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  1. badger123
    badger123 September 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm . Reply

    Some interesting stat there, which threw me somewhat.
    I agree, Amavi looks really good.
    Sinclair’s been scoring, so no problem there.
    But I’d personally rate Richards above Clark.
    Gana’s looking very accomplished too.

    But for me, it’s hard to leave Traore out, even though he hasn’t played much.
    This kid just looks the mutt’s nuts and is a frighteningly good prospect.
    If he doesn’t get kicked to death, he’s going to be a bigger asset than Benteke, imo.
    A potential £50 mill in the bank, if you like.

    1. adam2231
      adam2231 September 11, 2015 at 4:15 am . Reply

      I just didn’t think that Traore had played enough to make the top 5 this month. But I’m sure he’ll make a few top 5’s this season. Alongside Grealish of course, they just hadn’t played enough games and I don’t think our front 3 were the best in August

  2. bencey83
    bencey83 September 10, 2015 at 7:06 pm . Reply


  3. KentNielsen77
    KentNielsen77 September 10, 2015 at 7:31 pm . Reply

    Was this article written by Ciaran Clark’s mum?

  4. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion September 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm . Reply

    It is so difficult to rate centre-backs other than as a pair. I am not surprised Clark has the bloggers reaching for the keyboard, he has looked shaky in a few games. However I will couple him with Richards and say the pairing are an improvement on last season’s pairs, but still not impressive. It take time to build up an understanding. I will leave this thought with the Micah fans – he does not look keen to do a part of anyone else’s job, only his own then stop.

    1. billys boots
      billys boots September 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm . Reply

      don’t you think that’s part of his fullback mentality if you play fireman for the team you will be caught out of position eventually

    2. adam2231
      adam2231 September 11, 2015 at 4:16 am . Reply

      I thought that Clark has played alright so far, he has been solid in my eyes. Definitely not up to his best yet but still a good effort. I also think he looked a little more assured than Richards in the back 4.

  5. Benno
    Benno September 11, 2015 at 4:31 am . Reply

    Not sure about Clark to be honest. Sanchez should have been number 3. Otherwise, I would agree.

  6. Andrew
    Andrew September 11, 2015 at 5:02 am . Reply

    Amavi, Sanchez, Clark, Gana, Sinclair. Sanchez has been incredible, Clark’s maybe had 1-2 questionable moments. Gana’s been incredible as has Amavi. Sinclair’s been surprisingly good.

  7. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 11, 2015 at 8:38 am . Reply

    Clarke ? No another hit and miss player, one day brilliant another mistakes after mistake, we need consistency ,a leader, and some say he’s pulled out of position to many times ,now we have Lescott he might learn a few things in when to tackle and not to.

  8. Mark
    Mark September 11, 2015 at 8:55 am . Reply

    It’s alright saying that Clark has maybe had 1-2 questionable moments but, unfortunately these almost always lead to goals. Take the Sunderland game, Sanchez was at fault initially but Clark’s toothless attempt to intercept allowed the shot on goal which then took a lucky deflection off Richards. Even his lunge to stop Januzaj’s shot for Man Ure diverted it past Guzan, although I would count that more as unlucky than anything.I note that Andre Ayew of Swansea has been voted the top player in the Premiership for August and yet his brother Jordan can’t even get in the top eleven in our team.

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum September 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm . Reply

      That last point you make is a bugger isn’t it! Saying that, I guess we did our homework before splashing out nearly £10m for Jordan. Early days still…

    2. Andrew
      Andrew September 12, 2015 at 3:28 am . Reply

      Of course it does, because he is the last line of defense before Guzan, often the last player back unless Richards is too lazy to get forward enough to play the offside trap.

      Jordan needs to play up front off Gestede/Kozak before we can start judging him honestly. Being played out of position is always going to fail when you don’t have the attributes to do it, and he’s a CF, not a winger.

    GIDDYVILLAN September 12, 2015 at 5:21 am . Reply

    Just been reading on the OS Sherwoods bigging up shabby for the up :& coming derby matches stating he’ll become a hero & suits these kind of matches.possibly in the past can’t see it now,it begs the question if selected who’ll be dropped to the bench Sinclair???

  10. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 12, 2015 at 7:01 am . Reply

    Well Giddy, if that’s right ,he’s playing to the club and not the fans, Shabby as you call him to me cannot offer anything but speed running onto a ball, after that he’s shit, cannot shoot,cannot dribble, should be benched, I don’t see anyone that should make way for him.

    GIDDYVILLAN September 12, 2015 at 10:16 am . Reply

    AGREED MATE couldn’t believe what I was reading, mind you I’ve said from day one Tim’s a fan of his.like you say who’s going to be dropped???? basically who’s worse than shabby at present????

  12. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson September 12, 2015 at 1:14 pm . Reply

    Well, well Giddy 22 minutes gone and Chelsea are two down, that will teach him to fall out with his team doctor.

      GIDDYVILLAN September 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm . Reply

      Maybe she’s a VOODOO DOCTOR MATE????

      1. Bill Pearson
        Bill Pearson September 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm . Reply

        Well she’s that part of the world mate, I’ve been reading about it and its still on going, she hasn’t gone back , think its unsettled the team.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath September 12, 2015 at 7:01 pm . Reply

          On a different note anyone else think Bentekes jumped from the frying pan into the fire!

          1. Bill Pearson
            Bill Pearson September 12, 2015 at 7:07 pm . Reply

            Most defiantly, the fowls he gave to day hasn’t helped his cause, the money them reds have spent and still cannot win.think he’s made a big mistake.

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath September 12, 2015 at 7:27 pm . Reply

              Scored a good goal tbf though. Look like the Utd arse licking media have a new player to wank over!

          2. Andrew
            Andrew September 12, 2015 at 8:31 pm . Reply

            While it was a deflection that took it up for him, that’s what he needs from Pool players. He’ll get it from Coutinho but the rest of the squad have to chip in, literally chip in, and help get those kind of balls into him. He’ll score 20 goals for them if they do so.

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath September 12, 2015 at 9:45 pm . Reply

              True but Liverpool looked as bad as anything we’ve seen under Lamberk. Yet again they’ve courtinho Henderson and Sturbridge to come bk. Still can’t see them finishing top 4. As for Utd they were only marginally better both teams living on past glories and media love fests!

          3. Andrew
            Andrew September 13, 2015 at 5:25 am . Reply

            I agree I don’t see Pool getting top 4, never have. I think Chelsea will eventually get going and get 3rd, Arsenal 2nd, City 1st, United 4th. Seasons been unsurprising though, not surprised by Palace and Leicester’s quick start, nor City’s. Chelsea’s isn’t surprising either, typical Mourinho’s poor start after constantly playing the same players and they’re so dead already. Honestly the only surprise to me is how bad Stoke’s been. I figured they’d have the start Palace and Leicester had, and they’re sitting last.

  13. kerryvillan
    kerryvillan September 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm . Reply

    Agree Adam about Clark he would be in top 5 performers I would go 1 amavi 2 sanchez 3 gana 4 sinclair and 5 Clark, Everybody is only focusing on that sunderland goal which was clearly sanchez fault, Clark had to react quickly and made the wrong decision but every single CB in the league makes mistakes and that was him trying to cover for sanchez mistake so it wasn’t and unforced error or anything just a moment when he had less than a second to make a decision which 80% of prem CBs would have probably done the same.
    Richards comes in just after and has impressed me as I didn’t think he could cope at CB but he has done well, he just misses top 5 because he lunges in too often and misses which at RB won’t be too much of a problem but at CB like Clark found out that day it can be quickly punished but if he can cut that out of his game I think him and Clark could be a great partnership and with lescott I think both Richards and Clark will learn from wile also giving us option to go 3 at the back.

  14. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 September 12, 2015 at 4:02 pm . Reply

    Interesting article – initially surprised at Clark’s stats but then you know what they say about statistics! Personally, I would have Sanchez in the top 5 rather than Clark but hard to argue with the other picks. Sanchez looks like he’s going to be our ‘marmite’ player – but then I love marmite!!

    Sitting in a good pub in Devon; going to rain tomorrow afternoon so have to find somewhere to watch the game UTV.

      GIDDYVILLAN September 12, 2015 at 7:01 pm . Reply

      Have a GOOD UN hitch get the scrumpy down YER MATE,dead rats in the barrel you can’t beat it adds to the taste.

  15. Andrew
    Andrew September 12, 2015 at 8:28 pm . Reply

    Apparently Gil needs to score more according to Sherwood. Doesn’t he need to actually play to do that? Grealish too, but he always looks for the pass before actually trying to shoot, needs to be more selfish, has the ability to be.

  16. bencey83
    bencey83 September 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm . Reply

    Any ideas on what our lineup is likely to be tomorrow? Who’s injured at the moment?

    1. Andrew
      Andrew September 13, 2015 at 5:20 am . Reply

      Gana, Grealish and Traore are injury-doubts. Hoping to see Gil start, most likely Gabby will start, probably with Sinclair and have Ayew out wide again. I do wonder if we’ll go 3 at the back, and if so does Lescott start and Ilori start too? Meaning Clark’s dropped which I can’t see. So many different options so it’s hard to see who plays. Guzan, Richards, Amavi and Sinclair are probably the only absolute starters.

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