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Offline filham

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Have We a Midfield Crisis
« on: October 24, 2021, 10:26:47 AM »
At the start of the season we seemed to have a surplus of talent for the important midfield positions. Anguissa, Seri, Cairney, Reed, Onomah, Chalobah and Quina were all competing for the three places. As expected Anguissa left but that still left six players for three places which seemed healthy and should have provided good cover against injuries.
Quina quickly demonstrated that he was not up to the pace and of the remaining five only Seri has avoided spells out for injury.
For today only Seri and Onama are available plus possibly Cairney for 45 minutes. This means no doubt that BDR will again have to be drafted into midfield.

They say that lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice but injury has this season struck in our midfield too often. Beginning to think there is a Cottage hoodoo at work.

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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2021, 10:30:13 AM »
If cairney is needed I reckon he could start. On top of that, although I don't know what his fitness levels are like, Hector has played in midfield before.

I don't know how severe injuries are but with afcon around the corner and the ability to lose seri to, you could see it two ways - one we're lucky we have the strength in depth we have, or secondly we're going to be even thinner on the ground than before and need recruitment's in Jan.

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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2021, 10:43:07 AM »
If cairney is needed I reckon he could start. On top of that, although I don't know what his fitness levels are like, Hector has played in midfield before.

I don't know how severe injuries are but with afcon around the corner and the ability to lose seri to, you could see it two ways - one we're lucky we have the strength in depth we have, or secondly we're going to be even thinner on the ground than before and need recruitment's in Jan.
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If cairney is needed I reckon he could start. On top of that, although I don't know what his fitness levels are like, Hector has played in midfield before.

I don't know how severe injuries are but with afcon around the corner and the ability to lose seri to, you could see it two ways - one we're lucky we have the strength in depth we have, or secondly we're going to be even thinner on the ground than before and need recruitment's in Jan.

Yes Hector is a good thought, a midfield of Seri /Hector/ BDR with Cairney replacing BDR at half time could surprise Forrest this afternoon.


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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2021, 10:47:48 AM »
Could always use some of the youngsters if it comes to that. Francois didn't look entirely out of place early on in the season.

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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2021, 12:12:42 PM »
Could always use some of the youngsters if it comes to that. Francois didn't look entirely out of place early on in the season.

Francois is injured.

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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2021, 12:14:45 PM »
Wilson looks at his best playing in the attacking midfield role. Reed is a available as far as I am aware. So we have a choice from; Seri, Onomah, Reed, Wilson, Reid and possibly Cairney. Not too shabby!


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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2021, 12:19:53 PM »
Wilson looks at his best playing in the attacking midfield role. Reed is a available as far as I am aware. So we have a choice from; Seri, Onomah, Reed, Wilson, Reid and possibly Cairney. Not too shabby!

Yeah, I can't think of many other sides in this division that would turn their noses up at those options!

But we do have a bit of a brittle midfleld, for sure.

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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2021, 12:56:34 PM »
I’m not ready to write Quina off just yet.  When Ollie Norwood joined us his initial outings indicated he had barely any clue what we were trying to do.  Turned out to be effective cover for the first-choice midfield trio and subsequently had a rather better season in the Premier League than many of our players can claim.

Heck, even Steffjo was dire in his first showing.  Subbed around half time. 

Playing midfield can feel like being trapped in a tumble dryer until patterns of play are grooved. 

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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2021, 02:55:37 PM »
Odoi & Bryan can also play in midfield


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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2021, 06:06:15 PM »
Cairney and Seri looked very good again tody and with BDR in front of them it seems to work but I will feel happier when red is fit. That midfield trio is so important.

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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2021, 06:12:32 PM »
NO

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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2021, 04:33:19 AM »
I do not think we have much to complain about with that midfield situation. We have enough options to sink a ship, and more than most. All clubs get injury problems it is part of the game and managers have to improvise and manage these challenges, that is why they are called managers.



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Re: Have We a Midfield Crisis
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2021, 08:49:34 AM »
Not sure about this post tbh. Most teams in our division would kill to have our midfield options.

Lol