Ryan Jack out for a month

Grigo Yossarian

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Depressing, would be surprised if we don’t see a signing in the next few days. There is a reason it’s Jacko and Davis or Kamara....

Thankfully we don’t really need him for a week or two, pray he’s back for the EL play off.

great player.
Agree. Think i'd trust Gerrard's view here.

What it again illustrates what we've been saying about midfield squad depth. We need it, and pretty damn quickly now. It's a big factor behind last season's collapse & it now needs quickly resolved.
 

Crouchy

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I'm not so sure, although we'd certainly be better having the option of playing him.
I think we're too predictable in MF, especially when we play Jack + Kamara. You could see the immediate improvement Saturday when Glen replaced Jack, likewise Alfie on for Barker.
Jack may be needed when we are under pressure, being attacked, but I think we're better with Kamara.
Aribo is a bigger miss. Need him back asap.
Our central midfielders are very different to whatever’s need/utilise.

They offer invaluable cover to Borna and Tav.

I like the idea of one of them breaking lines and adding goals. I also think we should be aware, you are unlikely to get the numbers Borna and Tav produce in assists, from a CM.

If we go all out in there, the licence for the defenders would need to stop.

They are auxiliary defenders, letting Tav and Borna play wide and high.

If we were to have 6 attacking threats, I like it being the 4 forwards, plus the two full backs. It gives us variation, width, pace and guile.

One more would help, occasionally, but it’s working well at present, also.
 

kilbirnie bear

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Does Barjonas come into the squad then to provide cover from the bench with Davis,Kamara and Arfield our options for the 2 in midfield ?

He showed promise in his pre season appearances.
 

chilebear

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The only positive thing to come out of it is we don't have to see Jack and Kamara playing in the same team.

Arfield also looked good when he came on against Dundee Utd.

Does anyone know how long Aribo is out for?
We may see Kamara pushed a bit forward where he plays so well for Finland
 

Melrose

Active Member
Our central midfielders are very different to whatever’s need/utilise.

They offer invaluable cover to Borna and Tav.

I like the idea of one of them breaking lines and adding goals. I also think we should be aware, you are unlikely to get the numbers Borna and Tav produce in assists, from a CM.

If we go all out in there, the licence for the defenders would need to stop.

They are auxiliary defenders, letting Tav and Borna play wide and high.

If we were to have 6 attacking threats, I like it being the 4 forwards, plus the two full backs. It gives us variation, width, pace and guile.

One more would help, occasionally, but it’s working well at present, also.
We're definitely thin right now, hopefully we can sub a few out tomorrow, get an easy win, smash Hibs and move on from there without any more injury concerns!
McCrorie would ... nah, not going there :))
 

Dulce et Decorum Est

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A big loss, however very optimistic about Kamara and Arfield after the weekend. We do need an extra body in midfield though and it still baffles me why we let Greg Docherty go.
 

Monster

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As good as Jack is, I think this could force our hand into playing more of a ruthless positive approach and he might have a fight to get back in the side. Guess proof is in the pudding though.
 

AppleBear

Member
No issue with this tbh, although it's never good to have injuries. Kamara is the better player and I just hope Davis is still able to play two games a week as we're going to need him.
 

BlueNoseBlueblood

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This is a major issue with Jack and one Gerrard alluded to before
His body needs to be managed correctly
Fannying about with Scotland isn’t managing his body correctly.
If it can be proven that Scotland duty attributed to/exacerbated calf problem, then that's 2 strikes....irrespective of player's personal choice, I wouldn't give 'them' a chance of Strike 3!
 

YOGI_GER

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It's a blow but it's not a massive issue to me. I see Glen Kamara as the better player of the two. Appreciate Gerrard seems to favour Jack but I think that is more down to mentality and attitude than actual ability.

Both at their best I would take Kamara definitely. That's why Glen is attracting interest from all over the place.
See where you're coming from but disagree.

Kamara has no bite in the SPFL.
 

Nerf Herder

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There’s no doubt that Jack’s injury problems are a worry moving forward.

He’s a massive player for us but we are missing him for huge chunks of every season now.
 

HandsomeHead

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The midfield has been needing improved for some time. I'm surprised we've not addressed it by now.
When the window shut last summer I said that I felt we were still a really top class midfielder away from winning the title.

That we still haven’t added that player yet with only a fortnight of the window remaining is a real concern.

Even more so now with the injuries to Aribo and Jack.
 

Danger Zone

Just the tip...
Yikes.

Just like that we are extremely thin in the midfield for a fairly substantial period of time (it only takes a month to %^*& up a title charge). I think we definitely need another midfielder in, either that or it’s serious pressure on Davis and Kamara.
 
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