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Squad Members Used
at 15:38 27 Nov 2019

Here's a quick look at last season's successful side who competed on multiple fronts and how many games they played in total (not including pre-season) and how many squad members they used (according to Wikipedia and a few other sources). 

2018 / 19 - listed by least squad members used:

Liverpool: 26 | 53 games - Salah 52 appearances
Watford: 27 | 46 games - Hughes + Doucoure 40 appearances
Tranmere: 29| 58 - Davies 46 appearances
Man City: 31 | 60 games - Ederson 55 appearances 
Leeds: 32 | 51 games - Klich 49 appearances
Sunderland: 40 | 61 games - Mclaughlin 50 appearances


2019 / 20

Ipswich 33 | 23 games - Edwards + Jackson 18 appearances

We've used every fit squad member with the exception of Ndaba and Wright. Make of that what you will but thought it would be interesting to have a look at this stage of the season given a lot of ongoing discussion about the rotation system. 
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Cole Skuse
at 08:00 27 Nov 2019

What’s the consensus on the forum at the moment? I was a big critic of him under MM largely because of the way MM utilized him; I always felt he had a lot more to give and should have in that role but the shackles were on. He seemed to take on a new lease of life under Hurst/PL last season until his injury and he started this season really well but of late, he seems to be going backwards and fast.

The last three or four games he’s been largely anonymous. For his ability he should be commanding that midfield every week. My biggest criticism of him is that he never bosses it. Spearing gave a better example of how to run a midfield last weekend than he has recently and last night was disappointing again. In a game where our heads had gone and it needed someone to restore order, get the ball on the deck and get us playing again, it was his time to shine but he disappeared.

Sadly, I think it’s time to look at a different combination. Downes is easily ahead of him now imo.
The balance should be a ball winner, box-to-box player and a creative midfielder.
Playing one up front
at 12:52 26 Nov 2019

There's been a mixed reaction to this. Some prefer two up top whereas some prefer the dynamism of one supported by two wider players. If we did opt for one up top moving forward and that one was understandably, Norwood, who do people think would be the best two supporting players adopting the wide roles? Assume everyone is fit.
at 19:39 23 Nov 2019

Deserves his own thread tonight. What a class act. Oozed confidence on the ball; calm and composed throughout; strong in the air and happy carrying the ball out or pull off a trick or two in the final third.

If Webster is valued at 20 million I’d like to see Wolfenden’s price tag should we go up. He’s beginning to make League One games look like training sessions.
Looking good in the warm up...
at 14:45 23 Nov 2019

Much hungrier and sharper than Blackpool in their drills - Rowe and Downes especially.
Toto Nsiala
at 07:22 13 Nov 2019

Has won 3 competitive games in a Town shirt and one of those was a dead rubber.

A - Swansea 2-3
H - Leeds 3-2
H - Gillingham 4-0

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Poor from PL today
at 14:06 20 Oct 2019

I think everyone could see the weak links before we kicked off today.

Dozzell isn't ready to start first team football at this level.
Judge shouldn't partner Jackson up top, ever.
Edwards is a poor wing back.
Toto always a debate.

4 players in those positions prior to kick off we all had reservations over and justifiably so as they were the worst of a very bad bunch.
Dozzell and Toto off - Keane and Huws on?
at 12:53 20 Oct 2019

Skuse drops into the back 3? Toto's proven he's the liability we all thought he was and Dozzell plays games like he's sauntering through training.
Mick's pragmatism
at 11:20 13 Oct 2019

Did he shoot himself in the foot yesterday accepting a draw at Georgia? They now need a win from either of their last two games. Don't fancy them away at Switzerland and a draw isn't much use which could see it go to the final game against Denmark.

Georgia were poor yesterday as we're ROI but there was little in the Irish performance to say Mick went for the 3 points to all but guarantee a place in the Euros. It was another "nowt bad as an away point" display but is it enough?
Angel Investors
at 10:17 10 Oct 2019

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If anyone on here is interested in discussing this or knows of anyone, DM me and i'll be happy to discuss it with you in more detail.
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Southend sold out on general
at 09:05 2 Oct 2019

9:03 and they’re gone! Must have more Gold members than we thought.
Re-sale it is then...
at 23:03 17 Sep 2019

Was that our formation? Looked like it until we switched to a 4-4-1-1. New one on me but worked well in the first half. Not sure why we lost our way during the second. Thoughts?
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Gillingham Ticket Needed
at 17:51 11 Sep 2019

Getting this in early, probably too early but worth a shot! Already got my train ticket and the reminder i set on my calendar didn't alert me so i'm in need of a ticket. Anyone thinking of selling one, give me a shout.
at 22:08 20 Aug 2019

Shades of Bontcho for me with his jinking runs and physique.
Great left foot too. What a difference he made in the second half and some good link up play with Kenlock.
at 20:49 20 Aug 2019

I have never seen a professional footballer so scared of the ball getting anywhere near the final third. He'll do anything not to have the ball and get rid of it to avoid making a decision or messing up.

As for the defending tonight, poor decision making and schoolboy stuff getting sucked in like that.
at 23:29 13 Aug 2019

A player waiting to become a good player rather than taking his chance to become one.

It's games like tonight where he has to excel and stake a claim and if anything, he's slipped down the pecking order further on that performance. Not sure what to make of him anymore. We see glimpses of his craft and vision but the basics go wanting on a lot of occasions and before you know it, it's another forgettable 45 mins of his career gone.

He's young, yes but he has to start stringing things together otherwise this season will pass him by and it'll be a huge opportunity missed for him to kick on.
at 16:06 11 Aug 2019

At the time everyone raised their eyebrows at PL's comments insisting Donacien was a centre back. Given he was very shaky there opening day against Blackburn and looked more comfortable at RB we all thought there had to be some underlying current as to why PL was squeezing him out. However, watching him over the last few games, PL was bang on. He's a competent RB defensively but going forward he's lost. He doesn't look comfortable in advanced positions, takes an extra touch when he doesn't need to and looks fearful trying to get beyond someone or put the ball in the box.

With Vincent-Young being linked, it's a matter of time for Donacien before he becomes a bench warmer at best. Anyone else disagree with that or is it a foregone conclusion?
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