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  1. There's losing, and then there's what we just watched.
  2. I mean firstly, Hirst as well as our other youth options haven't ever played at a level where you can say they would even get a game for Forest. Secondly, an injury to Vardy and I'd be crowing for Nacho and/or Perez to be our front line. Thirdly, we don't have a rotten record with young players, we have a pretty good record with young players; Chilwell and Barnes being very out of form doesn't suddenly give us a rotten record. I'm all for giving young players a chance, don't get me wrong - but it isn't just a case of throwing all the U23s into the team when we go through a rough patch just because they're doing well in the U23 league, which I believe is generally populated with younger teams than ours. Which isn't to denigrate our U23 players, they're clearly doing well right now and I hope it continues - but they're not suddenly all ready for first team football for the team 3rd in the Prem just based on that. I'm hoping Rodgers maybe gives one or two some time against Brentford in the cup from the bench or something like that, and maybe a few bench cameos in the league if we're lucky to be in a position to do so, but just throwing young players into the first team willy nilly isn't going to magically solve all of our problems.
  3. Beaglehole is waiting until the current U18 crop is 20+ before he plays them so he can continue the cycle
  4. What? You said we're bad at bringing youth players through - all 3 were youth players we brought through from the academy this decade, showing that we do give youth a chance. Just because they're not youth players anymore doesn't mean that they don't count as having been youth products we brought into the squad.
  5. Man U aren't exactly a club I want us to emulate at the moment - the only reason their team is full of youth players is because they just don't have quality players in certain positions - when your best CM partnership is Fred and McTominay, or you're playing Ashley Young at LB still, or you've got no actual centre forwards bar Martial, then you kind of have to play youth players more to compensate for your deficiencies in the squad. In comparison, we have pretty decent squad depth, with competent first team cover in every position. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see some of our youngsters make the matchday squad a few times - but sitting in 2nd in the league, in the semis of the League cup, with a better record than most Prem clubs at bringing through youth players (Chilly, Barnes, Hamza all regularly making the squad now, and Kingy, Schlupp, Moore, Gradel having done so in the past like 10-15 years,) I'm not sure something has gotta change right now to be honest.
  6. I think the main issue is that you seem to think the notion of playing Barnes week-in, week-out is detrimental to the team and only positive to the player himself. I, as do most people here believe it's both positive to the team AND the player - since Barnes is a tidy player who does his bit and will hopefully improve as we play him more and is by no means a passenger.
  7. I've got to say I am impressed with how dedicated you are at being Hirst's hypeman.
  8. Aren't Virton the team that just got promoted from the 3rd tier?
  9. Belgium still call up Benteke??? He hasn't had a good game for Palace for about 2 whole seasons now - do Belgium really not have anyone else they could call up?
  10. @Super_horns Can't say it's an appointment that looks particularly good to me, but I never really paid much attention to his stint with you - I'm seeing a fair bit of derision about him hating wingers though - what say you?
  11. There's a difference between discussing Southgate's flaws as a manager, and calling him a poverty manager and refusing to listen to anything positive about his tenure.
  12. He's definitely not brilliant by any stretch of the imagination, but when I remember the World Cup - lucky maybe as we were at times, and especially when I remember were it not for his dodgy dealings, we would have had Sam Allardyce in charge, then I'm pretty content with Southgate. As posters have said above, I sometimes just didn't bother watching England games - more often than not, I do now.
  13. I don't think it's as simple as good to be loaned out, bad to be retained really, even if I have clamoured for more of our young players to get league loans. At the end of the day, players need the right club to be on loan at. Based on what Foxxed said, Ndukwu has gone to a club that want to play him as a winger, when that isn't where he excels - which can't be helping. However, not only do you need the right club for the player, the player himself has to be willing to work hard at the club he's at - and regardless of not being in maybe his preferred position, from reports about his play in the development squad, and now at Southend, it just doesn't sound like he's putting in the effort either. It seems like it may be a case of wrong club, and lack of effort from Nduwku.
  14. I mean to be fair we did keep giving Callum Elder new contracts until he was 24!
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