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15 Apr 2021 10:07:16
I'm sure ed001 will agree with me but what would we give for a young Robbie Fowler in this side. The amount of missed opportunities I'm sure god would have buried at least 2 last night.
RIP 96 you'll forever be remembered

{Ed001's Note - he would have made the runs to get on the end of some of the balls in as well, which is the other thing that is missing. We don't attack the crosses enough.}

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15 Apr 2021 10:33:06
Our strikers stopped moving a long time ago Ed001, people can speculate what the reasons are and tell me i’m jumping the gun for writing them off but we need to freshen it up. Jota has been such a breath of fresh air due to his directness and great runs. Contrastingly i’m not sure what Mane was on the pitch to do or what he offers now. Was great to see Firmino look more like his normal self for the third game running, we’ve been terrible when he hasn’t been on the pitch in recently.

{Ed001's Note - that's why I think we have to use this summer to move one of the trio on and start the process of replacing them.}

15 Apr 2021 10:35:01
Totally agree on not attacking crosses. Who would you bring in to provide that threat Ed?

{Ed001's Note - Jota usually attacks them, as we have seen. I would just replace Mane with him for starters. Maybe drop Firmino into midfield at times to play someone like Jones or Elliott ahead of him and coach them to attack the box. It can be taught, just like pressing, you just need a player to see a trigger and that initiates a run. It is not like it is a difficult trigger either, the moment a ball is played towards a full-back out wide, get yourself moving towards the 6 yard box. The coaching obsession with maintaining possession in recent years has meant that kids are not being trained as they once were to attack the box. Crosses are seen as primitive and are used less frequently by most teams. But we are different, we do cross regularly, so we should teach our players to anticipate that. It is not always about buying players, sometimes you have to look to within to solve problems, like we did when we were short of a right-back.}

15 Apr 2021 10:55:32
Spot on mate
Up the pool.

15 Apr 2021 11:14:02
Ed001, seen rumours we are interested Sasa Kalajdzic. Might just be stories because he said he was a Liverpool fan. He certainly knows how to attack a cross though! Reminds me of Didier Drogba.

{Ed001's Note - I have not seen him play to be honest.}

15 Apr 2021 11:28:58
I'd move Mane on myself from the front three if one were to leave this summer. The money offered for Firmino would make us better off keeping him and we just can't afford to lose Salahs goals. We should get a decent fee for Sadio.

15 Apr 2021 11:30:18
Hard to know how good he is as Havertz and Werner struggled since swapping the Bundesliga for the Prem. He's doing well for Stuttgart though with 14 goals. He's built like a basketball player (6ft7 but not gangly at all) so he's a nightmare at crosses and set pieces but also pretty quick from what i've seen. I only watch the Bundesliga highlights though admittedly.

15 Apr 2021 11:30:44
Kalajdzic is pretty decent, aside from his physical traits, he also can bring others into the game. I’d like to see us go for him or Alexander Isak as they’re both physically dominant forwards who are skilful and have good awareness.

15 Apr 2021 11:31:07
When you’ve got the best crosser of the ball since Beckham in TAA and Robbo on the other side not too far behind you would expect players would be breaking a sweat to get onto the end of them wouldn’t you.

15 Apr 2021 11:40:37
Ed001 regarding your comment about coaching youngsters to "attack the 6 yard box" I actually disagree. The way they've all become obsessed with possession I reckon its being coached out of them. Pitt as there's few sights better than a midfielder arriving late and burying a cross.

{Ed001's Note - that is exactly what I was saying. I was saying we need to do it because it is not happening.} Become a Patron!

15 Apr 2021 11:52:38
Ed1 what's your opinion on Sarr from Watford?

{Ed001's Note - he is a bit inconsistent, actually a lot, but quick, strong and has potential with the right coaching. Not ever going to be really top class though I think, he just lacks that mental edge needed imo. I don't see the fire and fight of a champion in him.} Become a Patron!

15 Apr 2021 13:05:49
Our players tend to look at the man on the ball and expect miracles, movement has slowed right down again.

15 Apr 2021 13:02:47
What do you guys and Ed001 thinks of Ollie Watkins, I think some like him or in the same mould would do good with us. Regardless I would like to see a proper #9 who can bury those chances we create even if it not someone who starts the game but can come on when the goals are needed.

{Ed001's Note - good player but not sure he is quite good enough. He might be with the better quality delivery he would get with us. Certainly works hard enough and there are a lot worse players out there. It is just a lot of money to pay though, as Villa are not going to let him go cheap.} Become a Patron!

15 Apr 2021 22:45:24
God is in his mid-late 40s now. With that beautiful bleached mane of hair in the 90s, surely he must have sired a son and heir who should be in his late teens/ early 20s by now who can be our no 9?! 🤣🤣🤣.



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