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    I'd love us to get McNair, he's a class act. We bid 2M but apparently they want 7M and Wolves are apparently willing to pay that, tbh I'm not sure that we are.

    He's a great player though, I'd be delighted if we got him, and I'd say he might just be worth the asking price.
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      Rondom from West Bromwich. .......16 million pound release clause. Newcastle are interested, would Hughton?
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      I'd love us to get McNair, he's a class act. We bid 2M but apparently they want 7M and Wolves are apparently willing to pay that, tbh I'm not sure that we are.

      He's a great player though, I'd be delighted if we got him, and I'd say he might just be worth the asking price.
      Reports we intended to bid a lot closer to £7m than £2m
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      I'd be interested to know what role Hughton has in mind for Glenn Murray this season now we have Andone and a settled, acclimatised Locadia.

      Does he go straight to the bench and Andone starts, or will it be a case of Glenn keeps the shirt and we see how it goes?

      I think we need to get this lad Gyokeres out on loan and see if he can score goal in the Championship.
      I think this is the most interesting question of all. The way we set up last year (and the one before that) hinged on Murray up front, without him we looked lost.

      Locadia from what we've seen is a very different type of player to Glenn unfortunately and doesn't seem to have the presence for a target man role. Andone looks basically like Baldoco...maybe Hughton will keep his options open this year, trying (dare i say it) 2 up front in some games or maybe dropping Gross wide to accomodate? I really have no idea. Hughton will know our main struggle last year was scoring away, but he'll know that there were games last year where Murray was so effective that we can't simply drop him all together.

      Interesting times.

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      Looks like 2 new keepers are on the shopping list.

      http://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/albi...k-up_for_Ryan/

      Both Home Grown would seem very wise.
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      Good luck Goldson !

      2 keepers probably needed now.

      1. Ryan
      2. New Signing ( Goalkeeper)
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      Quote Originally Posted by Pavilionaire View Post
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      I'd be interested to know what role Hughton has in mind for Glenn Murray this season now we have Andone and a settled, acclimatised Locadia.

      Does he go straight to the bench and Andone starts, or will it be a case of Glenn keeps the shirt and we see how it goes?

      I think we need to get this lad Gyokeres out on loan and see if he can score goal in the Championship.
      Target man plan B.

      Plan A is proper front 3 of Locadia, Andone and Tau. Then a three man midfield of Stephens, Propper and Gross OR two man midfield of Stephens and Propper with Izquierdo playing just behind the front three. Basically Hughton is going to say **** defending this year lets go all out attack. If we need a goal take of Stephens and Propper and bring on Knockeart and Murray. Don't need a midfield, Dunk can just ping it 50 yards for Murray to knock down to the other five attackers.

      That way no one will bang on about us being defensive and lacking goals.
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      We didn't score enough goals last season (particularly away from home) and Murray is one year older so something has to change, but with change comes risk.

      The obvious problem with Murray and Gross is a lack of pace. That problem is compounded by a lack of goal production from Stephens and Propper.

      Given that Murray scored a lot last season then is a direct swap of Murray for Andone going to increase our goals for?
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      We didn't score enough goals last season (particularly away from home) and Murray is one year older so something has to change, but with change comes risk.

      The obvious problem with Murray and Gross is a lack of pace. That problem is compounded by a lack of goal production from Stephens and Propper.

      Given that Murray scored a lot last season then is a direct swap of Murray for Andone going to increase our goals for?
      I'd hope that we end up with a strike force that isn't reliant on one player spoon feeding 'poachers' goals.

      I fear those of us hoping D & D will take a couple of steps away from D & D's toes will be left disappointed.
      But that wouldn't be such a bad thing if the match squad contained at least 2 goal scorers, Groß and wingers playing in front of the full backs.
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      Target man plan B.

      Plan A is proper front 3 of Locadia, Andone and Tau. Then a three man midfield of Stephens, Propper and Gross OR two man midfield of Stephens and Propper with Izquierdo playing just behind the front three. Basically Hughton is going to say **** defending this year lets go all out attack. If we need a goal take of Stephens and Propper and bring on Knockeart and Murray. Don't need a midfield, Dunk can just ping it 50 yards for Murray to knock down to the other five attackers.

      That way no one will bang on about us being defensive and lacking goals.
      This might well be what you want to happen, but I'd wager a large amount of money that it doesn't happen. If Gross is fit, we'll play a 4-4-1-1 formation for the majority of next season. As we did this season. The big (current) question is who starts up front, as @Pavilionaire asks. I think there are two probable ways of answering this question for the early (ie c10 games) part of the season (and provided there isn't a new forward signing):
      1. Murray retains the shirt, Andone and/or Locadia comes on as sub
      2. Murray and (probably) Andone rotate, with Murray playing at home, Andone away.
      Unlike @Rohan Ince's Python I don't see Andone as a Baldock-type. He's played on his own up front most the time. He's just a different type of target man to Murray, with pace, movement and strength, as opposed to height, hold-up play and strength as with Murray.

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