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  1. 6 minutes ago, Torfason said:

    Ask any RC fan and they will tell you Fraser is a car crash at centre half.

    The only way we’d have Fraser at CB is if we had at least two of Shaughnessy, McCarthy, Tait, Foley & Nick McAllister all ineligible & a few additional variables in the full back positions. 

    As I said previously, a Foley CM/CB type player would be ideal - possibly a LB squad player, but there’s definitely no reason to be worrying at this stage. It’s the classic “St Mirren da’” type scenario to be getting stressed about the situation we’re in - we’re in our best shape in years in terms of squad depth. As long as we keep a squad in our preferred formation and not change it like we did on Saturday, we’ll be absolutely fine. 

  2. 2 hours ago, Hendo said:

    The problem with this is that you have players out of position and it leaves gaps elsewhere in the side. You move Fraser to centre back, you have to move Flynn to right back, and immediately you have to fill a gap in midfield, etc etc. Last season, in the 3-3 draw with Livi, our defence had three midfielders and a youngster playing. I'd hope JG would have learned from that. Currently, our first choice defence is good, but they are literally the only defenders we have ready for first team football. We are desperately short of cover at the back.

    And please, never play Erhahon again at left back.

    Reshuffling is inevitable with injuries and suspensions but like most other teams in the league, we can’t afford to have cover in every position. Goodwin has probably spent the majority of the budget getting quality first choices especially with Fraser and Shaughnessy CB and I think that’s absolutely fine. In that scenario for example, I’d be fine with Flynn RB, Fraser CB with Foley moving back and have Magennis/MacPherson moving into midfield. As in previous post though I’d like us to sign another Foley type midfielder but its nowhere near as bad as being made out. Agree on Erhahon - he’s a good young player but not a left back. Don’t think we need another striker but a CM/CB or a left back would do nicely. 

  3. 1 hour ago, FTOF said:

    Goodwin in the PDE today saying that he's still got his eye out on someone special.

    "We are well covered, but I would maybe look at bringing in another striker if someone special came along. If money was available that is one area we would look at.

    Everywhere else , I think we are O.K. We have midfielders who can play in defence and are well covered at the back and midfield."

    :blink: His interpretation of the phrase "well covered" must be different from mine.

    I think we are reasonably covered in defence even if it requires reshuffling regularly. Young Nick McAllister is quite highly rated and remains at the club. Perhaps cover at LB although nobody will get a look in with the way Tait is performing at the moment. 

    LB: Tait, Erhahon

    CB: McCarthy, Shaughnessy, Foley, Fraser, McAllister

    RB: Fraser, Tait, Flynn, MacPherson

    I don't think we really need another striker unless Junior is going out the door, though. I thought our main priority would be another Foley type midfielder for when he drops into defence. Early days yet but not sold on Sheron.

  4. 4 minutes ago, GAD said:

    Anyway, hope he does well. A 30 year old striker from the English conference is always going to be a bit of a gamble. It's not quite the same as Foley, who pretty much played his entire career down there a league or two higher than this guy.


    He's only spent two seasons at that level, rest of his career has been League One/Two. Foley also spent two seasons in the conference. 

  5. 10 hours ago, djchapsticks said:

    Think our failure to land Verheydt last season and Beltrame the year before (on loan in Holland, he was actually a Juventus player) has put the air of unattainable about players from the Dutch leagues for us.

    Holland isn't somewhere we've been extensive with in our dealings down the years, I can only remember Tesselaar, Haddad (who was very brief) and Renfurm ever coming from there.

    Nigel Hasselbaink, too. 

    This one probably has next to no chance of coming off considering the interest from bigger clubs, but would I be right in saying I haven't bothered watching his YouTube highlight reel? Absolutely not.

  6. 13 minutes ago, glenburn bud said:

    Folk writing McAllister and Morias off after one game ffs, have I signed in to the Black & White Army. 

    Aye we need another couple of signings up front but ffs give the guys more than one game to prove what they can do. 

    Absolutely. McAllister is still a very raw young player but still in the same mould as McGinn/Mallan/McLean. He's just been hampered by a number of chronic injuries which are being well managed by the club - we wouldn't have resigned him if we didn't think it was worth it. Morias misplaced a couple of passes when he came on but helped us hugely in seeing the game out. He's also very good at getting himself into goalscoring opportiunities, obviously we prefer Obika based on our style of play but Morias is still a very good player for us.

  7. 36 minutes ago, djchapsticks said:

    I was most interested that aside from saying we were nearly there with the squad (one forward to come in), Goodwin mentioned Kieran Offord and Dylan Reid are not far away from being on the fringes of the first team picture. 

    Kieran is 16 and a centre forward, although he wasn't one of the academy boys brought up to the seniors this season, Jim has been giving him game time in friendlies and has said he could well get minutes this season, particularly in the cups. 

    Dylan Reid is a centre mid who has just turned 15 in March and is being watched by Benfica and Bayern Munich who both invited him out to train with them in December. There must be a new rule in place that restricts players under 16 from being in the first team squad as Jim has mentioned his frustration that he can't involve the lad in any matchday squads due to his age. 

    Would be interesting to find out what this might be - I remember Hamilton bringing through 14/15 year olds in the last few years.

  8. 3 minutes ago, djchapsticks said:

    We're aware. 

    He really needs to stop. If he said along the same lines of Goodwin that improving on 9th this season is progress, that's fine. 

    There's absoultely no Saints fans though who believe we should be a top six club FFS. There's no reason when looking at the lower reaches of that list why we can't push for it and have a few good seasons though but there's a marked difference between 'we want to get there' and 'we belong there'. 

    I don't think there's anything wrong with it. All he really says is there's a space in the top 6 after the OF, Aberdeen, Motherwell & Hibs this season. There's no reason why we shouldn't have that mindset, when you see the likes of Livi, Killie & St Johnstone punching well above their weight in recent years. He isn't putting JG under pressure to do achieve top four or top six, he just has the ambition to reach that level a few years down the line. He talks a lot about gradually moving forward and referenced coming up from the Championship and remaining the Premiership in the last couple of years. 

    It also draws a lot of seethe from other supporters, which is always a bonus too. 

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