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  1. With Joyce out suspended and Conlon injured wouldn't it make sense to play Worrall in the midfield three and then McKirdy can get a game in the front three. Suppose a midfield of Worrall and Burgess either side of Oyeleke and a front three of McKirdy/Cullen/Amoo. Expect Brisley to partner Smith unless Crookes gets a game but Clark/Burgess/Amoo on the right and Montano/Worrall/McKirdy on the left has a lot of pace,energy and quality while after a run of a couple of games Cullen must be getting match fit and sharp. Certainly on paper a McKirdy/Cullen/Amoo front three and a Conlon/
  2. So our four most experienced players have let us down...Pope starts the season suspended...Joyce sent off.....Brown decides to take a free kick from the half way line....Legge gets sent off......and is six minutes of Fergy time the new norm. So having won three on the bounce and cruising to victory at 2 nil up Joyce is sent off but the ten men were 3-2 up on ninety minutes.....the general feeling though was without the sending off we were playing well and it looked a comfortable win....next game away team park the bus and apart from the madness of a goalkeeper stood on the half way line h
  3. All in all a decent work out and performance by the reserves against a top league one outfit at their yard....10 changes and the only continuity Mills the second choice right back. Visser was again very good and should heaven forbid Brown miss a run of games with some niggle no qualms about Visser playing but also both Brisley and especially Crooke who could go on to form a long term partnership with Smith were again excellent. Whitehead got a goal plus more game time and is usefull back up in midfield while both Tricky-Smith and Hurst had good performances but mostly Oyeleke and Mon
  4. Just looking at that first team with the diamond of Joyce infront of the legge and Smith partnership and Brown in goals then the rotation of Cullen and Robinson upfront and thinking that right triangle of Gibbons/Oyeleke/McKirdy and that left triangle of Montano/Conlon/Worrall which is the stronger side? That nominal second eleven with a back four of Mills/Brisley/Crooke/Fitzpatrick and Viser in goals but also a midfield of Burgess/Whitehead/Trickett-Smith but also with the pace of Hurst/Rodney/Amoo and Pope to come on is itself a strong side.
  5. .............................................................................Brown............................................................................ Gibbons...................................Legge............................................Smith.......................................Montano ......................................Oyeleke...........................Joyce................................Conlon................................... .........................McKirdy......................................Cullen/Robinson..............................Worrall..........
  6. So given the McKirdy signing and with a fit Oyeleke how does this look for our strongest starting eleven..... .............................................................................Brown............................................................................ Gibbons...................................Legge............................................Smith.......................................Montano ......................................Oyeleke...........................Joyce................................Conlon................................... .................
  7. Phil B of Bowers Towers any idea when the signing might get announced to the Vale Nation....
  8. Vale1995 you are Harry McKirdy 22 and I claim my £5.
  9. mmmmm....so not McKirdy(23) or Thomas(25) but seemingly some development lad.....then again Rodney and Hurst look good prospects but with Monatano at left back and Amoo injured that only leaves Worrall with experience so thought the signing would be with a view to go straight into the first team as required.
  10. Thinking about the Askey 4/3/3 then while the Brown...Smith/Legge....Joyce....is the foundation and Cullen and Robinson will rotate as striker with Pope now a bit part player the key feature is the left and right triangles.....last season Monty/Conlon/Worrall on the left and Gibbons/Burgess/Amoo on the right.....now we have Mills and Fitzpatrick as full back options and in midfield Oyeleke and Whitehead with say new signing probably Thomas and Rodney who will become a fans favourite and can move central permanent next season when Pope has retired.....it looks such a strong and well balanced sq
  11. Brown Mills/Legge/Smith/Fitzpatrick Burgess/Joyce/Conlon Worrall/Conlon/Rodney Visser/Brisley/Crooke/Whitehead/Oyeleke/Robinson/Montano So disregarding the nine changes last game the same team as the season opener only with Manny and Monty on the bench in place of Tricky-Smith and Hurst......basically rotate Cullen and Robinson with say Cullen starting at home change on the hour and Robinson starting away maybe and we'll see Pope in October.....to think that matchday squad has Gibbons/Amoo/Pope and maybe Thomas to add in and there are going to be some basically first t
  12. So for those "in the know" McKirdy or "Mystery Winger" that is the question ?
  13. So Askey said McKirdy would still be training with us this week and there were a couple of other wingers on the radar also and low and behold another winger in training today....Askey also said he didn't want to waste players time and that a decision would be made this week....so is it between McKirdy and the mystery winger for the final contract of the summer.....must be of a fair decent standard to compete with McKirdy for the job.
  14. Question is if say Askey signed another left back and pushed Montano up to replace Browne then we only have three wingers so if one gets injured....also would Montano start ahead of Amoo with Worral playing on the right....as ever it's Askey's call but with Fitzpatrick and Montano plus Crooke (and Mills) all being able to play left back why sign another and with one injury have no wing cover on the bench....gotta be another specialist winger essentially.
  15. Hopefully a solid two weeks of running and boot camp will see Robinson much fitter and Cullen will be back in training next week and without changing the whole team at half time obviously the likes of Browne and Hurst didn't get a run out....interesting to see Trickett-Smith get game time again and did alright and looks like being part of the squad this season when needed. This season is truncated and there is going to be a lot of midweek games and it really is going to be based on squad strength rather than first 11 and thinking Askey has called it right especially with other teams playe
  16. Interesting point about the front three.....the back four and midfield from last season pretty much picks itself.....but both Mills and Fitzy are good full back cover and Brisley and Crooke good cover at centre back.....then in midfield certainly a fit Oyeleke and new signing Whitehead will push for games.....however upfront ignoring the suspended Pope there seems to be a good mix between the intelligent footballer front three as it were with Worrall/Cullen/Browne and the raw pace of the quicks Amoo/Robinson/Rodney...it is a good pick'n'mix set of forwards and at all times as long as there is
  17. Even with Manny injured and discounting Hurst (same age as Taylor and Burgess last season) and Trickett-Smith and considering a first choice midfield that finished strongly last season of Burgess/Joyce/Conlon then a potential back up spare midfield three of Whitehead/Mills/Worral isn't too shabby perhaps.....that would still leave say Amoo/Cullen/Robinson as a front three with a spare set of Browne/Pope/Rodney.......there seems to be a handfull of players who can cover different roles well and all in all a very balanced squad with competition for shirts and cover for every position.....25 man
  18. "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
  19. Don't know the situation with Trickett-Smith signed by Smurthwaite a year and half back never played always loaned out and seemed to be out of favour or unwanted somewhat but the lad is what 25 and was once highly rated so there might be a player in there....Hurst though is an Askey signing and seemingly Askey rated the lad and at 21 Hurst could prove to be a usefull squad player this season or break through like Burgess last season maybe....seems to be highly rated and well thought of has already played competitive mens football and done the loan thing so must be ready to work hard an take th
  20. 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.
  21. 1)Manny Oyeleke fit is our best player. 2)Manny Oyeleke won player of the season and signed for Port Vale 3)Players of the season play regularly injury free. 4)Manny Oyeleke unlike Cullen had no injury record before joining Port Vale 5)Manny Oyeleke turned Vegan returned lighter and fit. 6)Manny Oyeleke has now missed weeks of pre-season and every friendly 7)What is going on?
  22. Just don't think Fitzpatrick was fit against Blackpool and must have been rusty having not played for 6 months don't think he had been even training for more than a couple of days or a week also was playing against an absolute flying machine and one of the quickest players outside the top flight....the Macc fans describe "Fitzy" as being a model professional and very consistent and reliable and at the end of the day should Monty miss a couple of games suddenly cause of a niggle if Fitzpatrick steps in after a couple of months and seamlessly puts in a 7.5 out of ten and is known to Askey to be
  23. Mills is talked of as a right back who can play left back but also defensive midfield so possibly a straight swop for Evans. Then Whitehead can be considered a versatile replacement for Atkinson. Trickett-Smith a replacement for Lloyd. Hurst if the lad turns out to be a revelation like Burgess could be considered a replacement for Taylor. Oyeleke/Burgess/Joyce/Whitehead/Conlon/Hurst/Trickett-Smith plus Worrall can play midfield and Mills so that is 9 players for 3 spots......think Askey has got it covered.
  24. Taylor/Atkinson/Lloyd/Evans isn't four gone from midfield and only one in Whitehead as Evans was considered a right back and Mills is the upgrade likewise Whitehead replaces Atkinson... it could be said that Trickett-Smith replaces Lloyd and if Hurst is this seasons Burgess then the left side midfield is between Conlon and Hurst....got to say the are concerns over both Oyeleke and Cullen and their injury records......expect Legge and Pope must be on their last season and will want promotion and if Cullen and Oyeleke miss much of another season again through injury both will be out of contract
  25. Brown Gibbons/Smith/Legge/Montano Burgess/Joyce/Conlon Amoo/Cullen/Worrall ..................................................... Visser Mills/Brisley/Crooke/Fitzy Oyeleke/Whitehead/Hurst Browne/Robinson/Rodney Suspended: Pope Unused :Trickett-Smith/Cambell-Gordon If the above is the first team on day one then Mills/Brisley/Fitzpatrick/Oyeleke/Whitehead/Robinson will along with Pope after suspension all want first team games and good young players like Crooke/Hurst/Browne/Rodney will be pushing for places....Askey has put together a squad w
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