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  1. On 28/02/2020 at 23:02, Hammo said:

    Hands up those who proclaimed in the autumn that this team was better than the one that won the title!


    Guess you’re feeling a bit silly now, right?


    I blame Radio Leicester and Ian Stringer for this nonsense. He and his sidekick (mini Ian) Owyn were getting carried away with the form at the start of the season.


    This team is looking more and more like the sides we had at the end of the Shakespeare and Puel regimes than the title winning team! Clueless going forward, sloppy at the back, and no direction or leadership on or off the pitch. 

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  2. 2 hours ago, Sly said:

    People saying drop “X”, “Y” and “Z”. 

    Who for?!? 

    We didn’t invest to capitalise on our good form in the first half of the season. We’re not blessed with a talented squad. 

    It’s okay slating Chilwell, Fuchs was at fault for the Man City goal.


    If Vardy is injured, we have Nacho. 

    Choudhury isn’t at the same level as our other midfielders and is a walking red card. He reminds me of Lee Catermole.


    Drop Maddison, who for?!? 

    Barnes, Perez ...... who for?!? Are we pulling in the under 23s?!? 



    Sadly you are right. Tielemans has been dropped for Praet and that's made no difference. Gray has been in and out of the team (although he's been noticeably cast aside since the Villa game) but he can't be trusted on a regular basis. Fuchs is solid enough but will be caught out by pacey wingers. Albrighton is sadly past it and there is no competition for Maddison's position. We needed to strengthen in January but it's too late. 

  3. 2 hours ago, SydenhamFox said:

    We seem too static up front. Not enough runners giving incisive options. Because of the lack of that we are playing Puel keep ball with no teeth. We HAD teeth. Where have they gone?!

    Couldn't agree more. Nobody wanted to run beyond the Norwich defence or into the channels. Watching Barnes and Chilwell in the second half passing it 'to me, to you' when all they needed to do was pass and run past the defender for an easy 1-2 summed it up.

    Iheanacho kept dropping short, Perez is clearly not right for this sytem, Barnes is unreliable and then we have the static midfielders who simply want to play sideways and backwards and nobody is running into space. 


    Even if Vardy was playing it would have made no difference.  

  4. 1 hour ago, Freeman's Wharfer said:

    Absolute passenger tonight.


    If you didn’t notice it at the time, watch it back and see where he was when the centre halves had the ball. He was hiding and not making angles for a pass or demanding the ball. It was the same against Chelsea.


    To be a viable option longer-term he needs to grow some balls. Make things tick, demand the ball and move around the park to get into spaces to be an option for your team mates in possession.


    I like him. But he’s in danger of only being useful in a game where we fear the opposition and want to sure up the midfield (which, where we’re trying to head, won’t be often).

    Spot on.


    He offers nothing to the defenders, and he's been like this since the moment he broke into the first team a few seasons ago. Although his passing has improved since Rodgers took over, he still plays too safe in possession and doesn't look forward and never demands the ball from other players. Wilf made a big difference when he came on but we need more from Hamza. 

  5. If this was a Puel performance we would be calling for the manager's head. This was another woeful performance. Nobody wants to run in behind or take a chance. We simply pass sideways and backwards but don't ever look like threatening their goal. Barnes and Chilwell have probably never played a one-two and tonight it was glaringly obvious that we have no attacking threat from any of our midfielders or attackers

  6. Yes he's a legend, yes he's out best striker when on form. The fact is he's been off-form for quite a while. Just because he's still the top scorer in the Premier League (due to the inadequacies of the other strikers) it doesn't mean he's beyond criticism.


    Yesterday I would say he was our worst player by a distance. Iheanacho made more runs into the channels and looked more likely to create and link up play than Vardy. There were so many times when Chilwell, Fuchs or Ricardo got the ball and they were crying out for a striker to run into the channels, and yet Vardy was simply holding his position and not moving. 


    When Vardy did get the ball, more often than not he didn't have the pace to beat his man (Walker and Fernandinho both beat him on runs) and he was so sloppy in possession. That attempted pass to Barnes in the second half was woeful. 


    I'd give him another game at Norwich but if he doesn't deliver then I'd seriously consider dropping him. I'll be taking him out of my fantasy football team as well!!

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  7. 5 minutes ago, Freeman's Wharfer said:

    I actually thought he was hiding a lot when we were on the ball. Evans was telling him in the second half to make himself more available and Rodgers half-referenced it in his post-match interview. To take the next step he needs to be ballsy and want to dominate on the ball as well as when winning it back.

    Agreed with this. He's good at pressing and closing down and making tackles, but he needs to improve his game on the ball. We were struggling to get the ball forward quickly from defence because our midfield were being too static and Hamza was not offering himself enough in my opinion. He needs to work on that part of his game otherwise it stifles our game if the defenders are just passing side to side and haven't got a midfielder able to take it off them and pass forward.

  8. Whatever his qualities are on the ball, there is something seriously wrong that he or the coaching staff are doing in training/the gym. His lack of pace is alarming, especially given his age and the fact that he didn't look this slow last season. Yes he may have mis-controlled the ball in the first half, but he was still painfully slow trying to run through. It was actually pretty comical to see a professional footballer run so slowly.


    Ok he played well on the ball and made some decent passes (including the assists), but there is still work for him to do to improve his speed. 

  9. 2 minutes ago, Babylon said:

    I’ll slag him off because your defence of him is ludicrous. There is some good and some bad in his game, but apparently we aren’t allowed to discuss what might be wrong. We can’t discuss his bullshit movement because of one pass against Man City. Or 378 misses because of one worldy about four months ago.

    Spot on.


    The problem is that the Barnes fans are blinkered by the one or 2 good things he does and cannot accept his failings when he runs around like a headless chicken, or misses simple chances, or doesn't protect his defenders. He's got potential going forward but he has a lot of weaknesses in his game that have been exposed badly.


    I've been a big critic of Barnes for weeks but finally people are now seeing it. His assist stats mask a lot of his overall game. Remember a few years ago when Ozil had all those assists and yet Arsenal fans were still unhappy with his game? It's a similar situation here. 

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  10. Imagine if that was Gray who gave that performance today?! He would have been slaughtered on here, and rightly so. But because it's Barnes too many people want to overlook his (lack of) effort and the fact that he never makes a tackle, closes players down quickly, or covers his full back. When a player is hiding away from the ball like Barnes did too often, he needs to be taken out of the team until he gets his confidence up again. The sad thing is that all of our other wingers are also not the solution either 

  11. 5 minutes ago, J.Lisemore said:

    Don’t particularly like singling our players but Barnes has been utterly dreadful, honestly still looks pissed 

    He's been crap for weeks but people still have to back him because he's a Leicestershire lad :rolleyes:


    He was hiding towards the end of the first half. He didn't make himself available for any angles. His confidence is shot and he needs to be taken out of the team 

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  12. 3 hours ago, Stadt said:

    I’m a huge fan of his and think he’s got massive potential but his decision making is terrible. When he moved towards Perez (or Vardy?) yesterday it was absolutely baffling, Rodgers even had a word. His positioning and movement are a little bit off in general; I really wish it wasn’t the case but it’s obvious he needs a lot of coaching 

    Agreed. There was the moment when Vardy made a run down the right wing in the first half and Barnes was actually running towards Vardy rather than towards the centre of the penalty area. Naturally Vardy crossed the ball in with a bit of pace only for Barnes to be 2 yards away from where Vardy was crossing from. Anybody with half a brain would know that he should be running into the 6 yard box where the ball would come. 

  13. He's too lightweight and not offering enough. But you have to say that he's never been a winger in the way we expect so it's unfair to criticise him when he's being played out of position. He also works harder defensively than the other wingers in our squad barring Albrighton so deserves a bit of credit for that

  14. And he also does nothing defensively. How many times do you see him track runs from the full back and make interceptions or tackles? Or get close enough to a winger to put them off their stride? Barely any. He's usually ambling around expecting somebody else to win the ball and then he can just attack. 

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  15. Yes he was great for our goal but he's also been sh it defensively and hasn't been offering any help to Chilwell. The reason Mahrez is killing us is because he has acres of space and time, which is why Chilwell needs help from Barnes but Barnes is playing centre midfield!

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  16. He is not being a scapegoat. He was garbage today, there's no two ways about it. He shirked responsibility too many times and made wrong decision after wrong decision for the whole 45 minutes he was on the pitch. Even when he went to shoot towards the end of the match he miss kicked it completely, which summed up his performance.


    He's not got any confidence and at the end he didn't make any angles or create any space when Chilwell or Soyuncu were looking for a release ball. 


    He's got potential but his confidence is shot and he is offering nothing either going forward or defensively. 

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  17. Just now, Foxandfolly said:

    Barns is so frustrating to watch. He has ability and pace to burn, but there is very little impact to the game. When he’s started he rarely helps out Chillers by tracking back. Going forward, there is rarely any end product.


    Another loan to championship wouldn’t hurt. 

    Completely agree.


    He has such poor decision making and defensive awareness. So many times over the last few weeks he's been leaving Chilwell exposed and he just doesn't realise that runners are going straight past him.


    Attacking wise he makes far too many bad decisions 

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  18. Not the greatest performances but we have to give him time. The chance he had to play Vardy in behind the last man, but instead played the ball in completely the wrong direction, summed up his performance. Just not on the same wavelength as Vardy. He also needs to lay it off quickly when he's being pressurised because otherwise he'll get out-muscled and lose the ball, like he's done a few times in the 2 games so far. But I guess he's not playing in his preferred position so may take a while to adapt.

  19. 4 hours ago, Stoopid said:

    Given the pretty basic command of English he displayed with mind-numbing regularity I'd doubt these are his actual words. At best he would have got someone to translate his thoughts into this statement. 

    And there lies the problem. If he'd ever taken the trouble to express himself adequately in the language ( and he's been long enough in the country) he might have bought more time to achieve what he was after, or at least a more sympathetic understanding.

    Language is important. 

    Yes his English was poor, but it took Pochettino years before he started speaking English in his interviews. And as for players, Aguero still can barely speak English and he's been in this country for absolutely ages.


    I genuinely think Puel wrote this himself and it came from the heart. Despite his ultimate failings, he didn't have us anywhere near the relegation zone (unlike Shakespeare and Claudio, who left us deep in the mire) and Puel actually developed youngsters like Chilwell and Barnes, as well as bringing through Maddison and giving plenty of chances to Gray. He wasn't a complete disaster and who knows what will happen next - if we appoint the wrong manager next we could go the way of Southampton, Stoke, Swansea etc.


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