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« Reply #60 on: January 28, 2012, 06:56:13 am »

Guttridge is one of the better midfield players in L2 and one we should never have let go.  Therefore, his signing is to be much welcomed.  I expect he will replace Young and, if so, that has to be the right decision.  Young has a future but at the moment he is just not doing enough.  I expect to see one or two more players coming in but AB, not surprisingly, appears to be having difficulty moving some of the failures out.  Like others, I am concerned with the possibility of Doig because he was struggling for pace 3-4 years ago and lack of pace is the great problem at the heart of our defence.
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« Reply #61 on: January 28, 2012, 08:23:18 am »

I think the main criterion on which to judge a new signing is: will he improve us? Is he better than what we have?

Guttridge, for me, is better than Turnbull, Davies and Young. He is experienced, is a fighter and knows how to win at this level.


The key thing is going to be using him correctly. We know that he doesn't like being stuck out wide where his lack of searing pace is a problem. He puts in tackles, but is not really a holding midfielder, so JJ should probably continue there for the time being. Hopefully we'll go back to the 4-5-1/4-3-3 which has served us well away from home. I'd like us to play:

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Crowe Langmead Tozer Adams


Asante/Young Guttridge JJ Harding Jacobs

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« Reply #62 on: January 28, 2012, 10:10:27 am »

When Guttridge was with us I rated him highly even though we didn't play him to his strengths often enough , HOWEVER I am deeply worried by this trend of bringing back players who are several years slower than when they were last here.
This is a high-risk policy. Where are the new generation players to drag us out of the mire?
 
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« Reply #63 on: January 28, 2012, 11:58:59 am »

I think the main criterion on which to judge a new signing is: will he improve us? Is he better than what we have?

Guttridge, for me, is better than Turnbull, Davies and Young. He is experienced, is a fighter and knows how to win at this level.


The key thing is going to be using him correctly. We know that he doesn't like being stuck out wide where his lack of searing pace is a problem. He puts in tackles, but is not really a holding midfielder, so JJ should probably continue there for the time being. Hopefully we'll go back to the 4-5-1/4-3-3 which has served us well away from home. I'd like us to play:

Weale

Crowe Langmead Tozer Adams


Asante/Young Guttridge JJ Harding Jacobs

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I'd much prefer Robinson (if available) to either Asante/Young but wouldn't be surprised if AB goes with Gilligan. Young has been mediocre for a long while (for the most part) now and Asante hasn't really impressed me when I have seen him.

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« Reply #64 on: January 28, 2012, 12:08:41 pm »

SteveR I don't see how you can make the slowness comment about Guttridge who is 29 and has been playing well for Aldershot since he was with us but I do agree with the criticism about Bayo & Crowe who are both past their best.  Doig has not signed yet.
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