24 Dec 2017 22:26:31
Ok, I think I'm a fair and level headed fan, usually. Can someone educate me as to what a fair and reasonable timescale is expected, for a professional footballer, to 'adapt' to a new style of play? As far as I'm concerned, if you haven't worked it out by now, then MW is flogging a dead horse.

If in business, a new process is needed to succeed and your employee can't or won't pick it up after 5 months and your paying them what £5k to £15k per week? Sorry, time to get rid. Stop pandering to the over paid prima donnas, if they can't do it now, then they never will. Interesting transfer window, will MW move on all the players he doesn't trust to deliver his 'vision'? . FTID.

1.) 25 Dec 2017
25 Dec 2017 10:03:16
Watch a Premiership game: it's all about speed and pace, everyone good at passing, all good at positioning, and defenders who can tackle and then move the ball accurately up front letting the midfielders into the game. It's one touch stuff and at present we only have Dowell who can do it, so the others have a long way to go to catch up, and to be honest many of them never will. We need centre backs like Maguire, Stones, Company, and they are like hen's teeth. MW is looking for a mindset which is about confidence and fluidity so he's asking a lot from who we have got - the young ones are trying to do it, the older ones are a bit stuck in the past and usually tempted to hoof the ball out rather than making defence into attack. Once we master the technique and the skill level we will be challenging for promotion. Four more good additions in the right places and we'll be looking at Top Six.

2.) 25 Dec 2017
25 Dec 2017 12:44:18

I think you are making it sound to simple.

Warburton wants the team to play a passing game, to get the best out of that way of playing takes technical skill, that can take years to learn.

You also do not seem to take in account young players learning to cope with media pressures.

Off course there are some players that will need to go but Warburton was not able to get rid of all of them in the Summer.

3.) 25 Dec 2017
25 Dec 2017 13:41:41
When and if our young players get to a certain level history shows they are allowed to leave ,this is a big reason we,ve spent so long in the wilderness and with the cash available in the PL this won,t change!

4.) 25 Dec 2017
25 Dec 2017 15:09:03
I think we will look back and agree that MW played a masterstroke signing Dowell. Far from holding back the development of our younger players and Clough he is showing them the way to play one touch passing football.

Against Preston some of his first touches were sublime. Hopefully our work in progess will learn to make the runs BEFORE he gets the ball played into him and lays it off?

We have no hope of keeping him as he will be in the England team once he gets some Premiership matches under his belt.

3-1 win against the Owls. COYR's

5.) 25 Dec 2017
25 Dec 2017 15:24:48

No one is doubting Dowell's ability, but he could be holding Clough back, our coaching staff should be improving our lads technique all the time.

6.) 25 Dec 2017
25 Dec 2017 19:29:01
Our players need game time.
I understand the need for loan players but why should we give players from other teams game time when we have quality in our squad.
Given game time Clough could be a capable player but seems frozen out the squad.
I agree with grey. We need to mould our players and not enhance loanees.
Dowell will return a better and stronger player whilst our own suffer in the doldrums.

7.) 25 Dec 2017
25 Dec 2017 22:13:35
The difference is Dowell has the touch and ability coupled with vision and play with his head up. He may not be a Sam type player so you never know we might woo him if he loves us enough!!!!

8.) 26 Dec 2017
26 Dec 2017 03:59:28
Rutland red1

Even if sam does not want him, we can afford him.