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28 Jun 2021 17:15:15
No Traore in Spain's match day 26 man squad! . Suits me, as I'm always wary of a brilliant display, which his cameo appearance last time out, certainly wasn't, will attract bids. Need him to stay.
Euros is a an opportunity for players to put themselves in the window. Erato Sanchez did that as did Palhina. If we are genuinely interested in either or both then I suggest we move quickly with realistic bids.

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{Ed077's Note - 23 man squad you mean :-)}


1.) 29 Jun 2021 11:19:17
Well that's vintniha, going back,
Hope that means palhinia signing 🤔🤔, and Harry winks, is a possibility, 😮😮.


2.) 29 Jun 2021 19:46:06
Couldn’t agree more GLW, I think Vitinha might have a decent future but for the next few years is going to be lightweight for the Premier League. I would pay a bit extra and take the punt on Palhinha especially as Sporting are still alleged to be very interested in Vinagre. It’s important to me that we see the Board extracting some good deals and I agree with other posters that we shouldn’t be paying such a high premium for potential.


3.) 29 Jun 2021 19:54:07
And if Elanga is available at a relatively low price I’d certainly spend my pocket money on him. He showed enough raw talent in one match to suggest a project worthy of showing just how good Lage’s team might be in developing young prospects.


4.) 29 Jun 2021 22:58:07
NES - excellent point re Vinagre and swap with Palhinha.
If Palhinha is a player you like and he certainly seems to fit a need we have for a CM then it makes sense.

Gather they want £30m, (£10m more than the Vitor fee), but maybe we can shave that differential and then pay some of the total fee if not a lot of it with Vinagre.
Net net even £10m more for an established and seemingly good international player over an unproven kid is surely a no brainer but if it is less and a chunk of the fee can be paid via a swap then it is not a hard decsion in my view.

As I said at the time it was merely a press article about Elanga - I have no inside info from Old Trafford ( there is a surprise! ) - that said he may be allowed to leave if they sign a new wide forward - Sancho?

His value was again from press speculation. When you see what he did against us and compare it to the lads we have been linked with/ signed Vitor, Silva etc you could add quite a few million to that fee and it would still look like value?


 

 

27 Apr 2021 09:47:46
After an injury hit season, which has seen him miss twelve games in a row, Leonardo Campana is back featuring for Famalicao. After a couple of substitute appearances he has started the last two games and has scored twice and claimed an assist.
Famalicao are in a tight relegation battle in Portugal and he may well have a key role to play over the next few weeks. Worth keeping an eye on, with a view to him returning next year.
Yesterday also saw Otasowie turn out for U23s. Read into that what you want but hopefully a chance to get some much needed minutes into his legs to ready him for a first team outing on Monday. He looked a class above fellow and opposition players and is undoubtedly something we don't presently have an athletic, forward looking midfielder. Needs to improve his finishing, as we have already seen, with more precision he could easily have had a hatrick against Norwich U23s.

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1.) 27 Apr 2021 09:55:15
Nice one. wolfthistle, both players would improve our present first team at the moment, as would kilman and hoover,
Time for change.


2.) 27 Apr 2021 10:33:20
I'm a big fan of corbanu (? Spelling) from what I've seen of him. Surely the likes of him should be given an opportunity now. That said do we want a result against baggies or trials? I would hope 1st team players will want to prove a point after Sunday and I want 3 against the tesco lot.


3.) 27 Apr 2021 12:39:25
Piont is Abbywolf after Sundays shambles playing without Jose would be an improvement whoever comes in, for me he's had his chance it time to look elsewhere.
Also another thought was giving coady a go in midfield, his passing is good and he might nick the odd goal and he can tackle?


4.) 27 Apr 2021 14:25:11
Agree regards jose Pedro but I reckon he must have an appearance clause in his contract or he wouldn't have lasted this long. At the beginning I thought he'd be a distraction taking defenders off neto and adama but he just lumbers around dosnt jump and is reluctant to get involved, he stood and watched Burnleys 3rd. I personally think coady will be essential at the back against baggies, he seemed very quiet vocally Sunday and seiss and boly were positioned wrong. The midfield (granted no moutininho) was poor, dendonker looked lost. But putting coady in there wouldn't help. Vininta (sorry spelling again) would be my choice, he can go forward but holding/ tracking back a lot to learn. I think it'll be rui, samedo, boly, coady, seiss, ran, dendonker moutininho, neves, podence, adama, unless Jose has to play!? . With fabio, mgw, vininta joining later again barring injuries.


5.) 27 Apr 2021 14:57:13
My selection for what it’s worth.

Patricio
Boly. Coady. Kilman
Semedo. Ait Nouri

Neves
Dendonker. Moutinho

Vitinha

Silva.


6.) 27 Apr 2021 15:15:32
I like that look lupine.


7.) 27 Apr 2021 16:54:55
The players on the bench must be wondering what they have to do to get a game especially the way we have been playing. Hoever Kilman and Vitinha should be given a run of games and Otasowie also, they couldn’t be worse than what we have been of late and would have a point to prove. Don’t know where the goals are coming from though.


8.) 27 Apr 2021 17:16:22
Performances have been poor but I think against Baggies you'll see some much improved performances as more than half the regular starters have something to prove.

Patricio, Neves, Semedo, Moutinho and Podence are looking to cement their places in the Portugal squad for the Euros as well as Coady for England, Adama for Spain and Dendoncker for Belgium.

Only Patricio and Moutinho are guaranteed their places so it's time for the others to step up.


9.) 27 Apr 2021 17:36:19
Jas,
For the first time under nuno I have major doubts for our next game.
Keep posting pal even I need a gee up and you have just given me one. I haven't lost faith in nuno and fosun but I'm losing faith with the players after Sunday's no show.
Maybe I will start feeling back to normal later on in the week.
I checked and we are on sky sports.
Perfect outcome we win and you and your mrs can settle for 1 win a piece this season.


10.) 27 Apr 2021 18:11:35
My team for Monday:

Patricio

Boly Coady Kilman

Hoever Dendoncker Neves RAN

Otasowie

Traore. Corbeanu.


11.) 28 Apr 2021 11:03:58
I'd go for a slightly controversial team against the baggies because I can see Big Sam trying to set them up like Burnley and they need the 3 points more than us (although local pride is at stake) . We seemed to be completely outnumbered mainly out wide (although we were that bad is was like Burnley had 2 extra players for the whole game) . I'd try an old fashioned 4-4-2:

Patricio
Hoever Boly Saiss RAN
Traore Coady Neves Podence
Jose Silva.


 

 

23 Feb 2021 15:07:30
Just saw a review of our loaned out players performance this weekend. Most successful player this year is Tote Gomes, defender at Grasshoppers.
One player missing was Christian Herc, still our player and scoring goals from midfield for Czech top tier side Karvina. West Ham have recruited well from that league.
Interesting player to keep an eye on is not one of ours. 24 year old, Portuguese speaking, goal scoring midfielder, voted Portuguese League 2 player of the year last season and now captaining his side, Farnese in their top tier. Ryan Gauls!

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1.) 23 Feb 2021 20:43:48
Sorry typo - Ryan Gauld.


2.) 24 Feb 2021 10:18:17
Think there's one reason Nuno sends players out on loan, i. e. he doesn't rate them! Can't think of any that have come back and got in the team. Possibly last player to do so, Matt Doherty, banished off to Hibs and Bury in 12/ 13 ( by Mad Mick) returned to play 300+ games! Legend FWAW.


3.) 24 Feb 2021 16:01:43
Agree Preston, it certainly looks that way. Difference with Gomes is that Nuno has probably never seen him, given that he went straight to Grasshoppers from Portugal. Also if what you are saying is the case, it is somewhat shortsighted, given that many young players benefit hugely from playing against lower league first teams, as opposed to youngsters in the academy teams. Dion Sanderson appears to be gaining in confidence through a run of games as a centre back with Sunderland. Most centre backs tend to come into their prime in their mid twenties, so he has time on his side. Sunderland fans comparing him to a previous loanee of theirs: Johnny Evans from Manchester United. Would have a pretty good career if he turned out to be any where near as good as him. He is still best centre back Man Utd haven’t got. Would certainly walk into their team today.
List of top players who have benefited from loans is too long to mention, so I hope do try to use the system to develop future first team players. If not it seems a bit of a waste of a salary having a Head of Loans Department!


4.) 24 Feb 2021 20:17:23
Totally agree, don't think Dion has played any where near half the games for Sunderland, this season. Not sure why. Would rather see some of our talented youngsters in the first team, rather than loaned out! Especially in CMF where we have major problems. FWAW.


5.) 25 Feb 2021 11:41:33
Can I ask Preston why, if as you say we have major problems in CM, you think Vitor, a supposedly £20m rated CM, is not getting any minutes?
Any one else got a view as well?


6.) 25 Feb 2021 17:26:11
Don’t want to jinx us given that we are not yet mathematically safe but recruitment team, whoever that is, should be planning for next season. This year can best be described as one where we have taken stock. There are a small, and I would contend rapidly decreasing, number of players who are automatic starters in our first eleven. Some of those may not be regarded as such come September.
Question that those in charge should be asking is, at what level would the individuals in our present first team squad, be guaranteed starters. If we split premier league into top six, middle eight and bottom six, and the Championship into top half and bottom half, League One and League Two. Probably worth throwing in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese leagues as some of our players may well do better there than in our domestic leagues
If, as Fosun have stated, we are looking to be a top six side, then some difficult decisions are going to have to be made at the end of this season. Some of our fringe players or younger players may well benefit from being on loan at the start of next season. One such is Dion Sanderson, I would say Championship top half (loan)
Would be interesting exercise for some of our regular posters to say at which level they would see our fringe squad players being automatic starters next season.
Kilman, Coady: Premier bottom 6
Ait Nouri (loan) Otasowie (loan) . MGW, Fabio Silva (loan) Championship top half
Vitinha, Moutinho: Portugal
Neves Jose: Spain/ Italy
Saiss: France.


7.) 25 Feb 2021 18:44:50
Wolfthistle - excellent post

Will give it some thought!
be interested to hear your 9nd everyone else's ) views on entire squad but with only England as what does Vitor Portugal mean - does he stay or does he go?
Pretty sure I won't have too many to p6 sadly!


8.) 25 Feb 2021 21:29:25
Patricio - middle 8 but given age possibly morphing to bottom 6 next year
Ruddy - top half championship
Semedo - middle 8 ( with potential to go to top 6)
Hoever -top half championship (hopefully top 6 in time)
Boly - top 6
Coady middle 8
Saiss middle 8
Kilman middle 8
RAN - top half championship (with potential to become Prem player)
Marcal - middle 8 ( if fit)
Dendonker - middle 8
Neves - middle 8 ( sorry to slow and doesn't do enough going forwards to be top 6)
Moutinho bottom 6 ( due to age)
Owen - top half championship (def possible Prem player but only seen a handful of times)
MGW - top half Championship (not making progress and may not make it to Prem)
Vitor - top half Championship (Sorry but like Owen has only played in a handful of games and then only cameos. There must be a reason for this)
Neto top 6 (still raw but huge potential)
Podence middle 8 (but could become top 6)
Traore top 6 (with top 6 ref protection and better support would terrorise any defence)
Jimenez top 6 (class act! )
Jose bottom 6 (but might be middle 8)
Fabio Silva League 1 ( but worried it might be to physical for him - unless he makes dramatic physical improvements I am worried re his future. )


9.) 26 Feb 2021 18:10:32
Really interesting exercise that, and I might try doing the same on the Villa site.
I’m surprised you only rate Ait Nouri as Championship level currently. I watched most of Angers games the 2 seasons prior to this one, and I always thought RAN was their most talented player.
Do Wolves have an obligation to buy him at the end of the season or is it optional?


10.) 26 Feb 2021 23:13:33
Mark - delighted you think so I thought Wolfthistle's suggestion was a good one as well and so responded!
Re RAN Don't know how much of his time you have seen at Wolves.
He is quite good going forwards but awful (really awful) defensively.
[Will be castigated by "true fans" for that as well! ]
Comparing him to Matt Targett he is sadly a v poor second both ways!
But he is young and may develop - although of course as with all young players he may well not.
Doubt we will find out though as for £20m we should be able to buy a far better ready made player - as you did with Matty Cash.
Plus with Otto, Marcal (injuries permitting) Saiss and quite possibly Vinagre coming back as we can't find anyone willing to buy him despite there not being too much difference between him and RAN in potential he would be competing for 4th LB in the squad. Don't think we can have a £20m fourth/ fifth choice!


11.) 27 Feb 2021 12:23:32
Thanks for replying Tfig, I think RAN will improve defensively, it was never really an issue at Angers, and it’s perhaps just a case of adjusting to the intensity of the English game.
A season ago I, along with most Villa supporters, were wandering why we shelled out 15 million or so for Matt Targett. Defensively he was pretty atrocious at times.
This season however, he unrecognizable from the last, and most of us agree he is our most improved player, and I would go as far to say, he might have an outside chance of making the Euros. I’m sure RAN will improve, he’s got plenty of time to do so, but admittedly 20 million is a big steep, somewhere between 10-15, and I think he would be worth the gamble.


 

 

19 Feb 2021 14:39:08
I have seen some really good sections in other clubs websites, which give weekly updates on their players out on loan. We don't and it is an onerous task to try and find out how individuals are doing in their loans. Have been checking as best as I can and it is fair to say that the overall picture is hugely underwhelming.
I know people have highlighted Rafa Mir of late but he has not commanded a starting berth throughout the season. Half his six goals scored, came in one match. So it would be fair to say that he has done okay, but nothing more. We have most of our loan players at two clubs, Grasshopper Zurich in Swiss second tier and Famalicao, presently rock bottom of Portugal top league.
Our only player who is an ever present for these sides and therefore can be said to be a success is Tote Gomez at Grasshoppers. Who? You may well ask. A 22year old defender, we bought from Estoril and loaned out straight away. Doubt if he has ever been to Wolverhampton. Some of the others arrived full of promise but not sure if any of those out on loan, have a long term future with us.

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1.) 19 Feb 2021 16:01:01
Wolfthistle- good info if not good news! What has happened to Sanderson thought he was going to be the next big thing at one time?


2.) 19 Feb 2021 17:00:44
Hi that lad Giles thd left back was at Coventry I think its rotherham he's at now but I'm not sure.
He not been called back when mgw and cutrone was makes you think is Giles good enough for the first team.


3.) 19 Feb 2021 18:32:27
Giles recalled from Coventry and sent to Rotherham to get more game time. Think he has featured in all Rotherham games but some from bench. Scored twice though.
Injuries at Sunderland look like they have opened opportunity for Sanderson to start games at Centre Back from here on in. Gets good write ups but that didn’t guarantee a starting berth earlier this year.


 

 

26 Jan 2021 15:59:38
Buying players from abroad, especially young players, has a degree of risk. I think everyone would agree as we have had and continue to have experience of this. I personally think this is even more the case for one of the areas we want to target - centre backs. The nature of our game is such, that they have to have certain physical attributes to succeed, which isn't always the case in other countries. We have brought in CBS from abroad that have not worked out: Miranda and Vallejo. There are higher profiles examples of others we were linked with that have not succeeded: William Saliba at Arsenal and Mohammed Salisu at Southampton. Boly has been good for us, but he had a year in the championship to adjust and Forfana is brilliant at Leicester. Equally brilliant however, are Mee and Tarkowski at Burnley. They have just had a £5 million pound bid rejected by Stoke for 19 yr old CB Nathan Collins. He has played 30 plus games in the Championship and is 6' 4" and is rated by Sean Dyche, who knows a thing about centre backs. We should be showing interest.

Wolfthistle

1.) 26 Jan 2021 17:31:50
Like Brentford and Leicester Burnley have a good recent record of identifying young talent so maybe. At 6 4 he has the height if nothing else!


2.) 26 Jan 2021 18:41:43
We always seem very late to any party where young, British talent is concerned Wolfthistle, other clubs seem to act where we regularly do very little sadly.
Something that does need addressing.

As for you mentioning Brentford and now more so Burnley Future, they use or in Burnley's case will use artificial intelligence to recruit players - namely stats are pumped into a software program and out comes a list of names of prospective signings. It's not won them the Championship just yet but they have been there abouts the last few seasons.

{Ed001's Note - the owner of Brentford, Matthew Benham, owns Smart Odds who produce statistical modelling services for his clubs. But there is more to their success than simply good recruitment. He has pumped in something like £90m of his own money into the infrastructure of the club, including a futsal set-up to improve the player's skills on the ball. It is more their holistic approach to recruitment and running the club from top to bottom with a focus on improving players' skills and technique, while providing a consistent framework at every level to teach the players exactly how they will play their position. You couldn't just replicate it by recruiting the players they target as you would be missing all the rest of their model.}


3.) 26 Jan 2021 22:00:29
Well Italia and Ed it certainly seems to work - Brentford have not just been successful but have sold a bucket load of talent for huge profits over the past few years.

{Ed001's Note - they are a very well run club.}


4.) 26 Jan 2021 22:05:07
Yes they are very well run and always play attractive attacking football.


5.) 27 Jan 2021 06:56:31
Max Kilman a success story not been mentioned.


6.) 27 Jan 2021 11:43:54
Phil - good point. And he played Futsal ( commentators always tell you that! ) which Ed says Brentford use
We have loads of other success stories as well - Neto, Podence, Boly, Neves, Traore all bought for pennies relative to their potential sales price today.
Not that I want to sell any of them.
Indeed until this summer the transfer record was v good - which is why it is so baffling that the summer was just so bad and not just so bad but so obviously bad - v high prices and wages for players with seemingly nothing to justify them and certainly in most cases minimal to no experience?
From the youth set up have big hopes For Owen and I was hoping that Sanderson would push on but not sure he has - shame.


7.) 27 Jan 2021 13:19:02
All good points you make Thefutureisoldgold I too was hoping for Sanderson to kick on with us.
I look forward to reading your excellent match analysis and player ratings. fingers crossed you will be typing with a beaming smile after a win 😀.


8.) 27 Jan 2021 14:20:41
Suspect if we win there might be a few tears!
But yes I will put up my ratings - might be on Thursday though so that I can be a little more detached/ calmer.
PS I have got my son into walking these last few months and we are heading off this afternoon to a new walk across the valley from us - lots of 1 in 7 hills and woods - although he doesn't like to get muddy (? ) so we tend to keep to paths.
Getting him fitter - since the tennis courts all shut he does virtually nothing - and trying to keep my own weight down - after losing 1.5 stones in first lockdown its started to drift up again as I can't get out as much this time due to the bad weather.


 

 

 

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26 Aug 2021 04:16:01
Holding on tomTraore and getting a new deal in place would, I believe, massive. Genuinely think new management can develop him into the finished article. That was something Nuno and co didn’t do in the three years they had with him. He wants to be in the Spain World Cup squad so should be thinking where he is going to get most playing time and who can take him to the next level. I’m sure lady will be talking to him and stressing these points. Up to Jeff to come up with the numbers for a new contract!
Hoping also that Neves is seeing his Portugal chances improving under the Lage regime. Playing for your country in a World Cup is the pinnacle of every player’s career and is something we need to be stressing is more likely to happen if they play week in week out with us, as opposed to being bit players with so called bigger teams.
Whilst I’m on one, is there anything else I want to say! Yes……. Kilman, give him a run, he can develop into a top, top defender. I also think he has the potential to be a 5 goal a season player. Wins the ball from corners but direction is awry at present!
Still would like to see a defensive midfielder brought in to allow Neves more license to attack. He showed last year that he is quite good in the air, beyond the back post so we need to get somebody, other than Moutinho or Neves, on corner duty.
Fancy our chances on Sunday. Would be a brilliant way to get some points on the board if we could get an emphatic win!

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24 Aug 2021 03:14:35
If we are genuinely looking for a big, strong Championship goal scorer, My preference would be Lucas Joao from Reading. One goal less than Keizer Moore last year BUT, one year younger, more experienced, Portuguese and worked with Bruno at Sheffield Wednesday.
Given that Ivan Toney reached top flight with Brentford, Adam Armstrong would have been my next choice, He is a Maupey type of player and is going to get goals, wherever he plays. Hats off to Southampton they’ve put their money where their mouth is as they did previously, with Ings and Adams. There are some gems out there in the lower leagues, in luding non-league clubs. If they are finding the net with monotonous regularity, irrespective of the division, they are worth looking at. Goal scoring is instinctive. Hoping that Fabio’s record at youth level will stand him in good stead, once he acclimatises to change of country and bulks-up to face the rigours of Premier League. Certainly looks like he has spent time in the gym over the break. Run out against Forest could be quite illuminating!

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19 Aug 2021 22:53:27
Looks increasingly like we are going to be somehow involved in thar last minute domino effect process that will be triggered by one of a number of big moves, especially Harry Kane to Man City. Would prefer that to happen sooner rather than later, then the process will begin. Given that Spurs will want to use the windfall on new recruits it would make little sense for them to wait until deadline day to sanction his departure.

I don’t think we will get answers from some of our targets whilst they have other supposedly better options open.
Would love Renato Sanchez but his Euro performance has alerted Champions League clubs. Will they still be interested in a player who is out for next six weeks? Cheeky bid for an injured player?

Not really our style but I think we are undoubtedly going to be drawn into a mad rush for the line in final 48 hours of the window. This will undoubtedly mean
outgoings as well as incomings, just hope we get them in before we let them go!

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19 Aug 2021 03:45:54
Admittedly it is You Tube but watching as many videos as I can of Guedes I am yet to see him use his left foot! I know players do favour one foot but rarely will a top player do that to the total exclusion of their weaker foot!
To be fair tomHtraore although he favours his right he packs a pretty powerful punch in his left. Why oh why would you let somebody with so much untapped potential, as Traore has, leave. in one match under Lage he threatened more than he did in virtually all of last season. Hopefully he actually felt that was the case. This is a manager that can actually deliver on his undeniable potential!

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17 Aug 2021 17:02:40
Younger brother of Nelson Semedo, so hopefully he would be a good influence. Looks a good player, strong and quick. Has a bit of a dodgy disciplinary on-field record. Another option may be Marcia from Galatasary, similar strong centre back. Can’t see Galatasary wanting to keep him after his antics at the weekend. Could be a bargain buy.

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03 Sep 2021 12:33:57
Last few days have raised a number of interesting issues for our hierarchy to address:
Whilst Neves and Traore sales would have shown a healthy profit, experience ha s s hown that it is not easy to persuade our targets to join our club. ‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ Both the above players are contracted to Wolves and are major assets we cannot in the short or medium term, afford to lose.
With regard to Traore, those in charge need to decide just how crucial he is to our new playing style. From my personal perspective, he is pivotal, especially given our present lack of alternatives. Need to negotiate a new long term contract.
However there are always two sides to negotiations and Traore needs to want to stay. Watching last night’s Sweden v Spain match, Traore’s performance reminded me of his displays under Nuno last year: marginalised on the wide right, with the midfield struggling, and at times looked like conscientiously deciding against, involving him. This year under Bruno, we have been able to get him more involved in play and he has flourished. Surely he and his agent, can see the benefits in this greater involvement. More time working with Bruno will, I believe, result in a much improved Adama Traore. Get a new contract sorted!

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01 Sep 2021 10:08:09
Agree. Recipe for disaster getting players in who don’t want to be here. There are lives behind these names and it is not surprising that one doesn’t want to uproot his family days after becoming a father and another has to make the decision to move abroad to a place he probably doesn’t know exists with a couple of hours notice!
Renato Sanchez, on the other hand, was allegedly keen on the move. Played in this league before, knows the manager and many of the players. He would be the one I would want us to try to secure in January. Hopefully they have plenty of time to sort that out between now and then. Don’t know how long he has left on his current contract.

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23 Aug 2021 02:57:48
Point well made about Traore using his pace to round a keeper when in one on one, as opposed to trying to side foot it into a corner. As he doesn’t disguise which side he is going to shoot, pulling wide and side-footing into an empty net looks his best option. Next weeks training drill.
Re. training, I have really been impressed by goalkeeping drills shown on Wolves TV. Roberts appears to be getting a really good response from our four keepers. Good to see them all fully involved in all the drills. Keepers have to be so good with their feet today and the drills Roberts is using is certainly working on that element. Good to see that Sa replicated a number of things they have been practicing: attacking the ball, claiming and then quickly distributing to front men.
To be fair, despite losses I have been impressed by most everything I have seen of Lage, our two performances and the intensity of the training. This league is so dependent on fine margins: penalty decisions today being a prime example!
Will be really interested in who plays against Forest. Think there is an argument to stick to same back 3/ 5 and to make changes ahead of them, with the intention of giving front 3 an opportunity in final 30 minutes to try to get a goal and a confidence boost. Perhaps go with Dendonker and MGW in centre midfield.

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21 Aug 2021 03:19:32
I’m impressed by Bruno to date: appears to be very pragmatic and honest. Departing players have thanked us for what we have done to get them their moves, which is a positive. Bruno obviously wants commitment to the cause above all else. one can’t underestimate the role Coady plays in creating that togetherness, sometimes there are elements about a player that are equally important as their on-field performance. Love Coady to bits and appreciate his contribution to our club. I really hope Bruno will appreciate his strengths and work on his weaknesses. Nobody can ask for more from a coach.
No logic to my next point BUT I just have this gut feeling that Traore is really going to step up to the plate on Sunday and produce a match winning performance akin to the Man City game!

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19 Aug 2021 03:30:16
Totally leftfield BUT it’s brilliant to see how successful Jack Price has been and continues to be at Colorado Rapids in the States. Don’t think he would have delivered in the Premier League but it wouldn’t have been for the lack of effort! Captain of Rapids who are having a good season in the MSL. Saw that he is married with a young son, so I hope football has given him and his family a good life. He deserves it.
Just goes to show that there are opportunities out there beyond our shores and that maybe having that wider viewpoint is no bad thing. Not succeeding in our competitive league can destroy a young player at the point that they most need support and success. Perhaps Owen Otasowie is making a decision that is actually the best for him at this point in time. If he goes I wish him every success!

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