It's their responsibility to push the line up the pitch, forcing the midfielders to play further forward to stop long range strikes.
We concede quite a few worldies and it's not a coincidence.
People want the football club to progress and then say we should stand by Fox and he should get the captains armband, beggars belief.
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There would have been a conscious decision against a strong Norwich side to sit back, it didnt work, but thats more likely the managers brief than the CBs not pushing everyone out.
Sometimes you have to put your hands up & concede the Norwich goals were largely undefendable, rather than try & pin every goal on our CBs.
It wasnt a suggestion for the long term though, its born around the fact we have 8 games left & 11 players on the park, none of whom fit the bill better than Fox at present.
He's an everpresent, he looks very comfortable with the ball at his feet, he's fit, he's putting in big shifts & he's leading his line. He's also come back from an absolute hiding from fans who just aint prepared to give him anything.
Good short term fit for the armband if that makes you feel any better.
A good shot is a good shot, but a player needs to have time and space to make the shot, which we've given them far too much of this season
Got to say I've been mightily impressed with Fox at CB, didn't think the lad had it in him.
Hobbs needs to move on as people have said. You really need your back line to be playing week in week out, and part of the reason we've been so leaky is how often we've had to change it up due to injuries
Warburton wants it playing out from the back not hoofing 50yds upfield. I think its a myth you'll get less mistakes from them two & your distribution from the back will be twice as primitive.
Fox is more mobile, turns quicker & is generally a much better fit for the Warburton plan.
Don't see Warburton making that change anytime soon.
Mills' biggest contribution has been his goals. I don't rate his defensive abilities at all. He's not a patch on Hobbs. And they are both biscuits.
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Fox hoofs it forward far too much, he rarely plays a simple ball to someone anymore. Granted, sometimes it turns out to be a good ball, but I only find he's got at firing it from a left back position to a right wing position. If he's hitting it down the line or up to Britt, the result is usually us losing possession.
Fox is OK at centre back, that's it. He's okay. Nothing more.
I wouldn't want him as first choice CB at any Championship club. As soon as Hobbs or Mills are back they should be straight back in alongside Mancienne.
We have conceded more goals from outside the box than any other team in the division.
"It is better to live one day as a lion, than one hundred years as a sheep"
Thank goodness we've got McParland in to sort out the recruitment problems at this club. Fawaz will no doubt find a way to bugger it up though.
"I've been blessed with many things in this life: an arm like a damn rocket, a c**k like a burmese python, and the mind of a f**king scientist" - Kenny Powers
With no loan window you need to have signed the players before the main window shuts, after all...
So, it's possible that the fact we needed midfield cover and another striker had been identified, and that these players were brought in having been discussed with the new management team.
I'm not sure about the loan players but you can see why (Assuming they had actually signed the right Joao Teixeira...) because McCormack is a proven scorer at this level.
The lad from Chesterfield was clearly not for this season.
Or maybe not...
Wrong thread - but shame McClaren couldn't have stayed at the sheep a bit longer.
McClaren vs Dyche
What's clear for next season is that we need a midfield general! If still in the Championship, I'd love us to go for Leadbitter.
As for the lad from Chesterfield, I don't buy the "clearly not for this season" line either. I think that's what the assumption has become because he's not played.
McCormack though, I don't really believe he's a waste of money as during the run in, if he plays, his goals will be pivotal for us
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The signings and loans made under GB (whoever they were by) seem of an entirely different standard to those in the summer. Although I don't agree with RM on a purely financial basis you can't deny he's been a top player in the past. And the chap from chesterfield is obviously one for the future and under no pressure to do anything this year. I'd assume that if he'd really smashed it in training then he'd have been included but he hasn't, doesn't mean he's not going to be up for it next year. Not everything is that black and white is it.. We've probably wasted a million on two shit keepers this year when we have two better prospects sat in our youth team. We can't make judgments until they get on the pitch.
Other than Clough, Brazil barely played any of the signings he made. Two of them haven't played at all, one has appeared just the once (I think) and McCormack has featured occasionally but that's about it.
The quality might be better, but ultimately they aren't any more useful if we are paying them to not play. I can completely see the logic behind McCormack, he's a brilliant player for this division but it's a waste of time and money if we don't use him. No matter how you try to spin it the recruitment process has been shockingly bad for a long time and it's something that hopefully McParland and Warburton can fix.
Hopefully Warburton will make better use of the newer signings because otherwise Brazil has continued the trend of managers wasting money.
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