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  1. "Over-trained" is a misnomer Percy & his sources never says over-trained, the sub-editor appears to have added it for a headline
  2. It's irrelevant Tanner saying there's a whole for a creative midfielder a) Doesn't suit Puel or Puel's system (whatever that is) b) He could play Maddison more dynamically either box-to-box which doesn't suit Puel... or further back & use him more like a quarterback, seeing Maddison distributing the ball from a ballwinner like Ndidi, or via being passed it from the defence But he chooses not to Still, when your face fits as well as Mendy's does we could sign prime Cambiasso, Gazza & Maradona... And they'd still play 2nd fiddle to Mendy
  3. Do you want to hold on to our better players or not? If you want to build a footballing team around the likes of Maguire, Chilwell & Maddison... Then Puel isn't your man - They won't be happy playing out a season fighting for 11th, while all their England teammates are either in Europe or fighting to be in Europe As for who could do better than Puel? A manager who is brave A manager who picks the best players, A manager who motivates players to come out the starting blocks on fire, A manager who doesn't make the 2nd most starting line-up changes but still bizarrely sticks with the same failing system Taking this group of players to 43pts in 38 games is criminal, he should have gone last season but there were calls to give him a transfer window, he had one, then there were calls to give him to the international break... he had that, then the next international break, he had that How much longer will this be allowed to go on, the chances are it will be 43pts in 40 games - Then we've got Cardiff at home, where he'll still play to DM camped on the edge of our 6yrd box... #PuelOut Something tell me we missed the boat with Hassenhuttle
  4. Can you see us improving if he stays? Lost 5 in 9 this season and 10 of last 16... Some improvement Do you really think there's not a manager who couldn't do better with what we have, the 19th most valuable squad in Europe
  5. While we're dispelling myths, lets remember what actually happened We had fast transitions, before opposition defences got set, the interplay from defence to attack was frequently unplayable - We didn't play the ball endlessly between DMs & CBs... or along lines... we played through the lines Now we have all this possession, so what? Much of it is exactly where opposition allows us to have possession, and as such we're pretty easy to play against... Unless you're Fleetwood, Peterborough, Notts County, Huddersfield or Newcastle
  6. It's also impossible when CAMs play triangles with DMs & the DMs pass sideways If you've got a forward who runs the channels as well as anyone in the world, then it's pointless playing him if you're not going to look up & play the ball into the channels Problem for us is, he's our only forward... all of the others we have need a forward to play alongside or in front of them (a bizarre situation to be in)
  7. I like the grand plan, the Q is whether Puel is the man capable of delivering it - Because, like you say you need the results on the pitch too But as Saints have showed, just like WHU before them with Lampard, Ferdinand, Cole, Carrick... You eventually run out of real talent Other clubs are also buying up U-21s to add to their own academy stock, in fact the EPPP tiered academy system dictates it (IIRC) But losing 2 recruitment directors is a ridiculous situation, absolutely ridiculous, although whoever was responsible for Gheezal & maybe Iheanacho (in my harsher moments) should be sacked
  8. His tactics last night were to stop Arsenal Cbs dribbling the ball out He was standing off them, then closing them down as soon as they stepped out their 1/3rd, he was directing others, pointing out their runners He did spin off their last man once or twice, he actually made runs behind Bellerin loads, but after the first 20mins the team was too busy passing sideways to notice
  9. Can't fault what Puel's done for Chilwell, because he may not have got the chance under other managers, but the likes of Ndidi and other have played consistently for others But what's the ultimate aim? To be a feeder club for the big 4 (although put up a brave fight along the way, but still ultimately sell our best player each summer) Or to achieve in the here & now (whatever your definition of success is, eg 7th, Europa, a cup, consistent top half finishes etc.) ps. I wouldn't choose Rafa at all... He's got Q's to answer over his methods... and his results this season, especially against Cardiff, us & Brighton
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    Felt he was poor last night He doesn't look like he can be arsed, and they way he was strolling back for 2 of their 3 goals was piss poor I'd have subbed him for Iborra, a more experienced head that we needed when we were rocking
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