Mepham

Garbo

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#41
...it is no good over reacting and looking for individual scapegoats for heavy defeats. In this league we will get turned over by once or twice top six clubs each season?...I mean Watford got a good hiding last night and even Chelsea got their backsides handed to them by Man City...

Howe knows our limitations I'm sure and the only way for players like Mepham, Rico and Solanke to learn is to pit their skills against the best players,. They will improve and the mistakes will become less...it is not like we can go and sign a Van Dyk...De Bruyne...Kante or a Hazard is it?

Let's get Saturday out of the way and re-group, hopefully with our best players back in the team and pick up some points against the likes of Fulham, Huddersfield and Southampton!

In the close season we will strengthen further and add to our squad allowing us more quality to be available..

As for defending is that not a team thing rather than just a back four thing?
 
#42
...it is no good over reacting and looking for individual scapegoats for heavy defeats. In this league we will get turned over by once or twice top six clubs each season?...I mean Watford got a good hiding last night and even Chelsea got their backsides handed to them by Man City...

Howe knows our limitations I'm sure and the only way for players like Mepham, Rico and Solanke to learn is to pit their skills against the best players,. They will improve and the mistakes will become less...it is not like we can go and sign a Van Dyk...De Bruyne...Kante or a Hazard is it?

Let's get Saturday out of the way and re-group, hopefully with our best players back in the team and pick up some points against the likes of Fulham, Huddersfield and Southampton!

In the close season we will strengthen further and add to our squad allowing us more quality to be available..

As for defending is that not a team thing rather than just a back four thing?
:agree::utc:
 
#45
Is it that important? Genuine question not a sarky one.

There have been many great same footed partnerships over the years in world football. Not least Shaun Maher and Karl Broadhurst...
The footedness isn’t important but every defender will have a favoured side to play on. I’d imagine switching to the other side affects things like passing angles and hip position when you need to show an attacker onto a particular side.

Probably something similar to an opening batsman adjusting to Test Cricket after playing T20. A good defender ought to be able to make that adjustment after a few matches and a block of training.
 

DJ

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#46
A lot of money to pay for a player well below PL quality. As far as I’m aware, no other club were seriously interested in signing him. I just hope he doesn’t become another Rante, Hyndman, Ibe, Afobe, Murray, Tomlin and too many others.

We desperately need a big ugly no-nonsense centre back. Someone like the guy Mings, currently playing at Aston Villa would do fine.

What a difference a few days make.
It’s almost like young inexperienced players are prone to erratic form as they learn the game and level of the Premier League.
 
#47
Agreed, both Mepham and Simpson had good games, but it’s easier to defend with 9 fellow defenders than it is when playing in a conventional game and thus being exposed at times.

My moan is that we had to pay very top dollar for an average Championship player, with absolutely no PL experience. As far as I am aware, there were no other serious bidders for Mepham!

Maybe Eddie felt pressured into paying over the top, as he was aware Steve Cook would need a rest to recover from his long term injury.
 

DJ

Moderator
#48
Agreed, both Mepham and Simpson had good games, but it’s easier to defend with 9 fellow defenders than it is when playing in a conventional game and thus being exposed at times.

My moan is that we had to pay very top dollar for an average Championship player, with absolutely no PL experience. As far as I am aware, there were no other serious bidders for Mepham!

Maybe Eddie felt pressured into paying over the top, as he was aware Steve Cook would need a rest to recover from his long term injury.
Southampton were heavily linked to him as were Leicester.
 
#51
Looked excellent again today. Arsenal clearly just a bump in the road.

I’d like to see Simpson get a run of games, but he’s behind Ake unfortunately. Definitely made the centre of the three position his own, if that’s any consolation.
 
#56
He was excellent today but I wouldn't get too carried away with it in the same way I didn't get too carried away by the performance in the Arsenal match. Huddersfield were utterly terrible. Really, really bad. We did the job and he ably contributed to that but today isn't anywhere near the benchmark at which we can tell too much about him at PL level.

However, I am starting to get a good feeling about him. He's going to make mistakes and be exposed at times by the top teams but I loved the way he dribbled the ball out of defence and galloped up the field with it at one point today.

Looks an astute buy at the moment. Even if it doesn't work out I think we can all at least see why the recruitment team chased him for so long. Fingers crossed he keeps on showing quality over the next few weeks. It would be a luxury to have genuine quality in depth at CB.
 
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SlowDownDerek

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#58
That tackle he made with about 10 minutes to go saved a certain goal. Fantastic distribution as well.
It was offside wasn't it, still he wasn't to know that and it was a great reaction tackle. Kirsikka is right in that we shouldn't get too carried away but I do think he looks a really good prospect. He's definitely going to balls things up from time to time as he learns but that's only natural for youngsters, including Ake when he first got in the side.

Cook's injury is obviously bad news but it could turn out well if it gives Mepham time to learn his trade in the Prem without major relegation worries.