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Sam Baldock or Marc McNulty?
at 16:34 20 Apr 2019

Both at Reading, both not featuring (McNulty out on loan).

Sure a loan would be available for them next season.

Who would you take?
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Watching the highlights has left me speechless.
at 20:27 19 Apr 2019

First goal is very good strike.

Second goal, catastrophic double header from Nsiala and Emmanuel.

Third goal, apart from the shambles of a defensive structure, what is Bart doing?

Fourth goal, had Myles Kenlock been sent off because I didn't see him.



That defense is embarrassing, no organisation at all, no leadership by example at all.
Skuse looks awful, old and leggy in the centre, Chambers is getting worse with age, Emmanuel had a disaster. I think most will now agree the 2 full backs are nothing better than cover.
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My Transfer Targets
at 17:30 15 Apr 2019

Nothing more than a read, had fun divulging the bosman free market.

Free Agent Market:

James Norwood:
The heavily linked centre forward has seen his current tally of 29 goals surpass his National League season tally of 17/18 of 23 goals, indicating his ability as a natural goal scorer to be able to score at higher levels. Seemingly single handily firing Tranmere into 5th in League Two with the 3rd highest goal scorer at the club recording only 6 goals this season, his contract in up in the summer and the possibility of making the step up to a ‘bigger’ club may turn his head at 28 years old. The lower league goal getter has racked up an impressive 78 goals in 156 apps for Tranmere (1 in every 2) and may just be the answer to Town’s striking woes.


Tom Eaves:
He may not be the prettiest striker in the world, but in recent times you know what you get from Tom Eaves, and that’s goals. The 6 foot 5 inch centre forward has racked up 20 goals this season to add to his 18 last campaign. Lambert has commonly operated with a big man leading the line, and during his successful spell at Nodge using the diamond worked wonders using a front two of Holt and Jackson with Hoolahan in the no.10. If we operate at with a front 2 next season, (4-4-2 or 4-3-1-2) the use of Eaves and Norwood in League 1 could be quite the pair, especially with Judge playing around them.


Hiram Boateng:
Just behind James Norwood, Boateng would be one of my key signings this summer. The 23 year old defensive midfielder is out of contract in the summer, and looks set to move on from Exeter City. The Crystal Palace academy product is now the stand out player in the Exeter team with Ollie Watkins moving on last year, and Jayden Stockley moving in January. In the Exeter team he is described as having “pace, power and physical presence that no one in the squad can replicate”. Has long array of passing from holding midfield, currently lacks consistency but at 23 years can be forgiven for still learning the game. Undoubtedly one of the best technically gifted players in the league and is a good opportunity for Town to snap up such a talented player on a free.


Graham Carey:
The acquisition of Graham Carey from Plymouth would purely depend upon the approach Lambert has for Town going forward. During his successful tenure up the road Lambert operated with a 4-3-1-2 or “the diamond”, something that has not been unfamiliar to Town this season with one of the seasons high performance against Derby seeing the “the diamond” being deployed. If Lambert suspects we will have much more dominance in League 1, letting teams react to our tactical approach then Graham Carey has no role in the 4-3-1-2. Whilst he has often operated in the no.10 role at Plymouth he is merely not on the same level as Alan Judge for that position. However, if a 4-2-3-1 is used then Graham Carey would slot lovely into the left midfield role in a fluid 3 behind a central striker. 19 goals and 27 over the last 2 seasons symbolises a man who influences games from the wide left area.

Chuks Aneke:
The 6 feet 3 inch striker or attacking midfielder is a product of the Arsenal youth academy. Spending two years during 14-16 in the Belgium Pro League the 25 year old has now matured back in English football at MK Dons. The attacking player predominantly plays off Kieran Agard and rarely leads the line solo. The previously linked forward thinking player has stepped up from 10 goals and 10 assists last campaign to now have reached 18 goals and 3 assists already this term. If in comparison, he can be similarly linked to the former Walsall man Romain Sawyers now plying his trade at Brentford.


Luke O’Neil:
The Gills Right Back has been influential to Gillingham’s attacking play since joining them back in 2017. The former Leicester academy graduate has contributed with 4 goals and 5 assists this campaign as well as 3 goals and 8 assists last campaign. A common provider for Tom Eaves the 27 year old has largely spent his career in League 1 amounting to 129 League 1 appearances with an impressive 17 assists in his time in League 1. The Burnley man, and England youth international could certainly be what we need in a very weak Right Back position.


Conor Mclaughlin:
The Millwall Right Back has had limited opportunities this season, only racking up 7 appearances whilst largely playing understudy to the ever impressing Mahlon Romeo. The Millwall Right Back’s contract is up in the summer and no word so far has been made on a new deal for the player. McLaughlin has bundles of lower league experience whilst racking up over 200 appearances at his time with Fleetwood. Adding to this Mclaughlin has amounted to 34 international caps for Northern Ireland but has not been a regular started for Millwall this season having joined them in 2017 has only amounted to 30 championship appareances. However, at only 27 his experience could prove vital to a defensive line that has lacked real performance levels and leadership throughout this season.


Jordan Willis:
The Coventry City versatile defender (CB/RB) will likely depart during the summer. Although a Coventry graduate at 24 years old he is probably looking to make the next step in his career. Whilst some whispers on the internet suggest Championship clubs will look at Willis, nothing looks concrete to support this. Willis is a quick, strong leader at Coventry, now captaining the side in League 1.


Callum Elder: (Loan)
The left back has had a tough gig at Ipswich Town since joining in January, with only 2 Championship appearances and 1 FA Cup outing, his time has largely been blighted by injury here. However with Knudsen inevitably moving on this summer Town will be looking for stern competition for Kenlock. Elder has featured in a successful League 1 promotion campaign at Wigan in 17/18, which could prove vitally important with the hectic schedule that League 1 entails. With his contract up next summer, a successful season long loan at Town next campaign could see him earn a permanent spot here next summer.
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After reading the Evans statement today...
at 22:04 14 Apr 2019

It is evident to me that we are heaping a lot of hope upon the younger section of the squad going forward, of which i have no real issue with given that there is certainly some good ability.

But as i always like doing i have searched upon the Free Agents market for this summer as Lambert has said it i where we will be doing our business, and Evans has further stated today he will strengthen in areas where academy products are not developing through.

Will comprise the full list tomorrow, but it's nothing more than a bit of fun. Hope it's of a good read.

Still devastated about the relegation yesterday, but we follow the Town up or down!!
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James Norwood.. we take that won't we.
at 16:04 17 Mar 2019

We've needed a goalscorer all season long. Jackson has looked sharp recently, hasn't scored enough goals all season. Harrison has spent too much time being injured. Keane well out of our price range.

Norwood is a finisher, there is no doubt about the fact that he knows where the back of the net is.
23 goals in conference last season.
Stepped up to League 2:
25 goals in 36 games already, would imagine he'll break 30 goals which is a hell of a return.


Going to watch him at Col U next week, also a player from Col U named Courtney Senior somebody has told me to go and watch.
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Courtney Senior
at 05:28 10 Mar 2019

Anyone know much about him, looks to be having a fine season at Col U, from the Brentford academy but he looks a hell of a player, real star in the making apparently, massively bright future ahead of him. Wouldn’t mind Town snapping him up in the summer, only 21.

His assist here is unreal:
https://mobile.twitter.com/Super6/status/1096106949001822209
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Watch this...
at 21:20 5 Mar 2019




Whilst flicking through some stuff on Carey, this came up v Portsmouth last night.
This is Graham Carey's world and we are just guests.
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TTB1878 rebuild
at 20:23 5 Mar 2019

TheTrueBlue rebuild. As much as anyone absolutely devastated with the way this season has unfolded, but there is a part of me that is looking forward to the rebuild, especially the summer overhaul that looks certain to happen allow Lambert to build his own squad. As you may know I love looking out for players that Town could snap up on our shoe string budget, and have identified a few players Town imo will lose in the summer, some that imo will be sold, and some Town imo could get.

Out of Contract players:
* Luke Chambers
* Myles Kenlock
* Grant Ward
* Josh Emmanuel
* Tom Adeyemi
* Simon Dawkins
* James Collins
* Alan Judge
* Jordan Spence
* Dean Gerken
* Jonas Knudsen
11 players out of contract, in my opinion Kenlock and Emmanuel will be offered new deals even if they’re perceived as cover next year. Not 100% convinced Judge will be here next year.

Expiring loans:
* Matthew Pennington
* Will Keane
* Trevoh Chalobah
* James Bree
* Colin Quaner
* Calum Elder
Expect to see none of these at Town next year.

Possible sold players:
* Bartosz Bialkowski
* Janoi Donacien
* Kayden Jackson
* Jordan Roberts
* Danny Rowe
Bartosz on too big wages for League 1 budget, following 4 I personally think have no room in Lamberts plans.


Leaves a current squad of:

Goalkeepers:
Harry Wright

Defenders:
Luke Woolfenden (CB)
Toto Nsiala (CB)
Corrie Ndaba (CB)

Midfielders:
Cole Skuse (CDM)
Brett McGavin (CDM)
Flynn Downes (CM)
Tristan Nydam (CM)
Jon Nolan (CM)
Teddy Bishop (CM)
Andre Dozzell (CM)
Emyr Huws (CM)
Gwion Edwards (RM/LM)
Jack Lankester (RM)

Strikers:
Ellis Harrison (ST)
Freddie Sears (ST)
Ben Morris (ST)


Looking at that squad you can see the key areas of recruitment are a Goalkeeper, a Right-Back, a Left-Back, a Centre-Back, a Winger, a Centre-Attacking midfielder, a Striker.

Here on some options on our budget: (All free)

Goalkeeper:
Frank Fielding (Bristol City)
Simon Moore (Sheffield Utd)
Adam Davies (Barnsley)

Right Back:
Conor McLaughlin (Millwall)
Adam Matthews (Sunderland)

Left Back:
Lee Wallace (Rangers)

Centre Back:
Patrick Bauer (Charlton)
Jason Shackell (Lincoln City)
Jake Wright (Sheffield Utd)


Centre Attacking Midfielder:
Sammie Szmodics (Col U)
Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) - unbelievable footballer.

Strikers:
Conor Washington (Sheffield Utd)
Danny Hylton (Luton Town)


Other:
Graham Shinnie (CDM - Aberdeen)
Gary Mackay-Steven (LM - Aberdeen)
Hiram Boateng (CDM - Exeter City)




Nothing more than a little something to read.



[Post edited 5 Mar 20:29]
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Anybody watching Aberdeen v Rangers
at 21:21 6 Feb 2019

Entertaining game, 3-2, 2 red cards, fiery encounter.

But Graham Shinnie, what a player by the way, a central anchoring midfielder, hell of a player.
FREE AGENT IN THE SUMMER.

As in Gary Mackay-Steven for Aberdeen.
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Players out of contract we could look at?
at 17:45 3 Feb 2019

Adam Davies (GK) - German born Barnsley keeper, 26 years old, club captain at Barnsley. Contract up int he summer after 5 years. Bart will definitely be moving on so need to find a replacement and not Gerken!

Ben Dickenson (LB/LM) - Col U left sided was brilliant last year and was set to move but elected one more year at Col U, contract up in the summer and presume with Knudsen moving we'll need another LB.

Hiram Boateng (CDM) - The most important player we should get, former Palace man is probably the best in his role at Exeter City. Quotes about the player probably sums him up: "Integral to that has been Boateng. His link up play on that left-hand side with Nicky Law and Dean Moxey has been outstanding, he's assisted many goals and created openings" & "At 22, people forget how young Boateng is still, but he is blossoming into a fine footballer. ".

Gary Mackay Steven (LM) - Would be a stretch to think we could get him in L1, but wages I think we could fund, but imagine there will be good options for the trickster.

Sammie Szmodics (CAM) - Col U starman, 10 goals, 4 assists, the main man at Col U, geographically we will have the edge on other competition. He's having a brilliant season, no doubt will leave in the summer.
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Realism of transfer dealings...
at 18:28 29 Dec 2018

We and Lambert want real talent to get us out of this mess, but its going to be same old same. Some Austrailian lad from Leicester U23's and a 31 year old free agent who couldn't get a contract at Luton in the summer.

Just a reality check, the club is an average League 1 club.
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Get rid of this fecking squad
at 16:36 29 Dec 2018

So much sh1t that has seen us drop into L1. Nothing we do in January will keep us up.
Boring football club. Don’t blame anyway for not turning up next year unless they see investment.

Get Rid:
Gerken
Spence
Chambers
Pennington
Knudsen
Ward
Adeyemi
Huws
Nolan (don’t dislike him but don’t need him: Dozze/Bishop/Downes/Nydam)
Nsiala
Donacien
Jackson
Harrison
Roberts
Rowe



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SUCH A SHlT FOOTBALL TEAM
at 15:42 29 Dec 2018

Become a boring football club. Just Burton Albion with a bigger stadium.
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ROTTEN AWAY DAY
at 17:47 26 Dec 2018

From the London traffic, to the parking, and then that performance. Wow, just wow. Good number of Town fans travelled their just to see that pile of dross. Weak, feable, uninspiring, no creation, pathetic. Players should be ashamed of themselves, didn’t deserve to wear the shirt today!

Deserve to be relegated with performances like that, fans deserve better.
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Murphy won’t be coming to Town
at 18:07 20 Dec 2018

Apparently very happy at Forest, no truth in the rumour what so ever.
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Leigh Griffiths stops playing football.
at 16:42 12 Dec 2018

Taking months off for personal issues. He was a target for Lambert but health comes first.
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James Corden applied of the ITFC job
at 13:24 12 Dec 2018

on behalf of Jamie Redknapp in the summer, absolutely brilliant stuff
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Just spoke to an agent...
at 23:45 11 Dec 2018

Just a close friend of mine for years, has said Lambert is absolutely desperate to get in a veteran striker but is finding wages a big problem already.

Just a reality of how far behind we are with our wage structure. Even though Evans is the seventh richest owner in the football league and the number 1 millionaire ahead of Derby, Forest, Sheff Wed, Leeds, Sheff Utd, Middlesbrough.
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