need another central midfielder I'd rather go for Williams ( fitness permitting). I agree that permanent signings are to be preferred to loans as loans seem just to develop others young players and block opportunities for our own.
Not exactly the flying winger we were hoping for, and not really a very inspiring rumour. Sure Mick knows what he wants to do this window and hope he can get the players he believes will take us to the top six, would rather a permanent signing like Harriott though!
Certainly room for a couple of season long loans in the side and this would certainly be a good addition. Still disappointed that we aren't (reportedly) looking to make permanent signings as although most clubs will rely on a couple of loanees, you are unlikely to succeed with too many. Currently, we have a fairly small squad in terms of numbers and quality. This would be a promising addition though.
I have to confess to not being overly optimistic when I look ahead to the new season. Yes, it will be lovely if we can get back a fully fit Bish and add the creative skills of Dozzell but Skuse, Dougie and Coke hardly inspire confidence and unfortunately the latter three fit the"modus operandi" of our Mick. Loan players can be a an okay short term fix but I have always favoured looking at the lower leagues to unearth bright, hungry, young talent rather than do all the development work for cash rich Premiership leaches. On the positive our Academy appears to be flourishing and let's hope that young players are given a chance. We can only live in hope :)
I agree 100% with your analysis of the issues, especially regarding the merits/demerits of managers mentioned, but only partially with your solutions. I would scrap the League Cup completely, but winter break? Totally unnecessary : it further panders to the idea that being super-fit is the only requirement for the modern pro. I think we simply need a much higher proportion of Premier League players to be English, or at least from the British Isles, like in the old days. I would impose a limit on the number of non-British Isles players in each squad, and that limit would be zero. That would also improve the entertainment value of watching the PL games : I stopped when it was entirely taken over by foreign players and managers, playing a dull non-British style of game. Obviously a ban on foreign managers too, and a limit on each club of 25 professional players at any one time. A proper reserve league, and the restoration of the Home Internationals too. As to the next England manager : can't think of anyone at the moment that I would support in that position. I personally still hope they give the job to Mick McCarthy, because at least then we'd be rid of him here.
Sorry I'm a bit late to this one - I'm from Redbourn and am also a child of the 70s. I might know your Dad! What school do you go to if you don't mind me asking? My daughter is 11 and at Roundwood so if you go there I'll get her to say hello - could setup a fan club! (Even though she shows zero interest......)
Murph was the target/hold-up play man for Ireland in the last two games at the Euros because Walters wasn't fit. He should play a similar role for us, but I'm not sure we have a 'Shane Long' type to feed off him. Sears fits that bill, but Mick won't play him through the middle. Pitman doesn't fit that mould for me. He's a good finisher don't get me wrong, but he doesn't seem to gel with Murphy. I think Pitman prefers a strong creative midfield and wingers playing stuff in and around the box that he can latch on to. More of a poacher really.