Erm...why is everybody so obsessed with us needing this Striker & that Striker and whether or not Taylor is the answer. Answer to what exactly? We are the 5th highest scoring team in the division at present with the best strike rate at home. Our issue this season is we are leaking more goals than we were at the end of last season, in my opinion because we haven't replaced Stearman at RB and we miss Chambo's presence in the middle whilst he covers that position for the timebeing.
Megamoth did you really get negative marks for suggesting Marriott should play ahead of Lee? I am a MASSIVE Mick McCarthy fan, not just for what he did for us last season but for his record at Sunderland/Wolves at this level too. However, if Alan Lee pulls on a first team shirt before Marriott then that is a massive concern. That said, MM is a top manager for a reason so he'll make the right choice, I'm sure.
So fed up of people raising the Jordan Rhodes thing over & over again. How many years ago was that? The Dark Lord did a lot wrong, but all I will say is that in his defence of Rhodes, he said he didn't have the resources to bring through 2 youngsters at the same time (Rhodes & Wickham) and so made a decision on who he felt could do more for ITFC going forward. He opted for Wickham and we got £12m for him - a figure that despite all his goals NOBODY has been prepared to pay for Jordan. So financially the argument can be made that Keane got it right. Irrespective of how you feel, they've both gone. Forever. MOVE ON!!!!!
Sounds as though Hammond is really pushing and in Micks thoughts. Would be great if somebody like that really forced their way in the team unexpectedly.
Smithy - I think you can argue that Doherty is cover for Tabb on the left and Ando is cover for Edwards right. Wordy can also switch left and Tabb can come inside etc...As 'MathieandMarshall' rightly says, we have enough flexibility in the squad now to cover all area's - barring further injuries.
I'd also like to be somewhere where I can do what I want, when I want but sadly my boss has other idea's. The fact is that life is rarely that kind in the workplace. No doubt at all JET will score goals for fun in L1 adopting the free-role, but that role seldom exists in the Championship and above & his seemingly evident attitude of "I'm here to score & create" would not have sat well with big Mick.
Thanks to everyone for reading and for voicing your opinions. The purpose of the blog was not to defend Chopra's character - I've never met him but from the outside he seems a little "lost". As a footballer however he has a 1 in 3 golascoring record and is now reaching the so-called peak age for a striker, so I re-iterate that I believe he could still do a good job at this level and I firmly believe that MM's decision to offload him is partly due to his high wages and not solely based on his footballing ability. What I wanted to highlight though (perhaps I didn't make it obvious) is that in hindsight his misdemeanours and off-field troubles may well have been a blessing in disguise for us as it provided much distraction away from the other players, thus relieving the pressure on them which - perhaps - contributed towards our end of season climb up the table. It's just a theory and hopefully provided some food for thought.
Not really saying it's ok Reuser, just that he doesn't deserve the huge amount of abuse he gets. Nobody does, unless they're a murderer. Regarding his ability, form is temporary and class is permanent. He still has it in him to be a prolific goalscorer. Thanks for your comments :-)
Sorry, forgot to mention that there's also the question over the 25 man squad rule. Why don't Man Utd/Stoke now have to declare their new signings? Technically Zaha/Butland are playing professional football whilst being contracted to these clubs and yet they go under the radar. Perhaps a different argument again but food for thought.
Thanks all for your comments. With regards to the loan system, of course it is important for the young talent in the country to be loaned out, this is necessary not only for their own development but to improve the quality that filters down through each division. My argument is against loaning a player back to the club from which he was purchased. Breaking this down to a very simplistic level, doing this essentally means that a 'bigger' and certainly richer club is providing financial backing for several months. If you read BREAKING NEWS: MAN UTD LEND CRYSTAL PALACE £15M, would you think "oh that's jolly nice of them" or would you question the integrity of that deal? That is what has/is taking place in football at the moment. Richer clubs are providing short-term (6 month)monetary loans. If we start allowing this then clubs like us and certainly smaller ones will eventually lose their identity altogether as we'll just become subsidiaries of the richer clubs. I don't want to support 'Ipswich Town, a part of the Manchester Group of Clubs'. I want to suuport Ipswich Town Football Club - a club, company and franchise in their own right.