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We signed a wide player, and we signed a proven Premier League striker. We've also signed a central midfielder, an 18 year old attacking midfielder, and we expect to sign a back up left back.

 

Putting all that into the mix, where do we now need to look at improving?

 

An overview of our squad looking at who can play there rather than who is good at playing there:

 

Goalkeeper

Harper

Krul

Forster

Soderberg

That Very Tall Serbian

 

Centre Back

Coloccini

Williamson

Steven Taylor

Perch

Kadar

Tavernier

 

Right Back

Simpson

Perch

Steven Taylor

Ryan Taylor

Gosling

Tavernier

 

Left Back

Enrique

Ferguson

Perch

Kadar

Neil Taylor

 

Central Midfield

Tiote

Cabaye

Barton

Ben Arfa

Marveaux

Smith

Guthrie

Gosling

Coloccini

Perch

Abeid

Donaldson

Vuckic

Ryan Taylor

Richardson

 

Right Midfield

Ben Arfa

Barton

Gosling

Routledge

Ryan Taylor

Lovenkrands

Guthrie

Abeid

Gutierrez

Ranger

LuaLua

 

Left Midfield

Marveaux

Gutierrez

Ben Arfa

Ferguson

Lovenkrands

Abeid

Vuckic

Guthrie

Barton

Lua Lua

Neil Taylor

 

Wide striker/Inside Forward

Ben Arfa

Marveaux

Lovenkrands

Ranger

Routledge

Abeid

Ba

Xisco

Lua Lua

Sammy Ameobi

Donaldson

 

Striker

Ba

Shola Ameobi

Best

Lovenkrands

Ranger

Xisco

Sammy Ameobi

Donalson

Airey

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Depending on formations we either need to get two more strikers, or one striker and one wide striker/inside forward. Then a centre back. Then a central midfielder, preferably a non-African due to the ANC. Then if still plush a right back.

 

 

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We signed a wide player, and we signed a proven Premier League striker. We've also signed a central midfielder, an 18 year old attacking midfielder, and we expect to sign a back up left back.

 

Putting all that into the mix, where do we now need to look at improving?

 

An overview of our squad looking at who can play there rather than who is good at playing there:

 

Goalkeeper

Harper

Krul

Forster

 

Centre Back

Coloccini

Williamson

Steven Taylor

Perch

Kadar

Tavernier

Right Back

Simpson

Perch

Steven Taylor

Ryan Taylor

Gosling

Tavernier

 

Left Back

Enrique

Ferguson

Perch

Kadar

Neil Taylor

 

Central Midfield

Tiote

Cabaye

Barton

Ben Arfa

Marveaux

Smith

Guthrie

Gosling

Coloccini

Perch

Donaldson

Vuckic

Ryan Taylor

Richardson

 

Right Midfield

Ben Arfa

Barton

Gosling

Routledge

Ryan Taylor

Lovenkrands

Guthrie

Gutierrez

Ranger

LuaLua

 

Left Midfield

Marveaux

Gutierrez

Ben Arfa

Ferguson

Lovenkrands

Vuckic

Guthrie

Barton

Lua Lua

Neil Taylor

 

Wide striker/Inside Forward

Ben Arfa

Marveaux

Lovenkrands

Ranger

Routledge

Ba

Lua Lua

Sammy Ameobi

Donaldson

 

Striker

Ba

Shola Ameobi

Best

Lovenkrands

Ranger

Sammy Ameobi

Donalson

Airey

 

:kinnear:

 

Clueless

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Goalkeeper Fine in this position. Either Krul or Forster as 1st GK. Harper's days are over more or less.

 

Harper

Krul

Forster

 

Centre Back  Coloccini indisputably the best CB. We could do with another CB

Coloccini

Williamson

Steven Taylor

Kadar (How is he progressing?)

Tavernier (Loan out)

 

Right Back Where is Perch? Simpsons a starter for me. Ryan Taylor should leave. Need a RB.

Simpson

Steven Taylor

Ryan Taylor

Gosling     (more of a midfielder for me)

Tavernier (see above)

 

Left Back Fine here, as long as Enrique stays. I think he will leave though. Neil Taylor can possibly be "the new Perch."

Enrique

Ferguson

Kadar

Neil Taylor

 

Central Midfield  Very good here.

Tiote

Cabaye

Barton

Ben Arfa

Marveaux

Smith  (Will hopefully leave)

Guthrie (Should leave)

Gosling

Coloccini

Donaldson (Loan out)

Vuckic       (How is he progressing?)

Ryan Taylor (se above)

Richardson (Loan out)

 

Right Midfield  Need a new RM.

Ben Arfa

Barton  (As much as he is important to us now. I want him out)

Gosling

Routledge (Keep and see how he does)

Ryan Taylor (see above)

Lovenkrands (Bye, bye)

Guthrie

Gutierrez (its a keeper until we find a better replacement.)

Ranger (Most likely gone)

LuaLua (Leaving...?)

 

Left Midfield Ok here

Marveaux

Gutierrez (See above)

Ben Arfa

Ferguson

Lovenkrands (see above)

Vuckic (see above)

Guthrie (see above)

Barton (see above)

Lua Lua (see above)

Neil Taylor (see above)

 

Wide striker/Inside Forward OK here

Ben Arfa

Marveaux

Lovenkrands (see above)

Ranger  (see above)

Routledge (see above)

Ba

Lua Lua (see above)

Sammy Ameobi (Loan out)

Donaldson (Loan out)

 

Striker Need two more. Xisco missing? I'd give Xisco chance.

Ba

Shola Ameobi (The day he's leaving I'll jizz my pants)

Best (Should be kept as backup)

Lovenkrands (see above)

Ranger (see above)

Sammy Ameobi (see above)

Donalson(see above)

Airey (Loan out)

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Centre Back either cover or first choice partner for Colo, a right winger and another forward.

 

Add that to a replacement for any player we sell other than Smith, and one of Shola/Loven (we need four strikers).

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We signed a wide player, and we signed a proven Premier League striker. We've also signed a central midfielder, an 18 year old attacking midfielder, and we expect to sign a back up left back.

 

Putting all that into the mix, where do we now need to look at improving?

 

An overview of our squad looking at who can play there rather than who is good at playing there:

 

Goalkeeper

Harper

Krul

Forster

 

Centre Back

Coloccini

Williamson

Steven Taylor

Perch

Kadar

Tavernier

Right Back

Simpson

Perch

Steven Taylor

Ryan Taylor

Gosling

Tavernier

 

Left Back

Enrique

Ferguson

Perch

Kadar

Neil Taylor

 

Central Midfield

Tiote

Cabaye

Barton

Ben Arfa

Marveaux

Smith

Guthrie

Gosling

Coloccini

Perch

Donaldson

Vuckic

Ryan Taylor

Richardson

 

Right Midfield

Ben Arfa

Barton

Gosling

Routledge

Ryan Taylor

Lovenkrands

Guthrie

Gutierrez

Ranger

LuaLua

 

Left Midfield

Marveaux

Gutierrez

Ben Arfa

Ferguson

Lovenkrands

Vuckic

Guthrie

Barton

Lua Lua

Neil Taylor

 

Wide striker/Inside Forward

Ben Arfa

Marveaux

Lovenkrands

Ranger

Routledge

Ba

Lua Lua

Sammy Ameobi

Donaldson

 

Striker

Ba

Shola Ameobi

Best

Lovenkrands

Ranger

Sammy Ameobi

Donalson

Airey

 

:kinnear:

 

Clueless

 

That's what I thought.  :thup:

 

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I see The Prophet is as ever incapable of reading.

 

I'm yet to see any evidence Lovenkrands can play out wide/Perch in the middle/Barton the left/etc. Yes they may have been played in that position but it doesn't mean they can play it.

 

In that case, Shola is left wing cover

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Another striker or 2, another central midfielder and another wide. I wouldnt mind if we went and got another defender or 2 either, you can never have too many squad players and our back up players arnt the best.

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Incidentally we can only sign one more over-21 now before we have players who would be earning but unable to play. I'd imagine then that soon Pardew will be expected to shift a player before he can bring a new one in. Hence Smith and Best being made available.

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