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Gary's January Transfer Window

Bat Fastard

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Not sure we can continue with the lack of striker excuse.

GC and the happy clappers said a striker would solve a lot of our problems and we've brought one in with a good pedigree and yet we're still playing the same crap style of football we've played all season with a slow and ponderous build up and wide players apparently petrified of putting the ball into the box (probably because they're incapable of crossing to be fair)!

In the Derby & Fleetwood games Eisa hardly touched the ball as other than Cole no one looks to play forward into him or he was expected to run the channels chasing aimless forward balls...
No, it’s not a striker, it’s now diabate’s inability to pass and our lack of bravery on the ball. Nothing to do with Caldwell!
 

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I would suggest that players brought in from non/lower league have performed a lot better than further up the pyramid
 

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No, it’s not a striker, it’s now diabate’s inability to pass and our lack of bravery on the ball. Nothing to do with Caldwell!
For goodness sake , Gary’s only the manager , what on Earth can he do about it.
 

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While I think we had a good January window with bringing in Purrington, Eisa, Woods, Harris, and although we haven't seen him yet Alli, I still worry that ultimately we didn't get the Striker that we wanted or needed which is still hurting our season.

Eisa is a good signing, but I think we all know that we needed two brought in. If reports were true, we had bids out there for numerous strikers with a different profile which never came to fruition. I'm not entirely sure that we have solved our striker issue and although I think we will have just enough to stay up (hopefully), I'm not sure we still did enough this January to make it easier on ourselves.

Midfield is also still an issue when we are out of possession or involved in a scrappy game. Woods (although at fault for the goal today) looks a good player, but we still lack athleticism in midfield to win 50/50's and 2nd balls which has been apparent since the start of the season. Even when we have been playing well we are always susceptible to a counter attack straight down the middle of the pitch as we don't have legs in there. Cole, Woods and Carroll are all good footballers but none of them are able to cover ground well which means we are always struggling in transition. Some will say that we have that in Kite, but obviously he is not in GC's plans and although I like Harry as a solid squad player, I wouldn't say that he is blessed with true athleticism either.

I still think we have just enough to stay up, but after the January window I was left feeling a little flat on the last day similar to how I felt on the last day of the Summer window. Hopefully this doesn't come back to bite us and we get the 3-4 wins that we need sooner rather than later. There is still a lot to do this season though and we need to pick up points soon or it will be a nervy end to the season.

Having said all this we will now probably go and beat Peterborough and Bolton!!!
I'm in complete agreement with this. However, I don't think GC was ever going to go for two strikers in January because it would have meant little opportunity for Sonny meaning the chances of him signing again negligible, and also because he is too dogmatic on his shape which means playing two up front doesn't fit his style. Personally feel this is a lot of the problem as Eisa is getting imo unfair pelters due to him being asked to play a lone striker number 9 role which isn't his game. When I heard the team announced I thought we were going to solve the midfield problem as you described it regards the counter attack issue which has cost us so many goals and points this season. Opposition managers know exactly how to play against us and it's criminl imo that GC still continues as he does. Yesterday I thiought we were going for three in the middle with Cole, Carroll and Woods only to find Cole was in a number 10 role. Never mind back to square one and yet more points lost because we couldn't stop a quick transition.
 

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Any formation can combat counter attacking goals. It doesn't require 3 central midfielders with little license, let alone having that in front of a conventional back 3 as well.

Some athleticism would help but certainly better general organisation/tactical discipline when attacking would.


If anything the team-sheet still looked far too negative to me. Having Carroll, Cole and Woods (and possibly even Harris, I'm not entirely sure what his skillset is atm to confidently comment) in the same team takes midfield redundancy and imbalance to whole new levels.
 

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Any formation can combat counter attacking goals. It doesn't require 3 central midfielders with little license, let alone having that in front of a conventional back 3 as well.

Some athleticism would help but certainly better general organisation/tactical discipline when attacking would.


If anything the team-sheet still looked far too negative to me. Having Carroll, Cole and Woods (and possibly even Harris, I'm not entirely sure what his skillset is atm to confidently comment) in the same team takes midfield redundancy and imbalance to whole new levels.
Carrol, Cole and Woods are all decent enough as individuals (or at least that's not the main problem we have in there). They all like the ball to feet, none of them cover huge amounts of ground, win a lot of arial battles, go past a player and drive forward, etc. etc. We've got too many of the same type of player.

In forward positions, we've improved with Sonny getting better and hopefully more to come from Eisa, but we've still got no-one who's game is about winning Arial duels, running channels or has dangerous pace... We've got a big squad, but somehow very short of options, apart from at left back, where we can choose any type of left back with any combination of attributes we might want.
 

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No, it’s not a striker, it’s now diabate’s inability to pass and our lack of bravery on the ball. Nothing to do with Caldwell!
It never is seemingly…
 

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Carrol, Cole and Woods are all decent enough as individuals (or at least that's not the main problem we have in there). They all like the ball to feet, none of them cover huge amounts of ground, win a lot of arial battles, go past a player and drive forward, etc. etc. We've got too many of the same type of player.

In forward positions, we've improved with Sonny getting better and hopefully more to come from Eisa, but we've still got no-one who's game is about winning Arial duels, running channels or has dangerous pace... We've got a big squad, but somehow very short of options, apart from at left back, where we can choose any type of left back with any combination of attributes we might want.
Agree with all of this.

Caldwell’s stubborn adherence to his style of play sees us with carbon copies of players.

We’ve gone all in with him unfortunately and this is the result.
 

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Carrol, Cole and Woods are all decent enough as individuals (or at least that's not the main problem we have in there). They all like the ball to feet, none of them cover huge amounts of ground, win a lot of arial battles, go past a player and drive forward, etc. etc. We've got too many of the same type of player.

In forward positions, we've improved with Sonny getting better and hopefully more to come from Eisa, but we've still got no-one who's game is about winning Arial duels, running channels or has dangerous pace... We've got a big squad, but somehow very short of options, apart from at left back, where we can choose any type of left back with any combination of attributes we might want.
I think Caldwell has proven now that his style of play has no place for that type of player. Which goes to show how rigid his mind set is when it comes to playing styles. He knows, and has discussed, how possession doesn't win you football games. Yet, he insists on not playing the combative football when it's required. Kite and Hartridge are experienced players with combative attributes. Never will play again in a city shirt.
 

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I think Caldwell has proven now that his style of play has no place for that type of player. Which goes to show how rigid his mind set is when it comes to playing styles. He knows, and has discussed, how possession doesn't win you football games. Yet, he insists on not playing the combative football when it's required. Kite and Hartridge are experienced players with combative attributes. Never will play again in a city shirt.
Not sure the word combatiive could ever be described in the same sentence as Hartridge imo
 
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