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AbracaDobra
at 22:03 21 Sep 2019

He has to be head and shoulder above or we play are own. Long season. He will play plenty. I respect Lambert putting our own first. I count Garbett as one of ours as i fully expect him to sign if all goes well.
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So Bluefish
at 20:53 21 Sep 2019

Roberts isnt going to be in and around the first team unless there are injuries. May struggle for starts in cup now as well and see him leaving in Jan. Other than that your pics all seemed reasonable. I didnt really expect Kenlock back in squad butnit wouldnt have massively suprised either, especially on bench.

Good shout on Dozzell. Was pleasedto see him play and yes Lambert is taking calculated risks rotating which helps us manage those coming back and keep squad fresh second half of season!
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Are we in 3rd gear... or actually top gear?
at 18:56 21 Sep 2019

I don't think we're in 2nd or 3rd gear. We're putting a lot.of graft into this game. Lambert has been very clever with managing the squad back to health. It's been a calculated risk and never going to be at full tilt when changing things around to ensure minutes in legs of players coming back etc.


The beauty is we have still been getting results and 2nd half of the season this should really pay off. We'll be much fresher in theory after 35 games or so.
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I see some kids bunked off school today.
at 08:13 21 Sep 2019

That's your response to a well put comment/counter argument from a student? Terrific stuff.

Care to answer the point? If they wanted to Skive off why not just skive off (at no cost)? And wasnt the point of skiving to get out of doing any work...would seen odd to create more work and effort for yourself than if you had actually not skived if it wasnt something you cared about.

I'd also be keen to understand this resentment/annoyance at acts that are designed to benefit everyone. Surely at worst you don't care. But why negative comments? Be weird to have a mindset of 'its annoying when people try to make a positive change'.
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Cole Skuse
at 20:00 20 Sep 2019

Didn't realise this thread was still going. The arguments haven't got any stronger. Still, you guys know better than all the professionals who have ever managed him.

This argument that he can't be prem quality as never played in prem? If we'd gone up through playoffs last time would he have been prem quality then? Are there no other numerous examples of players who never got the break?

We'll agree to differ and move.
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Relegation was a mistake...
at 20:17 18 Sep 2019

Nailed it.
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Cole Skuse
at 19:01 18 Sep 2019

Busquets (who incedentally plays a very similar role - and no i'm not comparing ability level) has spent nearly his entire career at Barcelona (way more games then Skuse here). In a free scoring and dominant team he managed a total of 7 league goals. Why on earth would you measure someone in a deep lying CM role on goals. Ridiculous. Keen to unserstand your thoughts on busquets playing at the very top level with his dreadful scoring record?
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Cole Skuse
at 18:56 18 Sep 2019

Absolutely not. Literally no idea what you were watching or what you though Cole Skuse's role in a side is. Genuinely he has been one of the most consistent performers since signing. A quality player. HE IS NOT A BOX TO BOX BUMS OFF SEATS MIDFIELDER.
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Cole Skuse
at 18:51 18 Sep 2019

God these sort of horse dung comments grate. Found his level. Yes, every manager who has ever managed him says he has prem quality. In your odious wisdom of course he's found his level. Strong chance you know best.
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Myles Kenlock and the LB position
at 08:35 15 Sep 2019

Its not a debate. Just a really straightforward right or wrong answer.
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Game for our bench to make a difference.
at 15:56 14 Sep 2019

Seems a slow half from us today. Maybe 2 week sluggishness. Games like this where out strength off the bench needs to make a difference.
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Stern test... when will Huws and/or Nolan start...
at 10:57 14 Sep 2019

442 workin well so no massive need to change it right now but with our squad it would make sense to start using more of a take on 433 with 3 in middle. Skuse deepest with Downes/Nolan/Huws/Dozzell sharing the other two slots around. Would suit Judge as well possibly up top. So many nice options.
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"Systems don't win games, players do"
at 21:51 12 Sep 2019

Its just press talk. Simple as that.
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Declan Rice
at 19:42 11 Sep 2019

He's 20. Loads of potential. Another in a role that is never going to get fans off their feet. He does all the dirty jobs that managers appreciate more than fans (see Skuse). Doesnt excite me but a good player.
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Anyone else feel like a lot is going our way?
at 18:45 9 Sep 2019

Biggy is injuries are now at a normal level and people coming back adding to the group. General feel good factor.

Make no mistake though. Sunderland will spend big when that is complete. They will make some quality additions in Jan. The bigger impact for them will be next season but they will be right up there. Prem in next 5-6 years i think. Huge fan base and potentially owners with total worth of 73bn and big names at that. They won't mess about.
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Roy Keane saying some nice things about Jon Walters...
at 12:50 5 Sep 2019

I read this. Made me really angry! Walters interview about impact of losing his mum when he was a kid was an incredibly brave interview and very emotional. How this cretin can come on and use this to slate Walters is beyond me. Walters is one of the good guys in the game.

Keane has ruined his legacy by just being a joke of a man.

****EDIT**** i've now watched the interview on show in front of crowd with Gary Neville as well. Soften my above view a bit. He was playing to crowd and in reasonably good spirit. Not as bad when you watch it. Should not have done bit about him crying in tv but other than that fair game really.
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Team for Tuesday
at 22:48 1 Sep 2019

Hmm. Seems extreme. Donacian is a useful utility defender and on that basis worth giving him.some game time.

I don't see a future for Emmanuel here unfortunately.

But anyway..what's your team. Interested to see people's teams.
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Team for Tuesday
at 22:28 1 Sep 2019

Id go:

433

Norris
Donacian Woolf Wilson Georgiou
Nolan Dozzell Huws
Edwards Jackson El Mizouni

Subs
Wright
Keane (45 mins 2nd half)
Ndaba
Judge
Roberts
Emmanuel
Dobra
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Any reason huws hasn’t played much lately ?
at 22:20 1 Sep 2019

He's being managed really well. I expect he'll start Tuesday. May even play 90. Long road back. Ability wise he is one of our best. But its got to be gradual. I think he'll start all the cup games and see him phased in as we go into 2020.
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Question regarding Dozzell
at 19:53 1 Sep 2019

It's exactly this. I do think we'll see 3 in there sooner rather than later to accommodate Huws or Nolan and Dozzell will benefit through some rotation and any injuries. Once he gets a run in the team (very difficult for Lambert to do.on form right now) we'll begin to see the real player. he's young and not as physically developed as say Downes. Patience from everyone including him required.
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