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Where from: Northern Ireland

Favourite player: Matt le Tissier

Best team moment: Beating Liverpool 1-0, in the EFL cup. Longy scored in the 91" minute in the second leg.


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04 Dec 2018 12:28:44
Anyone else looking forward to Ings being back?
Now Armstrng is in awesome form, I reckon we can get a brilliant attacking duo out of Armstrong and Ings!

1.) 04 Dec 2018 14:10:09
A 4-2-3-1 like:
Cedric Stephens Vestergaard Bertrand
Lemina Hojbjerg
Redmond Armstrong Elyounessi
Or even swapping one of the holding midfielder for Gabs into a 4-4-2 looks pretty good on paper.

2.) 04 Dec 2018 16:12:06
If Hassenhutl is going to be our new manager then I can see us playing his preferred 4-2-2-2 formation, so that he can have a real taste of what he's working with. If this is the case our squad will probably line up like this

Cedric Yoshida Vestergaard Bertrand
Lemina Hojbjerg
Armstrong Redmond
Ings Gabbiadini.

3.) 04 Dec 2018 18:21:22
Agree with your preferred XI Jay, and with Gunn, Stephens, Valery, Targett, Romeu, JWP, Austin, Obafemi, Davis, Bednarek, McQueen, ElYounoussi as backup/ squad members, it’s a nice mix of youth and experience in support.
Can’t help but feel that maybe with a more of an attacking manager, playing two wide men, Boufal might fit into this well if he could get his act together - also seeing Carrillo’s supporting and hold up play at Leganes maybe these two could come back into the fray.
Hopefully if we can move on Forster, Long and maybe Hoedt (seems unlikely) to free up some funds and wages, we could bring in a decent quality defender or attacker in January - seeing as Ralph has worked at the top and bottom of the top two German leagues, maybe an astute signing or two could be found there.

4.) 05 Dec 2018 09:18:13
Unfortunately, I don't think we've seen the last of Shane Long, his style of play is something that will suit the new manager. I think we could actually end up losing Austin and Gabbiadini in January. Which wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if we can bring in a decent replacement.

That being said even though the board have said they won't bring in any new players, maybe we could reel in some youngsters from Germany on loan? We'll see what happens. Optimistically we're playing 2 teams that will probably get relegated this season in December, if we can win both games, that's one step forward to staying in the Premier League. I think the board will be reluctant to bring in any new players under the manager orders, since MP decided to bring in Carrillo who in return couldn't get into the squad, so that was a waste of 20 million.

I still think we have a quality team and don't actually need any new players, the right system offensively will see us score goals. The right coaching will make our defence stronger, and will help players decision making on game day. A lot of goals we concede you could probably cancel out, if X player didn't do X thing. For example the goals against Man United, Vestergaard and Yoshida were trying to press Lukaku and Rashford way too far up the pitch. There's no need to press a player when they are 40 yards up the pitch with their backs to the goal.

I have faith in this squad and I hope I'm not proved wrong with being overly optimistic again.




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05 Dec 2018 10:27:28
I really want elyounissi to play well under him. I think he has loads of potential!



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04 Dec 2018 12:25:08
I'm looking forward to see what he's like, I just hope he can prove himself in the epl!




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