Middlesbrough duo set to leave club...

WeeGord

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It's a shame about Fletcher as I do think he will prove to be a decent striker and has shown glimpses of being a decent footballer. However, given his relatively high salary and poor injury record I'm not going to lose too much sleep over it. Sheff Utd have parachute payments and will undoubtedly offer him a higher salary than we would.
 

Alzi

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Have they still got Rodwell? At least he'll have a non playing pal in our Fletch next season. Maybe they can go to the arcades together on a Saturday afternoon.
 

Nobby_Barnes

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Sheffield utd have almost as bad a record as us of signing dodgy strikers for exorbitant amounts of money. How much did they pay for tubby Brewster?
Brewster has been a disaster especially for the money and he was unproven in the Premier League. They probably could have got Origi from Liverpool for about the same....
 

Alzi

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Great news with Fletcher, a massive disappointment of a signing, not his fault the price tag, maybe that was the problem but if he were a fee transfer I'd have still thought we were short changed

I do wonder if he is one of these players who won't play with a slight niggle. He rarely looks 100% committed on the pitch and the amount of relatively minor injuries he gets is ridiculous.

Sturridge at Liverpool had a similar mentality (albeit he was a much more talented player in his prime)
 

Erimus74

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I do wonder if he is one of these players who won't play with a slight niggle. He rarely looks 100% committed on the pitch and the amount of relatively minor injuries he gets is ridiculous.

Sturridge at Liverpool had a similar mentality (albeit he was a much more talented player in his prime)
Could be right there, he never seems committed & with been out too often he doesnt get in to a run of match routine, glad hes going mind
 

Frozen Horse

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Sorry to see Fletcher go TBH, got a lot of stick for the fee, and for being the wrong player at the wrong time. Both criticisms are valid, but both are criticisms of Monk, not of him.
 

Erimus74

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Sorry to see Fletcher go TBH, got a lot of stick for the fee, and for being the wrong player at the wrong time. Both criticisms are valid, but both are criticisms of Monk, not of him.
Agree the price tag was of no making of him, his attitude on the pitch was ok just his desire to perform & go that extra mile was non existence, sadly he'll be remembered as a £7m flop, price tag apart, he could & should have done more, IMHO, mind
 

anth25

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Watching Norwich, Watford and potentially Bournemouth bounce back at the first time of asking just rubs it in about how badly we managed relegation and parachute payments. Although not his fault necessarily, the signing of Fletcher was a big part of this so despite him showing flashes of ability I have no issues with him going. Glad to be getting the final dregs of that Monk team out of the club so that we can re-build for the future
 

Centralscrutinizer

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This summers transfer activity, especially in our league is going to interesting/chaotic with all the clubs that are in financial difficulty and Covid still casting a shadow over things regarding club income. There'll be a massive amount of player movement I reckon and a large recalibration of what players will be offered. I'm thinking a lot of transfers will take a long time as the agents start off asking for a lot more than clubs will pay and this being whittled down and/or clubs dropping out of signings.
 

NYboro

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This summers transfer activity, especially in our league is going to interesting/chaotic with all the clubs that are in financial difficulty and Covid still casting a shadow over things regarding club income. There'll be a massive amount of player movement I reckon and a large recalibration of what players will be offered. I'm thinking a lot of transfers will take a long time as the agents start off asking for a lot more than clubs will pay and this being whittled down and/or clubs dropping out of signings.
I'd like to see more clubs following Gillingham's lead - they refuse to pay agents. The chairman said that if the players want to use agents, it is their responsibility to pay them......
 

Centralscrutinizer

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Watching Norwich, Watford and potentially Bournemouth bounce back at the first time of asking just rubs it in about how badly we managed relegation and parachute payments. Although not his fault necessarily, the signing of Fletcher was a big part of this so despite him showing flashes of ability I have no issues with him going. Glad to be getting the final dregs of that Monk team out of the club so that we can re-build for the future
It shows you how bad things have got when apart from the odd player, Fry, Tav, no one will lose any sleep over players leaving.
 

TheYorkshireTerrier

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Called Coulson leaving a few months ago. He doesn't really have a position that he's made his own, when he comes on he just seems to float about aimlessly with no real affect on the game.

He's not exactly a young lad now either, needs to be playing regularly if he's to make a career for himself.
 

brain_in_a_jar

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Was that linked article written by a child?

Said on another thread I'd have been happy to see fletch stay as a back up striker but if he goes I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. Still the same really, looks like he's been pieing it off in training from Warnock's comments so no big loss next season - assuming we get some decent strikers in.
 
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