I agree every teams needs 1 water carrier phillo. I'll put my hand up and admit water carriers don't float my boat, but without one the team would struggle. Given the choice I'd rather Skuse than Hyam, as least you haven't got the worry of him getting sent off and suspended every few games! Ideally even water carriers need to chip in with goals though. Something like 5 or 6 a season would be good. Defenders often do that, some more when they are extra effective at scoring goals from set piece situations using their height. So yes Skuse ahead of Hyam please. Still not sure if he'd get in the Burnley team as that's the sort of standard we need to be aiming for. But if he is to be our water carrier captain, I'd rather that ahead of Hyam performing the role. But personally I'd prefer a Suffolk Pirlo and Gattuso as a deep midfielder pairing along with Fraser and Dozzell or Bishop! I can but dream! :-)
dirty boy - spot on .... our width coming from full backs allows Skuse to sit and a couple of AM to feed a front 2/3 ..... loads more potential for fast paced attacking football & enjoyable to watch. Trigger is having Full Backs who are capable of this a la Rose, Cresswell, Mings etc. Hoping Emmanual is this on the right & Knudsen continues to improve on left. Skuse is integral to all this Imo ..... quietly gets on with his job & the sort of player every team needs. He is our "water carrier" Dunga of the Brazilian 90's team.The player who breaks up the opponents play, gets the ball back & gives it to the creative players. Unfortunately as he is not playing a "glamorous" role many don't see the work he does & thus slate him but I bet if you asked the players who they rated he would be right up there ..... possible captain in my view.
Monkeyblue - chill out .... I am aware of the fact that most of Micks signings have been neither overv30 nor ex-Wolves and was being tongue-in-cheek tbh as it is often said ..... that's what the 😊 for. Perhaps sometimes people also only see what they want to see in others posts as well ?? PS my brains fine thank you.
Think our biggest failings as a team is that we don’t seem to have a central defender who can bring the ball out of defence or a central midfielder who can take the ball from the defenders and bring in the more attack minded players.
Considering we have some senior ‘holding’ midfielders such as Skuse, Hyam and Douglas I rarely see them demand and run.
2 goals in 9 starts & seemed ok. Thought it a bit odd he then suddenly "disappeared" for last few games .... had thought he was injured. Guessing this will happen as Mick obviously doesn't want him to stay which is fine if we are going to get better wingers .... Cross fingers ...
I wonder if Emmanuel and Knudsen can make further improvements and give us a bit more natural width, allowing us to play slightly narrower through the middle. They've got a bit of pace for recovery and Skuse can sit and continue to provide cover when you've got creative players linking up through the middle.
McGoldrick's fitness is going to be a massive determining factor in how we play next season. I think we're capable of playing through the middle if the full backs can offer an outlet when needed and still be able to recover.
I think the likelihood of Bishop and Payne starting is slim, given their age and experience, but who knows?
Skuse is a tidy player. I've been associated with giving him stick in the past but he's certainly no worse (if not better) than some of our other current midfield crop. And no Coke isn't really it lol! My argument in regard to Skuse is do we think he'd get in the starting 11 of the Burnley team, or other promotion chasing teams? Is he even as good as Grant Leadbitter? Does he take us where we need to be, i.e. challenging strongly for promotion? Of that I'm not convinced but trust me if he plays a key role in leading us to promotion next season I'd be very happy to eat humble pie! I just think he falls just a bit short of being good enough to get us up. Some might disagree and I totally respect that. Cheers.
Yes its a title win and yes its amazing as it was 5000/1. But no pundit or journalist has looked back to see if ANYTHING like it has occured before in even the Premiership itself. Because one team in blue stormed the Premiership in 2000/2001 and finished 5th and in Europe in their first season.
Lightningboy I do see your point but think Foley still has something to offer next season and Varney when fully fit can cause other championship teams problems. Skuse has had more ok games than bad ones and does his job well.
Reading the Southend fans views on this on shrimperzone most seem to say he was inconstant first half of last season, but improved a lot so much so Brown largely built the team around him in the second half.
They think he has a lot of potential and great talent, but gives the ball away quite a lot and they think he needs 1 more season in league 1 before he's ready to step up to the Championship - they also believe he needs to be playing in his best position (attacking midfield) to be a success
Don't know anything about him tbh but I think this is the sort of player we should be going for this summer. The team needs a fresh injection of hungry young players with 3 or 4 years experience behind them in leagues 1 & 2.
I know many will disagree but imho we will continue to go absolutely nowhere if we persevere with below average players like Skuse,Douglas,Coke,Tabb,Toure,Varney,Foley etc etc...we just keep making the same mistakes over and over with the majority of our signings i.e. Injury prone Journeymen who take us nowhere and stifle any youth being given a chance.
If we can't change our manager then it is time for a change in our transfer policy.