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  1. 2 minutes ago, rob1983 said:

    Need to break the bank or we're going no where. Where's the ambition? Small little vale. Perhaps if we spent less money on the backroom staff we'd have more money for signings.

    On what evidence do you basis that on? So every club that gets out of league two, spends above their means do they? No one at the club has said that we can't afford new signings, we're just not signing players that want more money than we're willing to spend. It makes complete commercial sense - it's not difficult to comprehend.

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  2. 12 minutes ago, Sandyford_Lion said:

    That comment is as bad as the fans that slate Rodney.

    He is struggling to get a game in DC plans. Hes had chances and hes been part of the squad for the first dozen or so games. He didnt take his chances.

    My thoughts last season, could never u understand the fans telling us he is the next million pound plus player.  Poor player for me who has been about for a few years now and has never made a go of it. Last season yes he had success but not a footballer and DC thi ks the same way.

    He’s been with us for a season and a half. First season, did pretty well without being spectacular, however so far this season has had a number of set backs. 

    he’s still under contract so unless someone is paying a fee or we’re settling his contract early (highly unlikely) then he’ll be staying put and I for one hope that he can continue to develop with us. He’s still relatively young so why wouldn’t we want to develop him…..but that will mean we will have to accept the inconsistencies in his game rather than just looking for a scapegoat as our fan base usually do 

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    11 hours ago, Playa Amodores said:




    I think Rodney is worth keeping, he's 23 so still has plenty of time to develop within his current contract which runs until July 2023. He's not the finished article but I don't think him nor the club claim that he is. His touch and hold up play is improving - you only need to look at Burton game to see that his must have been an area the coaches are working on with him. Don't get me wrong, I've been frustrated at times with his decision making but that is the purpose of working with them on the training ground to fine tune those weaknesses. Look at Tom Conlon progression (who's now 25 and soon to be 26 in Feb) who was being written off a couple of years ago - players at our level just need a little more time to train and learn from mistakes in games. 

    I appreciate that the greedy league sees young prospects playing fantastic football at 21 but they are few and far between and at our level, they will generally develop at a later stage in their career. With Rodney, he needs to earn his place like everyone but there is certainly a good player in there and one I hope is realised with us rather than somewhere else. He seems to be a confidence player and he does need to zone out the moans and groans that I hear around the ground - I've been guilty of letting out a little moan when his first touch has made the ball run away from him when we would otherwise have been in a good attacking position - but that unfortunately part of the game with fans in the ground that he needs to get used to. His first full season with us, he had no fans in the ground on his back and was top scorer (in a shocking season admittedly). 


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  4. As much as I would love to see Norwood coming to Vale as a short term option to cover the injuries we've now got to our two main front men, DC puts a lot of emphasis on character - so would he fit within that ethos, given the comments on his off the field issues? just to add, I don't think we'll have any chance of getting him given his current wages but we may have held some funds back ready for January to invest depending on where we are, to try to push us on to gain Play Offs at the minimum. 

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  5. On 24/10/2021 at 14:50, knapperm said:

    Nobody’s mentioned how good the third goal was and would say the Vale coach would be pleased with it. Straight off the training pitch, Wilson near post then as corner taken spins off and takes defender with him leaving a big gap for someone( Martin) to run in and flick the ball over, if it hadn’t gone in the net Wilson was there for a tap in. Well worked routine

    I re-watched the highlights a couple of times and you could see exactly how it was rehearsed. Watch Gibbo closely, Martin is behind him but Gibbo is watching his owner marker as well as Martins..........as the ball is played, Gibbo runs straight into both markers to block them following Martin running on the outside of him............shithousery of the highest quality.....@Joe B will be very, very impressed.

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  6. 19 minutes ago, Doha said:

    I don’t know about two more midfielders but backup DM, RWB/LWB and 2x strikers definitely.

    I’ve heard Burgess has been properly grafting over the summer so you never know, Clarke might see enough to keep him. The other two on the list we certainly need to lose as quick as possible. 

    I think Burgess would be a good midfield backup and strikes me as having the right type of attitude, although he is lightweight. I guess it depends on the type of formations DC plans to play as it could mean despite all his hard work to impress, he may never get a look in. 

  7. 14 minutes ago, Burslem Academicals said:

    Kabongo Tshimanga is a good shout interesting that the lad is out of contract had a two year deal and is 23 BUT turns 24 on the 22nd of July.....a year ago Boremwood has a 22 year old goal machine under contract and wanted £350,000 and now the lad could walk in july.....offer a good 3 year deal and signing on fee.

    Also given the squad limit of 24 would Will Swan (20) on a season long loan be good business the lad is a goalscorer.

    Rodney/Wilson/Tshimanga and Swan would be a quality set of strikers.


    I've never seen Tshimanga play, although I've heard many of good word about him (mainly on here) - He seems the perfect kind of target that Peterborough go for and given there past record in fine tuning strikers to get them bigger moves, I couldn't see us competing with them. I know they've just gone to the Championship but I don't think that will see them throw out their model. 

    I would be shocked if we signed him but very pleasantly surprised 

  8. caveat***this is not a rumour and purely just for debate on the type of signing I'd like to see:

    Darnell Johnson 22 year old primarily CB but can play RB, released from Leicester. He had two spells in league one last year with two struggling sides (Wigan and then Wimbledon). From reading his interviews, his attitude appears right - he wanted to learn and develop at EFL clubs - he wasn't content with just sitting in a big club reserves. He has made 22 appears in league one, so whilst minimal in terms of experience, it mitigates some of the risk of signing a fresh faced player from premier academies. 

    Could it be that we're in for this Johnson, rather than Ryan Johnson of Hartlepool. 

    Onto the link - as I say, there is absolutely nothing to suggest we're in for him but he is the God son of Emile Heskey - Heskey praised Carol and the Club, so he could put in a good word 🙂 

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  9. With the Bruno era I think we could all see from the start of the season that it was going to eventually come crashing down at some point. We picked up results but I’m not sure how, as we were truly awful in most games and getting overran on most occasions. I imagine scouting us for the start of the season would also have played a part - as we were a pure unknown.

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