Flannigan time to extend his contract?

Amstel

Well-Known Member
#58
He played well and I am all for keeping him. But there was a few times he took up a position today for a pass and I thought barasic would’ve destroyed them if he had the same room.
 
#60
The last couple of games he has added a bit offensively to his game which is great so see. Defensively he has always been generally sound.
I don't think he is a particularly mobile player and he will never be an attacking full back so not ideal for the first 11. However, he does seem to sitting further up the park recently (particularly when Katic plays), and being that little bit further up the park he looks better, breaking up play and moving the ball forward. I hope we keep him, having a wee hard man in our defence who can man mark, break up play and pass well is good for the squad. I can see him becoming a bit of cult figure amongst the Bears if we stays, we love a defender who is hard as nails but not dirty.
 
#62
He played well and I am all for keeping him. But there was a few times he took up a position today for a pass and I thought barasic would’ve destroyed them if he had the same room.
On the other hand Barišić wouldn't have won the tackle that led to the first goal, made some of the tackles and interceptions Flanagan did, first half especially.
 
#63
He's a steady squad player ,his form has been good since he came back into the team ,his passing can be poor at times but by God he likes a tackle and if he maintains the form shown in recent performances he would be worth another contract come next December .
 
#66
He's a steady squad player ,his form has been good since he came back into the team ,his passing can be poor at times but by God he likes a tackle and if he maintains the form shown in recent performances he would be worth another contract come next December .
I honestly don't see him as a poor passer, athletically limited, small, one footed, lacking mobility yes but he is tidy passer of the ball. He got pelters on here for his passing after a European match and somebody posted his passing accuracy stats which were some of the best in the team. I think he is a very good short range passer of the ball, getting to the byline and lofting in a sweet cross is not his game though, but to be honest that's not our game at the moment either.
 

AZBlue

Active Member
#68
I'd have him over barasic any day. A lot of people have false hope for Barasic. For me hes flattered to deceive and will never have the mentality to play for us.

You either come in and embrace the club and its standards and prove your worth on the park or its game over. Barasic is a million miles away.
Barasic is getting games for the WC runners-up, so he is no mug. I do agree however he has been disappointing for us so far. Still have hopes for him though. I like Flanno however his lack of a left foot concerns me.
 

Arminius

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#71
I'd happily keep him on as a squad option, if Borna goes. He's obviously not a natural left back and shouldn't be considered as first team option.

I'd rather we gave Borna a second season though.
Sorry, but he’s ahead of Barisic now for me.

How many more chances are we going to give Barisic to toughen up.

He needs to do that on the gym or in training for me now. Flanagan has earned his place
 

UlsterScotGer

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#76
Has done really well last few games and fair play to him. When we really need to cut teams open though, it’s still an issue having a left back so right footed. Hearts didn’t have a wide man today, and a really good right winger will give Flanagan problems. However, he can only play what’s in front of him, and his versatility makes him a useful squad player.
 
#80
First 30 minutes of the Hearts game at One of I thought his confidence looked shot. He grew into that game and is looking like the player I thought we were getting.

Extending his contract would be good business. If he continues to play it will increase the sell on value at the very least.
 

DeeGer10

Well-Known Member
#81
I think Flanagan signed with the intention of making a comeback in his career. I don’t think he’s done that as such and therefore might be wanting to go elsewhere especially being seen as back up.
 

crmpicco

Well-Known Member
#84
He was the worst player in the world a few weeks ago. I’m not having a go at you personally OP, but a thread like this appearing now encapsulates the absolutely mental bipolar nature of this place.

I always thought he was a decent player defensively, he just went into a slump and was never allowed to recover.
Same old FF. Fickle as always.
 

bluecode03

Well-Known Member
#88
Yeah I think he’s a good buy. He’ll play for the manager and is showing true form. A good pre season will definitely bring him up to the level expected. He’s a talent otherwise he’d not be here from Liverpool. To suggest he’s not good enough for Scottish football beggars belief.
 

roscof

Active Member
#90
Overall, he had a good game today and injects a toughness that we sometimes lack at the back. When you watch their goal back again he was ball watching and probably cost us this goal.
Agree. Surprised no one mentioned this. Had a good game, but slept at the cross. He could see everything in front of him, nobody to mark, yet didn’t step forward onto McLean.
Poor defending.
 
#96
Would be interesting to see him at right back. As effective as he's been the last few games, having to cut onto his stronger foot disrupts the momentum every so slightly.

Has he played right back this season other than Cowdenbeath? If I remember correctly he played right side of a back 3 in the 3-3 draw at Fir Park, but other than these examples, it has always been left back.

ps. I'm not saying that we drop/sell Tav.
 
#99
Too early to extend his contract but he’s at least made himself a viable option again.

He looks fitter and stronger, and his attitude seems really positive.

His problem is he’s not as good as Tav so he’s realistically got to target left back as his way into the team and his left foot is for standing on.

If we want to extend the contract on a back up fullback - fine. But to my mind at the moment that’s all he is, admittedly a very able one - just like Halliday for different reasons. Barisic is still the only one with the ability to be a consistent difference maker.
 
I think Flanagan signed with the intention of making a comeback in his career. I don’t think he’s done that as such and therefore might be wanting to go elsewhere especially being seen as back up.
I think this is last chance saloon in terms of getting anywhere close to where he was projected. I’m sure that’s driven the weight loss/ fitness improvement.

He got kicked out of Liverpool and had a poor loan spell in the lower leagues in England. For a relatively young international player with off field issues failing in Scotland would not exactly scream upward career trajectory. Probably more than anyone else at the club he needs to make this work if he wants to get back to the top.

The positive is that he seems to have taken that on board recently.
 
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