November 26, 2021 at 10:01 pm #2024006
Just one word SHIT after o-o against Forest.Valerij Ismahel time to go.Norway baggieNovember 26, 2021 at 10:55 pm #2024024
To gloss over the general dross (which didn’t seem quite so bad tonight) can anyone tell me what is the point of Hugill and why does he always come on? Tonight he appeared when Albion were reduced to ten men and his presence, or lack of it, immediately reduced them effectively to nine. He was on for fifteen minutes and touched the ball once, to blaze the best chance of the game high over the bar.
Hugill is twenty-nine and has had ten clubs – which must be some sort of record. I’m probably being a bit hard on him but I just don’t see the point. We got ride of Austen and HRK who are twice the player he is. He surely has no place in a squad that has any pretensions of promotion and his presence on the pitch in virtually every game itself tells you a lot about VI’s abortive regime. There must be academy players who could do better.November 26, 2021 at 11:35 pm #2024029
I have actually seen Albion play worse. But that has usually been against a better team. Let’s face it, not only is this Albion team totally bereft of talent, but Forest were equally poor. That any team could only have one shot (not on goal) in the first half against a team as bad as this Albion side says it all.
At one point the DAZN commentator laughed about Kipre…suggesting that his latest hair-do is just him having fun about his age…and decrepit play.
Quite honestly, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp could not do much with this team. We have to face the fact that you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. And this bunch of Albion players wouldn’t even make a good, crispy bacon sarni. They are absolutely dreadful and completely devoid of technical skills. Poor old Sam Johnstone must despair, looking out of his goal at this excuse of a team of professional football players.
The only thing to do is get rid of IV asap and bring in a young, creative manager who will get rid of the deadwood, maybe attract a few quality players and start developing a new culture, driven by youth, technical skills and enthusiasm. It may take a year or two for this to yield dividends and return us to the EPL, but I’m prepared to wait, as watching what we have right now is cruel.
What we have are toast..November 27, 2021 at 8:47 am #2024041
I used to await watching us live with a certain amount of excitement but not any more! My phone beeps to tell me the line-ups and it’s now just a case of which three excuses for strikers he’s chosen to start as there’s no variation otherwise bar injuries or suspensions. Even the subs bench remains the same as do the subs. We’ve had two youngsters on the bench for the last two games but they weren’t given a chance, instead that total waste of space Hugill was brought on. We’ve failed to score in five of the last ten games and last night we managed just three shots on target which ought to set alarm bells ringing. The only reason we’re still third is that we’ve played teams that are worse than us at scoring.November 27, 2021 at 10:44 am #2024069
A better performance than the last two, but it was still very poor. Agree with comments about the players not being good enough, but the system is still not working for us. The only point in playing 3 centre backs is if the wing backs push forward, but they can’t utilise the space if there is a wide forward blocking the space ahead of them. The result is that Furlong did not once get in a position to make a cross. Chelsea are so good at doing it because their attacking players are narrow, allowing Chilwell and James to cause havoc.
There’s no point keeping Hugill, and if we don’t bring in a goalscorer in January, then VI might as well take a chance on one or two youngsters. I feel this season is an opportunity wasted because most of the teams are beatable, even Fulham & Bournemouth, but it’s hard to beat even the average teams if you haven’t got a striker.November 27, 2021 at 12:09 pm #2024091
The puerility of Val’s thinking is that he always makes his changes around the hour mark and it is always replacing two of the “strikers” with the two on the bench. This is ridiculous. Does he think that replacing Diangana and Robinson with a has-been Philips and a never-was-and-never-will-be Hugil can possibly make a difference?
And a word about Diangana. He has produced all his best performances when playing on the left. He and Gibbs linked superbly and I’m sure he could do the same with Townsend. It’s very sad to see a young talent dwindle away. Grady is a confidence player and I’m sure to see himelf hooked every game does little for his self-esteem. In addition he is perhaps the only player left in the squad who can produce the occasional moment of real creativity. Admittedly those moments have now become further apart and fewer but he can’t produce them from the bench. And even at his very worst he’s better than Hugill. I’m not blaming Hugil for this – he is what he is. But he’s become a symbol of Val’s inability or refusal to face the realities of football.November 27, 2021 at 12:44 pm #2024097
I thought Diangana was excellent when he first joined us and worked brilliantly on the left and had a real understanding with Pereira. Since he got injured, he’s never looked the same player, always runs into trouble, dwells on the ball too long, and appears a bit lightweight for the physicality of a long hard season in the Championship. It may well be a confidence issue because I’m sure he has talent. Personally, I prefer Phillips at the moment ahead of both Robinson & Diangana, but to be honest, there’s not much to choose between any of them, including Grant.
Hugill has 73 career goals, most of them scored in the Championship, and is only 29 years old, so on paper, should’ve been a useful squad player at least ….. but we’re definitely not seeing it. Lack of confidence mixed with a lack of ability and a lack of ball control is all we have seen so far. Perhaps he needs a few games in the reserves to sort himself out?November 27, 2021 at 5:15 pm #2024220
Albion’s players are very mediocre, to start, with, and combined with zero confidence and next to no direction from their manager, it is not surprising that they are struggling.
For example, Grant and Hugil look like deer caught in the headlights….nervous on the ball, blazing shots over the bar. By comparison, I just watched McGinn get the ball in a similar position to Hugil at the end of last night’s match…McGinn took his time, picked his spot and side-footed the ball into the top corner; Hugil closed his eyes and blasted the ball well over the bar, when putting it into the net would have been so much easier, had he just kept his composure.
Phew…we are just lucky that all the other teams in this year’s Chumpionship are also pretty bad.November 28, 2021 at 10:40 am #2024327
Indeed they are almost all pretty bad. Against most of them, Johnstone has had very little to do. He’s occasionally called on to make a world class save but Albion’s defence according to shots and goals conceded is one of the best in the division.Sadly our attack – minus three games where we scored eleven goals- is just about the worst, a lethal combination of players and system. We’ve had an amazing number of shots almost always to no avail.
What would it take for the management to end Val’s dismal tenure? By this time next week we could be out of the play off places. We then have two games, against Reading and Barnsley, that we should win. If we don’t, by the new year not only will automatic promotion be totally out of reach but also the playoffs be a distant hope. I know to terminate Val’s ridiculous four year contract will be pretty expensive but the club may have to bite the bullet and cry enough.November 28, 2021 at 9:54 pm #2024560
Just seen an intervju i Express and Star with VI where he is fustrated over WBAs lack of goals.I am sick of reading his comments after every game,cause it is the same shit every time.He is the reason we dont score,cause we dont have any goalscorer in our team and he said WBA dont need any new striker in jan.Well Ishmael it is time to step down now,cause this team you have is not good enough to prem at all.Norway baggie
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