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Old 31st October 2018, 13.29:00   #1-0 (permalink)
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Default January and the three weaknesses

We are superbly placed and the squad seems to have the strength to cope with any of our better players being injured or being out of form. I think there are three obvious weaknesses in the side. I think with the removal of ANY of these three weaknesses we can achieve a top three finish. As I see them the major weaknesses are:

1. A top quality defensive midfielder. Walker and Wright do not provide a stable platform for attacks and aren't careful enough with the ball. This new player could produce more chances and close out games better.

2. Someone better on the right. JMD has ability, Rutherford works hard, Pyke is developing, but in a three we need a goalscorer and provider.

3. Someone better than Fondop/Beavon up top. I think Fondop is a talent who will come good over time, but with mega bucks perhaps we can get better.

Its a bit tough on anyone replaced by Ricketts as we are doing so well, but we currently look a competitive team, not a dominant one. I don't think we need to solve all three weaknesses, one would be good.
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I struggle to see how Fondop is a talent.
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Old 31st October 2018, 13.35:32   #3-0 (permalink)
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Default Re: January and the three weaknesses

Of the loan players we have, only Burgess and Walkers loans are up in January (as far as i can remember)

As Walker is playing a bit more then i imagine we will try and extend his loan til end of the season. Burgess will probably return.

Leo Smith will be back from Llandudno, and what appears to be a relatively successful loan spell, maybe he can be put into the front 3?

definitely another striker needed though, especially with the 2 season long loaners Pyke and Hinds not doing much. hopefully some FA Cup money will go towards that
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We are superbly placed and the squad seems to have the strength to cope with any of our better players being injured or being out of form. I think there are three obvious weaknesses in the side. I think with the removal of ANY of these three weaknesses we can achieve a top three finish. As I see them the major weaknesses are:

1. A top quality defensive midfielder. Walker and Wright do not provide a stable platform for attacks and aren't careful enough with the ball. This new player could produce more chances and close out games better.

2. Someone better on the right. JMD has ability, Rutherford works hard, Pyke is developing, but in a three we need a goalscorer and provider.

3. Someone better than Fondop/Beavon up top. I think Fondop is a talent who will come good over time, but with mega bucks perhaps we can get better.

Its a bit tough on anyone replaced by Ricketts as we are doing so well, but we currently look a competitive team, not a dominant one. I don't think we need to solve all three weaknesses, one would be good.
I will be delighted to find someone better than Beavon who has ,for me, been a success. On last nights showing anything is better than Fondop.
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Default Re: January and the three weaknesses

We need a new centre forward. I think we’re good enough elsewhere when everyone is fit. Adding three or four new players could disrupt things too much (as happened last year with Franks, Deverdics and that fat striker from Harrogate).
Walker is good enough if played with Summerfield and Young. Walker and Wright together doesn’t work.
Pyke/JMD/Hinds(?)Beavon are good enough on the wings.
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Old 31st October 2018, 13.45:57   #6-0 (permalink)
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I think we only need 2

1 defensive midfield to protect the defence and win ugly in the centre in park
1 creative midfield who can put the foot on the ball, look up and play a perfect pass - not had this since Darren Fergerson
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I will be delighted to find someone better than Beavon who has ,for me, been a success. On last nights showing anything is better than Fondop.
Agree. Beavon is an asset not a liability. Fondop may come good with time, but he is not good enough to start - he is more a battering ram than a foil

Personally, I think we need all of the following:

1. A proven CF who can score goals.

2. A midfield general who can play football - to be supported by Summerfield and Young.

3. A winger to add width and pace.

4. A LB to shore up the defence.

We are in a very good position, but we need to add quality if we are to make the most of this great opportunity to get back into the FL. The cash is there - especially if we progress in the FA Cup. No time for sentimentality; we need to be more ruthless.
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Fondop has lost his way, his only asset is his size, he cannot do the basics as a CF, never mind score , he is 24, not 17,he couldnt lead a dog, never mind lead the forward line, crying out for an orthodox CF to hold it up and bring midfield into to play..someone like a Scott Rendell
Old 31st October 2018, 14.07:07   #9-0 (permalink)
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Our biggest weakness is our mentality of defending deep as soon as we are ahead. Having said that id love a striker in jan.
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Old 31st October 2018, 14.08:16   #10-0 (permalink)
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Default Re: January and the three weaknesses

We have been in this predicament for years - we do not have a goal scoring centre forward and Mike will never fill that role.
We are weak at left back.
We have no creativity in mid field.

No one is running away with it this season although I fear the Jan. window may come too late and that's even if we manage to fill those positions.

As for Lainton he is an excellent goalie at this level, in my estimation has won us more points than any other player (along with Pearson and Manny) but he has surely had his season's share of good luck already...….I've never understood a rabbit's foot being good luck - it certainly wasn't for the rabbit - but I reckon he's got a car boot full!

I don't think he gets the praise he deserves.
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