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Menga wasn't really a striker but we've replaced him with Souda, who looks an upgrade.  I loved Menga's chaotic style of play but Souda looks a more skilful player.

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7 minutes ago, LIVIFOREVER said:

Menga wasn't really a striker but we've replaced him with Souda, who looks an upgrade.  I loved Menga's chaotic style of play but Souda looks a more skilful player.

Wholeheartedly agree LF,souda is an upgrade on menga,still not the out and out striker we"re looking for but an improvement all the same.

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Hardie hardly set the heather on fire last season though, was out injured till December, had a purple patch for about 4 games, then went off back to Sevco and wasn't the same player when we got him back again. 

We're either going to have to find a striker that bursts into an unexpected rich vein of goal scoring form, or a loan signing that hits his potential at Livi, because we aren't going to be able to afford a proven goal scoring striker on our budget. Hardie didn't come to us with a proven record at Championship level, St Mirren fans were hardly complimentary on his loan spell with them, we got lucky with him doing so well with us. Personally I would've liked for us to have taken a chance on Kevin Nisbet, but he's signed for the Pars.

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Dykes is better than Hardie, does much more for the team, bursts a gut when we don’t have the ball, at the turn of the year playing Hardie was like having a man short. 

Edited by andylivi1

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1 hour ago, Livilion28 said:

Hardie was still one of our top scorers. Surely you have to replace that? 

Yeah almost all in the same month and even then it didn't get us many points to say he was a greater asset than Dykes. Dykes and Souda have already 4 goals between them this season. Also reckon Pittman will continue to be played as an attacking midfielder and will score more goals this season than last.

Hardie got 1 goal in our 3-1 win over St Mirren, 2 in our 5-0 win over Hearts, a goal in our 1-1 draw with Hibs, and a goal in our 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen. Out of that i'd say possiblly got us 4 points, arguably could've beaten St Mirren anyway but his goal put us ahead before Sibbald made sure of the win with our 3rd. We had Hearts beat with or without Hardie that game and Aberdeen beat us even with Hardie's goal so no benefit in that game. The rest of the season he made no difference at all to us, and as andylivi said, at times he was a passenger.

 

*edit to add. Halkett is the biggest loss for us this season, both in defence and as a main source of goals from set pieces (plus that thunderfuck from about 9,000 yards away), but that took several seasons of him playing in the team to get him to where he was last season so it's impossible to find a straight replacement in one season.

Edited by LIVIFOREVER

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 Sounds like a Dolly Menga type player, is quick and likes to run at defenders,  is very direct, only he's more likely to get a ball across into the box and not keep running till he losses it. Another source to feed Pittman the hitman along the 6 yard box.

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Reserve match I believe 

The again it may be some completely different guy called Jack Stobbs that plays for Sheffield Wednesday?

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A new signing is always exciting 😁

Wylde and/or Erskine to go? Otherwise, Tiffoney with more competition? Switching to 2 up front when we have a better foothold in games? Just posing absolute filler questions here because the games aren’t coming fast enough. 

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The fact that everyone says he's so fast brings an interesting addition.

One of the criticisms of Souda (not by me) was that he was left in an advanced position whenever Forfar had a corner, but failed to capitalise on it. In that position I'd prefer the attacking player to get as close the the halfway line as possible so that, in the event of a break, the attacking player can use his speed to break ahead of the defender(s).

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3 hours ago, crispy said:

Wylde and/or Erskine to go?

Think Wylde is definitely gone; if no one wants him I can see it being a mutual termination on deadline day. Erskine is a weird one, I do think he's a good player but this probably pushes him a bit further down the pecking order, and at 32 does he want to be sitting in the reserves or will he be pushing for a move elsewhere to get more game time?

 

3 hours ago, crispy said:

Otherwise, Tiffoney with more competition?

I might be wrong but hasn't Tiffoney mainly come on to play on the left? Either way competition can only be a good thing; Souda, Lawless, Tiffoney, Sibbald, Stobbs, and Erskine all trying to get themselves in the team.

 

3 hours ago, crispy said:

Switching to 2 up front when we have a better foothold in games?

Not exactly a striker like we've been looking for but another option to chuck up there like the Robinsons of the world who might be able to do well out of position. Would also expect him to be able to play Pittman's role quite well, and even if it's one of the CMs coming off Pittman can drop back and Stobbs can play in behind Dykes.

 

Wonder if this is them realising they should have kept Rafa, so have brought in another winger until January when he's due back :lol:

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Think Erskine would be good in the Pittman role. He doesn't have the pace to play wide anymore but has a great footballing brain and would like to see him behind the striker. He's shown he can comfortably carry the ball and find the net so play to his strengths

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12 minutes ago, Cptn Hooch said:

Think Erskine would be good in the Pittman role. He doesn't have the pace to play wide anymore but has a great footballing brain and would like to see him behind the striker. He's shown he can comfortably carry the ball and find the net so play to his strengths

I don't think either can play in the Pittman role better than Pittman tbh, i'd rather keep Pitts playing where he is and getting us goals.

I just keep thinking of Erskine missing an absolute sitter against St Mirren in the 1-0 defeat there last season, can't say I've ever got over that miss to think he's a goal scorer.:lol: 

Don't think Stobbs has scored a goal as a professional player, so hopefully he can do a Dolly and score one against Sevco for us.

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37 minutes ago, LIVIFOREVER said:

Don't think Stobbs has scored a goal as a professional player, so hopefully he can do a Dolly and score one against Sevco for us.

Pretty sure he doesn't have an assist either. But as you say Dolly got 2 last season so anything's possible.

Where can I find odds on Stobbs getting 15+ goals this season?

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On 19/08/2019 at 11:21, andylivi1 said:

Dykes is better than Hardie, does much more for the team, bursts a gut when we don’t have the ball, at the turn of the year playing Hardie was like having a man short. 

Agreed

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2 hours ago, LiviLion said:

Pretty sure he doesn't have an assist either. But as you say Dolly got 2 last season so anything's possible.

Where can I find odds on Stobbs getting 15+ goals this season?

Right here. 500/1

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7 hours ago, Steve Lawson Hood Rap said:

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY GOSSIP ON STEVE LAWSON I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT CRAIG CARSON FROM THE WLC WOULD HAVE ASKED HOLT WHY HES NOT GETTING IN THE SQUAD AND ALSO IF WEVE CASHED IN ON THAT USELESS SACK OF SHIT DOLLY MENGA YET IE. PAPERWORK COMPLETION BUT NOPE NO QUESTIONS ASKED OR ANSWERED. THOUGHTS FROM THE HOUSE?

 

Are you Donald Trump in disguise?

 

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