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06 Oct 2019 08:39:58
I think you may be reading more into the situation than is actually there. Team selection is nuanced and match specific and shouldn’t be reduced to simple player – coach disagreements. RH has highlighted that YV has been struggling in training and his performance has dipped. He also underlined its not a case of not trusting YV. He is a young player, still developing and his from will be inconsistent. But now he has been training hard and is looking to be involved v Chelsea.

The club failed to invest in full back positions again this summer despite selling, so we have two right backs, one of which stated a desire to leave over the summer and the other is young and still learning. On the other side, we have one left back in Bertrand.

We praise RH for taking a stern approach with players, insisting they invest in his vision or they drop out, but then when things on the pitch aren’t perfect, you think we should bemoan his approach and say he’s going too far? We should second guess why certain players aren’t playing?

About Valery, RH has already spoken this week. Cedric pulled out against Spurs because of a calf injury sustained during the week’s training and aggravated in the pre-game warm-up. RH also explained the reasons for his line-up choice v Spurs which is perfectly sensible. Yes, experimenting with Danso in a full back position in the past has been unsuccessful, but so what? Given our scant options, I’m perfectly happy for the head coach to try a few things to see what works.

Comparing our team to Leicester and Schalke is ridiculous. Leicester have a very talented squad of players with a balanced blend of youth and experience that should see them challenging for European places this season. That alone is not down to Brendan Rodgers. Schalke have played 7 games so far under David Wagner and a season’s performance cannot be judged after 7 games.

Also, what’s the point in repeating silly rumours about Charlie Austin that you yourself state you don’t know are true? They are the seeds of undermining our head coach and sewing them does nothing but harm. If this forum is to become a negative spiral of nonsense and a platform for sharing unfounded conjecture then I for one will be checking out. Its disappointing that this forum is far more active when we aren’t playing well compared to when we are struggling. I understand why that is, but perhaps things would feel slightly less bleak if there was a positive post for every negative one.

Given we are only 7 games into the season, shouldn’t we just let things develop and see how we get on? RH has already demonstrated more ability than our last few head coaches and given the ability levels in our squad, we cannot expect too much. We are targeting a finish between 10 and 14 place this season. Anything more is unrealistic at this stage. Its frustrating that we are not playing better at the moment but RH has done enough to earn our trust and patience. let's not be hyper-critical before the season really starts to show its colours.





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26 Oct 2019 16:27:55
Its hard to assess what happened last night. Impossible to review objectively because it raises such passion. My knee-jerk reaction is to agree that the players aren’t good enough. We have a good coach so the problem must lie with them as the only constant in this long run of poor performance.

If its not about ability, then perhaps there’s a psychological issue with the team. Sure, Hojberg is hyper-competitive but most of the players seem to want to win, as any professional does, but lack the character to really go out and take it. JWP got on my nerves last season as he got into players faces, winding them up and cheering cards and sendings off, but I’d rather see that than the meek status quo on display against Leicester.

Bertrand, a senior member of the team, made another foolish error that cost the team dearly. Valery underlined why RH has been reluctant to play him this season. Don’t forget, a few weeks back, he was being questioned by some of you about this, but since Vlaery’s return to the first team, all he has done is confirm RH’s concerns. Leicester attacked mainly down the left and he was powerless to stop them. He moves to right back and looked positive going forward but again, naive defensively and switched off for Perez’s goal at the far post.

JWP is poor option at right back. He hasn’t the pace or ability to be a wide attacking threat, nor has he the defensive capability to be a strong enough obstacle to opponents. He is a youthful relic of football from a bygone era. Romeu has been slow in mind and body for some time now. Ings and Redmond don’t seem to play well together. They aren’t reading each other well and often chase the same ball rather than making runs off each other. There’s little cohesion amongst our centrebacks for the most part and Gunn in goal is not commanding in any way.

That is a whole heap of problems. I feel for RH because you spend the week planning for resilience, pick what you think is your best 11 and then, across the board, everyone falls way short of where they need to be. You know they’re better than that because you’ve seen it on match day. You look at the bench and you have just three substitutions. All you can do is use them and move personnel around the pitch and hope to paper the cracks as best you can. He tried several formations and positions, but with little benefit. RH does look low, but who wouldn’t after last night!?

More concerning is the general performance level of the team so far this season. There’s been too little of the pressing, aggressive team that RH wants. A team that’s hard to beat and in your face. Leicester were the embodiment of cohesion, attacking with pace and fluidity; we were the antithesis. Jamie Vardy was kept quiet for long spells. Chilwell, Perez, Tielemans all scored, highlighting runs from deep and out wide that were not tracked and our central defenders were swamped.

The players seem to have reset to their default malaise. The club must back RH in his attempts to alter this in any way he can. As fans, we would do well to follow the example of the many who continued to sing and support for the 90 mins. Another long season lies ahead.