Jump to content

Double Winning St Johnstone FC Thread


Recommended Posts

Looking forward to seeing how Bair gets on in Scotland. Nice to have another Canadian to follow at McDiarmid Park. 

I've watched him a lot over the years and I hope this is the opportunity he's been needing. He looked like he had real potential and then he got stuck on a Vancouver side that doesn't play their own youth players and were also playing a dire, defensive style that didn't suit anyone, but really made playing up front a thankless task. Bair would get a rare appearance and then be trying to close down the back four as they knocked it around and trying to do something with clearances vaguely aimed in his direction.

That being said he got a chance to have a bigger role for the Canadian U23s in Olympic qualifying and had a really poor tournament. I was thinking he might just not amount to much and maybe the lack of playing time when he was 20 and 21 had held him back, but it looks like he did better in Norway as his side won promotion, so hopefully he'll continue to improve.

It's hard to understate just how big of a man he is. That photo of him has to be really old because his hair hasn't been that short in years. And, his full first name is Thelonious (as in Monk), do with that what you will.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Seeing Gregory Tade describe David Goodwillie as a "good lad who made some mistakes when he was young" has genuinely just broken my heart.

The Goodwillie thing puts our transfer business in context. At least we haven’t signed anyone that would make me feel like I never wanted to give Saints any of my money or watch them ever again.

I like the sound of Bair, Hendry is a better option than May or an Eetu who won’t get on the pitch. I think Ciftci will come up with the goods for us if he gets fit too, so we’re quite set up top. I worry about the lack of options to switch things up and play wide players if the 5-3-2 clearly isn’t working though. We only really have Middleton and O’Halloran and neither of them have been good enough this season (appreciate it’s been a tough gig for the former in particular). Thinking of players we were linked with Jamie Walker or M Kennedy would have been a nice option to have.

Hallberg sort of seems like what we needed in the middle, but I would have liked another. Not particularly convinced by Charlie Gilmour, Butterfield, or MacPherson (in particular) but we’re going to need at least two of them to step up. I can’t really figure out Ali Crawford still - everyone hates him and I see why, but I think in the tight games against sides around us he will wind up being crucial, because we have such a lack of creativity without Wotherspoon that hasn’t been addressed.

Really happy with the defensive additions, and think in Gallacher and hopefully this Cardiff guy we have players more naturally suited to being wing backs than Booth/Brown. The system will still need to be tweaked to get them some support out wide as they aren’t superhuman, but at least when found in space out-wide they might get a decent cross in every so often. It’s great we have the option to realistically drop McCart now, we look really strong at centre half.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, juneof86 said:

He looked like he had real potential and then he got stuck on a Vancouver side that doesn't play their own youth players and were also playing a dire, defensive style that didn't suit anyone, but really made playing up front a thankless task.

Sounds familiar

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, The Real Saints said:

So, are Eetu and Efe staying in purgatory (McDiarmid Park)? Has Liam Craig's dream move to Falkirk fallen through? This squad is massive.

We can still loan players out to clubs in tiers below the Premiership. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Tom Sang maybe seems a bit underwhelming at first but he's certainly not an U23 player and is part of the Cardiff first team squad. Few players in front of him and maybe hasn't quite found his niche yet as a player. For us, we obviously hope it's at wing back, although a dynamic midfielder wouldn't be a bad second prize. 

Was told Saints went in for him earlier this month but Cardiff weren't keen, tried again yesterday and got more encouragement. 

So he's not a lister, the sort of which you can spot a mile off on deadline day.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Tom Sang maybe seems a bit underwhelming at first but he's certainly not an U23 player and is part of the Cardiff first team squad. Few players in front of him and maybe hasn't quite found his niche yet as a player. For us, we obviously hope it's at wing back, although a dynamic midfielder wouldn't be a bad second prize. 
Was told Saints went in for him earlier this month but Cardiff weren't keen, tried again yesterday and got more encouragement. 
So he's not a lister, the sort of which you can spot a mile off on deadline day.

Quick glances online also show that Cardiff fans think he’s got a real chance and just needs first team football. Much rather we make a signing like this and not someone playing for Crystal Palace’s U-23’s.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Saints had two options this month, bringing in a new type of player to enable a shape change (we didn't, unlike St Mirren, already have a squad that allowed us to do that IMO) or find players to suit Davidson's shape. 

They have gone for the latter and it's been a proper investment, with long-term deals for many. 

I worry we've never scored goals in his shape but the team should certainly have a different look to it when everyone is up to speed. 

Slightly surprised that they were linked with Walker and Kennedy, and tried for Forrest, but haven't brought in a player in that mould but that would be my only concern. 

If the players we've signed are rubbish, that's an issue for the summer but, for now, it's about a manager being backed and addressing weak areas in the squad. That has happened. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 minutes ago, Radford said:

Saints had two options this month, bringing in a new type of player to enable a shape change (we didn't, unlike St Mirren, already have a squad that allowed us to do that IMO) or find players to suit Davidson's shape. 

They have gone for the latter and it's been a proper investment, with long-term deals for many. 

For not having a preferred system he sure has thrown a fair amount of cash at trying to get players to fill that system he doesn't prefer.

For what it's worth I think we might see a few changes to shape in the coming weeks, with McCart and Gordon dropped and not before time imo. Has E2 left the building?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

For not having a preferred system he sure has thrown a fair amount of cash at trying to get players to fill that system he doesn't prefer.
For what it's worth I think we might see a few changes to shape in the coming weeks, with McCart and Gordon dropped and not before time imo. Has E2 left the building?

Not sure how the failed statelets window works, but there is a month for sides in the lower leagues to loan in players.

Who knows, Raith may come to their senses punt Goodwillie and sign Eetu.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

 

6 minutes ago, glenrothes 1884 saint said:

Hope it’s a wide attacker Drey, Barker or Kennedy would suffice,must be a free agent obviously 

Then Barker is the only viable option of those three. Would be satisfied if so. Snodgrass would also be tasty. But we'll probably announce the signing of that Australian trialist Lennon who can't be found on Google.

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...
×
×
  • Create New...