View Poll Results: How many more players do we need?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bozza View Post
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    As well as having Murray, Hemed and Baldock, last season we:

    1) Brought Akpom in. Now he turned out to be a bit crap, but he should have been a decent option to have as a 4th striker.

    2) Had Knockaert, Skalak and Murphy all of who have previously played and/or can play more centrally if required. Largely they weren't. I'd suggest even Solly could deputise there if needed.

    3) Had Richie Towell returning to the fray. A bit of an unknown quantity certainly, but he also knows where the goal is.

    As it turned out despite buying Shane "why are we breaking our transfer record on a central defender we don't need" Duffy, it was central defence where we were looking somewhat threadbare. Fortunately Lewis Dunk pulled off a miracle in not picking up the yellows we all anticipated him getting.
    On the Dunk front it was amazing the change in booking velocity at the end of the season - perhaps he realised just how critical it was not put in rash tackles. Hopefully they can all carry that over to the upcoming season, as some of the players they'll come across will be very keen to draw fouls and get players booked.
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      As well as having Murray, Hemed and Baldock, last season we:

      1) Brought Akpom in. Now he turned out to be a bit crap, but he should have been a decent option to have as a 4th striker.
      In January. I called him out on being shite to many a rebuke.

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      2) Had Knockaert, Skalak and Murphy all of who have previously played and/or can play more centrally if required. Largely they weren't. I'd suggest even Solly could deputise there if needed.
      With limited success in the past. Whichever game Solly last played 10 in, he looked totally lost.

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      3) Had Richie Towell returning to the fray. A bit of an unknown quantity certainly, but he also knows where the goal is.
      Also returning from injury. I'm sure it sounds like a good option in hindsight. At the time it would have been a disaster. I don't think anybody was suggesting that we didn't have options, just not the options you would expect to have for a promotion chasing squad. Options that were rarely/if at all tested.

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      As it turned out despite buying Shane "why are we breaking our transfer record on a central defender we don't need" Duffy, it was central defence where we were looking somewhat threadbare. Fortunately Lewis Dunk pulled off a miracle in not picking up the yellows we all anticipated him getting.
      Was very pleased with the Duffy signing myself and this very example you are providing is indicative that we would have been absolutely ****ed if something similar had happened to our strike force.
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      Both full backs, a centre back, a winger, a centre midfielder and two strikers ideally.

      I make that seven.
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      On the Dunk front it was amazing the change in booking velocity at the end of the season - perhaps he realised just how critical it was not put in rash tackles. Hopefully they can all carry that over to the upcoming season, as some of the players they'll come across will be very keen to draw fouls and get players booked.
      Not all of us thought it was amazing. Just sensible since it was critical the boy matured into a man and smartened up. Sometimes it is obvious.
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      6 SHORT now, I reckon

      1. Ryan
      2. Maenpaa
      3. New Signing (GK)
      4. Bruno
      5. Rosenior
      6. Suttner
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      7. Bong
      8. Dunk
      9. Duffy
      10. Hunemeier
      11. Goldson
      12. New Signing (Central Mid)
      13. Groß
      14. Stephens
      15. Kayal
      16. Sidwell
      17. New Signing (Winger)
      18. Knockaert
      19. March
      20. Skalak or Murphy
      21. New Signing (Striker)
      22. New Signing (Striker)
      23. Murray
      24. Baldock
      25. Hemed

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      Towell
      LuaLua
      Ince
      Norwood
      Hunt
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      Down to 5 needed, assuming Sanchez takes the 3rd GK spot.
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      Keeper
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      Centre Mid
      Winger
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      5 left at most.
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      My theory is that the 3rd GK signing depends on whether we get Gomez.

      Get Gomez : we sign a 3rd GK.

      Don't get Gomez : we may need to get an over 21 defender ( or use Hunt ), meaning we have to use Sanchez ( U21) as 3rd GK.
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      If as it seems likely we will play five in the middle in a 4-2-3-1 I think that means a new left-sided defensive midfielder to plug the gap. (I think half decent PL teams can pass around a 4-1-4-1)


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      If as it seems likely we will play five in the middle in a 4-2-3-1 I think that means a new left-sided defensive midfielder to plug the gap. (I think half decent PL teams can pass around a 4-1-4-1)
      Suttner can play left sided defensive midfield as well as fullback, I believe.

      Gomez looks like a key additional defender to get to allow that flexibility.

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