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WUP PREMONITIONS 17/18 RESULTS! Apologies for the late posting of results, but congratulations to Jim Hampshire who got 18th Place and 53 points bang on the nose. Bragging rights are yours :) Special participation trophies to: Mark Leadon, Winchester, Ray, Streatham, who got 18th place right and within one point. A pat on the head to Seoul Womble, Old Warwick, Arne the Viking for getting within 2 points. Fist bumps to Rover T, Graham T and Jester for getting pretty damn close but no cigar in a completely fucked up season. Thanks to everyone for playing!
18th Jul 2018 18:41:08 
[81.lo.gg.ed] 
NB Just about everyone fucked up leading goalscorer. No, Cody turned out not to be a goal machine. And Appiah was confirmed to be a sick note.
7 years and we haven't produced Hartigan or Sweeney or Nightingale or Agyei or the two keepers.
21st Jul 2018 10:47:08 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
shocking
It's also up to the manager to take a chance on an academy player now and then! Nightingale has been the only one so far that Ardley has gambled on!
21st Jul 2018 10:42:40 
[10.lo.gg.ed] 
keefy
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
It's all relative anyway. If we get relegated there's more chance the academy players can meet L2 first team standard which effectively means the academy is a success.....but that's not the right measure for me.
21st Jul 2018 10:34:21 
[82.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Morning all. We're not going to see how good our Academy really is for its main purpose (producing first team players) until about five years from now. By that stage, if it's still not justifying the money it costs us then it does need reconsidering.
21st Jul 2018 10:29:03 
[51.lo.gg.ed] 
Just because WFC had a great youth setup doesn't mean AFCW will automatically have one
Academies can be a from of revenue generation even if players are not making the first team. I don't think it's a fair measure seeing how many play in the first team. They usually get snapped up before they cement a first teams spot - we've already lost a fair few for which may reap financial rewards in the future. Who knows we could end up with just developing one superstar who goes for like £20m on the next 10 years and that would justify the academy.
21st Jul 2018 10:20:09 
[82.lo.gg.ed] 
I'm all for it.
Groan! We're not going to go round the Academy argument loop again!?
21st Jul 2018 10:09:03 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
We need the season to start...
For the avoidance of doubt that is tongue in cheek. Players like Harry Maguire have done ok.
21st Jul 2018 10:05:27 
[81.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
IIRC one of the reasons Ardley got the senior job was that he could use his Cardiff Academy experience to develop the Dons Academy? (Maybe I've got that wrong.)
21st Jul 2018 10:05:13 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
I agree with others that the friendlies are well overpriced. I won't be there today but have a good time everyone who is going.
How many senior players in the Football League have come from club academies at least one division below their senior club? I suspect very very few. We are still catching up with our rapid rise through the leagues.
21st Jul 2018 10:03:08 
[81.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Shouldn't we be looking at why we are not producing the players to come into the side or whether it is worth even bothering to spend the money on the academy. If we have been unable to produce a single player in 7 years then I think it is not just the academy players that is at fault.
21st Jul 2018 09:58:03 
[82.lo.gg.ed] 
Cue the rush to slag off the academy players rather than the bigger elephant in the room.
I agree, waste of time. He'll never play for us again
21st Jul 2018 09:01:08 
[78.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
I see that Ardley has the upmost respect for Hughton. As far as Hughton is concerned, I have the utmost respect for him.
21st Jul 2018 08:45:12 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Ardley should have released Kaja at the end of last season along with a good number of other youth players. We are just not producing what is required after 7 years in league football.
I thought that NA said he wanted Pinnock on the right? The left side of midfield is more of a concern for me.
21st Jul 2018 07:59:08 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
morning troops. If Richarlison is worth 50 mill, Harry Kane must be worth about £17.6 billion.
21st Jul 2018 07:56:55 
[80.lo.gg.ed] 
football has gone MAAAAAAD, pt. 57,110,612 space
If we're playing wing backs a lot view may be Watson and Sibbick cover the right.
21st Jul 2018 07:55:45 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
lurker2012
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
If we loan a player out then I have always said that it has to be for a substantial amount of time - ie 6 months or 12 months. It gives the player time to settle into the new club and to show he can fight for and win a place in the side. I criticised the Alfie Egan loan of a few weeks to Sutton as it was a pointless one but I will commend this one. It sounds like we actually have a plan to make Egli a first team player in the future.
21st Jul 2018 07:33:30 
[82.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
If Egli is out om loan - amd i understand the logic - then we do need another right winger, to put Wagstaff under pressure for his place and of course a left back and centre back too
20th Jul 2018 23:11:42 
[185.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Sad to see Egli move out on loan. He improved last season from someone who ran around a lot with zero effect to someone who got into positions and improved our play at times. Had hoped to see him as a useful sub this season but trust NA on this. Hopefully Scotland will be more 'LTB than Azeez' for the lad.
20th Jul 2018 23:04:13 
[10.lo.gg.ed] 
zendon
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Agree that Trotter was pushed forward, but the result? 3 goals in about 50 games and probably less than 3 assists. IMO he was pushed forward because he was a liability as a 'tackling/holding' midfielder and he turned into a liability as an attacking midfielder. Perhaps NA will stick him out on the wing this season so he can fail to put crosses in...
20th Jul 2018 22:27:32 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Nighty night all...
Wasn’t the problem that Ardley tried to use Trotter as a Bulman/Reeves Duracell bunny defensive midfielder when you only have to see the way he runs to savvy he never going to be effective that way?
20th Jul 2018 22:15:50 
[5.lo.gg.ed] 
I thought Trotter was better when pushed more forward a bit more and Abdou was picked and playing behind him
We as a club are too scared of relegation and that ironically is the most likely thing to get us relegated. It certainly doesn't help if Neal is tasked to have us finish four places above the budget - ie stay up. We have to accept the situation as adults and admit that relegation is a possibly no matter how well we play or Neal devises his tactics. As such Neal's job should not be held on whether we stay up but if our football is entertaining and positive. We should go out to try and win every game and see what happens. Reports from the friendlies do comment on a more positive style.
20th Jul 2018 22:04:03 
[82.lo.gg.ed] 
England didn't win the World Cup but it was more fun to watch.
I can't disagree with the pace issue, which hopefully he may have addressed this season - we shall see. As far as Bulman and Reeves were concerned, IMO they could have been great but too often they were let down by not being helped by their wide men. Too often they were overrun when teams attacked us on the break.
20th Jul 2018 21:58:10 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Just my opinion of course.
He's had some good midfielders in my opinion and Reeves and Bulman were a great pairing for a couple of years. Soares has been a disappointment and it took time for Trotter to adapt to what was needed, he was poor till the New Year. I think his greatest failing has been to have teams that, apart from Azeez, singularly lack pace.
20th Jul 2018 21:49:20 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
I'm just hoping that this season the manager can put together a midfield that leaves Mr Trotter on the bench. If he plays as many games as last season then I fear we will be in a relegation battle once again.
20th Jul 2018 21:43:43 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
IMO the failure to put together an effective midfield unit has been NA's biggest failing during his time as a manager. I'm sure OI will disagree, but this place is all about opinions, obviously.
Kentish doesn't want him back.
20th Jul 2018 21:08:24 
[80.lo.gg.ed] 
spartanwomble
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU