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Why ? Are they not ready

I am a little puzzled by the following quote from Neil Adams, speaking ahead of tonight's game with an improving Leeds side. Adams is hoping that both Lafferty and Hoolveld with be passed fit to take a place each in tonights game.  Nothing wrong with I am sure many of us will be more than happy to have both back. 

Adams Quote="I'm hoping that Lafferty and Hooiveld will both start against Leeds and that Russell Martin can move to right back."

But what puzzles me and other supporters,  why is Russell Martin moved from full back to centre back when injuries crop up,  and then back again now Hoolveld is back in contention.   when we have two other players capable of filling in.  Carlos Cuéllar and Ignasi Miquel both signed by Adams and both centre backs.  Are they not good enough ?  Are they not fit enough ?  

Just what the heck is wrong it must be something to warrant moving Martin from full back to the centre.

 

 

 

 

 

Adams Out ! Seriously

Seriously this is not my call, but some are already calling for the guy to be replaced, that is just plain absurd.

Yea we have slipped a little from the lofty heights we set ourselves earlier. Teams have sussed us out they know they cannot possibily compete toe to toe with us, so they do what is best for them.   Park the bus and wait.   This has worked a little too well.  I would have hoped Adams and Co would have worked out an answer to it by now.  

After saturday's defeat the urgency is a lot more than it was at 3pm as we eagerly waited for the first points at Craven Cottage for a very long time.   (1986 and Kevin Drinkell)   But the same City pattern emerged as the game wore on,  it is not a lot of good having all of the ball if you don;'t score, just ask  Fulham, Rotherham, Charlton, Birmingham and Bournemouth. They were all more than happy to let us play with the ball then  hit us hard on the break. 

  No doubts about it it worked.

But to call for another manager is past a joke,  knee-jerk reaction that has got other clubs into trouble, Neil Adams and his backroom team must be given a reasonable time to work out a way round or through this current situation. If this was christmas and a longer list of dropped points then perhaps it would be time to think again. But October ..O Please

As fans we all have our own ideas of how he needs to go and how he should do things.   But The important thing is we are Fans, nothing more and certainly not less.   It is those that are or have been involved in the professional game who really know what the score is

I will only add that Neil Adam has built a very good squad and now is the time to start to work that squad,  there are players on the fringe of the first 11 who should now be getting their chance to impress and do the job, 

Some players have suffered a dip in form, these are the ones who need replacing.  However  I do feel that Adams has favourite players, while there is nothing wrong with that in a sense, the problem for me , is when these players are still being selected with their form lower,  ahead of others who have not been given the chance yet.

It is easy to name players who we would like to see dropped or picked, but it has to be those that are struggling, not playing their best.  There are alternatives sitting on the bench or in the stands,   O Neil, Bennett, Howson, Odjidja and McGrandles it is a sure bet not many teams will know much about the latter two.

 

Finally,  Gary Hooper wanted by Bolton,  it stands to reason Neil Lennon would want this guy, Hooper has been at his most successful while playing under Lennon.  What bothers me is letting it leak to the press, which I am sure is a ploy of unsettling a possible already unsettled player.   But in saying that I am also sure Lennon and Hooper do have each others phone numbers. 

It cannot be allowed to happen, already mistakes have been made,  who would have guessed Bassong would be allowed to to go to a title challenging rival ?   Who now sit on the top rung.  

Also I see allowing Becchio depart was a mistake too, it was a forgone conclusion that a striker would eventually have a dip in form and confidence.   It is time to really shake the squad up, I maybe a tad old fashioned, but for me getting out of this league is still more of a kick than of a pass. 

For that reason I would plonk Lafferty and Hooper together in a standard 4-4-2 . there is my view as a fan.  what do I know

Leeds Fan Q&A's

With a big home on the horizon, with Leeds being the visitors we have teamed up with Vital-Leeds for a a question and Answer session.  As many can guess the questions do contain questions and answers on What do Leeds fans think of City buying several of their players. Other topics include Morison, Leeds Onwers,

Our thanks goes to Daz over there on the vital Leeds network .

CR.. Leeds has had many changes in Owners and Managers recently. Are the Current Ones, The Ones to take you onwards?

VLeeds ..I am hoping so but a lot could still depend on what the Football League try to do to Massimo Cellino. The FL are still hoping to ban him from owning Leeds but firstly, it is likely to get dragged through the courts and secondly, he is showing that he is stabilising the club at long last.
I have been happy with 95% of what he has done so far since his arrival. He has brought in fifteen players who are mostly young and learning and they already look like they have the capabilities to go far (Keep your hands off).

CR  I have heard many Leeds fans speak with great anger over Norwich City because of the players we paid money for, is it a fair reflection?

VLeedsI .. would have to be honest and say it is. I think the one that really hurt the most was seeing Leeds born youngster Jonny Howson sold. I cannot begrudge any player wanting to better themselves and move into the Premier League and Snodgrass and Becchio did stay around longer than some would have expected. It was frustrating to see one club coming inand buying them all.

CR. How do you view and See Norwich Doing this season?

VLeeds.  .I am not sure about your manager and I think he was probably a cheap appointment by the club. Surprising when you have dropped out of the Premier League and have the parachute payment to play with that you didn’t go with a bigger name but having said that, you are top of the league, so who am I to question his abilities.
I expected all the teams coming down to be challenging for automatic promotion. The Championship is so unpredictable though and it is no surprise that it isn’t going to plan for a couple of the clubs who came down.

CR..Steve Morison went the other way in Becchio deal, many Norwich fans were undecided over Morison, he was often viewed as being lazy, uninterested etc. How do Leeds Fans view him?

VLeeds..Pretty much the same way Norwich fans did and he doesn’t endear himself to the Leeds fans. The one thing we ask for is 100% commitment. You can be an average player but if you give 100% you will endear yourself to the Leeds fans. One of your ex-players Andy Hughes is a prime example of that. He wasn’t blessed with ability but he wore his heart on his sleeve and gave 100%. He was loved by the Leeds faithful.
He has just got back into the squad again after 18-months away so it is up to him which way it goes.

CR..Where do you see the finishing positions for yourselves and Norwich?

VLeeds.....If we can be in the top twelve at Christmas, I can see us finishing strongly. With so many new players and mostly imported, it was always going to take time to gel. We have shown signs that we can do something this season but I would be happy with a top half finish because I think a season in this division would be good for the squad to challenge strongly next season.

I think the fact you are already top of the table tells its own story. I will be shocked if you don’t finish in the top two but you never know in the championship.

CR   Finally a Score Prediction ?

VLeeds..Norwich have cost me a fortune this season due to their home form. All I ever hear is, ‘played well but couldn’t finish’. Sooner or later you will find your shooting boots at home, I just hope it is the week after Leeds have been.
I will be happy if we can come away with a point. 1-1

 

Many thanks Daz, we appreciate your honesty and openess, we wish all the very best for the rest of the season, (except on Tuesday (lolol),   hope we get a game that sticks in the memories for all the right reasons.

Lennon Wants Hooper

According to the Bolton News, new Trotters manager Neil Lennon,  is considering a loan move for Norwich City striker Gary Hooper,

Just coming back from injury Hooper made his come back in the defeat at Craven Cottage yesterday.  Lennon. who previously worked with Hooper at Celtic, will offer his former striker a short-term loan move before the January transfer window.

 

I would hope, that this will be refused

Time to Use The Squad

Another dismal journey home for the yellow army (a large one this time) from the banks of the Thames. I am not one for subscribing to  hoodoo's or anything of the like,   we simply cannot beat Fulham,  perhaps the same as other teams cannot beat us.   I do believe the media are making much more out of this than need be.

But something is going wrong, it isn't because we played Fulham, Charlton and Rotherham have also gone away with points after exposing weaknessness managers have worked us out and quite quickly too,  we don't appear to have another way of playing. Too slow out of the block by far OK we dominate  to such a point wehave so much of the ball players can sign the bloody thing while playing.  But that is it of late.

The goals have dried up a little, chances are no longer being created.it is time for change ..

Much has been made of the size and quaility of Adams squad,  in some quaterers they are seen as the best squad in the League, but most teams supporters would have you believe that.  But there is no doubt a good squad has been put together in both quanity and quaility.  So now is the time to use it, to make it work for it large wage bill. 

Players have been off the boil or going off the boil for a few games, yet they are still picked when clearly off the pace.  Grabban for one has looked no where near the player we first saw, that has been highlighted in wayward sky kicks, missed chances and finally one of the easier things a penalty.   With Hooper coming back there is another option, but this raises another question, does Hooper really want to be here ?    I cannot say I am convinced that he does...

Sadly Becchio is now injured, but should he have been allowed to go out on loan.

Adams has brought in three centre backs  two with vast experience and one very good prospect,  granted one was injured,  but still persists in playing Russell Martin  at the expense of Cuéllar and Miquel.  baffles me a little, I know Martin plays there for Scotland but that has little bearing on Championship football for me

. And what on earth was behind letting Bassong join a rival, who have now taken over as the league leaders,  another decision that leaves many scatching their heads where there isn't an itch.

Even Olsson has not been the same, this season, perhaps he is another whose heart is not 100% with the club.  Garrido has never let us down nor made it known he isn't happy here.

Johnson has been great but the last couple of games the old Bradley is back, mistakes, poor decisions and terrible passing (He is not alone on that score)   Hoolahan has been squeezed in no matter what way Adams plays,  he has been pushed out wide left, when just about every City supporter knows he cannot play, (ask other managers)

   Yet we have  Howson, O Neil, Vadis Odjidja,  and bright Scottish prospect Conor McGrandles, not to mention the young boy who come from our own Academy, they are seen good enough to be in the squad.

 Players who were deemed good enough to be brought here as members of Adams own squad, yet he seems almost scared to ring the changes with certain players who have clearly lost their sharpness.  Howson and ONeil we know are more than capable, Odjidja is supposed to be an exciting attacking midfielder or so we have been led to believe. Conor McGrandles was such a  prospect  that some Premier Teams were supposed to be chasing him .

Just where are they, Why are they not being used,  they need to be in the team.

I am confused as to whether Neil Adams is being too loyal to certain players or he is simply too naive,  whatever it is or a mixture of both. The team selection and tactics have been wrong, his method of playing are being sussed by the opposition,  he is not using the advantages his squad gives him.

Changes are needed, players need a quick kick up the butt to gee them up by dropping them and giving others the chance, after all I thought that is what the idea  of a squad is

.  A revitalisation is badly needed or the reign of Neil Adams will start to go the way of other managers, whose tarnished crowns hang  on a peg by the Carrow Road Throne.

 

 

U21 Game Free

Just a reminder that tomorrow night's U21 match against Spurs is FREE or if you have BT Sports who are screening the game on one of their channels.

 

 

Becchio Breaks Ankle

Reports are suggesting Luciano Becchio has broken his ankle and will be out for least 3 months  On loan  to Rotherham the striker netted in the last two home games, against Blackburn Rovers and Charlton Athletic. But will miss the chance to play against his previous club Leeds Utd on friday in front of the Sky Cameras.

Hope it heals quickly for him, he deserves some better luck

Wessi on The Score Sheet

Wes Hoolahan put in a very good shift for the Republic of Ireland scoring the last in a 7-0 rout of Gibraltar, plus winning a penalty which veteran Robbie Keane made his hat trick.

 

As long as he stays injury free

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