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Summer transfer rumours deux, the 'Appy edition.

hills98

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My problem isn’t our being lightweight, it’s being so vulnerable in defending set pieces whenever Madine wasn’t on the pitch. I really think that forced Critchleys hand much of the time about what forward line he could pick, because championship teams seemed to sense and exploit our vulnerability. Not quite sure why it was such a problem though, it’s not like they were a team of midgets!
 

Goforgoal

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My problem isn’t our being lightweight, it’s being so vulnerable in defending set pieces whenever Madine wasn’t on the pitch. I really think that forced Critchleys hand much of the time about what forward line he could pick, because championship teams seemed to sense and exploit our vulnerability. Not quite sure why it was such a problem though, it’s not like they were a team of midgets!
Talking about set pieces, I’m looking forward to, hopefully, leaving a player up field when we are defending a corner. Critchley seemed to think if he left one player on his own about halfway he would be phoning the Samaritans.😂
 
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I think Yates will be like a new player under MA
The amount of times Yates had the ball at his feet in the 18 yard box last season can’t have been above double figures. I think he’s an excellent finisher we just gave him absolutely no service whatsoever. I’d also like to see a bit more of the bee to see what he can do.

We are in desperate need of attacking midfielders and wide men though. Yes Carey showed flashes but he’s a still a bit of an unknown, Keshi can be hit and miss as well. Interesting to see who we bring in. Appleton is pretty good in the loan market which is where I imagine we’ll be doing most of our business this season
 

Insider

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Talking about set pieces, I’m looking forward to, hopefully, leaving a player up field when we are defending a corner. Critchley seemed to think if he left one player on his own about halfway he would be phoning the Samaritans.😂
Will we be getting a horn blower for corners? 📯
 

tangysider

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I honestly forgot about Virtue and he could be that player, however he's injured that much that much that can we rely on him? He's kind of like Stewart in that he's a really good player, but not reliable. I hope that Carey has a break out season this year, I really like what I've seen of him so far.
Only one very bad injury for Virtue, so not a sicknote. It was expected he would be out for the full 12 months and we may have a massive benefit as he was not rushed back. He is very grateful the club stuck by him and I am hoping he becomes our most consistent midfielder
 

HodderSeasider

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I just think Marv needs a strong partner and I don't see one who is quite there yet. Tharme and Casey may go out on loan. Thorniley may or may no stay. Keogh seems unlikely to be a regular starter.

Bit of a turn up that Clappers is the ITK person on Opuku! First time for everything.
Other than Thorniley we have no left sided specialist centre halves, so Opuku would fill that gap!
 

Angloitalian

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Only one very bad injury for Virtue, so not a sicknote. It was expected he would be out for the full 12 months and we may have a massive benefit as he was not rushed back. He is very grateful the club stuck by him and I am hoping he becomes our most consistent midfielder
Great shot on him and a top lad
 

BruceBFC

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Virtue could be the creative midfielder alongside Carey.I do not see him as a holding midfielder and we have enough of them.
People seem too ready to write him off but after a long injury he stepped up to the championship easily,whereas Robson who had played regularly in L1 was clearly out of his depth
Good player on his day but I feel his time with us has been a bit stop and start. Hopefully he can stay fit but part of me expects him to pick up an injury again this season. He's been with us 4 seasons now and only made 67 appearances. Seems to take him a while to get his sharpness back after injury too. Sometimes he looked a little over weight. As a box to box midfielder he needs to be at his best in terms of fitness.
 

BruceBFC

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My take is we *need* some midfield creativity and right back cover.

We *could ideally do with* some upgrades elsewhere.
Agree with that, Sterling and Gabriels injuries were costly last season. And we had to rely on wingers due to lack of creativity through the middle.
 

Matesrates

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Surely there’ll be some movement this week, won’t there? I know MA has only just been appointed, but the club had their targets and plans and these will have been discussed with him at interview.
 

Briggsysgonagetya

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We need a couple of wingers, if Bowler and Anderson are sold. Dale isn't up to it so I would sell or off him on loan to league I still think CJ will come good, I hope he will so we need to strengthen there.



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Dale is a much better footballer than CJ, I know who i would rather keep.
 
I try not to be negative but CJ was bad in league one mate. Absolutely 0 end product whatsoever. Absolutely outstanding athlete, if this was track and field he’d be worth millions but his footballing ability is awful for this level. I’d put dale above him all day
 

fcblackpool

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I try not to be negative but CJ was bad in league one mate. Absolutely 0 end product whatsoever. Absolutely outstanding athlete, if this was track and field he’d be worth millions but his footballing ability is awful for this level. I’d put dale above him all day
tbh I'll judge him when he's had a decent run at LW with aim to get to the line and get it over. To me that's where he will be at his best.

Playing him on the right made him look a bit stupid at times tbh, but not as stupid as the person telling him to play there.
 

Lost Seasider

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Not a step down at all. He didn't get enough game time at Bournemouth so ended up going back to train with City. If he starts regularly for us it would be a step up.

True, but Bournemouth were a top-end Championship side, and with the best will in the world, City are going to see us as at the other end of the table.

Maybe it'll happen, but I suspect City (and the player) are going to need a lot of persuading, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him sent out to somewhere overseas.
 

voyeur

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True, but Bournemouth were a top-end Championship side, and with the best will in the world, City are going to see us as at the other end of the table.

Maybe it'll happen, but I suspect City (and the player) are going to need a lot of persuading, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him sent out to somewhere overseas.
I think he went back to City half way through the loan cos he had dropped out of the side? They may like the idea of him having more chance if playing? With a manager who knows him and used him previously?
 

Lost Seasider

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I think he went back to City half way through the loan cos he had dropped out of the side? They may like the idea of him having more chance if playing? With a manager who knows him and used him previously?

Possibly, looking at it more closely he only played more than 60 minutes once last season in the league, so in retrospect the move to Bournemouth was probably a mistake, maybe City will learn from that and be happier to send out their academy players to "lesser" sides where they're likely to get more first team opportunities, and maybe in the case of Rogers they'll be willing to take a step back to take two steps forward so to speak.

This is what makes the transfer window interesting.
 

TKL_Seasider

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One who won’t be coming with Appleton: Lincoln defender Connor Bramall going to Rotherham for £200k after they met his release clause
 
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