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|Match Report for Phil|
at 20:08 13 Feb 2019
After Town conceded a sloppy goal early they were the better side, playing nice football without threatening too much. On 63 mins Derby scores a second before adding a third towards the end. Town lost player X injured in an innocuous looking challenge but expect to be without them for 3 years.
|PL’s squad plan|
at 15:13 11 Feb 2019
Obviously we’ve still got 15 games where some players can play themselves into or out of next year’s squad. I suspect we’ll also see PL give us some clues, particularly when relegation is confirmed. Here’s the Bulgarian current take....
BART - I suspect he will have to be sold. His wages are a problem and he deserves Championship football.
WRIGHT - Surely has to be second choice next year. Well thought of.
GERKEN - Probably needs to convince PL over his distribution. Out of contract and definitely at risk. Would need to be replaced.
SPENCE - Pretty sure he’s going.
DONACIEN - Pretty clear PL doesn’t fancy him. Out but might need to pay him off.
BREE - one where he’s effectively on trial. Better the devil you know?
EMMANUEL- Similar situation but with PL keen to minimise changes to the squad may be more likely to stay than not.
COTTER - could be given a chance but does seem down the pecking order, loan?
KNUDSEN - clearly leaving. Wages saved.
EDGAR - one where he’s effectively on trial. Better the devil you know?
KENLOCK - Similar situation but with PL keen to minimise changes to the squad may be more likely to stay than not.
NSIALA - contracted and well suited to L1. Will stay.
WOOLFENDEN - really hopeful he’ll be next on the list of youngsters to get a new deal. Definitely a 3rd/4th centre back for next year.
PENNINGTON - going back, probably shouldn’t play much for the rest of the season but fear financially that could cost us if he’s not playing.
CHAMBERS - feel his leadership could be huge. Hopefully he’d be up for it.
COLLINS - the 64 million dollar question but he might well want to look around so PL might have to get someone in. However his very moral dealings with Villa suggest money isn’t his motivation so may be he’d commit early?
CHALOBAH - heading back
ADEYEMI - clearly leaving
HUWS - we are lumbered with him, obviously good player but need to sort him out physically somehow.
BISHOP - obviously staying, thankfully
DOWNES - doubt we’ll get a big enough offer to tempt us.
SKUSE - not been on form since injury but vital cog for us.
NYDAM - a player Hurst really mucked up. Hope to see a few times before May as could be a good option at this level.
DOZZELL - I think PL will sell him. I’m not sure he’s suited to L1 and (say) 3-4 million with a sell on would probably suit all parties.
NOLAN - If Dozzell stays I think Nolan will go, otherwise he’ll stay.
MCGAVIN - The year for him to push on?
WARD - cruel but PL will want his team together, I guess he might train with us to get fit and earn a contract that way but probably released come June.
DAWKINS - presumably going to be released.
ROWE - That’s 3 managers who didn’t see enough. Think he’ll be gone.
SEARS - Despite today’s horrible news will clearly be part of the squad. Hopefully he can be like a new January signing.
JUDGE - Beginning to show what he can do, especially centrally. Keep if we can (has an option but I’ve no idea if strings are attached).
LANKESTER - Hopefully can really break through, will clearly stay.
ROBERTS - I wonder if versatility will keep him here, particular instead of Sears.
EDWARDS - He to me is a bit of an unknown. Probably could offload but could offer us something different, even if off the bench. Not aware of any kids he’d be blocking a path of.
QUANER - Too pricey, will head back.
HARRISON - definitely worth keeping
JACKSON - I think he’ll stay, looks good in a 2 up front.
KEANE - if we can pick up on a free I think he’ll come.
MORRIS - Hopefully back for pres season. Decent 4th choice option.
SOLD: BART, DOZZELL/NOLAN
NEW SIGNINGS: Keeper? Central defender? Central midfielder?
MIGHT HAVE TO PAY OFF OR LOAN PAYING SOME WAGES: DONACIEN, ROWE
RELEASED: GERKEN?, SPENCE, KNUDSEN, ADEYEMI, WARD, DAWKINS
OUT ON LOAN?: COTTER? FOLAMI? DRINAN?
LEAVING LOANEE: PENNINGTON, CHALOBAH, QUANER
|After the derby match if PL came out and said.....|
at 17:52 2 Feb 2019
“Obviously we’ll try to win every game but our priority is to build a team and squad for next year” and picked only players he thought would he here next season would you support that?
For instance some of the loanees (Bree, Elder, Keane) might well be, but the others (Chalobah, Pennington, Quaner) probably won’t.
|A positive of relegation |
at 08:23 26 Jan 2019
Allows our players to be the first win the autowindscreens shield and European Cup at the same club.
|Does anyone who knows more about football than me....|
at 15:18 22 Jan 2019
.....know if Paul Lambert has ever deployed a back 3?
Wonder if it fits our players (Judge, Quaner, Keane all in their rightful positions, Chambers, Collins, Pennington the same, allows us 3 central midfielders). Biggest problem probably right wing back.
|I realise Pennington did well on Saturday but....|
at 15:41 15 Jan 2019
I still hope we get a proper right back. I think part of the reason he did well was Rotherham went pretty direct so suited playing a centre back at full back more than other teams. If nothing else it would be good to have the option. I guess the problem is who and without using up a loan slot it’s difficult to think of someone. PL has blatantly been looking.
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