Jump to content

Walking Down The Halbeath Road


Recommended Posts

Would be happy with Dorrans. A different option and would add a lot of experience to the midfield, when he plays. Think Grant would be more sensible than Crawford was with Whittaker and play him when needed, rather than squeezing him into the team whenever he can.

Defence has looked shaky, hopefully Breen adding competition will help out.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

30 minutes ago, The Great Cornholio said:

when i see this Dorrans link i cant get Dean Shiels out of my head, hopefully works out better than that did if he does sign.

At their best Dorran's was comfortably better than Shiels. Also, AJ weirdly signed Shiels as a CM when he had always played as a wide player/winger/forward before that. Dorran's is a CM and will play there if he signs. He'll also have legs of Cole/Thomas/Pybus/Allan around him. When we signed Shiels he had Michael Paton and big Nat.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I rated Shiels quite highly when he was with us. He was less effective during the second half of the season but then again the majority of the squad were like that.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 minutes ago, Cardle is Magic said:

Fine with Dorrans as long as we’re not splashing the cash on an older guy whose best years are behind him.

Obviously his best days are behind him or he wouldn't be near the Scottish Championship and obviously he'll be one of, if not, the highest earner for you lot.

As is, he looked half arsed for us at times, but his quality was evident. Would have liked to have signed him on again even though we have an absolutely stacked midfield. Very much was a defensive player for us. Took the ball from centre defence and kept the ball ticking along nicely without creating too much. The type that does a job very effectively but isn't flashy and doesn't win the ball back. Something every team needs but not what you're wanting from such a name as Graham Dorrans when you know what he used to be able to do which leads to some of the support liking him and the other half thinking he's a waste of a wage.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

33 minutes ago, JFPar said:

I've not been to any of the cup games, what type of midfielder is Paul Allan?

Pretty much as Dorans has been described above,  takes the ball off the back 4,  keeps the ball moving.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, JFPar said:

I've not been to any of the cup games, what type of midfielder is Paul Allan?

Difficult to say vs Stenny as game had petered out by time he came on but against Dumbarton he was base of midfield, sometimes collecting the ball directly from Mehmet.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Breen official now.

Would feel a lot more comfortable having Wilson and Dow fully fit as well if we are going to be signing Dorrans.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Got to say I think the team would benefit hugely from having somebody like Dorrans in the middle keeping possession and using his experience with so many under 25s around him.

Really hope we can make that one happen.

Not too fussed about any more signings if we get that one done. I know we have no back up to the front three with McCann injured, but we could adapt the formation and have Thomas, Dow or Kennedy working alongside the remaining two strikers if one was injured or suspended.

Edited by Chubbychops
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Dow and Kennedy would both fit in well in that front three I’d imagine.

Mehmet/OFW/Currid

MacDonald/Fenton(?)
Comrie
Watson/Breen
Graham/Gaspuitis
Edwards/Martin

Thomas/Dorrans/Pybus/Todd
Wilson/Cole/Allan/

Wighton/Dow
Todorov
O’Hara/Kennedy/McCann

If Dorrans signs, that’s how we’ll look for depth in each position in a 5-2-3. Looking a lot better than it did 7-10 days ago. We have an abundance of attacking options when all are fit so it’ll be interesting to see how the shape changes depending on who’s playing. We still don’t know how Dow would play in that shape, or if Wilson will cope with just one other midfielder etc. It only takes a couple of injuries/suspensions before we’re left with Pybus and Allan or Todd in the middle which could leave us very vulnerable.

I’d like to see Thomas get a shot in that front three as well.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Had ex Pars midfielder Shaun Byrne on my podcast recently if anyone fancies giving it a listen. Any feedback appreciated, hope everyone enjoys👍🏻
 

Youtube: 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0KQfjoxwDUeOAPr8B9dcjG?si=MnEsasezQluZifwWb8oeIQ&dl_branch=1

Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/a-chat-with-shaun-byrne/id1570371231?i=1000530036453

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I feel like, for games against championship level teams, we need to have 3 more natural defenders. Change I’d make to the back 5 from Saturday would be putting Watson in the RCB role, Comrie to RWB and having MacDonald on the bench.

Breen will help add competition to a back 3 of actual defenders. It’s been noticeable in the St Mirren, Stenny and Dumbarton games that the oppositions’ more physical strikers are looking to move towards Comrie when the ball is out wide. It will cause us problems. That’s where St Mirren’s goal came from as well.

In midfield, I think Dorrans would be a welcome addition. But I did think it seemed harsh that Allan was left out on Saturday. I’d assume he was just rested/Grant was keen to give the others some game time though. Allan played well in the first 3 games, but is untested against teams at this level.

Front 3, if we stick to this system, will always be dangerous. Like the look of Kennedy in behind a front 2 as well. A fit Dow will also be capable of that role, as would Thomas, if we choose to play more natural midfielders in the middle. I’ll be interested to see how he copes in the middle against better teams, assuming he stays there. We have competition all over the park, with quite a few players (hopefully) returning from injury as well.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Graham Dorrans will be in the squad for Saturday's game, should Australian FA grant international clearance as expected. Pretty much a done deal. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...