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at 11:37 27 Jan 2020
Yep. Nothing against Wells. I am a massive fan of his, and will be very upset if he leaves. But we need to be loyal to the philosophy.
If we were closer to promotion, perhaps I'd gamble (like Bristol and Nottingham Forest may). But we're not close enough to do away with our philosophy
By the way, all the fickle fans posting on Facebook, etc about Wells staying. I guarantee you that if we keep him and he goes on a cold streak and misses a penalty, those same fans will be calling for his head and questioning why we brought him back. The ownership should not be listening to fans because we are too emotional
at 11:26 27 Jan 2020
There's a lot of discussion about how Brentford are miles ahead of QPR
Brentford are an incredibly disciplined club. Discipline is sticking with a philosophy even if it will upset some fans in the short-run, even if it involves some short term sacrifice:
Brentford's striker business in the last few years:
Andre Gray: brought for £600k (reportedly) from Luton, sold to Burnley for £11m
Scott Hogan: bought for £750k from Rochdale, sold to Villa for £12m
Neal Maupay: bought for £1.6m from St Etienne, sold to Brighton for £20m
Ollie Watkins: bought for £1.8m from Exeter, currently valued in excess of £20m
In each case, they stuck with their philosophy of buying young good players, selling them on and re-investing in the next crop. And yet look at where they've been in the table as compared to us.
Our philosophy is apparently to buy low and apparently sell high. You don't buy a 30 yr old striker like Wells when he's at his peak. What is the plan for Wells? Pay a transfer fee and let him go on a free when he's 33?
QPR signing Wells permanently would be an absolute abdication of the philosophy we are claiming we're trying to adopt.
Discipline means sticking to a plan and taking a long term view rather than making rash, short term decisions.
This is an opportunity for our ownership to prove they've learnt a lesson. Fans are fickle and inherently short-termist. But ownership needs to take the long view.
We should be trying to find the next Chair, Bright, Masteron, Freeman, and Eze.
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at 20:50 24 Jan 2020
No one is saying Lumley is solely to blame
No qpr fan is going to defend our defending there... but keeper should do better there. I’m willing to give him a free pass but he’s truly costing us every week
at 23:06 5 Jan 2020
i am so glad to be wrong about ball
i thought he was the weak link against west brom in september in possession. its hard to believe how much he has improved since then
in the last two matches in particular, hes been showing for the ball, playing one touch passes.... he doesnt have a great range of passing, but he has been made a few simple passes which have unlocked defenses.... im particularly impressed by how composed hes been with men around him.... he hasnt panicked and hasnt really given the ball away much
even off the ball in possession, it was a joy to watch him flick his head backwards and forwards, trying to see where the ball was and get a picture of what was ahead of him.... a far cry from the player who seemed to deliberately mark himself out the game when qpr were in possession against west brom
the one weakness he has is that he is too right footed still... but im just so happy and proud of the lad for improving his game so significantly in such a short period of time
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at 22:56 5 Jan 2020
Chair the best player on the pitch today by far
i echo the sentiments about chair potentially being a better player than eze.... he literally can play anywhere from deep midfield to off the striker... hes constantly making runs, playing pass and move one touch football, challenging for headers and second balls... there is not a single job on the pitch that he does not do, and you cannot go more than 90 seconds without him making a touch or doing something
unfortunately for chair, he does have some physical limitations which may prevent him from getting to the level of eze...but to me, this kid is an absolute genius and a gem of a player
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