2 more players needed

LoganBear

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I'd say Itten is very much a project/development player that will be given time to settle if Morelos leaves tomorrow Roofe will be first choice striker for me
Worth noting itten is currently only 1 year younger than alfredo now and a couple of years older than alfredo was when we signed him to lead our line.
 

KGR98

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Worth noting itten is currently only 1 year younger than alfredo now and a couple of years older than alfredo was when we signed him to lead our line.
As scary as it sounds Morelos wasn't signed to be our first choice striker Herrera was Caixinhas man and only went to Johansson for the recommendation
 
If Aribo turns into the player where he can get 10 + goals per season and contribute with more assists then all I want is a big destroyer take no prisoners midfielder
 

LoganBear

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As scary as it sounds Morelos wasn't signed to be our first choice striker Herrera was Caixinhas man and only went to Johannson for the recommendation
Haha probably true.

Talk about first impressions.

First competitive game i seen herrera play was fir park im sure and thought this guy is gona struggle.

First game i seen the buff play was at Ibrox in europa im sure, must have been progres and i just knew he had something, probably didnt realise how good he would go on to develop if im being honest.
 

Herbie53

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Don’t know if I’m being greedy but I’d like to see another striker and a CM come in, another RB maybe too.
 

Cutty/Young

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After today’s signings I feel we are 2 players away from a serious title challenge.
A c.m of real quality and a right attacker/number 10 in mould of aluko in his prime then I would be happy.
Sign Paulinio and Fran Sergio from Braga and we'll win the league.
 

Cooperfan

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The more good players the better when you look at our bench. A bit of strength up front now, which we lacked.

The midfield still lacks numbers and different options on the bench. Another Aribo or Hagi would be nice. I think that's all we'll get, one more signing. Two quality signings would exceed my expectations.
 

Cooperfan

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While I am saying that I think the club will give us one more quality signing it should be pointed out that we have two very inexperienced fullbacks to cover for us. That's a big gamble but the coaching team clearly have confidence in them
 

o7o

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u want Ar
I think it looks like Gerrard has Zungu (or someone of that ilk) earmarked for the midfield, but that could be it.

Roofe can also play as a wide attacker so could compliment Itten up front which could then allow Hagi to play more centrally as the no.10.

This in turn may see Aribo drop back to be part of the 2 in the 4-2-3-1 formation we seem to favour, but crucially whether paired alongside Kamara, Jack, Zungu or whoever else, he’d be expected to be more box to box thus erasing the need for the two holding men we’re currently playing there.

I’m confident we’ll get Zungu or someone else for the middle of the park and then we really do look, on paper at least, a much stronger squad, even with the likely loss of Alfie.

Exciting times.
You Arbo further forward imo.
 

tazzabear

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I think it looks like Gerrard has Zungu (or someone of that ilk) earmarked for the midfield, but that could be it.

Roofe can also play as a wide attacker so could compliment Itten up front which could then allow Hagi to play more centrally as the no.10.

This in turn may see Aribo drop back to be part of the 2 in the 4-2-3-1 formation we seem to favour, but crucially whether paired alongside Kamara, Jack, Zungu or whoever else, he’d be expected to be more box to box thus erasing the need for the two holding men we’re currently playing there.

I’m confident we’ll get Zungu or someone else for the middle of the park and then we really do look, on paper at least, a much stronger squad, even with the likely loss of Alfie.

Exciting times.
You serious about Kent being so far down the options?
 

tazzabear

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Don't think we need that right sided attacker anymore. Hagi, Kent and Roofe all can play there, Itten on the little i have seen of him looks like he has qualities that could fit there and then you still have players like Stewart, Murphy and Barker at the club. A goal scoring midfielder should be the priority and possibly last signing
Totally agree here.
We need more goals from the rest of the team, at least twenty, closer to thirty, from our midfield, including Hagi and Kent and another ten to twenty from the defenders.
Roofe and Itten, along with Morelos, need to score what Morelos and Defoe did last season.
 

bar72bear

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Move on Stewart, Jones and Murphy who will be lucky to play 10 games between them this year and sign 1 quality cm and we are looking good . The squad is currently bloated with players who won’t get much game time
 

GF7

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Patterson?
He is 18 and untested other than a start against stranraer.

If he is ready then great but I think it would be very foolish not to have a backup, will be very surprised if we aren't actively looking. We essentially lost 3 fullbacks in the summer in Flanagan, Polster and Halliday - only bringing in Bassey.
 

ronadamus_prime

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A RB for cover for Tav is a must.

Tav gets suspended of injured then Ryan Jack will be there
I've spent a lot of time reading threads on here, chastising the coaching staff for not using or trusting our academy players. Entire threads questioning if we should continue funding our youth academy.

Patterson will get the nod, if and when required to cover for Tav. We don't need to waste funds on a back up right back.
 

GF7

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I've spent a lot of time reading threads on here, chastising the coaching staff for not using or trusting our academy players. Entire threads questioning if we should continue funding our youth academy.

Patterson will get the nod, if and when required to cover for Tav. We don't need to waste funds on a back up right back.
I've read countless threads wanting Tav dropped or sold after virtually every game last season, albeit nonsense.

We do need to develop our academy players but not like that. We have two recognised full backs in Tav and Borna, not sure Bassey had any first team experience at all at Leiscter. Flanagan and Halliday both featured a lot last season showing that we need decent cover - especially in a 60 game season.
 

Captain_Buns

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I've read countless threads wanting Tav dropped or sold after virtually every game last season, albeit nonsense.

We do need to develop our academy players but not like that. We have two recognised full backs in Tav and Borna, not sure Bassey had any first team experience at all at Leiscter. Flanagan and Halliday both featured a lot last season showing that we need decent cover - especially in a 60 game season.
Bassey & Patterson are the cover though regardless of current first team experience.
 

ronadamus_prime

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I've read countless threads wanting Tav dropped or sold after virtually every game last season, albeit nonsense.

We do need to develop our academy players but not like that. We have two recognised full backs in Tav and Borna, not sure Bassey had any first team experience at all at Leiscter. Flanagan and Halliday both featured a lot last season showing that we need decent cover - especially in a 60 game season.
Flanagan and Halliday both featured heavily at LB. As Borna is prone to the odd niggly injury. Tav hardly misses a game. The only reason he did last season was due to his appendix.

Bassey has barely kicked a ball at senior level football. He is in the exact same boat as Patterson in that regard, although admittedly, Bassey seems to be a far more physically developed player. He is, however, just as inexperienced. So should we buy an experienced Leftback just incase as well?
 

interbear

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Hagi to drop back into CM instead of Kamara, with Roofe RW and Itten as CF.

I think we're done.
I agree that’s the formation I see developing here. Kent, Itten and Roofe as the front 3 with Hagi dropping into midfield as provider. It’s where I think Hagi should be playing anyway.

I do think though that we will still look to add a dynamic box to box midfielder to speed up our transition from back to front.

So, 1 midfielder and our incoming business will be complete.

There is no way we’ll be looking to bring Maja in as well as the two strikers yesterday, even if (or rather when) Morelos goes.
 

GF7

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Flanagan and Halliday both featured heavily at LB. As Borna is prone to the odd niggly injury. Tav hardly misses a game. The only reason he did last season was due to his appendix.

Bassey has barely kicked a ball at senior level football. He is in the exact same boat as Patterson in that regard, although admittedly, Bassey seems to be a far more physically developed player. He is, however, just as inexperienced. So should we buy an experienced Leftback just incase as well?
Our season went off a cliff when Tav was out and Patterson covered one game in that time.

I think we should have an experienced LB for cover as well yes.

This isn't controversial to want adequate cover, especially on a thread about additional signings. We have a lot of forward players surplus to requirements to free I p wages
 

interbear

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Flanagan and Halliday both featured heavily at LB. As Borna is prone to the odd niggly injury. Tav hardly misses a game. The only reason he did last season was due to his appendix.

Bassey has barely kicked a ball at senior level football. He is in the exact same boat as Patterson in that regard, although admittedly, Bassey seems to be a far more physically developed player. He is, however, just as inexperienced. So should we buy an experienced Leftback just incase as well?
No I don’t think we’ll buy more experienced cover at right or left back. Neither should we, we have two seemingly talented youngsters in Patterson and Bassey who can provide that cover for Tav and Borna. Those youngsters will never get any experience or develop in the way we need if we shunt them further down the pecking order by bringing in others. And I also think that Gerrard is - rightly - focused on first team quality rather than quantity in this window. With talented youngsters as back up, which makes sense to me.
 

MrFahrenheit

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get someone in who plays like Lassana Coulibaly in his first 5-10 games for us, lets not talk about him after that
 

ronadamus_prime

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Our season went off a cliff when Tav was out and Patterson covered one game in that time.

I think we should have an experienced LB for cover as well yes.

This isn't controversial to want adequate cover, especially on a thread about additional signings. We have a lot of forward players surplus to requirements to free I p wages
Our season fell apart because our entire squad shat it post winter break. It had very little to do with an injury to Tav.

It's not controversial but it is wholly unrealistic. Bassey was signed to be cover for Borna. Gerrard said as much on the day the signing was announced. We do have a lot of surplus to requirement players in the squad but filling the squad with marginally better back up players for positions that will rarely see game time. Seems a bit of a counter intuitive use of funds to me. Our midfield is the current area of the squad, that requires the most strengthening imo.
 

ronadamus_prime

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No I don’t think we’ll buy more experienced cover at right or left back. Neither should we, we have two seemingly talented youngsters in Patterson and Bassey who can provide that cover for Tav and Borna. Those youngsters will never get any experience or develop in the way we need if we shunt them further down the pecking order by bringing in others. And I also think that Gerrard is - rightly - focused on first team quality rather than quantity in this window. With talented youngsters as back up, which makes sense to me.
Oh I agree fully with you. The person I was replying to seems to think we should sign experienced cover for those areas.
 

MearnsUnionist

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Aribo won’t be playing in one of the 3 forward roles.

Neither will Arfield.


It's clear from pre season games that Aribo, Jack, Kamara, Davis and Arfield will be fighting for the 3 midfield positions.

That's pretty good squad depth and quality and even stronger, if another one is added.
 

Sam English

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Move on Stewart, Jones and Murphy who will be lucky to play 10 games between them this year and sign 1 quality cm and we are looking good . The squad is currently bloated with players who won’t get much game time
Wouldn't be surprised if Docherty was also moved on
 

BigTinder86

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One more centre mid signing on the level of Roofe and another player who can play across the front 3, would take a loan.
 

JD1872

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I can see us taking the same approach as with the strikers and bringing in one established midfielder at the peak of his career and another high potential younger player that we can develop further.

Assuming that Morelos moves on
 

HandsomeHead

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Our season fell apart because our entire squad shat it post winter break. It had very little to do with an injury to Tav.
I’ve never entirely bought into this belief that the squad shat it because they couldn’t handle the pressure of a title challenge.

I think it was more to do with players simply tiring due to the intensity of our performances during the first half of the season and the number of games we played.

Without strength in depth we were unable to compensate for injury and suspension and after a couple of poor results the confidence began draining out of the team and it became like a snowball effect.

The additions of Roofe, Itten plus, hopefully, a midfielder of similar calibre, should help to guard against similar happening again this season.
 

GF7

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Our season fell apart because our entire squad shat it post winter break. It had very little to do with an injury to Tav.

It's not controversial but it is wholly unrealistic. Bassey was signed to be cover for Borna. Gerrard said as much on the day the signing was announced. We do have a lot of surplus to requirement players in the squad but filling the squad with marginally better back up players for positions that will rarely see game time. Seems a bit of a counter intuitive use of funds to me. Our midfield is the current area of the squad, that requires the most strengthening imo.
They aren't mutually exclusive though. We can need a midfielder and cover in other areas. Don't think it's unrealistic at all for us to look to pick up a free agent or a loan for fullback.

There are questions over the futures of murphy, Jones, Middleton, Barker, Docherty, McCrorie, Stewart and Kennedy.

Not including Kamara, Davis and Arfield who would be the most likely to lose their places for any new midfielder.
 
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