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  1. In previous years we have relied on loans to fill glaring gaps in the squad. Managers who seemed oblivious to not having certain positions covered and relying on loans to plug the gap. This year it feels like we have a full squad with backup and we haven’t touched the loan market yet. It’s a positive position to be in.
    6 points
  2. Vale have been a league 1/2 (3/4) yo-yo team for pretty much all the post war period, with the exception of Rudge's tenure. Whether Hurst proves to be any good most of our better sides have been and will need to be in the future funded by sales of players. Chamberlain funded the McGrath promotion and countless sales of players gave Rudge the finances to keep the likes of Foyle and Glover. The Gordon Lee promotion (I was born but don't remember) and Micky Adams both followed similar patterns where we initially did OK but finances weren't available to consolidate promising starts and lead to relatively prolonged declines. Ultimately we do need to find a way to get good under 24 players into the team and sold for decent fee if we are to have a sustainable club financially which is also going to be more successful than oscillating between mid table league one and league two. Getting promoted is very much a short-term fix because our attendances really indicate we should be among the 30 lowest placed teams in the league. The reality is solving the conundrum of generating revenue from the sale of young players is probably the most important one to be resolved by the new owners because otherwise it will end up being a money pit that will require significant injections of cash to meet supporter expectations. Getting players ready to sell by 22 or 23 ultimately needs to involve getting them into the team and ultimately that involves identifying them but also taking the risk of playing them and giving them a run in the team.
    2 points
  3. @valeparklife I agree with that assessment. I think we may well add a loan player in the Jake Taylor mode if possible, but as it stands (on paper) we look to have decent cover all over the pitch. Looking forward to the season starting even more now.
    2 points
  4. And I think that concludes our transfer business! If I was being greedy, I still think we're missing a bit of creativity going forward. A JMW type player to create something from nothing. I think we will be a tough to beat, hardworking unit but might struggle sometimes to break those teams down that get 10 men behind the ball (where a bit of flair could open them up). Excited for this season! And I've not said that for years!
    2 points
  5. I’ve seen quite a few Barca games on the TV which I know isn’t the same as going to the game, but I’ll tell you one thing for sure, for all those who go on about Messi, he’s no Paul Kerr.
    2 points
  6. "Incessantly banging on about" ......Hurst is an Askey signing therefore rated by Askey and likely to get games.....if anything it is "banging on" about Askey obviously thinking highly of this player and reminding fans that like Burgess last season perhaps Hurst can be considered an option in midfield that Askey will use and bring through well. Lawrie was a Port Vale youth graduate who went on to represent Northern Ireland at all levels something like 26 times and so must have once upon a time been rated highly enough for honours......also that youth team won the double two years in a row if memory serves......so in terms of representative International Honours while at the club and silverware won a polite well done to the gent.
    1 point
  7. Even with Oyeleke out injured the midfield that finished the season strongly was Burgess/Joyce/Conlon then there is now Whitehead and Hurst not to forget Trickett-Smith but also Worral can play midfield and Mills can play holding midfield....so that is a strong first choice midfield three with five possible choices as cover even without Oyeleke....thinking Askey has got it covered somewhat although a fit Oyeleke would certainly be a big bonus.
    1 point
  8. DTS and Hurst look a million miles away from the 1st team to me. I would expect both to be loaned out until Jan to give us an option of loaning a player to make a difference in the 1st 11.
    1 point
  9. Just hope manny stays / gets fit. Otherwise think we’re short in midfield.
    1 point
  10. https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/stoke-city-squad-players-transfer-4440854 https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/league-one-salary-cap-sunderland-4429350 We have already got our quota of over 21s. It appears that ALL loan players will automatically be classed as over 21 regardless of age. The rules, when they are published, may contain a caveat for players signed who have yet to play in The League Cup, FA Cup and EFL/ Premiership League matches, which may provide a way in for someone like DTS, I believe the draft League 1 rules did for a player under 24. If it doesn't then we are already over our limit. So signing someone similar to JMW or Jake Taylor would require 2 player (including DTS) or one (if DTS is exempt) to be dropped from the squad until at least January. Really if you say you want to sign someone it also needs to be stipulated who you don't want in the squad. So if you want another winger one of Browne, Amoo (both signed new contracts) or Worrall (player of the year) need to be dropped from the squad. Taylor would me Joyce, Whitehead, Oyeleke, Conlon or Burgess (one a recent signing and 2 just signed new contracts). The club would still need to pay the player and use them in cup games but not in any of the league games.
    1 point
  11. Had to laugh as I was standing in a queue to buy my season ticket today. Turned around and read an old sign up outside the Railway turnstile. All face coverings of any kind must be removed before entry. Or maybe not.
    1 point
  12. 1 point


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