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Tommy Smith to Sunderland 15:33 - Feb 21 with 3503 viewsLankHenners

'but he's yesterday's man, injury prone etc.'

ffs

https://www.eadt.co.uk/sport/former-ipswich-town-defender-tommy-smith-joins-sund

Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:34 - Feb 21 with 2983 viewsitfcjoe

I'd heard this yesterday,, sad news - but quite simply Lambert didn't want him for whatever reason

Best of luck to him

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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:34 - Feb 21 with 2968 viewsTheTrueBlue1878

Wages some way out of our budget.

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FFS indeed on 15:35 - Feb 21 with 2960 viewsDyland


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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:35 - Feb 21 with 2962 viewsJakeITFC

Not sure signing for Sunderland disproves any of the comments you’ve made there really.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:39 - Feb 21 with 2904 viewsLankHenners

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:35 - Feb 21 by JakeITFC

Not sure signing for Sunderland disproves any of the comments you’ve made there really.


No, but they were reasons people made for not signing him. Sunderland's risk to take obviously but did seem a bit daft not to take someone of his experience on board, especially in a position where we're a bit flimsy (particularly if we stick with 3 at the back).

Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:40 - Feb 21 with 2892 viewsEastTownBlue

A headed winning goal from a corner in the play offs it is then.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:42 - Feb 21 with 2858 viewsSitfcB

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:34 - Feb 21 by itfcjoe

I'd heard this yesterday,, sad news - but quite simply Lambert didn't want him for whatever reason

Best of luck to him


Doesn’t want to improve the squad, obviously.

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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:51 - Feb 21 with 2787 viewsJakeITFC

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:39 - Feb 21 by LankHenners

No, but they were reasons people made for not signing him. Sunderland's risk to take obviously but did seem a bit daft not to take someone of his experience on board, especially in a position where we're a bit flimsy (particularly if we stick with 3 at the back).


I’m just not convinced we needed him, as romantic as it may have been.

There should be more hand-wringing today over the lack of striker signing which was both a need then and looks worse now with the injury to Norwood.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:52 - Feb 21 with 2770 viewsTheTrueBlue1878

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:42 - Feb 21 by SitfcB

Doesn’t want to improve the squad, obviously.


I think this purely falls down to money.

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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:56 - Feb 21 with 2733 viewsitfcjoe

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:51 - Feb 21 by JakeITFC

I’m just not convinced we needed him, as romantic as it may have been.

There should be more hand-wringing today over the lack of striker signing which was both a need then and looks worse now with the injury to Norwood.


Same at both ends for me - playing 3 at the back with 4 centre backs, and playing 2 up top with 3 strikers - one injury away from being short.

But we were trying to gt strikers in in January, whereas we could have had TS and elected not to so Lambert clearly agrees with you re where the need was

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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:56 - Feb 21 with 2734 viewsLankHenners

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:51 - Feb 21 by JakeITFC

I’m just not convinced we needed him, as romantic as it may have been.

There should be more hand-wringing today over the lack of striker signing which was both a need then and looks worse now with the injury to Norwood.


He was training with us, we know a lot about him, he has a good connection with players at the club - it made sense to get him in even if it was just as cover.

Agree on the striker front - needed to get in some type of lump to win the high balls and hold it up if nothing else.

Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:00 - Feb 21 with 2695 viewsJakeITFC

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:56 - Feb 21 by itfcjoe

Same at both ends for me - playing 3 at the back with 4 centre backs, and playing 2 up top with 3 strikers - one injury away from being short.

But we were trying to gt strikers in in January, whereas we could have had TS and elected not to so Lambert clearly agrees with you re where the need was


I’d have had absolutely no problem with us signing him because it made a lot of sense for a lot of reasons (not least of them being that he’d immediately be our best defender) but I just think we had more pressing needs.

That we haven’t sorted those either is probably more of a worry than not taking Smith.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:01 - Feb 21 with 2686 viewsMullet

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:56 - Feb 21 by LankHenners

He was training with us, we know a lot about him, he has a good connection with players at the club - it made sense to get him in even if it was just as cover.

Agree on the striker front - needed to get in some type of lump to win the high balls and hold it up if nothing else.


Although if Earl is cheaper, he's also younger and more versatile. Certainly Tommy's had injuries and a propensity for getting done y the odd bouncing ball and aggressive striker.

There are arguments to suggest he'd not have improved us as much as Earl might but we won't know until the summer. The only thing we do know is he'd have been committed here I guess.

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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:22 - Feb 21 with 2553 viewsBlueBadger

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:52 - Feb 21 by TheTrueBlue1878

I think this purely falls down to money.


Lest we forget, we were apparently in for Connor Wickham on loan. Which means that there must have been SOME money kicking about. I can't see Tommy being as expensive as Connor.
Unless of course, our manager was lying in a feeble attempt to win over some divs with a cheap PR stunt.

I'm one of the people who was blamed for getting Paul Cook sacked. PM for the full post.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:23 - Feb 21 with 2536 viewsartsbossbeard

Just popped on social meedja...crivens.

It is, of course, Evans fault.

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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:30 - Feb 21 with 2464 viewsLord_Lucan

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:23 - Feb 21 by artsbossbeard

Just popped on social meedja...crivens.

It is, of course, Evans fault.


But when he was here he was an overpaid c*nt wasn't he?

I'm sure I read that somewhere.

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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:34 - Feb 21 with 2436 viewsartsbossbeard

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:30 - Feb 21 by Lord_Lucan

But when he was here he was an overpaid c*nt wasn't he?

I'm sure I read that somewhere.


He was a town player.

Ergo, he had his critics.

Anyone remember the time when his GF at the time got the hump about something or other and went batsh1t crazy on FB?

Can't remember what it was about. Spending large sums of money or something, I think.

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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:34 - Feb 21 with 2428 viewsitfc48

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 15:56 - Feb 21 by itfcjoe

Same at both ends for me - playing 3 at the back with 4 centre backs, and playing 2 up top with 3 strikers - one injury away from being short.

But we were trying to gt strikers in in January, whereas we could have had TS and elected not to so Lambert clearly agrees with you re where the need was


Personally I'm hoping the three at the back experiment is over. Accrington aside, our best performances this season have come with a back 4 and Garbutt playing further forward.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:34 - Feb 21 with 2425 viewsr2d2

We are light on both centre backs and strikers now Norwood is out again. We could have sorted the centre back problem out with Tommy, costing nothing but his wages. We definitely needed a striker during the transfer window. Obviously Evans was never going to fund that. Now we look light at both ends of the pitch.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:35 - Feb 21 with 2415 viewsartsbossbeard

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:34 - Feb 21 by r2d2

We are light on both centre backs and strikers now Norwood is out again. We could have sorted the centre back problem out with Tommy, costing nothing but his wages. We definitely needed a striker during the transfer window. Obviously Evans was never going to fund that. Now we look light at both ends of the pitch.


Any match predictions this week R2?

You nailed it last week.

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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:37 - Feb 21 with 2398 viewsRomeo4

As much as I like Tommy Smith I can’t help thinking some people have some sort of fixation with revisiting the past. I think this is definitely a case of a player becoming better by not playing for us.

He was ok first time round but wasn’t the quickest, always seemed to have a mistake in him and his distribution wasn’t the best.

I like the look of Earl anyway.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:39 - Feb 21 with 2367 viewsr2d2

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:35 - Feb 21 by artsbossbeard

Any match predictions this week R2?

You nailed it last week.


Not going to be easy this. Oxford are a different kettle of fish to Burton. Think they will give us quite a few problems.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:40 - Feb 21 with 2357 viewsartsbossbeard

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:39 - Feb 21 by r2d2

Not going to be easy this. Oxford are a different kettle of fish to Burton. Think they will give us quite a few problems.


4-0 town then.

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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:41 - Feb 21 with 2354 viewsParky

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:37 - Feb 21 by Romeo4

As much as I like Tommy Smith I can’t help thinking some people have some sort of fixation with revisiting the past. I think this is definitely a case of a player becoming better by not playing for us.

He was ok first time round but wasn’t the quickest, always seemed to have a mistake in him and his distribution wasn’t the best.

I like the look of Earl anyway.


Spot on. Nobody cared when he left and it seems as though by playing in a poor MLS league he's got progressively better?

It's exactly the same with Freddie Sears, nobody really rated him for the last 5 seasons; but as he's been out injured he's now going to fire us into the Championship.
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Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:44 - Feb 21 with 2319 viewsr2d2

Tommy Smith to Sunderland on 16:40 - Feb 21 by artsbossbeard

4-0 town then.

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Id love to think you were right!
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