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3 minutes ago, Stevo1968 said:

Just as it gets announced 😂

Does he address any deficiencies in the current squad or his he just increased cover?
 

Might as well stick on the link: https://www.airdriefc.com/2021news/200714/Defender-Mbayo-agrees-terms

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There we go then! Know nothing about the boy at all so happy to give him a chance. At the very least it’s a bit of cover at the back and who knows - Perhaps he’ll develop into quite the young prospect. 

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34 minutes ago, Ayr Diamond said:

That's the signings for now ,well until the young lads from WHU appear but if anything happens i'll keep you informed.

When did Ceefax move to Ayr???

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Still think we need to add a couple of midfielders (holding and box-to-box) and another striker. No idea what position the West Ham boys play but think we really need to add a bit of experience to the midfield. It's the only position where it's lacking at the moment and, while having a load of skilful and high quality players in the midfield is optimal, we need to have a bit of steel, nous and 'streetwiseness' as well IMO. Ross Docherty would have been perfect. 

Not sure if it is the plan but, as much as I like him and he might develop into a good player in that position, I don't think I'd want Josh Kerr to be the first choice defensive mid for what will be such an important season. It's a shortened one too so we won't have time to be developing or taking a gamble on players working in certain positions. 

I'm sure it's all in hand though. 

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1 hour ago, Ayr Diamond said:

That's the signings for now ,well until the young lads from WHU appear but if anything happens i'll keep you informed.

Thanks again for keeping us informed 3 out of 3 signing predictions that must be a Pie and Bovril record...

 

 

Looking forward to see how the squad ends up, still think midfield is very light,  hopefully that area will be filled in due course....

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2 hours ago, ShineOnYouCrazyDiamonds said:

Maybe not the most exciting news but squad numbers appear to have been updated on the club website. Currie 20, Mbayo 14, Robert 11, O'Reilly 17. Also McCann changing to 3 and Roy changing to 10.

Ally Roy as the modern No 10-there we have it? I remain old fashioned 1-11 but recognise that those days are gone. Like others I am happy at progress but there is a midfield puzzle there. Good luck to all the new guys and anyone pulling on a Diamond.

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1 hour ago, Chapelhall chap said:

Ally Roy as the modern No 10-there we have it? I remain old fashioned 1-11 but recognise that those days are gone. Like others I am happy at progress but there is a midfield puzzle there. Good luck to all the new guys and anyone pulling on a Diamond.

I do agree with the 1-11 on the shirts.  Got used to seeing squad numbers help identify who new players were.  Then the names appear towards the end of the season. Always thought the little number in the diamond at the back was our thing maybe almost as much as the diamond.  It perhaps made our top just as distinctive. 

Not sure on the rules in domestic football are like europe with set size of letters and numbers but I'd love to see the little number return.

 

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Will be interesting to see how Mbayo develops; unless there's a formation shift in the offing, or a change in how the lad is utilised, it is difficult to see his starting ahead of Fordyce or Crighton, at least as things stand. 

Have to say i'm very pleased with the business done so far and the shape of the squad; we do look like needing a few more bodies in central midfield, as @airdrieman and others have said including a box-to box mid and a creative source, but still time between now and early October to get business done, with loans to come as alluded to. That we have kept a good number of the successes from last season on, keeping in turn the lions share of a squad that by all accounts made for a very good dressing room, and added some young talent to it, is really heartening. 

Roll on October, lads and lassies. 

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Don't know what to think of the new defender, released from a team below conference north/south level? "Alright" at Albion Rovers? Was at Anderlecht and Aberdeen, but did nothing with it? It's unfair to write someone off without seeing them play, so I guess we will have to wait and see.

Midfield needs some ball winning midfielders.

Up front needs someone proven to augment it rather than relying on Ally Roy if/when Gallagher/Carrick are unavailable.

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35 minutes ago, G_H said:

Don't know what to think of the new defender, released from a team below conference north/south level? "Alright" at Albion Rovers? Was at Anderlecht and Aberdeen, but did nothing with it? It's unfair to write someone off without seeing them play, so I guess we will have to wait and see.

I think you have just written him off....

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4 minutes ago, Roger Thornhill said:

I think you have just written him off....

Will be happy if concerns shown to be unfounded.

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Young players in general don't always follow a straight line in development. Every chance he will have learned important lessons in his brief spell at Albion Rovers that pay dividends in the long run. 

If you had told certain fans that one day Kevin Nisbet would be bought by Hibs after a sensational season in the league for Dunfermline, you'd have been thought quite mad. If you'd told some fans that Lawrence Shankland would get a game for Scotland, or even for Dundee United, or be the transfer target of a number of clubs in england, you'd have been laughed out the room. 

There's nothing to gain from trying to read into his career thus far. He's a player with potential, it would seem. How far he takes that remains to be seen, but there is nothing substantive to be gleaned from his career to date. Hopefully he blossoms at Airdrie. He could fail to make the grade, he could quickly outgrow us. We shall but see. 

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5 minutes ago, G_H said:

Will be happy if concerns shown to be unfounded.

Me too. I did look at his history and it is rather underwhelming . I am assuming backup though.

Regarding up front, I do hope we do bring in some decent cover.  Roy looked ok when he arrived but regressed very quickly. Maybe we will see a different player this season - one who tries to contribute, get involved, get in about the opposition and make his presence felt instead of floating about, flattering to deceive.  Maybe it is confidence. But one thing is for sure, if he continues to play the way he did when he came on last season and doesn't score, rightly or wrongly he is going to get a hard time.

 

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Definitely agree about the need for another striker. I know there will be a lot of pressure and expectation on Thomas Robert to score and create goals but, at the moment, Gallagher is our only forward who has consistently scored goals at this level. Don't even think we necessarily need a 20 goal+ man (though wouldn't say no to one!). Somebody like Leighton McIntosh (though obviously not him haha) who'll be guaranteed to score 10-15 goals coming off the bench would be grand. 

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17 hours ago, airdrieman said:

No idea what position the West Ham boys play but think we really need to add a bit of experience to the midfield. It's the only position where it's lacking at the moment and, while having a load of skilful and high quality players in the midfield is optimal, we need to have a bit of steel, nous and 'streetwiseness' as well IMO. Ross Docherty would have been perfect. 

Not sure if it is the plan but, as much as I like him and he might develop into a good player in that position, I don't think I'd want Josh Kerr to be the first choice defensive mid for what will be such an important season. It's a shortened one too so we won't have time to be developing or taking a gamble on players working in certain positions. 

I'm sure it's all in hand though. 

 

2 hours ago, G_H said:

Midfield needs some ball winning midfielders.

I don't know if he's genuinely available but Michael Miller, who was at Raith last season, is on the PFA player availability list could be a shout in that role. 

The forward options are rotten though 😂

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