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  • dsteer_lfc_68 dsteer_lfc_68 Jan 22, 2013 15:12 Flag

    John Arne Riise?

    Really torn on this one Hobbs. On the one hand it would be nice to see him back, and never really liked the way he left the club with the cloud of the OG over him. Also despite being 32, the last time I watched him he seemed to have plenty of gas left in the tank.

    However nostalgia really does cloud judgment sometimes, and sometimes it’s just not a good idea to look back, but keep forging forward instead.

    We do need LB cover. With Jose down that means Glen has to come over to cover, with only Downing or Robison as alternatives, and sorry while the lad may mature I just don't see Jack as a real option yet. But for me that is a longer term issue rather than just the need for a short term fix via a loan. Jose has looked great when fit, even after a little dodgy start, however we need more competition than a winger and a kiddie to push him and for me that means bringing in a new player long term and that is not a 32 year old ex-player, even if we do miss him.

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    • I think you are probably right. My point though is that come the summer time we will surely be looking at bringing another left back in but I dont think they will be available for the right money now. Danny Rose has been my shout for sometime but there is obviously others knocking around, the continental players probably suit us well as they will be mostly attacking. Enrique is absolutely mustard for me, there is definitely fitness questions though.

      Jack Robinson might go on to be an excellent little player but I think we are agreed he isn't ready yet, as is BR by his lack of selections. That is why I mention a loan, something to get us through this injury so we can solve it properly in the summer. Our only options are Glenn - great when Kelly is the other side but limits us against top teams with young Wisdom on the right, Downing - same again, only good against the weaker teams, Agger - not really quick enough to fill in to be honest.

      I use Riise as an example as he is seemingly available but I wonder if that is somewhere BR is thinking about sorting? I hope so!

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      • Actually one thing to point out here is I do think Robinson could do with a loan to a league 1 or Championship team for regular football. Right now we both don't see him as being good enough for the first team (I think he even struggled in the FA cup match) but he won't get any better imo in the reserves. But a loan spell away for 6 months will tell us if he's good enough to push on for a backup squad position, whether he needs more time away, or whether we sell.

        The lad is only 19 so it’s really early doors, but it’s a critical time for a player either to stake his claim, and or buckle down to get the requires attributes needed at the top level. However he's not going to get that loan, or regular football unless we have more cover in his position, and that is where maybe if we can't get in someone on a permanent deal this winter (players not available or finances) then a deal for Riise or the like might make sense.

      • What about the midfield Hobs? That needs filling too. The Sneidjer rumour alone left a chasm that no amount Polyfilla ain't going to touch