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2 hours ago, Alex_14 said:

Max Lowe having a total nightmare for Derby vs Leeds. Hopefully that continues and they loan him back out to us.

Leeds rookie right winger ripped Maxie apart tonight.

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hard to see Lowe getting that shirt for the season

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14 hours ago, RussellAnderson said:

I think what’s clear is that if we played with a Greg Stewart-type player instead of May, we’d need a more defensive midfield to make up for the lack of cover a cultured player would provide. If you plonked Stewart into our team in place of May in the 442 McInnes has been using of late, we’d be a worse team.

Sorry but this is garbage. Stewart carries the ball, retains possession and generally gets you up the pitch. May chases loose balls and hassles defenders. In a 4-4-2 you’d rather have May than Stewart against 10 of the 11 opposition teams you face? If that’s generally your answer then football isn’t the sport for you my man. 

Talking defensively, simply running about a lot is not as effective as retaining possession. If the ball sticks you don’t need to run about as much. 

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Sorry but this is garbage. Stewart carries the ball, retains possession and generally gets you up the pitch. May chases loose balls and hassles defenders. In a 4-4-2 you’d rather have May than Stewart against 10 of the 11 opposition teams you face? If that’s generally your answer then football isn’t the sport for you my man. 
Talking defensively, simply running about a lot is not as effective as retaining possession. If the ball sticks you don’t need to run about as much. 


If we were to play Stewart in a 442, we’d need a more defensive midfielder than Ferguson sitting next to Shinnie. I say that because May does a lot of defensive work (I know you don’t rate him and that’s fair, it’s your opinion and I know you’ve seen a lot of Dons games) and Stewart, from what I’ve seen, wouldn’t provide that cover to the same degree.

Now that’s based on last season when he was playing for us, and if he’s introduced that aspect of harrying and hassling defences when their in possession to his game in the last 6 months then I’ll stand corrected, but all I’m saying is if we swapped May for Stewart in the exact system we’re currently playing (and playing well with, 6 wins in 8) we’d be worse off.

I also said a few posts up that we should definitely try to sign him, because even as an option off the bench, an on form Stewart is a serious weapon to have. This season’s performances are making last season’s look like the outlier.

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We've been forced into playing 4-4-2 by the squad we have. We've lost the dynamic 3 behind the striker we had in 2016. McInnes tried to continue with that formation at the start of the season, it didn't work with the players we now have, so he switched to the 4-4-2 we're playing now. Purely out of need. Make no mistake, that's not the way McInnes wants to play, it's a reaction to the talents of the current pool of players. Kudos to McInnes for recognising that, and the switch in style is the single over-riding reason we finished the year strongly.

That's not how we want to play though, and is a main reason why Gleeson hasn't had much game time. In a 4-4-2 you need two box-to-box midfielders, or one more progressive like Ferguson, and one more defensive like Ball.

The 2016 team had an engine (Shinnie), a ball player (Snake hoor), and a dynamic no.10 (Maddison/Christie), and I think that is the ideal setup for us. That requires two strong wingers however, and if GMS goes it's a problem. As much as I love Shinniesta, Ferguson is a ready made replacement, and will doubtless end up a far better player. Gleeson, from what I've seen, is probably better than Jack. We're now struggling for the no.10 role, and it'll take a bit of genius from McInnes et al to find one.

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We've been forced into playing 4-4-2 by the squad we have. We've lost the dynamic 3 behind the striker we had in 2016. McInnes tried to continue with that formation at the start of the season, it didn't work with the players we now have, so he switched to the 4-4-2 we're playing now. Purely out of need. Make no mistake, that's not the way McInnes wants to play, it's a reaction to the talents of the current pool of players. Kudos to McInnes for recognising that, and the switch in style is the single over-riding reason we finished the year strongly.
That's not how we want to play though, and is a main reason why Gleeson hasn't had much game time. In a 4-4-2 you need two box-to-box midfielders, or one more progressive like Ferguson, and one more defensive like Ball.
The 2016 team had an engine (Shinnie), a ball player (Snake hoor), and a dynamic no.10 (Maddison/Christie), and I think that is the ideal setup for us. That requires two strong wingers however, and if GMS goes it's a problem. As much as I love Shinniesta, Ferguson is a ready made replacement, and will doubtless end up a far better player. Gleeson, from what I've seen, is probably better than Jack. We're now struggling for the no.10 role, and it'll take a bit of genius from McInnes et al to find one.


I think you’ve pretty much nailed it there.

The current squad mixed with the old system gave us virtually no goal threat.

Three ‘industrial’ midfielders behind one striker who either isn’t mobile, stays outside the box or doesn’t have the instinct of Rooney. It doesn’t really matter how good the delivery of the wingers is in that instance.

The 16/17 team as you say had the perfect balance from midfield to front. Then add in a more potent threat from shay Logan, set piece threat from Taylor/considine, and a top keeper behind them. I miss that team.

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1 hour ago, Dons_1988 said:

 


I think you’ve pretty much nailed it there.

The current squad mixed with the old system gave us virtually no goal threat.

Three ‘industrial’ midfielders behind one striker who either isn’t mobile, stays outside the box or doesn’t have the instinct of Rooney. It doesn’t really matter how good the delivery of the wingers is in that instance.

The 16/17 team as you say had the perfect balance from midfield to front. Then add in a more potent threat from shay Logan, set piece threat from Taylor/considine, and a top keeper behind them. I miss that team.

Looking for the positives here:

- We have a better defensive unit than the 2016 team (at least assuming Shinnie plays at left back)
- McLennan is better than most wingers in the league at 19 (albeit not the finished article)
- Ferguson is just about as good as Shinnie (and therefore one of the best midfielders in the league)
- The Ballon D'or is coming to Pittodrie

All we need is a no.10 and we'll win the league imo.
 

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3 hours ago, Illgresi said:

Looking for the positives here:

- We have a better defensive unit than the 2016 team (at least assuming Shinnie plays at left back)
- McLennan is better than most wingers in the league at 19 (albeit not the finished article)
- Ferguson is just about as good as Shinnie (and therefore one of the best midfielders in the league)
- The Ballon D'or is coming to Pittodrie

All we need is a no.10 and we'll win the league imo.
 

Not according to your manager you’re not. According to McInnes there is no league race and Celtic will win the league. 

He may well be quite right but to publicly say that is a bit defeatist this early in the season 

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Not according to your manager you’re not. According to McInnes there is no league race and Celtic will win the league. 
He may well be quite right but to publicly say that is a bit defeatist this early in the season 



You seriously think DM says this in the dressing room or in training sessions ?

The team have minimum points targets at various stages in the season, with the ultimate aim to improve on our record points total.

If we do that (which he insists we are capable of this season) then we are right in the mix as teams have dropped so many points.

Right now, we are on track for meeting those targets, so there is no chance whatsoever that DM doesn’t think we can win the league.

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1 minute ago, G-MAN said:

 

 


You seriously think DM says this in the dressing room or in training sessions ?

The team have minimum points targets at various stages in the season, with the ultimate aim to improve on our record points total.

If we do that (which he insists we are capable of this season) then we are right in the mix as teams have dropped so many points.

Right now, we are on track for meeting those targets, so there is no chance whatsoever that DM doesn’t think we can win the league.

 

 

Loser oozes out of every pore of Derek McInnes. His record in meaningful matches says it all.

Before you bother posting this seasons results versus Rangers. I am well aware how poorly we have performed in those games.

He is never in a million years a Rangers manager. Pedro was a huge mistake but we dodged a bullet with McInnes.

Nothing against McInnes. His family live local and see him out and about all the time. Not taking the Rangers job was the right thing for him and his family as well.

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26 minutes ago, G-MAN said:

 

 


You seriously think DM says this in the dressing room or in training sessions ?

The team have minimum points targets at various stages in the season, with the ultimate aim to improve on our record points total.

If we do that (which he insists we are capable of this season) then we are right in the mix as teams have dropped so many points.

Right now, we are on track for meeting those targets, so there is no chance whatsoever that DM doesn’t think we can win the league.

 

 

mate do us all a favour and ignore the demented meerkat...  he is popping up everywhere desperatley trying get noticed  and to show aff his ramsden

cup medal .. he is clearly a guy that tucks his jumper into his jeans...ignore the fud  .

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Loser oozes out of every pore of Derek McInnes. His record in meaningful matches says it all.
Before you bother posting this seasons results versus Rangers. I am well aware how poorly we have performed in those games.
He is never in a million years a Rangers manager. Pedro was a huge mistake but we dodged a bullet with McInnes.
Nothing against McInnes. His family live local and see him out and about all the time. Not taking the Rangers job was the right thing for him and his family as well.
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13 hours ago, kingjoey said:

Leeds rookie right winger ripped Maxie apart tonight.

Thus  ending this garbage about teams in Scottish Prem being the same level as top teams in the Championship.

The 4th choice left back for Derby sails it and is one of the best LB's in the country.

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Young Ferguson making noises about how much he is enjoying being at Aberdeen and despite being under contract until the summer of 2022 already, he isn't adverse to signing a longer contract.

Now I'm not naive enough not to realise that this will be because he will be nowhere near our top earners by any stretch of the imagination so looking for a wage increase. If handled correctly this will be a win/win for both parties.

Difficult to believe that he hadn't even played a single minute of first team football for The Accies this time last year. Been ever present in every Aberdeen game this season that he's been fit or not suspended for.

The £235k we were ordered to pay is looking better and better value all the time.

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48 minutes ago, red23 said:

Thus  ending this garbage about teams in Scottish Prem being the same level as top teams in the Championship.

The 4th choice left back for Derby sails it and is one of the best LB's in the country.

Sorry, but that's a nonsense. Haven't seen any of that game, but I could still give you numerous reasons why that doesn't provide any real evidence that the English Championship is better than the Scottish 1st division.

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55 minutes ago, red23 said:

Thus  ending this garbage about teams in Scottish Prem being the same level as top teams in the Championship.

The 4th choice left back for Derby sails it and is one of the best LB's in the country.

:lol:

Jayden Stockley and Martyn Waghorn were two of the most sought after strikers for Championship clubs in the past 12 months. 

Thus proving how over rated that league is.

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6 minutes ago, RandomGuy. said:

:lol:

Jayden Stockley and Martyn Waghorn were two of the most sought after strikers for Championship clubs in the past 12 months. 

Thus proving how over rated that league is.

Jayden Stockley is yet to play in the championship 

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2 hours ago, BobWilliamson said:

Loser oozes out of every pore of Derek McInnes. His record in meaningful matches says it all.

Before you bother posting this seasons results versus Rangers. I am well aware how poorly we have performed in those games.

He is never in a million years a Rangers manager. Pedro was a huge mistake but we dodged a bullet with McInnes.

Still, at least he’s not a racist like you, Bob.

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28 minutes ago, RandomGuy. said:

:lol:

Jayden Stockley and Martyn Waghorn were two of the most sought after strikers for Championship clubs in the past 12 months. 

Thus proving how over rated that league is.

Good point, it's not like Sam Cosgrove who couldn't score or get a regular game for chroley or north ferriby united is scoring for fun up here.

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