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Motherwell FC - A Thread For All Seasons

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3 minutes ago, nsr said:

Beats the pizza image hands down.

Can someone not put him holding the pizza on that pic

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1 hour ago, wellinwigan said:

Can someone not put him holding the pizza on that pic

My best efforts!

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The bold Robbo bigging up Jake Hastie there...a "revelation in training". Also talking up being able to go 433 and saying he'd like to add more but seems dependent on some folk moving on.

He sounds enthusiastic about James Scott too.

 

Edited by capt_oats

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15 minutes ago, Gianfranco said:

I see Luton have approached West Brom’s assistant manager.

And he's already knocked them back

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14 minutes ago, capt_oats said:

The bold Robbo bigging up Jake Hastie there...a "revelation in training". Also talking up being able to go 433 and saying he'd like to add more but seems dependent on some folk moving on.

He sounds enthusiastic about James Scott too.

 

Will be interesting to see who we move out then and would be excellent to see Hastie, Scott aswell as Livingstone aswell push into the squad 

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1 hour ago, capt_oats said:

The bold Robbo bigging up Jake Hastie there...a "revelation in training". Also talking up being able to go 433 and saying he'd like to add more but seems dependent on some folk moving on.

He sounds enthusiastic about James Scott too.

 

He also seems to suggest by that interview that Frear is still in his plans as well,  be interesting to see who the couple are that he wants to move on.

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17 minutes ago, Del_Superwell said:

He also seems to suggest by that interview that Frear is still in his plans as well,  be interesting to see who the couple are that he wants to move on.

I clocked him mentioning Frear though it was with a tentative perhaps. I've a feeling we're open to offers on pretty much anyone around the fringes of the squad who are going into the last 6 months of their deals tbh.

Notable that he was very complimentary to the work Alloa have done with Hastie and he qualified that by saying he's a big advocate of loaning the #youngmotherwell players out. Goodwin seems to be doing a smashing job there.

The comments about development loans (such as they were) made me wonder how that works seeing as Craigan's left his post. I know Barry Maguire's away to QoS but he was in that grey area between 1st team and Reserves so you can see Robinson OK'ing that one. Curious as to who gets the say on where they go on loan as you'd think the ones who aren't in Tenerife with the first team are more likely to be loaned out so Brown, Watson, MacDonald...Semple?

I mean, ultimately the fact that those type of loans mean that the player is available for the Reserves anyway so it's kind of semantics but you'd have thought that the Reserve manager would have a say in where the players are being loaned out to.

Given Craigan was announced as leaving on 20th December and the club were planning on undertaking a review of the pathway for 18-21 year olds before appointing a replacement it's been pretty quiet on that front and it's been 3 weeks-ish. I noticed The Sun mention that McManus had been linked with a move to Celtic's Academy recently as well.

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10 hours ago, capt_oats said:

Wut?!

I mean, $600,000 and living in Suwon, or £22k and living in the Levi.

Tough choice.

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8 minutes ago, thisGRAEME said:

I mean, $600,000 and living in Suwon, or £22k and living in the Levi.

Tough choice.

Absolutely. There's a lot of geography going on in that story like.

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It sounds like Robinson is going to be making changes in shape and hopefully playing style for the next 6 months. It's going to be really interesting to see what the style of play is. I think we are all keen to see a bit more football played. It seems obvious to me that we can't continue to boot balls up the park when we have someone of the talent of Ross McCormack.

In hindsight the summer was a bit of a step back in terms of personnel. I think most of us were hoping to refine the squad with some quality but we failed to do that and brought in more of the same type of players. This looks to be what Robinson is trying to rectify now. It still seems strange to me that we took strides forward in that regard on paper with Cifci last January only to recruit Sammon in the summer.

Anyway it looks like he has got the message now, it's going to be really interesting to see how this goes. Robinson IMO is fairly strong tactically and defensively. His weakness seems to be producing any real creative or attacking threat. Even last year when we were doing okay the plan appeared to 'get as many balls in the box as possible' or 'play direct early'. Clearly this worked a treat in some cup games but it is a fairly basic approach. I am of the belief that football is often over complicated by some but I think we need to be a bit more cute going forward. I remain hopeful but so far as a manager this seems to be his blindspot. The Accies result and McCormack signing has certainly bought Robinson some time.

In terms of other recruits I'm hopeful we will see another defensive and quality attacking option added. I'm honestly still not convinced about ATS defensively and wouldn't mind us bringing another left back in. I am also hoping that we can get another attacking player of a decent calibre.

In terms of options we have currently I would go for something like:

Gillespie
Tait Aldred Dunne ATS
Ariyibi Campbell McHugh Frear
Turnbull
McCormack

Or

Gillespie
Tait Aldred Dunne ATS
Ariyibi Campbell Turnbull Frear
McCormack Johnson

Or we even have the option to go with a 3 up front. The whole 352 debate kind of went away last year after Robinson changed to the diamond and picked up a couple of results. We seemed to revert back but it wasn't really highlighed again. I still don't think it's the best way to set the team up, especially now with the addition of these new attacking options

 

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4 hours ago, supermarv said:

Apparently Sammon might be going back to Partick on loan

If they take him away from us now...

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It'll be interesting to see how many more Robinson is able to bring in.  Assuming he moves on Main & Sammon, you'd assume another striker would be the priority.  An out an out no.9 would be handy, as I would have thought McCormack would be better just off the front man, rather than having the expectation of being the guy that will score all the goals.

Another position that's still unsure for me is left-back.  Was Robinson's dig at ATS after the Accies game a sign his time is up if he can't stay up?  Will Livingstone finally be given a run, or is someone else going to come in. 

Wouldn't mind this to kick-off the second half of the season;

                     Gillespie

Tait  Aldred  Hartley  Dunne

         Campbell  McHugh

 Aribiyi   McCormack  Frear

                 New Striker*

 

 

*Would be happy with Danny Johnson up top if a new man isn't in by then.  I do think he'll get better the longer he's here, and playing alongside McCormack will help him no end.

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9 minutes ago, Desp said:

Another position that's still unsure for me is left-back.  Was Robinson's dig at ATS after the Accies game a sign his time is up if he can't stay up?  Will Livingstone finally be given a run, or is someone else going to come in. 

Same. There seems to be some real positivity about ATS and I feel bad for thinking he's a bit humpty. He looked like he was wearing roller blades at NDP.

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15 minutes ago, Desp said:

Was Robinson's dig at ATS after the Accies game a sign his time is up if he can't stay up

I don't think we should be going into the 2nd half of the season with two players who are likely not physically up to the job. ATS obviously has long-term injury problems and Livingstone, regardless of how talented he is, is probably not at the physical level to be a first choice LB  this season (or it would at the very least be a gamble to rely on him to that extent). If it's financially possible, we should be doing everything to ensure that we have a fit senior LB (and as a consequence keep Tait in his best position).

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We were being linked with a loan move for a left back from Stoke back at the start of the window. @Kyle mentioned that the link had come from Alan Nixon so it wasn't like it was AgentScotland or some other fraud account. I suppose the problem with left back is that we'd need to move ATS on first and his knees seem to be held together with sellotape. We'll not be able to move him until he's able to pass a medical.

Also, given the state of flux at Stoke then sacking their manager may have changed the landscape on that one. However I'd have thought if we were looking then it's an area Robinson would be wanting to address.

For me we're looking at a 433...

Gillespie
Tait Aldred Dunne ??????
Campbell McHugh Turnbull
Ariyibi McCormack ??????

Subs from: Main, Sammon, Johnson, Ferguson, Hartley, Grimshaw, ATS, Donnelly, Bigirimana, Gorrin, Scott, Hastie, Livingstone and Newell (lol)

Long term injuries: Carson, Cadden, Tanner

I've a feeling Johnson will probably be lined up to play off the bench. For all he's chipped in with goals his all round play is something that's been consistently flagged.

Edit: clearly there will be movement out from that subs pool.

Edited by capt_oats

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I wouldn't be averse to putting McCormack on the left and playing Johnson in the middle - was that not where McCormack was mainly used the last time?

I'd like to think we'll also be seeing more from the likes of Scott and Hastie in the second half of the season.  If Robinson is serious about a 4-3-3 then you'd hope that some combination of Frear/McCormack/Hastie over the piece would be an option.

Exciting times...

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