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Offline Three Spires Villa

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8655 on: July 04, 2020, 06:28:00 PM »
I'm not sure if it's already been mentioned but seeing Thomas Frank marching Brentford towards the Prem does slightly make a mockery of the view that Deano was performing miracles keeping them in mid-table doesn't it?

I donít really know anything about Brentford, and I guess they havenít spent a lot of money, so yes I get your point.

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« Reply #8656 on: July 04, 2020, 06:28:52 PM »
I'm not sure if it's already been mentioned but seeing Thomas Frank marching Brentford towards the Prem does slightly make a mockery of the view that Deano was performing miracles keeping them in mid-table doesn't it?

Whatís interesting also is that every recent Brentford manager has done well and gone on to fail. Frank was Deanís assistant and has taken the club to new heights. What would be shit is if they come up and we go down in the same season. We have certainly helped them improve, not just by taking their manager allowing Frank to take over but the £27m or so we gave them for Hogan and Konsa.

How depressing!

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8657 on: July 04, 2020, 07:08:43 PM »
Enough about Cahill! He was not going to move from London and we weren't going to pay him the £100k a week that Palace are.

How much are we paying Drinkwater?

40k a week at a guess.

I just find it reductive to play the "Why we didn't sign x?" game. The bigger issue for me is Dean failing to get the best out of the players that he actually  did sign,  including Danny shagging Drinkwater.

I seem to recall at the time that it was reported that we were paying all his wages, which are about £100k a week.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8658 on: July 04, 2020, 07:43:59 PM »
I think we essentially assumed Burnleyís loan deal and I doubt very much they were paying £100k. And Iím sure whatever it was they were paying they were delighted to see us take it on.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8659 on: July 04, 2020, 08:17:41 PM »
What if Drinkwater has worked closely with Luiz since we got back to training and has helped him learn to play that deep playmaker role but add a bit more steel to his game? Would that justify the cost?

I have no idea if anything like that has happened but the coaching team must see that he's bringing something or his loan would've been allowed to run down in the week.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8660 on: July 04, 2020, 08:20:46 PM »
The only way Drinkwater will have earned his ridiculous salary is if heís been doing shifts at the QE for the past three months. He and Lansbury must laugh all the way home from training each day.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8661 on: July 04, 2020, 08:37:56 PM »
The only way Drinkwater will have earned his ridiculous salary is if heís been doing shifts at the QE for the past three months. He and Lansbury must laugh all the way home from training each day.

Iíve just choked on my Merlot....😂😂

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8662 on: July 04, 2020, 08:42:24 PM »
The only way Drinkwater will have earned his ridiculous salary is if heís been doing shifts at the QE for the past three months. He and Lansbury must laugh all the way home from training each day.

Nah 3months on the frontlines of the NHS wouldn't cover 3days let alone 3months.

It's sad that I'm not joking.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8663 on: July 04, 2020, 08:50:11 PM »
The only way Drinkwater will have earned his salary will be if he has spent the last three months single handedly successfully developing a foolproof vaccine for coronavirus.

Offline Vill I An

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8664 on: July 04, 2020, 09:08:21 PM »
Robbie Savage said Stevie Bruce said when Birmingham were in a relegation battle "Your team is only as good as your strikers." I heard him say this today during the TV coverage

The trouble which Dean has identify is scoring goals to win matches as Smith has said .
The performances and the defence since restart have been ok .
Newacstle Sheff Utd and Wolves first half. Even in the match v Chelsea led and took it too the death.

« Last Edit: July 04, 2020, 09:10:49 PM by Vill I An »

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8665 on: July 04, 2020, 11:18:56 PM »
I'm not sure if it's already been mentioned but seeing Thomas Frank marching Brentford towards the Prem does slightly make a mockery of the view that Deano was performing miracles keeping them in mid-table doesn't it?

Brentford were building every year under DS. They actually started that season he joined us pretty well, would've challenged for top 6 if he'd stayed that season.

Stepped up an extra gear this season due to their incredible strikeforce and also that stange policy of signing experienced players in central defence and midfield. Given how we've defended this season Pontus Jansson would've improved us at the back. They got him for about 5m so only a bit more than Hause.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8666 on: July 04, 2020, 11:21:18 PM »
Pontus Jansson is absolutely shite, positioning is awful. One of those defenders that scores a few so gets rated higher than he should.

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« Reply #8667 on: July 05, 2020, 12:23:24 AM »
Pontus Jansson is absolutely shite, positioning is awful. One of those defenders that scores a few so gets rated higher than he should.
Sometimes outspoken and controversial, but he is obviously better than that. He hasn't scored any this season but is a mainstay of the team with the best defence in the Championship. They are the top scorers as well.

He also gets quite a few games for Sweden too, and they are a solid team.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8668 on: July 05, 2020, 12:25:15 AM »
Pontus Jansson is absolutely shite, positioning is awful. One of those defenders that scores a few so gets rated higher than he should.

He was keeping Lindelof out of the team for Sweden at last world cup wasn't he? He has his flaws but I reckon he's one the Holte end would've loved. Seems to have no trouble being a regular for top end championship teams. Leeds collapsed defensively when he missed the second PO match v Derby aswell.

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Re: Dean Smith - Confirmed
« Reply #8669 on: July 05, 2020, 06:23:22 AM »
Pontus Jansson is absolutely shite, positioning is awful. One of those defenders that scores a few so gets rated higher than he should.

He seems to be one of those players who looks ungainly and awkward at times.  I am not comparing him to Tony Adams, but the two of them, never great players but wonderful defenders and Jansson seems to be one of those types.  Not easy on the eye but as good defender.

Brentford seem to be better under Frank than Dean.  They have a particular behind the scenes way of doing things.  Dean at Villa, in the top league, hasn't worked.

 


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