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  1. I've been waiting for what feels like an age for a game where I feel like we're finally looking like stopping the glut of poor performances. This was not that game despite the end result.
  2. The problem is we just don't look up for any kind of a scrap. The way we're playing currently I'd tip any other team to be more aggressive and up for the game than us. Really hoping Ndidi can be the difference and we can shift how passive we've been for a while now going forward
  3. When Arsenal had a goal disallowed against Palace for a foul that was never a foul? When Watford got a penalty against Chelsea for a foul on Deulofeu that wasn't?
  4. It's just incompetence. There have been a LOT of ridiculous decisions this season for different teams, this one just happens to have favoured Man U and because it's late and impacts us it feels like it has to be. It just speaks volumes about our implementation of VAR that it feels plausible it could be corruption.
  5. So, I don't have enough free time to do any more than a surface level research project on this, so I took a look at the most recent starting 11 for each team in the PL2 to look at their average ages - though I excluded cases of overage players since that would wildly skew the average on an outlier - also for some reason there was zero information on the age of one Blackburn player so he was discounted too. I've compiled the average ages and then league position in brackets. Derby - 20.1 (4th) Leicester - 20.1 (1st) Everton - 19.5 (8th) Brighton - 19.4 (3rd) Blackburn - 19 (7th) Arsenal - 18.5 (5th) Chelsea - 18.5 (2nd) Liverpool - 18.4 (6th) Southampton - 18.3 (11th) Tottenham - 18.3 (10th) Man City - 17.6 (9th) Wolves - 17.5 (12th) Obviously, this is a single match and may not be indicative of said team's standard average age - but I haven't got enough time to commit to that - though I'm pretty sure this is our typical average, if not lower than usual as a result of a couple loans.
  6. I'm just glad he's actually on loan and playing games rather than in the U23s!
  7. Is the air particularly thin up there on your high horse?
  8. I don't mean this as ammo for replacing Kasper, I'm not exactly sure where I stand on the topic - but that data, whilst sure, being valid, implies Roberto for West Ham for example was a decent keeper who performed above average in his xSave Percentage, which might be true, but he was an absolute garbage fire for them. We all know Kasper excels at shot stopping, but it's the other areas of his game that he could stand to improve on.
  9. Looks like starts for Dewsbury-Hall and Clark. Kingy, Muskwe, and Josh Knight on the bench for their clubs and Benko isn't in the squad yet for Bristol City
  10. There's losing, and then there's what we just watched.
  11. 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.
  12. Beaglehole is waiting until the current U18 crop is 20+ before he plays them so he can continue the cycle
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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