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Lambert: Quaner Best as a Number Nine
Thursday, 10th Jan 2019 15:05

Town boss Paul Lambert says he sees new loan signing Collin Quaner as more of a number nine than a wide player and believes the Huddersfield man and Will Keane, who joined on loan from Hull City last week, will add a physical presence and a goal threat to his side.

“We needed that,” Lambert admitted. “I saw Collin when he was playing for Union Berlin a few years ago. And then obviously David Wagner took him to Huddersfield and they had a brilliant season.

“He knows the league, he’s scored goals in it, he’s played in the Premier League. He knows what it takes.

“The only thing he’s not got is probably match fitness because he’s not played as much. But any player you’re bringing in at the minute, you’ve got to contend with that at times.

“But Collin’s fitted in really, really well and I’m looking forward to working with him. I thank Huddersfield for letting him come down. Hopefully he does for us what he did for Huddersfield.”

He confirmed he sees him as a number nine to play down the middle: “I do, I think the way he plays in my own opinion I think he’s a better centre forward than he is a wide player.

“I know he can do it but I think he’s a better centre forward and he and Will Keane will add strength and ability in the forward areas.”

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BigHibbs added 15:10 - Jan 10
Hate that these two have been judged already. Seen so many negative comments about the goals scoring records of both players. I get that neither have set the world alight in front of goal but please get behind them. I seem to remember Daryl Murphy, David mcgoldrick and Martyn Waghorn all having modest scoring records before joining town. So let’s welcome these two lads (Keane and Quaner? and get behind them.
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beornioblue added 15:20 - Jan 10
Well said Mr Hibbs

Bring on the Millers !!

COYB
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spanishblue added 15:42 - Jan 10
If he had a very good scoring rate he'd be playing either at Huddersfield or sold on to the money bags in the championship,anyway he's gonna score loads at Portman Rd because he's going to get game time in probably his best happiest position along with Will
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dirtydingusmagee added 15:49 - Jan 10
debut goals coming up .
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jas0999 added 15:59 - Jan 10
Lack of goals is @ concern, but Kambert rates the new additions, so I wish them well.
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IpswichToon added 16:08 - Jan 10
For some perspective, we all love Freddie, but his goalscoring record on paper looks absolutely shocking. But there's good reason for that, and he is a great player that brings a lot to the team. So there's no reason for anybody to be judging new signings based on not scoring enough goals.
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Popeye added 17:02 - Jan 10
He’s a big unit who is unpredictable but should be able to hold the ball up. He’s something different to what we have and it’s extra height in both boxes as we lack height when defending set pieces and attacking our corners. I thought he would be brought in to play wide on the right like Jon Walters but PL looks like he’s gonna play him through the centre with Keane and Freddie on the flanks.
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MidlandsBlue92 added 21:14 - Jan 10
Brilliant recruitment from PL, two lads over 6ft leading our front line. Pretty sure they will cause some defenders some issues, hopefully starting this weekend. Wonder if he will switch to a 442 now?
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