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  1. viv_andersons_nana

    Chuba Akpom

    Not at all. I’ve said it’s much to his credit that he’s stepped up this season. I hope it continues. I’m just wondering where this has been since he signed and whether he’ll go missing again later on. I’d also caution against changing or making judgments on players and managers two games into a...
  2. viv_andersons_nana

    Chuba Akpom

    One issue I’d have with his performances in the past two games would be that he’s just playing for a move. If he doesn’t get one and the window closes, I’d not be surprised if he dropped off again. He disappeared for most of his first season with us. Why wouldn’t he do it again? Where has this...
  3. viv_andersons_nana

    Chuba Akpom

    He was absolutely awful under Warnock. What was it, two goals in five months or something? Five in a season. Two in two to start and then… nothing for months and months? Something like that. Just because he’s got his head down now - which is much to his credit - doesn’t excuse the poor return...
  4. viv_andersons_nana

    Dael Fry should be the first name on the team sheet.

    I take your point but he was 19 five years ago and will be 25 in two weeks. He’s been at the heart of our defence for four full years. How long do we wait for him to really hit the heights every week? Across a 46 game season I mean. As I say, I like him and think he’s a good player and started...
  5. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    You can ‘go for it’ without betting the farm. To my mind, we’re in the Karanka era. Phase one: sort it out, see if you can drag us out of the bottom half of the league. See what we need. Put some pride back. Phase two: use your contacts, let’s have a real good crack at the top end. Aim for...
  6. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    That’s the spirit!
  7. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    It’s incremental though, isn’t it? Next summer, maybe we add the top-class(or just a very good) ‘keeper on a permanent deal. If we’re in the division above then that makes it easier, obviously. Karanka’s team had Bamford in it. When we went up, it was with a core that had been built over three...
  8. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    Also, he DOES take responsibility. I remember a game we lost last season, at the next press conference he said it out loud and in public that he and his staff are at fault and responsible. It’s a collective. He lost yesterday as well. People are so quick to have a pop at managers. Just let him...
  9. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    How many games have we played? Because it looks like two to me TBF.
  10. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    He’s - Scott - only been in his role for a season. You don’t change the culture of a club in twelve months. People point Brentford and Brighton and the like but they built over years, not months. The thing about a loan ‘keeper… when Wilder took Sheffield United up, he had Dean Henderson in...
  11. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    I think he wants promotion any year though. He wanted it last season. He was mightily p*ssed off with the way it ended, despite him saying last season was a bit of a bonus or a free hit and this season was the time to judge. I agree about the joined up thinking though. If we back this manger...
  12. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    We wait. We build. We let him and his staff work with the lads on the training field. When the next window opens, we set out to buy what we need. We improve incrementally, in a sustainable manner. This is what the Boro need to do IMO. No more chopping and changing. Back this bloke. He’s good...
  13. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    Nice work, col.
  14. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    Takes one to know one and all that.
  15. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    That’s why I’m saying let him build. He’s not even had a full summer window yet. Two games into a season. Let’s see how it looks on September 1st. But I wouldn’t expect a manager to change or ditch their principles TBH. I’d much prefer that they were backed and supported and give time and...
  16. viv_andersons_nana

    That new era at old Trafford

    They were dreadful but that squad is a complete disaster. Any coach will need two full years of doing what he wants, shaping the staff and the system and the style, for there to be any real progress. There’s no pattern to anything they do. It’s criminal really, the amount of money it’s cost to...
  17. viv_andersons_nana

    Wilder shows his limited ability - AGAIN

    He won’t set us up differently. To be honest it’s a complete waste of your typing fingers’ energy. This is his system. This is what he does, what him and Alan Knill do. Because it works. It will work for us. Face it, accept it. He’s not going to change his system. And I wouldn’t expect or want...
  18. viv_andersons_nana

    Dael Fry should be the first name on the team sheet.

    People forget with Fry - and I say this as someone who likes and rates him - is that he’s been a focal point of a team that has spent much of the past five years treading water in the second tier. The sort of goals we’ve conceded this season, it’s not like we’ve not conceded poor goals when Fry...
  19. viv_andersons_nana

    The transfer window is the same for everyone

    I would also say we need to remember we’ve already added five players and have one more apparently just about done. This is before the Premier League clubs have really started moving players out. This window being open so long into the season is causing loads of issues, for everyone. Even those...
  20. viv_andersons_nana

    The transfer window is the same for everyone

    Because we don’t follow clubs as intently as we follow Boro so aren’t really aware of those clubs’ being involved in their own transfers ‘chains’ or how and why deals they’re trying to do are taking a long time. Look around the Championship, barely anyone is anywhere near finished in the...
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