Totally agree with you. I think Cornell was brought in with No.1 in mind and had a good game at Fulham though. I think Holy will start and don't think any plan for rotation of keepers. If Cornell gets in it will be with view that he is number 1 moving forward (not to rotate).
If leave Bish in anyway against Rochdale. More of a door unlocker and there should be less emphasis on the defensive strengths of Downes over Bish. He could also still leave...leave as is for now.
He's not well suited to lone striker role. It's not that he can't do it and run into balls but it's definitely not an ideal fit.cyou want someone who can take a ball into feet as well and bring others in running off him. That isn't his game. Drinan fits it well although he's a raw talent and obviously out now. Norwood has good qualities and fits as an all-rounder albeit will need to sharpen his back to goal play but makes intelligent runs and scores goals. Hawkins very physical and can play it but lacks goals a bit.
I'd say Norwood will be first pick. Jackson and Hawkins next probably depending on opposition.
I felt a bit like this until someone else had put "great opportunity for Ndaba to go out in loan and get some game time". It's a good point. You have to see the opportunity in this sometimes. A bit like El Miz he is just about good enough to play but not to play enough to improve sufficiently. A move would be great. Come in Cambridge...take Ndaba as well!
You would have say his injury had a big bearing as it looked like he was getting the shot with Mick starting 1st game. Hurst was a disaster for him. Lambert gave him 20 odd games and he wasn't at his best at that point. Fair play to Dozzell for sticking at it and what he is doing now. The ball is very much in his court now though. If we go up I imagine we'd have to be in th £8k a week region still to keep him if he carries this on. He'd get bigger offers but at least with us he'll have the knowledge he is a 1st team pick.
Yes absolutely on Lankaster. I should have made that clearer that I mean for him post injury. 2 years is a long time. He can't simply be that player we saw straight away I wouldn't have thought but he has a bit of time because we are playing well. Easier to come into a winning and settled side.
Post Christmas he can really be pushing for a place.
I agree it was obvious we weren't playing great last year but we had quite a depleted team at the start and I was convinced we could grow as the team went on. We just continued to muddle through for too long once players were coming back and it was too late by the the time we changed it. Lambert got it wrong last season. Nearly cost him his job and I think people are entitled to say he should have lost it.
He didn't and he we have to see if he can put it right. So far he has implemented a lot of the things we wanted:
Settled side Trying to build an identity with style of play Good blend of youth/academy players now in squad (Bishop, Woolf, Dozzell, Downes, Drinnan all making the grade now with Lankaster looking like he can also kick on). Creating more chances - quicker getting the ball forward.
We still have some fragility I think and I could see us having some difficult spells. I think the cap has probably prevented some additions defensively buy Nsiala has been a real bonus and hopefully Ndaba can kick on and get some game time.
Disappointed Dobra and El Miz don't look like breaking in straight away but El Miz great goal aside they haven't looked to make a real difference in the side to be honest and I think as much as they wouldn't let people down they are better to get a loan until Jan. I just can't see who they would displace for any regular game time which is a shame but doesn't make it the wrong call.
Strikers have ? Too. Who will make that spot. We need Norwood to step up. He needs to knuckle down and make a hero of himself this year.
Finally I think this is it for Lambert. He has shown an ability to change and accept he made mistakes. It's results now for him though. Some hearts and minds seem set but too two and an identity to our play might just swing things. He has to get it right.
1. 1st sentence. No you cannot guarantee that. I would say the balance of probability is they will be here next season. 2. You make what has happened to Dozzell sound like a negative in this scenario which doesn't make sense to me. Dozzell stayed and fought for his place and is now reaping the rewards so far. He is nailed on for the foreseeable and his career is in a good place.
It's amusing how our fans make out we don't give youth a chance when we quite clearly do. And the young players regularly talk about seeing a pathway with us.
I think it's a bit unlikely we'll keep him now but not impossible. Won't be anything to do with Lambert trust in him or youth. He's spoken positively about Lambert and what he has learnt (He spoke about his frustration with Hurst). He's seen Downes and Woolf quickly establish themselves under Lambert. He quickly broke into the side under Lambert and had the opportunities which at the time he wasn't really ready for. He clearly is now. Lankaster is clearly trusted by Lambert and so is he now. Add in Drinnan and he knows Dobra and El Mix's time will come. Both have had opps. Absolutely no worries there and Dozzell has talked about this.
What we can't do is pay him what he'll get elsewhere (5-6-7x the money.)
We won and went top of the table. You decided the obvious post was a 'how bad are Bristol Rovers' post. The post of a man with an agenda. It was fairly obvious. Who goes with that angle!?
You don't sit on the fence that's for sure. If that's your goal then you succeed.
Why have you started this you have to be one way or the other or you are sitting on the fence nonsense anyway!? We are two league games in! There isn't actually anything wrong with making a judgement based on a selection of performances. You can call it sitting on the fence if you want. For most people it's common sense. Otherwise you are just guessing just because you don't want to 'sit on the fence'. That's stupid
Sympathy for his position. Posting Lambert out constantly and refusing to write anything but anti Lambert stuff constantly. That position?
The rest of it is what everybody knows. We know its 2 games in and we know what happened last season. As with any season the wheels can come off and we can have a poor season. Lambert hasnt changed everyones opinion or maybe anyones opinion in just two games. This is just about everyones positioin NOT just Blubfests position.
You are missing the point of why people are fed up with him. His position has been to before the season has started drum up massive negative spin on everything the management team were trying to implement. He would jump on anything to make Lambert look like he had lost the squad etc etc. His position even when the season has started has been to take no joy in the wins but to post something critical.after each victory. His position has been to jump on a bump in the road while we are trying to build a style of play. Negatitivty breeds negativity and we can go on a self fulfilling prophecy if we all start to buy into h is BS rather than to support the club.
We're two games in. Thats it. Massive way to go but we've played well and have clear signs of improvement (defensively and in creating chances and have a style we can see forming (identity). Things we were crying out for. Lets get behind that and call it as we actually see it rather than we an agenda. I dont see us running away with this league. There will be tricky patches ahead.
Haha I think it's written as I meant it. You missed out the key word at the end 'one' (contract as per subject line). We triggered his extension but I don't even know if we have put a contract in front of him hence the line. The club obviously would have wanted to see if he can make the breakthrough but now he has started better than anyone could expect the upper hand increasingly goes his way.
Agree. But the time being right has suddenly accelerated. He's free to talk to other clubs in just over 2 months (As I understand it). He is suddenly an exceptional option on a free for a lot of clubs.