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Still time, but if we don’t get some decent signings this will be a real failure for the football panel/ committee- it’s been pretty clear all month that OP was likely to go, leaving us short of players but with cash to spend- we should have been planning for that and ready to act when the OP deal was done, not spending ages “working through the list”. Process is all very well but what we need is action of some kind.
28th Jan 2022 15:18:37 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
0-2 tomorrow and I think i'll probably predict the same scoreline for every home game now unless we get some inbound transfer movement before the window shuts.
28th Jan 2022 15:18:21 
[185.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
What is being forgotten is we already needed a striker before Palmer left. It's common knowledge Robbo wanted another one before the August window shut and Mebude/Pressley weren't replacements for Pigott. So now Palmer has gone we need two decent new strikers ideally. I suspect we're only looking to bring one in though.
28th Jan 2022 15:12:37 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
oxford don
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
I understand that DO, but we didnt really replace Piggott. We were awful with one up top last year, but as soon as we went with Piggott and Palmer results improved. Not just that we started to actually batter teams. Palmer got injured and Piggott struggled up top on his own again. Piggott leaves, Palmer battles alone and now leaves.
28th Jan 2022 14:52:33 
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bluewomble75
We seem really keen to get this new left back on board as well. Been dragging on for 3 days now
That's the other thing. We tend to play one striker but we have eight forwards on the books (admittedly three are on loan but they could be recalled), all of who are under 22.
28th Jan 2022 14:49:31 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Quantity over quality
lol we are literally not going to sign anyone, are we.
28th Jan 2022 14:46:21 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
bw75 - strikers cost money. Imagine if instead of Palmer we'd had another Cosgrave - could then pick 2 from 4 of Cosgrave, Cosgrave#2, Ablade & Zach Robinson, switch them after 60 mins for other 2.
28th Jan 2022 14:44:30 
[82.lo.gg.ed] 
Decision to go 1 up, so spent wages for 2 poor forwards on just Palmer.
Could be right there, Sparters. I'm sure Cosgrave has potential but he looked more green than one of those XR nutters who glue their heads to the wall.
28th Jan 2022 14:40:51 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Fish out of water
It may be that Ablade will start tomorrow if Robbo feels that he has got his match fitness up to a decent enough level now and maybe he can last for 60 - 70 mins. Robbo may have decided to start Cosgrave because his fitness levels were higher having played half a season at Dover.
28th Jan 2022 14:35:03 
[80.lo.gg.ed] 
spartanwomble
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Anyone else think that Robinson might also be part of the problem in sticking with this rigid one up front.
28th Jan 2022 14:30:48 
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bluewomble75
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
There are different ways to go long than merely stick it in the mixer. You can knock it in the channel for a pacey player to chase (Ablade seems to have pace but Cosgrave does not), and I would have thought - with our pressing, swift counter-attacking style - pace and ideally some physical presence is the long-term way for us to go than Palmer-style lumps.
28th Jan 2022 14:30:23 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
I was baffled with Cosgrave's selection when The Blade had been building minutes. An error.
28th Jan 2022 14:25:04 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
That's what I had in mind by saying they need to get selection/tactics right.
KD, see where you're coming from but none of our non-league 'gems' have any real physicality. I was struck Tuesday night by how we immediately lost possession from pretty much every goal kick and every throw-in. We were particularly clueless with throws, no option to go long. We need more physical strength up front this window, then try to scrape funds together for a longer term replacement in July, if we're still in L1.
28th Jan 2022 14:20:56 
[94.lo.gg.ed] 
kt2
Pressley will help a bit this season, eventually, but he's not the answer. Ablade doesn't look like he's winning much in the air either.
“The hardest decision I have had to make in football” – Ollie Palmer opens up on his emotional AFC Wimbledon exit… [Link]
28th Jan 2022 14:14:55 
[10.lo.gg.ed] 
Good man! Wish him well! Now, let’s get a new talisman signed up, and pronto!
Our lack of fire-power up front is partly due to Robinson's tactic of just playing one striker. If we told two strikers to actually play as a duo, in and around the penalty area, we would be so much more threatening. Instead, as we have seen, Palmer on his own has had to struggle against the attentions of two centre backs, while the opposition right back has been allowed to maraud down the wing unchallenged. So far, our team's second striker has usually been someone like Assal, Ablade or Mebude, all of whom spend most of the game lurking in midfield, out on the wing, or generally foraging for the ball, instead of getting into actual goal scoring positions near the opposition net.
28th Jan 2022 14:09:59 
[77.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Personally I think Robinson needs an experienced number two in the Terry Burton mould.
28th Jan 2022 14:07:35 
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bluewomble75
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KT2 -I'm saying we've got enough non-league 'gems'/noobs and would rather hang on for a quality, established signing than some random lump on a stick.
28th Jan 2022 13:59:57 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
We have enough quality to stay up with what we have but Robinson/Tuvey need to start getting their starting lineup/tactics right (not all that impressed by Tuvey, as it happens). It's a shame events dictate it'll be another season of being happy to finish above 21st but that's where we are now
Yay, beer app!
28th Jan 2022 13:56:43 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
KD - so if I've understood your post correctly, you'd rather have a better CF sign in July, and see out the season with what we have now - IE no OP replacement (perhaps of lower quality) in the January window. Perhaps we can do both, IDK, but seems unlikely.
28th Jan 2022 13:51:57 
[94.lo.gg.ed] 
kt2
We're almost certainly not able to afford "an experienced, L1 standard replacement" with whatever we have left over after signing Brown, given January price gouging. We might be able to sign a proper non-league pacey bruiser, which might just do the trick.
I wonder how much bond money is coming from fans now. 6% must look very attractive to outside investors right now, even though 5% of that is risk premium (a 'risk-free', i.e. government, 5 year bond is at around 1%). Good business for the club if it saves secured commercial lending at 10% or more.
28th Jan 2022 13:50:47 
[212.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Does it matter if we get our 1st or 100th choice, there seems to be a tendency by management to play “one of our own” players anyway.
28th Jan 2022 13:42:34 
[213.lo.gg.ed] 
effra rd womble
Wouldn’t be surprised to sign Brown and then watch NGW or Osew start at LB for the next 5 or 6 games.
Would love us to have that gamesmanship Trigs but we are so nice. We've probably already forwarded them our entire game plan.
28th Jan 2022 13:30:09 
[213.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
I’m hoping that the delay in announcing Brown is a cunning plan to keep Shrewsbury guessing.
28th Jan 2022 13:26:10 
[85.lo.gg.ed] 
“Double swoop” headline ahead 🥸
McCormick and Marsh are top players. The loans have been crap. Lawrence looked good before his injury but the rest meh.
28th Jan 2022 13:20:20 
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bluewomble75
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Plough Lane Bond 2 absolutely rocketing again today. Fans delivering again. Time for the club to give the fans something back and deliver 2 good signings. Not too much to ask, i hope.
28th Jan 2022 13:01:48 
[213.lo.gg.ed] 
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