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Djorkaeff?
I reckon Djorkaeff is already signed up and we're just waiting for the official confirmation.

He was playing quite well on Tuesday but was hooked at half time which suggests Goody wants to keep him fit for Sunday?

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9 hours ago, Ethan said:

Perhaps we should run the rule over this guy for a bit longer. U tube can make anyone look good but he may be a good prospect

I agree.

 

saints have to be sure that he’s tall enough.

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7 hours ago, NB18 said:

I reckon Djorkaeff is already signed up and we're just waiting for the official confirmation.

He was playing quite well on Tuesday but was hooked at half time which suggests Goody wants to keep him fit for Sunday?
 

I'd also be very surprised if we don't see at least two in before Sunday. Imo the transition in manager, if we already had targets identified should have only set us back a week or two max.

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13 hours ago, JM1 said:

As has been said by others before I could reply, a tidy midfielder.

 

Kept everything simple, almost always found a man.

 

After googling I think he's generally played in a more defensive role - a position I think we've been missing (granted we are in need of a left back, centre halves and strikers more but still).

 

As an aside, Kellerman looked lively when he came on and I thought Cammy Macpherson did well at right back. Definitely better going forward than Paul McGinn (although PM is better defensively).

 

I mentioned this earlier but surely some central midfielders must be on the way out if we are bringing even more in.

Has Erhanon been played at left back in the warms up and friendlies? I think he looks a talented player but never a left back from what I've seen. I would have thought we would be developing him exactly for that defensive midfield role.

Cammy MacPherson probably isn't considered good enough to be at the heart of the team, either is Jim Kellerman. Presumably we are not betting on a fit Greg Tansey either then.

You would think Stephen McGinn and Ryan Flynn would be in the team usually, although perhaps not in McGinn's case.

We also have Kyle Magennis who I assume is going to be used out wide then, although again I think he is best in central midfield.

And Tony Andreu as well.

Despite all that I do agree that we are need of a quality ball winning defensive midfielder, so I would assume that several of the above will be sitting on the bench or finding new clubs this year.

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39 minutes ago, Kemp said:

 

Cammy MacPherson probably isn't considered good enough to be at the heart of the team, either is Jim Kellerman. Presumably we are not betting on a fit Greg Tansey either then.

You would think Stephen McGinn and Ryan Flynn would be in the team usually, although perhaps not in McGinn's case.

We also have Kyle Magennis who I assume is going to be used out wide then, although again I think he is best in central midfield.

And Tony Andreu as well.

 

I'd agree with all your assumptions there - except to say I don't think we're actually that overloaded in the middle at present.

No way we can rely on Tansey being fit. Hopefully he'll get some game time this side of Xmas. I also think this is a make or break season for McPherson, but I do wonder if he'll get used as the back-up RB as well.

I bet we're shaping up in a 4-2-3-1 for most matches, and Goodwin wants two for each position.

That'd mean we've got McGinn/Flynn/Magennis as the first choice midfielders, and potentially the trialist if he's good enough.

I'd also list Magennis as a possible for being one of the three behind the striker, so we'd have: Andreu & Magennis as first choice... and after that we're a bit thin. I assume that's where Djorkaeff is being considered for, but we definitely need a true wide player - potentially McAllister if there's any chance of him coming back. Even then, I'd like to see another wide player in.

And we're still lacking two centre halves, a full back and a striker :blink:

'Kin ell, there's lots of work to be done still.

Edited by Magic Monkey

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Agree we need two wingers. Wouldn't be overly surprised to see Magennis playing there for a bit, he played on the right for a while under Ross.

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29 minutes ago, Magic Monkey said:

I'd agree with all your assumptions there - except to say I don't think we're actually that overloaded in the middle at present.

No way we can rely on Tansey being fit. Hopefully he'll get some game time this side of Xmas. I also think this is a make or break season for McPherson, but I do wonder if he'll get used as the back-up RB as well.

I bet we're shaping up in a 4-2-3-1 for most matches, and Goodwin wants two for each position.

That'd mean we've got McGinn/Flynn/Magennis as the first choice midfielders, and potentially the trialist if he's good enough.

I'd also list Magennis as a possible for being one of the three behind the striker, so we'd have: Andreu & Magennis as first choice... and after that we're a bit thin. I assume that's where Djorkaeff is being considered for, but we definitely need a true wide player - potentially McAllister if there's any chance of him coming back. Even then, I'd like to see another wide player in.

And we're still lacking two centre halves, a full back and a striker :blink:

'Kin ell, there's lots of work to be done still.

Indeed, I think the Djorkaeff deal is done and we seem to be looking at another one or two.

I assume that Erhanon and MacPherson are being considered as full backs.

A few signings are apparently going to be announced tomorrow and as you point out the crisis areas are certainly not centre midfield. Losing Popescu is a problem, neither Baird or MacKenzie can pass a ball. We have one full back good enough for this level. No wide men. One striker that is good enough in Danny Mullen. If we are only bringing in another 5 then we have got to pray for 100% success rate from these new faces.

It's another mess of our own creation really.

 

eta; I am aware Popescu's passing isn't the best but he did provide the option of running the ball out of defence. Looking at the current team I struggle to see how we are going to get the ball out from the back effectively. 

Edited by Kemp

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I thought Popescu's passing was very good (at least compared to his team mates) and his mazy runs up the park were very effective in moving the game forward as generally we have a very slow build up. Still gutted we no longer have him.

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Although Popescu's passing wasn't great in the nervy Playoff games, his passing was pretty decent in the rest of his time here. He just didn't play well in either of those two games.

 

I like Gary Mac and I like Baird but I'd rather not start them together. A player of the mould of Popescu to play alongside them (decent at bringing the ball out and has a bit of pace) would be good.

 

 

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Gus' 'moneyball tactics' of January has led to us taking a closer look at defensive pair Kornel Osyra and Lukáš Bartošák. 
Don't know where you heard about Osyra bud, He moved to a club in Poland two weeks ago so I can't see him moving again.

The Bartošák rumour might have something in it, former teammate of Hladký at Slovan Librec.

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21 minutes ago, NB18 said:

Don't know where you heard about Osyra bud, He moved to a club in Poland two weeks ago so I can't see him moving again.

The Bartošák rumour might have something in it, former teammate of Hladký at Slovan Librec.

Maybe we took a look and he went elsewhere?

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