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Q: 2022 Summer Transfer Window - How many 1st team players will we sign before August 6th
a. None as Sullivan will wait until the last week before he gets his scattergun out the cupboard
b. A couple of freebies paraded as superstars, usual hype to follow
c. I'm more optimistic as surely they know we need to strengthen, 3-4 with decent money spent.
d. Who gives a toss as we have a great squad already, I've already ordered the new replica kit, socks and all and can't wait to wear it at our first game, down the pub of course, I bleed claret & blue

the exile 8:48 Tue Nov 5
Nathan Holland
After an injury-ravaged season, Holland has been superb for the U23s this year and seems to be going from strength to strength. With many calling for Diangana to be recalled in January, an alternative would be to give this lad a run-out. Surely he's got to be worth a good 35 minutes off the bench. Personally, with Lanzini in shockingly poor form and Fornals still not settled, I would like to see Anderson moved inside into the No.10 role, which would create opportunties for Holland on the left, particularly just now while Antonio is still out of action. Any thoughts?

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Razzle 11:56 Thu Nov 7
Re: Nathan Holland
a bit lightweight, but seems quick.

Eddie B 9:30 Thu Nov 7
Re: Nathan Holland
Needs to get on the bench surely

SUM A DING WONG 6:26 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
for once you're right."

Why thanks, davyg

Remember, we can't all be as intelligent and insightful as you.

Cheers, mate!

daveyg 6:17 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
for once you are right.
I was at the Bournemouth game 2 row in amongst the Bournemouth fans. Anderson was patrolling the left hand touchline but seemed more involved in helping out Cresswell.At times Cresswell was further up the pitch and not able to get back,B'mouth worked on this and had most of their attackes down there. Anderson worked hard but we should have him further up the pitch,he seemed liked he didn't want to constantly go deep into the oppositions penalty aree or touch line knowing that he would have to cover for Cresswell every time.
HE has to work hard but not to cover Cresswell all the time, our central midfield should be able to do that but Noble is also to far forward this season and doesn't have the legs to get up and down so often to cover.

SUM A DING WONG 2:16 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
*waste to me

SUM A DING WONG 2:16 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland

He's not capable of tracking back and then attacking well and scoring - as we can clearly see.

Happy to be proven wrong, but just seems unlikely.

A bit of a wadte to me, but there you go.

Eerie Descent 2:09 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
Sum, regardless of whether he could be used differently, he is not playing well enough. He should be getting the best out of himself first and foremost.

dealcanvey 2:07 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
Grady made the jump and Holland can aswell.

SUM A DING WONG 1:51 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
And by the fucking way, Eerie

I love my Unicorn tattoo - don't ever slag it off.

SUM A DING WONG 1:26 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
Last season he was scoring and creating. But being slagged off for not tracking back.

This season, he's tracking back, but its to the detriment of his attacking play.

SUM A DING WONG 1:22 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland

This about gettiing the best out of him.

If i thought he was doing well presently, then i wouldnt be making the suggestion.

Eerie Descent 1:20 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
SUM A DING WONG 1:01 Wed Nov 6

You've got a tattoo of a Unicorn, haven't you?

Stop making excuses for him, he's being paid an absolute fortune to perform on the pitch, regardless of what he is apparently being asked to do, and he has not been good enough. Nowhere near it.

BigLump 1:14 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
From what I saw in the first half hour against Oxford (yes I know) he certainly knew what to do and showed he is capable.

The question is how he would fare up against bigger teams of course.

What didnt help was having Ajeti( or whatever his name is) playing hide and seek behind the defender and when Holland did work some fantastic positions and played crosses in to the right area - Etherington Mk2 was busy trying to read the shirt number of his marker.

Sadly he seemed to fade early second half and not helped by a clear policy to try playing the ball to the other flank - which clearly worked well on the night.

I'd love to see what he can do, both based on what I saw in 35 mins and on the numerous propoganda clips. Fornals for me is too lightweight and dont get me back on the Ajeti subject

SUM A DING WONG 1:07 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
I think it would help out Haller, massively, too.

SUM A DING WONG 1:01 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
Anderson is ome our most gifted players, if not the most gifted.

He's just not being used properly.

All players have responsibility, Anderson's should be scoring and setting up goals - being a constant threat to the opposition's defence.

Not running up and down the wing helping out the full back.

He could be our magician, playmaker - who can also score goals.

We know he can intercept, retrieve the ballback from the other team, , let him do that further up the pitch where he can then thread balls past the last defender, rather than trying to thread balls through from just inside the opposition's half - or better still, just run on and bang one in.

He's wasted at the moment.

daveyg 10:32 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
Who's Nathan Holland....new to me

yngwies Cat 1:23 Wed Nov 6
Re: Nathan Holland
Too many of the same players

tnb 11:41 Tue Nov 5
Re: Nathan Holland
Once or twice you'll get away with that. Arsenal comes to mind, certainly. But it is not a sustainable solution, at least until if and when we get a proper partner for Rice we would get carved open playing that way every week.

the exile 11:32 Tue Nov 5
Re: Nathan Holland
tnb - Anderson played centrally once or twice early in his first season - I thought he was superb.

tnb 10:56 Tue Nov 5
Re: Nathan Holland
Two recruitment decisions have fucked us. Central midfield, and concentrating on wide players who cut inside. That's why we have no Plan B.

Holland might be an answer to the second issue, along with Antonio coming back. But it won't solve the first one.

We don't really play with a number 10, which is why Lanzini has also suffered, and Haller too. Lanzini is either forced out wide (exacerbating the issue of no real width) or he plays centrally and is expected to contribute alongside Noble and Rice. Haller has no one near him, and very little width giving him balls to attack. The full backs can't push forward because they're having to worry about the ball coming straight through the midfield.

Currently Snodgrass is probably our best option in that sort-of-number-10 position, and as much as he has won me over if he's the answer consistently then you have a serious issue.

With our current squad we can't play with two in midfield. So in your scenario if Holland comes in on the left then Anderson has to be dropped. There's no way he can be that third midfielder, even less so than Lanzini should be asked to.

We are completely mismatched as a squad, and an issue in one place has knock-on effects all over the rest of the pitch.

Eddie B 10:02 Tue Nov 5
Re: Nathan Holland
No, no way. We should get another 33 year old in on massive wages. Fuck this kid.

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