Loan Updates

Wigan Fans Views On Leon Clarke

“He was class today”

“He looked fine and was a handful.”

“Clarke looked like a good old fashioned centre forward.”

“Does Leon Clarke know the offside rule or is he just a lazy shite?”

“Genuinely, every single ball that came to him he got flagged”

“He was very quiet today”

“As for Clarke……he created nothing and centre halfs had him in their pockets all night.”

“My only gripe was Clarke, for me he’s just not good enough. I thought that first time round and nothings changed my mind now.”

“no better than 1st time round.Leading the line,never won a header,lay off or flick on. Is he really the best we could muster up ???”





Fleetwood Fans Views On Ched Evans

“Well done Ched, just what we needed, wish we could keep you here as our player”

“Good to see Ched bag a few”

“Back in the side and back with a bang. Deserved a hat-trick but positioning was top notch.”

“Evans is insane at holding it up. “

“Sign ched permanently”

“hardly given a sniff by Luton’s mean defence.”





Guiseley Fans Views On Marcus Dewhurst

“We gained a point last night – but only thanks to some fine saves by Marcus Dewhurst.”

“without Dewhurst the defeat could have been much larger.”

“Dewhurst was fine, the others poor”

“Marcus Dewhurst saved us from total embarrassment by making some truly magnificent saves. He is a star in the making!”






Guiseley Fans Views On George Cantrill

“Played well”

“Cantrill broke things up well”

“had a particularly good games last night.”

“looks quite useful and seems willing to put in a shift”

“Cantrill was excellent after a little bit of a shaky start when he gave the ball away a couple of times. I hope he can continue that form for the rest of the season.”

“He was excellent”

“Thought George Cantrill was inspired today, even before he scored the goal, he was MOTM”

“Cantrill looks as if he has plenty to offer.”

“A great addition”





Doncaster Rovers Fans Views On Tyler Smith

“Made the EFL team of the week.”

“Two well taken goals”

“The biggest positive for me today is that Smith looks to be the predator striker I was hoping we could get to partner JM.
He certainly impressed me with the way he put those two chances away, plus he wasn’t afraid to do the hard work.”

“Great to see what Tyler Smith has been like in his 2 interviews since he arrived, a young lad just absolutely loving playing football. Such a difference to some of the loan players we’ve had from leagues above in the past”

“Even more impressive than his debut performance was how quickly Smith had whipped his shirt off and was almost in the crowd in celebration. Instant fans favourite”

“Cracking debut from Tyler Smith though today, can’t wait to see more of him”

“Excited at the prospect of watching him over the next few months”

“He looks a top prospect, calm in front of goal, quick, bright, and always on the shoulder of the defender. A young Billy Sharp”

“Sheffield United potentially have a real star on their hands”





Barrow Fans Views On Rhys Norrington-Davies

“Norrington-Davies was excellent.”

“Norrington deserved MOTM he was our main threat down the left particularly second half”

“Norrington-davies was immense”

“the whole team (bar Norrington who’d run for 180 minutes) just didn’t seem to have the same energy as usual”

“about been our best player week in week out”

“All of the loanees have improved. Many have added to their value and we are increasingly seen as a safe haven for youngsters in development which in turn leads to better quality players being recruited. Norrington-Davis is a shining example of this”

“Badly missed Norrington-Davies, he’d been a big attacking outlet for us”

“Wrap him up in cotton wool”





Carlisle United Fans Views On Nathan Thomas

“Skillful and tricky. A top third player who needs to be fed the ball time and time again, until he runs out of steam.”

“Has obvious ability”

“I feel that particularly with Thomas, as he gets fitter, he could, potentially be a match winner.”

“plenty of flashes of skill, looked very dangerous first half.”

“looks quality but hasn’t played enough or isn’t fit enough”

“hit n miss. Some good stuff, some awful stuff also seems to get annoyed when stuff he tried didn’t work or get picked up by other players, can see why it therefore didn’t work at Notts county.”

“Am not seeing it with Thomas i’m afraid, he was isolated for spells first half and wasn’t happy when pulled. O’Hare also is disappointing even tho he gets stuck in”

“I thought Thomas was poor, he constantly ran into the defender and kept laying the ball back to Liddle, more so in the first half, instead of going past his man or swinging in a cross.”





Carlisle United Fans Views On Regan Slater

“not much impact” “not his day and lasted just the hour” “another developing really well and gaining in confidence”

“lots of energy, keeps the ball well and never does much wrong”

“he’s a busy little player” “He hasn’t exactly set the world alight”

“Worked hard and shows really good flashes going forward.”

“Worked hard, technically very skilled, but a bit lightweight”

“seems to be a weak link atm too much being asked of him”

“an exciting prospect who will make a big impact. Not a bad player but not much of an impact compared to many others”





Peterborough Fans Views On Daniel Lafferty

“Thought he was very good”

“looked a useful addition to the side”

“Like the look of Lafferty” “Looks a great signing”

“Lafferty is a solid LB” “Very good”

“Lafferty offered a lot more going forward down left.”

“He’s strengthened the team”

“Class addition” “Really like the look of Lafferty too. You trust he’s not going to make a mistake but also calm when going forward! Could be a player!”

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Aston Villa and Brentford Fans Views On Scott Hogan

Villa Fans

“Paid over the odds for him, never lived up to the price tag.
Confidence shot to pieces, needs game time. “

“High hopes for us but didn’t work out for him. Hopefully he moves on and he scores goals. Great poacher but not much else and we didn’t play to his strengths”

“One of them players who you want to do really well but doesn’t do well unless he gets the service”

“If you play his style he makes runs the villa mid never use to see, will score goals now u watch”

“Good center forward . If service is right quick good movement runs channels well . We just don’t play to his strengths. Glad to see him get a chance at another club he’ll score goals”

“I’m tempted to say it’s the Villa Effect, we seem to make seemingly good players rubbish. ”

“Not as good as billy sharp”

“He’s basically had less than a seasons worth of games at this level (32), hardly a good enough sample size to say with confidence that he’s actually any good.”

“He just isn’t very good. He barely touches the ball, his first touch and passing is abysmal and his finishing is vastly overrated.”

“I think he had a purple spell where the design of the team, confidence and manager’s faith all aligned for him to do well. One hit wonder. Partly he has been unllucky initially, as after buying him, Bruce played him in a completely different formation, asking different roles that he was ill suited to play in the first place, which was therefore a waste of everyone’s time. Confidence dropped, some injuries, and lack of chance to settle into a side geared up for him have done the rest. Now he’s behind Tammy Abraham, ( obviously ) and offers nothing new. Even with Dean Smith here, he’s evidently not impressing well enough in training. I don’t like to see players struggle or fail so I hope he does do well – aside from where it hinders Villa obviously – elsewhere, but I suspect he peaked and was sold when his value was at it’s highest”

“He had one small spell of excellence. The fact is he is not an excellent player at this level. ”

“He was never really excellent, he had 1 patch of fantastic form that he has never come close to repeating as he lacks certain attributes, such as the ability to control the ball, or pass, or shoot, or head it. Other than that he’s OK, apart from being quite injury prone”

“had a very good 30 game spell for Brentford. He has never been excellent”

“Agent Hogan to be deployed to stop Sheffield United’s playoff push!  Very underhand but I like it!”

“I know …getting rid of hogan is like signing 2 players…hope its in the contract that he has to play ..!!!”

“An utter disaster of a signing.  A complete panic buy of a player who had a purple patch. We were well and truly done”

“why on earth would we potentially strengthen teams we are trying to catch ? if they want to buy him great but to loan him to them would be stupidity. “

Brentford Fans

“Hogan is a strange one especially as Dean knows his strengths. I rate Hogan and think hes a top finisher given the game time. “

“Absolute goal machine for us, Villa don’t know what tod o with him. I imagine Sheff Utd would be a much better fit. “

“Hogan is ok if the team play everything through him, he is not a team player. “

“Might just get Sheff Utd up. “

“he’s going to a club far better placed than Villa. Could be a shrewd signing if he hits form and scores 10 goals for them.”

” part of that slow sequence of stepping-stone moves back home that players start to make in their mid-20s if their career isn’t progressing. Hogs will probably be back at Rochdale at the age of 30 if he carries on this trajectory.”

“This trajectory is a team competing for automatic promotion, not too bad.”

“I think we did brilliant business in getting what we did before add ons given his horrendous injury record. “

“People think Scott Hogan is talented still. Even Dean Smith knows that 6 month patch at Brentford was a fluke and that he’s actually fucking shite”

“He’s played pretty much half a season (for us) in almost five years. Okay, he was as clinical a finisher as we’ve seen in that short period but who is going to gamble paying money for him on that sort of appearance record? “

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Cardiff and Bolton Fans Views On Gary Madine

Cardiff Fans

“Would be a great move for him, us and Sheffield Utd if this came off. It hasn’t quite happened for him here as yet but I think a spell on loan would work wonders for him and if he does come back to us could prove the answer for the rest of his career. I hope so as I do like him. ”

“agree and a loan move would be spot on IMHO, as it gives the lad an opportunity to get back in the groove and any decision on his expensive future can be left to the summer when we will know in which league we will be playing in next season. Don’t recall anyone form inside the club questioning his commitment or attitude either? “

” Gary Madine would be a good signing for Sheffield United. He’s only been crap at Cardiff because Cardiff were a crap club for him. It was a terrible fit and he was doomed to fail

“would rather zohore been shipped out over madine ppl slate madine but he still outscored zohore last season”

“Outscored our top striker at club says a lot really if madine is that bad then whats zohore then apart from being overrated whats he scored 9 in about 45-50 games”

” Zohore can actually score more goals in open play than Madine. If you take away Madine’s 10 yrd penalty’s he only scored about 6 goals. I don’t disagree that Zohore has been poor over the last year but at least he’s shown potential to be a very good striker when he was ripping up championship defenders for fun. Madine has shown no potential what so ever.”

“Good luck to him, it’s not his fault we paid so much for him. “

“Im sure Sheffield United are just signing him because he won a flick on to assist Pilkington’s goal against them last season. Glad he’s going and hopefully we can recruit 1-2m”

“Can have him for free. I’ll even deliver him myself”

“Don’t tell me we’ve managed to shift Gary Madine goal machine off the payroll”

“Gary Madine………goal machine……… not, lower champ or div 1 at best”

“Been an absolute disaster never looked like scoring”

” I think Gary Madine is a striker for a lower to mid Championship side. He made nil impact for us chasing promotion last season and I would be surprised if is a much different story at Sheff U but certainly wish him well.”

“Gary Madine has scored more goals against Cardiff than for us last year”

“How the fu…. did we pay all that money for him. Got to be a confidence thing????”

“Gary Madine is the biggest waste of shit to wear a cardiff shirt send that prick back to bolton on a free”

“Bolton absolutely fleeced us for Gary Madine, right up there with the worst City signings in my lifetime”

“it seems like he was bought after a good game away to Bolton. £6M is 5.5 too much.”

“Turning down £15m for Zohore a year ago… Signing Madine for £6m in January… Not signing a striker this summer… Calamitous…”

“£2m initial fee was about right really”

“Found wanting at this level”

“Gary Madine is unfortunately not of the requisite standard to play Premier League football – not fair to ask him”

“On the evidence of what I saw last season it is questionable he is Championship standard.”

“Don’t stick him on pens”

“He’s terrible”

“He’s awful. Nothing about the guy at all”

“He’s a prick”


Bolton Fans

“As if Madine is going Sheffield United 2 years after calling Billy Sharp a fat bastard”

“Seriously? Of all the places I thought Gaz would pitch up on loan this month, Sheff Utd were pretty low on the list.”

“Big fat Billy might want a quiet word”

“going to be awkward.”

“He was different class for us in L1 promotion year & in a terrible team in the first half of last season. Is he match fit? Hardly played a game second half of last season for Cardiff and same so far this season. Good signing for Sheff Utd”

“I’m becoming a Sheffield fan fuck this”

“Sheff Utd are in/famous for bringing through jewels and selling them off (Jones, and too many others to mention) before then reclaiming discarded former rising stars who never quite made it and were cast into the waste bin, to replace the gold they’ve sold.
Time after time after time they do it. “

“He was our most important player”

“I’d take him back any day if the opportunity came for him to return to us. Maybe if we wasn’t in such a mess financially we may have been able to compete.”

“I miss Gary Madine”

“I miss watching Madine swear at any person who even looks at him”

“If we could have get Madine for the rest of the season we’re safe. A small investment compared to the cost of going down to L1.”

“Without the washing machine we would be League One without a doubt”

“Just saying we’ve been spiralling since we sold Madine”

“THANK YOU GARY MADINE. The run of form, the goals, the money we managed to get which kept us alive”

“Yes and thanks to Cardiff city being mad enough”

“Never his biggest fan but he’s knuckled down and got himself sorted.”

“Thank God we didn’t get him back”

“He’s shite”

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Forest and Everton Fans Views On Kieran Dowell

Forest Fans

“Looked so disinterested and half arsed…kid thought he made it in half a season in the Championship”

” Perhaps ran out of steam was to be expected the championship is a hard slog “

“The kid clearly has something I’m not disputing that but I guess his attitude isn’t all what it’s made out to be comes across that he’s sulking cause his name isn’t first on the team sheet any more if that’s the case he won’t go far”

” Not really good enough for a PL or upper CH club really. He has talent, but not the physicality or pace to be able to use it really. No use being able to pass the ball like a machine or do 54 kickups in a minute if you’re going to get muscled out by a danny shittu type centre back. “

” He goes against everything we’ve changed for the better, he didnt press from the front, weak mentally & physically & disappeared consistently in the latter stages of his time here. He’s not a Karanka player. “

“Poor mans Carvalho, without the proactivity & work rate. Think we’ve moved on a level from Dowell”

” Not convinced. Carvalho might look busy but Dowell, despite looking clunky, was good where it mattered most.I’d take him back”

“Did nothing after Warburton went – maybe he just can’t click under Karanka? It’s unfortunate but it happens sometimes ”

“We have struggled all season to get out when pinned in, the best ways to get out are a wide player carry the ball 50 yards or you win cheap freekicks that allow you to get out. Like him or loath him, he would be useful for the final 5 months of the season. “

” His languid play will suit a team who play around him, much like Wigan for example, who will carry a player like Nick Powell. Carry is perhaps the wrong term. But they will play around him and let him coast with the knowledge he can produce moments.”

“He looks like a quality player from 20 years ago, not sure you can get away with his current lack off aggression and phsyicality in the top leagues now”

” Enitrely disagree. Best player on the park in Engerland U21’s recent 5-1 win over Denmark. He was surrounded by dirge when he was here, most of whom were not on his wavelength. Admittedly his form dipped when things got toxic and he was seen as a luxury player but the lads class. “

“last season he was burnt out by the end of January as he played far too much football and for the full 90”

“he was the bees knees not long ago”

“I think Dowell’s first few months at Forest were much more impressive than Carvalho’s, plus he was a year younger. Got turned into a scapegoat in the 2nd half of the season a bit prematurely when he had his first wobble.”

“extremely talented and if he gets back to his best he would be brilliant”

“Good player is Dowell”

“If I had to pick one of the McKay, Tomlin and Dowell triumvirate to have back it would be Dowell as I think the raw talent is there with him”


Everton Fans

“Seen little-to-nothing to suggest he’s good enough for the Premier League and Silva hasn’t used him since he stunk the gaff out in the League Cup.
Championship looked to be his level last year.”

“He hasn’t taken his chances. In fact he froze last time against Southampton. He needs to be moved on.”

” It is annoying, he will probs do well, get loads of goals and assists but too young to do it here yet. Will leave and then either disappear into the league or come back to haunt us. “

“Good move, decent team challenging for promotion who play attacking football. “

“Good move. If he impresses there, he might have the confidence to trouble our first team next year. Alternatively, if he does well and they get promoted, they can loan him for next year too and he gets a year of PL experience.
If neither happens and he’s garbage, probably get rid. “

“Along with Holgate and Calvart-Lewin, not good enough for this level”

“Last year at Forest he was shunted onto the left and the goals dried up and performances dipped. “

“To be fair to the lad, he slotted 10 in 43 for Nottingham Forest.
That’s not too far away from James Maddison’s record for Norwich. “

“i’m a huge fan but I have no qualms if he is moved on. Ultimately, these lads have to force their way into the managers thoughts. Lookman has, Dowell hasn’t. It’s the way things work. “

“I like the lad, I think he’s got plenty of talent it’s just a matter of fitting him in at the right time”

“such a bizarre case dowell, the first 6 months at forest last season he was arguably the championships best player, scoring loads of goals, fans loved him then karanka goes in charge and changes the football to ultra defensive leaving no room for dowell ( luxury player in he ) could have kicked on so much if that blurt karanka never took over he probably would have finished the season on 20 goals last season and got a premiership loan move”

“Odd one because I think he’s got the talent but he just doesn’t seem to want to get involved in games when he does feature. “

“He seems lost mentally. Sometimes when players get discouraged they never recover. Let’s hope that is not the case”

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Loan Updates

Carruthers and Holmes are injured whilst Semple has strangely been dropped completely from the Queen Of The South side despite rave reviews. Sam Graham has also lost his place in the Oldham side.

Fleetwood Fans Views On Ched Evans

“Hit the post with his header and a thorn in the Gills side but needs to be clinical.”

“asked questions of the defence but expected a bit more from him.”

“Great goal” “Good to see him get his first for a month”

“Back to the form he was in at the start of the season, lively and a constant thorn in Coventry’s side. Got the goal his performance deserved, his first in open play since the 2-1 win over Bradford in September. Back to his best”

“Like Madden worked tirelessly. A key figure in Town’s attack especially as the first half wore on. Unlucky with a couple of chances and his pull-back that just missed the run of Madden.”

“Limited to a handful of chances but battled away”

Barrow Fans Views On Tyler Smith

“Smith was playing well, so can only imagine tiredness was a factor in them being subbed.”

“Smith never stopped running all of the game.”

“Smith relentless in his work ethic.”

“blyth excellent up front we’ve missed a big man and its helping Smith massively”

“Smith will score more goals when Blyth is on the pitch.”

“high hopes of extending his loan and high praise about his efforts for one so young”

Barrow Fans Views On Rhys Norrington-Davies

“Should have been sent off”

“Norrington Davies red card- no arguments that it was a professional foul.”

“Should appeal as Jack was covering and very likely to get a tackle in – knee jerk / heat of the moment decision”

“Superb from Rhys Norrington-Davies. As Braintree spread play out wide he tracked the ball back, won possession and shielded it forcing the attacker to foul him.”

“Put two good crosses in”

Carlisle Fans Views On Regan Slater 

“an exceptional performance from Regan Slater”

“God knows who picked Slater as MoM, he was anonymous throughout”

“not his day and lasted just the hour.”

“he’s only a young lad learning the “men’s” game. He’ll no doubt be disappointed that every game he plays isn’t like the Swindon game for him.”

“a young player who’ll have 1 good game, 1 bad game and 1 average game.”

Blackpool Fans Views On Ben Heneghan

“Ben Heneghan was immense. He’s really upped his game since I criticised him on here so I’ll take the credit for that.”

“Had his hands full with the dangerous John Marquis but kept him fairly quiet up until his late goal. Always an aerial threat.”

“Dominant in the air and produced some vital blocks and interceptions. Probably one of his best displays for the club.”

“Stepped up to the challenge when Charlton were in the ascendancy, winning every header and making crucial blocks.”

“Made a great last ditch tackle”

“I hope Heneghan performs a week on Tuesday because I’ve only seen him in the arsenal game and the Solihull games and both times he’s looked worse than Chris Clarke!”

Tranmere Fans Views On Harvey Gilmour

“Nice to see him win young Player of the Month”

“The award was for the football played in October which was ok. Prior to the Lincoln game he was hardly getting substantial game time. Now has settled back down into being in and out of the team, too many fick ons going either nowhere or to the opposition also goes missing in games too frequently. So yeah glimpses of potential but nothing to convince me he is this amazing footballer that a few people believe he is because of a few goals”

“Who mentioned anything about him being an ‘amazing footballer’. He has won a a young player award for his performances over a relatively short period. I have been to most games this season and I have never once heard anyone refer to him as an ‘amazing footballer’. Just be happy the lad has won a relatively small award.”

“i thought he was pretty quiet the other night in the replay at Oxford City.”

“Apart from those couple of weeks where he got a few goals, i think his time here as been pretty underwhelming.”

“Can’t understand how anyone can describe Gilmours contribution as underwhelming”

“He’s not up to EFL standard”

“by no means poor, but there was a noticeable lack of quality in key moments.”

“Harris and Gilmour were dominated all game. Awful”

Notts County Fans Views On Nathan Thomas

“missed a sitter”

“he can start off well but he disappears and has been woeful since he arrived.”

“Thomas has been by far the most disappointing player for me this season.”

“I think when a loan player could be sent home and you wouldn’t miss him, I think that shows how bad and poor Nathan Thomas has been.”

“Nathan Thomas switches off. He’s been only average and he doesn’t have the work rate needed”

“doesn’t turn up.”

“I would keep him”

Bury Fans Views On Caolan Lavery 

“Ryan Lowe says in his post-match interview that Lavery is back in full-time training and that the fans may have a “Christmas present”. It might be like receiving a pair of socks when you’ve already got a drawer full.”

“If we’re contributing anything to his wages, we should send him back. Rather save the money or spend it on a position we need strengthening in. We’re not exactly goal-shy”

“don’t see why people think he would get into the 18 or even why he should?”

“Lavery was quite impressive in the game he played at Rochdale.”

“He is 5’11 and wins headers, from the limited amount I have seen.  That makes him different from the other fit forwards we have and could be a useful option on heavy pitches, even as a sub in my opinion”

ended up a LWB and penalty miss aside actually did really well when he came on.”

“was very disappointed with Lavery”

“Extremely poor”

Chesterfield Fans Views On Jordan Hallam

“took his goal well and looks a very promising signing, quick.”

“only really Rowley and Hallam in the front 5 came out with any form of credit”

“Thought Hallam was decent, took his goal very well.”

“i’m sure the lad hallam is decent but if we are looking to get out of this mess with one month loanees we will get left behind as we are doing, time for proper investment in the playing staff.”

“He was ok. It’s not hard to stand out in this team. Can tell he hasn’t played a lot of proper football, touch wasn’t great and definitely not fit. Sure that will improve but didn’t look to me be any better / worse than Reid, Shaw etc so not getting excited”

“Hallam is not up to it”

“just was not in the game”

“At Dave and Ashley’s current rate of progress it won’t be ever so long before we’re playing Hallam in the league.”

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International Updates

Our players didn’t get too many minutes over the international period but there was still a bit of interesting chat from fans of the Home Nations.

Northern Ireland Fans Views On Oliver Norwood

“apart from spraying s few tasty passes what way does Norwood contribute to the team? its not as if he has many assists, and zero goals”

“im not a big fan of Norwood , the way we sat up & dominated the game against The Republic why do we need him starting?”

“Im a big fan of Norwood but im not sure that there is room for him in there unless trying to play a really defensive set up.”

“Too many games in which Norwood just doesn’t have an impact. I’d like to see McNair ahead of him”

“McNair should be taking Norwood ‘s place for me”

“Did we really miss Norwood at all?”

“I thought we missed Norwood on Sunday. “

“I really don’t get the hate for Norwood . Well liked at club level wherever he goes on loan and at interntationl level plays a role that allows our captain and best player to do his work further up the pitch.”

“Do not drop Olly Norwood”

Scotland Fans Views On John Fleck 

“Is John Fleck international level class? Of course he is. I’ve watched him a few times this season and he’s been on another level. He’s destined for the premier league. He’s a class above any midfielder in the championship, I’ve got a mate who’s a Sheffield fan and he would tell you just how good he is. Can’t believe it’s taking this long and he still hasn’t been called up but then again we are talking about useless mcleish here. Hope the reports are true and he is in the team for the Israel match would be a great decision. There really isn’t anyone more deserving off a call up right now than him, reminds me off the Callum McGregor situation when Strachan was in charge”

“I think you’re massively overstating Fleck’s influence there tbh. Every Sheffield United fan I’ve come across would tell you that Norwood is the difference in their midfield and is the key to their season so far. If you watched the Sheffield derby the other day, then you’d have seen it reflected pretty clearly there. Fleck quietly got on with the job and did ok. Everything impressive and incisive came from Norwood. So Fleck’s not even a class above the midfielders at his own club, let alone the rest of the league. Is he better than Grealish? no. Is he better than Hernandez? no. Leitner? no. Joe Allen? no. Jota? no. Is he playing better than 8 goal callum robinson? no. How about 8 goal Che Adams? nope. You can easily make the case for McGinn.. 2 goals, 4 assists to Flecks 1 and 1. I could go on, but i’m sure everyone’s already bored and gets the point. Fleck hasn’t had a call because center mid has generally been one of the stronger areas of the side for us. I doubt anyone would drop Armstrong, Cairney or McGregor for him. Probably not McGinn either. Most would agree that Christie deserves a call, having not done too bad in the few outings he’s had and his recent form is great both domestically and internationally. Then add in that we basically need to have 2 defensive mids in the squad, and that puts Fleck at best 7th in line for a call, probably 8th.. at best.!”

“Yes Norwood has been getting the prase this season but his consistency over the last 2 season has been key where as Norwood was hit and miss for fullham.. also I do believe he’s better than the likes off grealish and Robinson, Allen, Leitner, Hernandez. Adams shouldn’t really be up for discussion since he’s a completely different player but player wise, yes I confidently believe he’s better than him. Again he deserves his call up and is more quality available to us on the bench.”

“Fleck is a defensive Mid”

“Sorry, but that makes me think you’ve not watched Sheffield United this season. They don’t have a defensive mid. Their entire system is build around being dynamic and players swapping and moving. The midfield 3 of Duffy, Norwood and Fleck all go forward and back, wide and narrow. From what I’ve seen of them Fleck tends to stay in a fairly neutral area, looking to move the ball laterally. Norwood drops deeper to do defensive work, distribute with long balls, and Duffy makes runs ahead a lot of the time. But they’re a very fluid 3, who seems to have a good understanding. Go back 2 season to when Fleck was probably performing better than he is now, and he had Coutts in along side him who was the defensive midfielder. Fleck is somewhat akin to Bannan in that he sometimes plays deeper, but he’s not a defenisve mid, in no world would you want either of them to be the shield ahead of your back 4 and they’re not fighting for squad spots with the likes of McDonald, Shinnie or McTominay. “

“What happened to the guy who got 17 assists in that season 2 years ago? Stepped up to the championship and dropped to 8. Now he’s 1/3rd of the way thru the season and has 1. Is it just a change in system that means he’s passing to overloading players who are then getting the assists? Norwood and Duffy have a few more, so is Fleck the pass before the assist now? Trying to understand why he’s playing better but his numbers have disappeared. Why has no one come in for him? Certainly scouts have been at the lane a fair bit, hence Brooks move. But it seems like Fleck’s not really been on anyones radar as far as I can tell from press. If he’s as good as is being suggested, then why’s he still at the blades? I will give Fleck credit tho. He left Rangers, started at the bottom and worked his way up. Wasn’t always easy, I remember seeing him for Coventry against Leyton Orient a few years back and he was absolutely honking. Among the worst players on the pitch, nothing worked for him at all. But clearly he’s got his head right and worked hard and is not in a much better place playing to a much better standard. So well done to the man. “

Wales Fans Views On Ben Woodburn 

 

“Woodburn is the player I’d drop from the squad”

“Woodburn has stolen a squad place over the last year. But harsh on him maybe, but you have Evans and Edwards playing really well amd theyve been ignored. Questions have to be asked why”

“Amazing to think that just over 12 months ago we thought Ben Woodburn was the second coming. 12 months on and he’s probably not in the top 5 exciting prospects.”

“Woodburn looked terrible.”

“Very poor”

“What was worse, the refs performance, jack collisons commentary or Ben woodburn?

“been dining out on that goal v Austria for too long. Complete myth.”

“The Sheff Utd manager giving him a run of games would help”

“To be fair when was his last first team football. Been sitting on the bench at Sheffield United ! I can’t believe he can’t get into their side!”

“don’t know what their side is like but they seem to be doing well without him! (at the moment)”

“All the more reason for Ben – if given the chance – to shine even brighter 😉 Don’t take me wrong, I was really impressed by James’ runs and ball control. But Ben has already shown that he can make a difference.”

“Ramsey deserves to be dropped and his place given to Woodburn”

Republic Of Ireland Fans Views On Enda Stevens

“Enda Stevens looks up to the level required and needs to start”

“Starting Stevens is a must”

“Stevens did alright when he came on”

“Made a couple of positive runs early on but forced back by the Peter Ankersen.”

“One of the very few successes of Ireland’s 2018, Stevens has given himself a chance of keeping the left wing-back role if the manager persists with it next year”

“Stevens did fine, and began the game brightly with a slaloming foray into the Danish penalty area in the opening couple of minutes. That reckless abandoned was soon subsumed by the poverty of his team’s approach”

“Good outlet on the left and arguably the best of the left-wing backs”

Republic Of Ireland Fans Views On John Egan

“Egan’s use of the ball was very poor, even his body shape when he’s getting it is completely wrong”

“I thought he did ok. “

“looked very comfortable on the left. Worth further looks in competitive action.”

“was forced to cut back inside onto his stronger right foot, which meant the ball often went to Duffy and then back to Randolph and was then hoofed away. Egan was defensively sound though.”

“looked a bit suspect but The best of a bad 3 last night”

“Good player. Don’t fancy him on the left of a three. On the right or in the middle and you’ll get a good performer.”

“Egan would probably be the best passing CB available to us, but he’s probably only the 3rd/4th/5th best defender.”

“Duffy and Kevin Long are our best centre backs, if we must play three at the back then Clark should be there third man.  Egan should be fourth.”

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Loan Updates

Ched Evans has been injured for the majority of the past month and only made his comeback last Saturday against Walsall so there are no views on him. Harvey Gilmour has too be absent from Tranmere’s line up for the past few games which is a surprise given his form in October. Caolan Lavery is still injured.

 

Oxford United Fans Views On Samir Carruthers 

“According to the OWS, Carruthers had an op today and “it’s unlikely we will see him again for four or five weeks”. And then he has to start rehabilitation and training (presuming the op is a success). Five weeks will take until mid December”

“Unclear on loan rules but suspect if all in agreement we can get rid in Jan”

“I doubt Wilder would let us send him back to be honest. Not unless he and SU knew there was another team ready to take him on the same terms contribution wise. Not that I think KR would dream of returning him anyway. He thinks he’s one of the best midfielders at this level.”

“I can’t see Sheffiekd United taking him back”

“I’m struggling to think of a constellation where Sheff Utd would take Carruthers back”

“Carruthers no fault of his own has been plagued by injury, and whilst injury free he can be a superb player. Sadly we have not seen it since he arrived”

“I think we’ll cut ties with Carruthers”

“Carruthers was an irresponsible gamble. I think that KR had good memories of how he worked with him in the MK Dons days and thought he could do a job for us, ignoring his increasing injury problems in the subsequent years.”

Oxford United Fans Views On Ricky Holmes

“Ricky Holmes frightens defences”

“Holmes is a player that puts defences on the back foot and has been one of our better players “ “we used to get pissed off under wilders watch that players weren’t given medicals,now they are,we find out the players we go for are all injured, we couldn’t wait to get Holmes in the building then find out he can’t play 3 games in a row. Player recruitment this season has been crap”

“He has a known back problem”

“Holmes is clearly not 100%”

“Holmes at 80% is better than others at 100%”

“I don’t think their is a club in this league who wouldn’t have Ricky Holmes. Even with his back problems. On his day (which is most games) he terrifies defenders.”

“He is far and away our best player”

“so committed for a loan player. Let’s hope he signs permanently at Christmas”

“He is one of our only shining lights”
“he was poor yesterday and rightly taken off. He was clearly struggling with his back, he continued to try to do things on his own which resulted in either losing the ball or falling over it.”

“his off days tend to be better than most of our other players.”

Barrow Fans Views On Tyler Smith

“Smith worked hard as always”

“Feel sorry for young Smith up front, isolated again all night tonight.”

“Smith is skilful, fast and agile”

“Smith seems to be lost – constantly offside and on the wrong side of his man”

“Smith never gets left out and I don’t mean to criticise him because we have seen enough to see that he is a good finisher but he seems a pointless choice in a system that isn’t serving him” “too lightweight”

“Smith did nowt bar a couple of offsides to remind us he was on the pitch”

“Smith is a great player, but he’s isolated for 90% of the game. He’s small and most of balls to him 20+ yards from goal and are in air against 2x 7ft defenders”

“Had to feed off scraps to his credit the lad keeps going it must be soul destroying”

Barrow Fans Views On Rhys-Norrington Davies

“Was really impressed with Norrington-Davies today”

“He is a good crosser”

“Excellent work from him”

“This lad is good”

“Needs to book his ideas up”

“Made a really poor header for their goal”

Queen Of The South Fans Views On Callum Semple

“Semple has been our most consistent defender this season yet is not starting. A rest usually lasts a couple of games but 4??”

“He should start”

“didn’t really merit getting dropped”

“Semple must be brought back into the team, – he should never have been dropped to the bench.”

“Callum Semple is a must in the middle of the defence”

“Semple is the best defensive header of the ball we have as well as giving us balance with being a left footer.”

“semple is a touch of defensive class ,prob our managers best bit of business to date ,be great to keep this type of player .i like how he doesnt panic and plays his way out of trouble good passer”

“Would like to think we can hold on to him for the rest of the season. Beneficial to Queens and the Blades, where he would go back to, having had a decent amount of first team experience under his belt.”

“My worry is someone down South sees him and wants him in January.
Worst still a Motherwell, St Johnstone, Accies, Dundee who fancy a strong centre half for 6 months in the SPL
At 19 he really has got a bright future.”

“For GN to highlight only Semples foul that lead to the first goal as the turning point and not mention any other players poor defending or his own poor management is piss poor and bang out of order to young Semple, who has been an excellent signing and is still a kid learning the game.”

“The manager only highlighting Semple needless foul at 3 0 is piss poor. There was so much else that went wrong from the manager and other players. Semple and Fordyce both played very well. They get no cover from holding Midfielders, our keepers or full back.”

Carlisle United Fans Views On Regan Slater 

“Did well”

“showed some good qualities”

“busy and won ball well”

“Impressive”

“Slater was excellent, MOTM performance.”

“It was good to see Regan Slater have a more effective game and I thought going foward he looked good.”

“Great game on Saturday but I haven’t seen much from him prior to that. We might be able to do better in January”

“Slater is here for the Season regardless. Hopefully the goals on Sat will help him kick on. Seems a popular member of the Squad from the Players Twitters too…”

“having seen that performance you can see that there’s a real player in there. Such great quality about both goals.”

“What a day for the lad. He has a confidence about him that seems to be justified. He’s busy, strong and happy to run forward, also has the awareness to be in the right areas.”

“Slater was def MoM”

Blackpool Fans Views On Ben Heneghan 

“Terrific display allowing the defence to remain tight. Made plenty of clearances from set pieces in the last minutes of the game.”

“Lost his marker for both of Rochdale’s goals”

“Lost too many aerial duels which put Pool under pressure”

“Dominant in the air”

“Produced a couple of important last-ditch blocks but at fault alongside Jay Spearing for the first goal.”

“Pool’s first goal began with his pinpoint diagonal to the left flank. Did well against Exeter’s dangerous front two.”

“Won all of his headers and cleared away from danger time and time again, but could show more calmess on the ball.”

Oldham Fans Views On Sam Graham

“Sam Graham at the back for the next 30 games doesn’t bear thinking about…”

“he’s not good enough”

“Send him back”

“He’s definitely not a full back”

“Graham is totally out of his depth in that position.”

“Sam Graham playing professional football is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in a stadium”

“Struggled last Saturday but he’s still learning.”

“Stop having a pop at Graham he is in poor form, kid hasn’t played in his position yet”

Notts County Fans Views On Nathan Thomas

“Crap”

“a bad day at the office”

“Not enough quality to be playing at his parent club. Can’t change a game.”

“how he stayed on for 90 mins is the biggest mystery in Notts County history, offered zilch to the game and his touch is dreadful”

 

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Fleetwood Town Fans Views On Ched Evans

“6 league goals now for Ched Evans. Impressive start to life in a Cod Army shirt “

“He has already been great for FTFC, we miss him when he is not playing. Ched and Paddy playing well together”

“Hope they look at the option to buy him”

“Gave us a bit more direction when he came on, could it have been a different story had he started?”

“No goal but that does not mean he did not play a vital role in this win. A key figure in our attacking play.”

Oxford Fans Views On Ricky Holmes

“Ricky Holmes has been our most lethal attacking outlet and having his injury managed game by game.”

“Undoubtedly a talented player, now approaching the latter part of his career. Requires regular times out, injections and is quit obviously getting very frustrated with what is going on around him.”

“Holmes might stay due to his seemingly undying man crush on Robinson. But I can’t see him lasting beyond a couple more defeats”

“Holmes is injury prone or an injury waiting to happen”

“Holmes has to have back injections and periodic ‘rests’”

“The chances of getting Ricky Holmes to sign a permanent deal with us are getting thinner by the week.”

“nothing to say apart from superb”

“another great performance”

“Holmes excellent today.”

“For me, Holmes is just superb to watch. Work rate. Skill. Shithousery. I really hope that we somehow manage to keep him till the end of the season”

Oxford Fans Views On Samir Carruthers

 

“I was really disappointed with what I saw from Carruthers, I know he’s probably rusty and needs time but I expected more from him”

“Carruthers was indeed dreadful”

“Carruthers was dreadful. Those little chips he tried to play into the box for Mackie were awful”

“Carruthers not fit and that allowed them to win the midfield battle”

“Carruthers terribly off the pace and got targeted”

“Carruthers is an injury waiting to happen.”

“we have other players in that role and he’s only on loan, so not much use to us longer term.”

“Gave the ball away time and time again but i think he will get up to speed and find some form soon enough.”
“admittedly it was only very brief, but he looked our only useful player in the 15 minutes he played v Barnsley before the injury “

Barrow Fans Views On Tyler Smith

“Smith was a constant threat”

“Smitthys run and through ball was fantastic”

“An excellent goal by Smith”

“I really hope we can keep Smith”

“Tyler Smith was magnificent – kicked to bits”

“only Tyler Smith can hold his head up”

Barrow Fans Views On Rhys Norrington Davies

“Plays with a maturity beyond his years and settled into the squad very quickly. Have been really impressed with what I’ve seen so far and clearly he has a future above VN level. Very early to tell, but if he continues to progress I would not rule out seeing him in the Sheff Utd first team squad by the end of next season. Hope he stays injury free. Shows how these longer term development loans can work for both sides if they get it right.
Very happy we have him for the rest of the season.”

“Keep forgetting he’s only 19 and Barrow is his first shot at first team football. Plays like he has a lot more experience”

“Bonus for us that he is staying for the season”

“Nice to see him called up for Wales U21’s”

“Great signing!”

“Brilliant”

Queen Of The South Fans Views On Callum Semple

“only Dobbie, Doyle and Semple got pass marks from me.”

“I thought Callum Semple was super. Really impressive for a 20 year old central defender and had the better of the bigger, stronger and more experienced Jordan White” “Very surprised to see Semple dropped to the bench”

“Very disappointed that Semple was rested yesterday. Pity Martin has not performed to any decent level so far this season to prevent the young lad from being rested.”

“very disappointed Semple was rested again”

“I was surprised he was dropped”

“Sure he will feature again soon.”

Notts County Fans Views On Nathan Thomas

“We have got to remember he is a loan player and there is no rumour of an option to buy. So with that in mind do we really want to develop players for others gain when we have talent on the bench and under contract. But having said that I do believe Thomas is a brilliant footballer and will succeed at this level.”

“i would have him starting personally”

“I think right now it’s right that he’s a rotational player. He does well starting but he’s not very consistent”

“I would describe him as a good squad player, he might not be consistent enough to be a starting regular but hes still a very important squad addition. He can start or can impact at as a sub, either way he does try and works hard. I think he might be more of a player to bring on off the bench, he seems more motivated and it gets the best out of him. But there has been times he’s done well having started”

“He’s doing a cracking job as a sub you can he wants the ball etc when he comes on .. hopefully he will get another start and continue to impress ..”

“I think he’s usually better coming on from off the bench, he seems more “got to give recognition to Thomas. What a fantastic free kick.”

“So the on loan winger from Sheffield’s starts may have been reduced but I’ve got to say he’s turned to Notts impact substitute..! Since the arrival of Harry, Notts have changed the first team players etc. But one player who hasn’t started many games but has become our impact player Nathan Thomas about the 60th minute up he comes on and for me makes an impact. Whether be winning the ball or setting up a set pieces or being the assist with a goal or chasing dead balls he just gets on with it and doesn what an impact substitute should do.”

”fired up and can go missing quite easily when he starts. I don’t know, it’s not down to a lack of effort but more that he doesn’t get enough of the ball to lift himself. When he comes on as a sub he usually does get the ball as the other players are tiring”

“He looks to be a squad player more than anything”

Tranmere Rovers Fans Views On Harvey Gilmour 

“On his 45 minutes last night he can stay – turned the game on it’s head from lacking belief to tearing into them! They didn’t know what the hell had happened!”

“Very much a game of two halves, with Gilmour proving to be the catalyst for success for Rovers!” “

Great cameo”

“Inject Harvey Gilmour into my veins”

“Get him extended till end of season”

“Gilmour MOTM. Looks a proper baller”

“Harvey Gilmour, what a performance”

“huge performance” “Sheff Utd can get fucked if they want him back”

“It’s the Harvey Gilmour show… again!”

“He’s on fire”

“Goalmour”

“What a month he has had”

Carlisle United Fans Views On Regan Slater 

“He doesn’t effect the game enough and is too neat and tidy, good player to use to keep things ticking over but no use when behind at home.”

“Tidy enough in front of the back four, but doesn’t seem like he’ll offer anything but that.”

“Struggles physically but wants the ball”

“A pointless pair of legs in central midfield, did nothing and certainly didn’t improve us.”

“Thought he was excellent on Tuesday”

“Regan Slater will be a class player”

“He’s playing so well”

“there is potentially a very good player in Slater.”

“special mention to Slater in the middle as well, who I thought had a magnificent game.”

“some tidy play”

“worked really hard, and had a bit of steel about him, quick feet, is good in a tight spot”

Oldham  Fans Views On Sam Graham

“Looked useless when he came on.”

“just don’t rate the guy so far, I feel Hamer is better. I’m all for loan players, but i’d rather see us develop our own players”

“I’ve not been impressed withgraham one bit since he’s come in, I’d bin him and bring in a player with a bit more experience.”

“Graham over Hamer is a completely baffling one. It’s almost like, if we don’t use Graham in a certain amount of games, then we have to pay Sheffield United more money…”

“He’s a centre back who’s hardly been played as a centre back.”

“If Sheridan knows better he’d of dragged Graham off after ten minutes and at worst halftime when he was quite clearly struggling to play in the position he’d been asked, yet again we are stuck with a shite defender making his mistakes at the teams expense”

“he’s a kid and had a bad one today”

“Indecisive, slow and clumsy… send him back. Hamer is a far better player.”

“should never play again, he’s had chance after chance and is frankly shite, makes some dreadful errors and the concentration level is piss poor.”

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“Great game. Credit to the championship. they are the second best team we’ve seen. Even better than last year”

“Great game to watch. Second half we looked pretty good against a good side. We defended really well in the first half too.”

“Shef Utd look very good so a great win for us”

“First half was United’s, second half was ours.”

“Sheff Utd were impressive first half, without looking overly threatening imo. Second half was clearly much better from our point of view, and the tactical changes Frank and co introduced were a major part in us taking all the points”

“They were better in the first half, they kept knocking at the door, and they deserved their goal, but they weren’t that good that they deserved more than 1.  So they got as much as they deserved. WhT they should have done was then build on that momentum and continue that dominance into the second half. But they didn’t.  It was a good game, fairly contested, and the right team won for the right reasons. Not really much to moan about there.”

“Thought we played quite well tonight in a game that could have gone either way.
I always think we play better against sides that try and play football and Utd did that.
In the end our younger legs carried us through and I thought both of our goals were brilliantly taken.”

“We beat a good team today but overall I think that we can do a lot better with the players we have. We gave the ball away far too much especially in the first half, but we still had the quality to get the win and despite the lack of service for large parts of the game Jack Marriott is always likely to win you a game because he is so sharp in the box.
There will be days where we play better and lose, but overall another step in the right direction.”

“where DID sheff u’s endeavour go in the second half?”

“They ran out of steam. Really impressed with our fitness this season”

“We played better against Blackburn and even Norwich and didn’t win yet despite not being at our best today we beat top of the league. Major positive!”

“weird game to me, scoring early it seemed we didn’t know what to do (first half) press or sit back and counter. Sitting back and counter is stressful to watch but really we should of gone in at least 2-0 if Wilson had done the right thing twice!! weird also as they came out sitting back etc.. etc it’s like we didn’t know what to do either after the goal and they didn’t know what to do second half . “

“Watched this game on Sky. I was annoyed that the pundits were giving the Blades the big one. Just like Leeds, Sheff utd started the season well last season, then faded away. I feel they will run out of steam and will drop out of the promotion race.”

“Sheff U overachieved last season but did not fall away until after Christmas but they will get found out before that this season”

“I think the Blades are overrated – most of their points have come from beating poor teams.”

“Their first half performance was overrated. whoever the knob on sky doing the secondary commentary sounded like a Sheff Utd fan. Was laughing my tits off. He is still scratching his head at why Sheff United dominated the ball in the first half and not the second”

“A great performance second half, we played on the front foot  and that’s how we should try and play away from home as we would beat most teams in this league if we play with that intensity and quality of interchange in attack.”

“Best lol moment,  utd fans singing you’ve only come to see utd.”

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Northern Ireland Fans Views On Oliver Norwood

how many average games is Ollie Norwood gonna have in a Northern Ireland shirt?!”

“If Norwood isn’t hitting the free kicks then what is the point in him?”

“Considering how bad the freekcick from him are not a hell of a lot.”

Started well and spread the play well with diagonal passes but never made much more impact going forward as the game wore on “

Booked for a silly foul”

Too many games in which Norwood just doesn’t have an impact. I’d like to see McNair ahead of him against ROI/Austria”

Bosnia at home only decent game from him in recent times .52 caps zero goals to his name, surely midfieders have to chip in with the odd goal and a few assists, hasn’t had many of them either? McNair taking set piece is he not even up to that lol”

Michael is obviously a fan but especially when he isn’t even taking set pieces it can look like he isn’t doing much “

Someone, anyone tell me what does Norwood do??????”

Doing his job. We’ll miss him when he’s suspended next game”

Norwood was excellent the 1st half”

“Norwood has been ever present during our best years this century. You don’t do that by accident.”

The rest of our players are so good that they’ve been carrying him that whole time. It makes their achievements all the more remarkable.”

Wales Fans Views On Ben Woodburn

Would be great if Woodburn could get a move like Brooks. A top flight team, but not one of the big 6, so he can actually get a game “

“He can’t get into the Sheff Utd team, he’s not ready for top flight football. He’s 3 years younger than Brooks so give him time.”

Weird how he’s not even in the Sheff U squad a lot of the time. Would have expected Klopp to have had a clause that he has to play a certain number of games, as with Grujic “!

“To be fair to Sheff Utd they are currently on top and have been winning- hard to change a winning team/squad and its not their job to bleed in youngsters. Ben will get his chance again as the season gets busier i’m sure – good challenge for him to fight for a shirt.”

Where is our lord and saviour Sir Ben Woodburn when you need him ”

Still can’t believe he wasn’t given game time tonight”

Republic Of Ireland Fans Views On Enda Stevens

I would have played Stevens at left wing back instead of a right sided centre half”

If it’s going to be wingbacks, it HAS to be Doherty and Stevens.”

Stevens is a much better player than Christie who is being exposed badly in the premier league”

once Stevens and Robinson got on we started causing Denmark problems”

Looked steady”

Given that Ireland started the game without a traditional left wing back and Stevens has been playing that role for high-flying Sheffield United, Stevens was slightly unfortunate not to start this game. Looked good on the ball”

Much better with Stevens

We need to get Rice on board, you can reshape the side around Rice, Robinson and Duffy. Even Doherty and Stevens have a big big part to play”

 

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