Enjoyed reading that, and the statistic about achieving near 50% possession was interesting to hear. Just shows how other teams struggle to deal with how we play and that there is an actual plan carried out that the players understand, as a pose to everyone thinking we should aimlessly punt forward and run after it.
MVBlue, I think everyone shares those concerns to an extent. Along with the stability I've mentioned there is a slight lack of risk from Evans part but I think we have to look at the bigger picture. We have a manager who specialises in transforming fortunes of players who's careers may have been stalling or going downwards.
Would I trust Mick to spend a million pound wisely on a player? I'm honestly not sure I would. Look at his Wolves team, Foley at right back, Jarvis, Kightly, Henry. None of these cost a great deal but all did well for him.
I genuinely think this seasons team is stronger and unlike last season, there isn't a team I'm particularly fearful of this season. Last season there were two or three who were a cut above.
The type of player who needs an arm round his shoulder, MM has never given him this. I'd question MM's man management on this one personally. Sure Taylor has been inconsistent and has flattered to deceive at times, but I hardly ever heard MM praise Taylor like the others even when he played well.
Great read, interesting how Sheff Wed have been more than content with Stuart Gray since appointed where as Leeds are already dismissing David Hockaday even though he hasn't been in charge of one game. I'd imagine Sheff Wed fans were iffy about Stuart Gray before appointed. Shows that if you actually give a manager a shot it can start to work. Hopefully in Leeds' case, it will not.
Its June 30th? I don't get your point, if it was August the 2nd I and no one was here I could understand. What exactly were you expecting at this point? As I said, most of the buying players at the moment are teams who have let quite a few go. If anything it will take them longer to gel, and underlines that we have quite a stable squad that needs a couple of tweaks here and there. you're not making any sense at all. MM is also a master of capturing players for small fees, as he did last season and previously with Wolves.
I don't agree with any of that, its the 30th of June for goodness sake. Hardly any other clubs have done any major business yet bar those who feel they really need to change their squad radically to have a good season next season. Birmingham who were close relegation and Rotherham (newly promoted) are clearly examples of those.
We came 9th last season and were maybe a creative midfielder and a quick winger of making the play-offs, the improvement when Williams came in echoed this and that was also without our top scorer.
I would rather MM bide his time and get the right players in than rush in to get a load of players unlikely to add anything different to the side.
Paul Green wouldn't have been the game changer we need, technically not good enough, and if MM thought he was he would signed him already, as Green spoke as if he would be happy to join. Be logical.
Cheers for the comments, the blog wasn't particularly designed to be our targets, but potential targets for any club in general. I think there are a few on the list that could interest us though, Moussa and Christie will be free and both sound like players we need and others may be within our price range should Cresswell or McGoldrick be sold. Of course there are others that you could put onto the list, such as Hogan as Pazelle mentioned.
Not sure he is what we need to be honest, we already have a lot of midfield players and genuine pace out wide has to be the priority. Wages probably a bit steep as well. If Cressy leaves he can take corners, but would you really sign a player just so he can come of the bench to take corners?
I hope we beat "we should be in the top 6 every season because we're a big club" Leeds. They have a bang average team and will do well to get top half. Cameron Stewart is no better than average and Kebe is great on his day if inconsistent. Good stuff as always Harry.
I think sometimes people have to understand where the club is, the club has made mistakes over the past few years by trying to do things too quickly instead of building a squad which ended up with Mick taking over a squad bereft of confidence and bottom of the League. Things change in football and I'm sure there are many clubs in the football league who would say something very similar to the thoughts in this blog, Sheff Utd, Wolves, Coventry, Bristol City for example who are in various positions in League 1. Then I look at us and where we are and we're on the even of the play-offs. Yes we're not as entertaining but we're starting to look like a proper football club again and other teams are aware of our progress, they don't want to play us at the moment.