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  • So he would have joined us except we did not get CL football. For anyone that thinks not getting CL football does not make a difference (although how anyone could think that is beyond me) this says it all.

    Whether or not you think Hazzard is a great player is a different matter. The fact is Chelsea paid a fortune for him and he was linked to just about every top class team in the World so there are a lot of "experts" that do think he is that good - and we could have had him if only Arry had not made some bad tactical decisions.

    He is the only one that has come out and said what
    he has but how many others were there? Just goes to show how even one point can make such a huge difference. Will we get the chance of CL football again this year?? IMO unlikely.

    Last point - we looked awful in the first half against QPR as Rambro has pointed out. When, eventually, AVB changed the team to a 4-4-2 and gave Defoe some support did we look like scoring. Why does he insist on leaving shorthouse Defoe on his own? I like Defoe and always thought he should get a decent run to show he is a natural goalscorer (a very rare talent these days) but he can't do it on his own.

    When, or should I say "will", AVB stop thinking he knows it all and has some secret tactical superior knowledge and play a team that looks balanced?

    IMO he has been lucky so far (we could very easily have lost 3 - 0 aginst QPR at home) and you cant win anything with luck on its own.

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    • I agree with both of you, Joe & SB...I guess we just have to see how this team evolves and be prepared to be flexible home and away...Parker may well be coming to the end of his first choice days, Sandro looks to be learning very fast but yes, we do seem to pick up our share of injuries...not sure how exactly Defoe/Ade will work out, 2 up front or not
      Walker def gives us options with his pace from FB - but I love to see Lennon in full flow when he's 'on'!

    • I could see this working:


      Kaboul Dawson Vert

      Walker Bale

      Sandro Parker

      Dembele or Gylfi

      Ade Defoe or Dempsey

      Our current squad seems to offer many differing options, Maybe AVB will explore these in the weeks to come?

      Maybe he'll stick to 4-4-2?


    • I like to play both Lennon and Bale but maybe, wth only one MF postion place up for grabs, Lennon needs to be sarificed and we pay a real front two of Defoe and Adebayor/Depsey...Lennon and Bale are electic but leave us short in the middle sometimes..and Walker can still threaten on the rght

    • i could have just seen harry going for joe cole over hazard because he is still a triffic player to have!

      im a huge fan of sandro. we are very lucky to have 2 top DMs!
      livermore is a handy 3rd choice cover. i dont think he will ever be good enough to be a main starter. but good as cover.

      the DM role is very physical & tiring. so i think both will parker & sandro will get plenty of playing time.
      also they are both bound to pick up injuries considering their type of play. i personally would go dembele & sandro.
      against good teams u could go sandro dembele parker.
      all good options.

    • SB Sfer,

      Totally agree in your assessment of Jan, he looks to be a superb player. I can see him initiating things from the back as he seems so confident in possesion and moving up the pitch, great to see, delighted we got him.

      The Hazzard interview made for dissappointing reading, of what could have been. Sfer, I am yet to read any negative comments about Hazzard, I think he may be a little keen to 'go down easy', I believe he's already won 3 pens?! But his quality cannot be questioned.

      Jimmy, I think Sandro has a lot more to offer than Parker. He looks a much more rounded player, whilst Parker will run himself into the ground for the team and tackle anything that moves, Sandro is more complete, has a better range of passing and IMO could be used in more attacking role. IMO a midfield of Sandro, Parker and Moussa D would be efficient against the 'Bigger' teams. Although in general I see Parker being used less and less, as Sandro IMO has been impressive thus far, plus he appears to have formed a good understanding with Moussa.

      I have a slight man crush on Dembele, IMO he looks so well rounded and 'elegant' on the ball, Ok I have been critisised for 'emotive' language in the past, so I'll knock it on the head.


    • do you think Parker will get back into this team..not that we're playing great at all, but I can't see him and Sandro together, unless we're away at United for example...can't see Dembele being left out, he's a breath of fresh air

    • Does that actually work?
      I get something like SAOOT, which looks more like an Indian elephant driver to me.

    • SOT = Self absorbed, Over opinionated, Tw4tt.

    • yes true. he can also score headers from set pieces too.

      i dont think avb likes slow players either. he tryed to get rid of dawson and hudd. the only reason hudd is coming on as sub is because livermore & parker are injured.
      & dawsons only here because of kabouls long term injury.

      i hope we keep dawson as back up but id like hudd to go.

    • SOT - Politely? Ho ho ho, you said '...please...'? ;-) Was that between the 'cute' words?

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