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LGFOX Posted on 14/05/2019 10:08
Summary of the season.
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My feedback on the season.

It’s been another strange season ( when isn’t it I hear you cry).

The positives

1) Once again we saw resilience, care and compassion come from this club that came out of the despair of the tragedy in October. How everyone responded, the directors, staff, players, Puel, fans and a special mention to Susan Whelen will live in the memory. I have tears in my eyes now thinking about that 90 mins I spent on that cold Thursday looking at all the memorabilia that had been left and the long line of ( mainly over 60’s) waiting patiently to sign the condolence book.
2). On the football front we look like, for the first time since the PL win, that we are moving forward. We have IMO the best squad we’ve ever had with mainly youngsters who can only get better. Chowdhury, Barnes, Maddison, Chilwell, Ndidi, Benkovic, Söyüncü are great talents who hopefully will all become really great players for years to come. Of course if we can add Tielemans all the better. Every one of them is under 23. Mixed in with the older heads it can only be good.
3). It finally looks likes we have a manager who has the football brains, experience, knowhow and understanding to move us forward. I know they’ll be bad days but hopefully it’s about bouncing back ASAP.

The Negatives

1). The worst football moment many would say was at Newport but for me it was a week later. At 2.00pm the team was announced in the pub. Puel decided not to try and make amends for the previous week but to play 3 defensive midfielders AT HOME against a Southampton side in the bottom 4 with 3 of their main strikers out and the only one left, Long, hadn't scored in a year. ( we soon sorted that out for him). The Southampton fans in the pub just smiled. ‘Welcome to what was our world’ one said. This was the moment even the severe doubters must have realised we needed to get rid. What we then witnessed for the next 90 mins summed him up. We’ll never know whether he’d been/would be sacked on that fateful October day but there’s no doubt he cost us 7th place.
2). Too many bad home performances. To break the record of consecutive home defeats said it all
3). Nacho. The kid has lost whatever he had. I was quite hopeful after a good preseason but that disappeared very quickly.
4) Vardy was wasted by Puel until his sacking. What a blôody shame. Would have possibly got 25 PL goals.


So all in all I felt the season was pretty ok in the circumstances. Nothing spectacular but we’re moving in the right direction
I’ll give us 13/20. About right?
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youlittleripper Posted on 14/05/2019 10:40
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The negatives are an interesting perspective but not entirely based on what both the stats and my own eyes see.

The last two games and (most of the home games including Newcastle since Brendan came) have all largely been poor performances. They have been shy of genuine goal threats. Very few attempts even on target. Vardy is still very much 'isolated' and the last few games show that - particularly Newcastle and Chelsea - not convinced Puel can take the blame for that.

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harwichfox Posted on 14/05/2019 10:43
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Blimey I agree with Ripper shock.
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LGFOX Posted on 14/05/2019 10:55
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But that was my point about it being negative mainly because of Puel. Rome wasn’t built in a day but BR has already realised what the problem was/is. It’s evolvement. Breaking down poorer teams especially who come to defend is the next part of the puzzle for me.
Sunday was a strange game and because it was the last game of the season I’m not totally sure we saw 100% from the players either in workrate or guile. BR isn’t the total answer, no more than Puel was 100% wrong. But we’ve already moved on dramatically in just 10 games and clearly illustrates why it was so important for him to come to us when he did and not this summer.
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foxinabox Posted on 14/05/2019 11:21
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We finished 9th. The previous season we finished 9th as well. We did have Mahrez, admittedly, but we didn't have Maddison, Tielemans, Barnes, Evans, Ricardo or Hamza. Chilwell has gone from being a liability to the team to being England's left-back.

It maybe the case that we have 'a manager who has the football brains, experience, knowhow and understanding to move us forward' in Rodgers, but all of this happened under Puel.

Don't forget that all the same pundits who are creaming themselves over Rodgers were also creaming themselves over Puel.

Don't get me wrong, I am happy that Rodgers is here, and I'm happy that Puel's gone because he was causing discontent with the fans and the team. One couldn't warm to him as a person.

Nevertheless, the team is a lot better, and it plays passing football, and it's also younger. Don't blame Puel for everything. He has created the foundations for Rodgers's success or failure. The jury is out on that.

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Oadlad Posted on 14/05/2019 11:32
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A fair summary of a season defined by two events, the loss of a club leader whose affection within the club had been underestimated by me at least, with the consequential affect. And the change of manager.
The arrival of BR was like a light being switched on and highlighted the problem which was that Puel was not a natural leader and Rodgers is.
This is not to suggest that Puel's contribution was wasted, he laid many planks in place now bearing fruit but he lost the balance between development and maintaining our Premier place. And, crucially, he was not inspirational, again highlighted by his successor.
I can't remember Puel boosting his young players in the media like Rodgers does, a vital part of growing a young team. Nor explaining his tactics or overall strategy to fans, again a vital part of keeping us on board.
The shame is that any group of Southampton fans could have (and did) flagged this up, a rare misstep by our owners.
But overall a season with plenty of signs of progress after the managerial adjustment.
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youlittleripper Posted on 14/05/2019 11:40
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'But we’ve already moved on dramatically in just 10 games'

Except we haven't as demonstrated above. Few attempts on goal. The only 'threat' as has been the case for large parts since Brendan came is down the flanks and either sheer brilliance or defensive error allowing us to overlap down the sides. The ball still largely is pumped into the middle afterwards. I don't think for a lot of the games under Brendan this has been down to teams 'sitting deep'.

So few attempts on goal. Fewer still on target. Possession for possessions sake at the back. Much of it going backwards. At times it is like watching rugby such is the angle of the ball wide to another player. I'm not doubting this is all part of Rodgers tasks to resolve but I've seen very, very little so far to see he's made that many in roads into it yet to suggest we've moved on dramatically.

What I've seen is players looking more confident with the ball. Taking greater risks at the back to maintain possession. The rise of Ndidi and the sheer tackling hunger of Hamza alongside flashes of class from Tielemans.
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Oadlad Posted on 14/05/2019 11:54
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ylr - I think you are too demanding about what we all know has been a short look see period. He has revitalised the same players available to PP and crucially has got them onboard.
As I said, a light was switched on and everybody (including fans) can see the improvement.
It's easy to be negative about a club as we always want that little bit more, but I think you will be in a minority next season.
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collibosher70 Posted on 14/05/2019 18:20
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There's some XXXXXX spouted on here
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Daz40 Posted on 14/05/2019 18:32
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Lgfox he should of got 25 goals regardless he has missed a few chances. We were still creating chances for vardy under puel.
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