Update: Bournemouth confirm signing of Norwich City target Callum Wilson

Coventry City's Callum Wilson is on the verge of joining Bournemouth after holding talks with Norwich City and the Cherries. Picture: PA Coventry City's Callum Wilson is on the verge of joining Bournemouth after holding talks with Norwich City and the Cherries. Picture: PA

Friday, July 4, 2014
2:23 PM

Coventry City hot shot Callum Wilson has opted to sign for Bournemouth after holding talks with the Cherries and Championship rivals Norwich City.

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The 22-year-old frontman has signed a four-year deal with Eddie Howe’s side after speaking to both clubs during recent days in a deal which the Coventry Evening Telegraph reported this afternoon will be worth an initial £2.25m.

As part of the deal Bournemouth have also agreed to loan winger Mohamed Coulibaly and goalkeeper Ryan Allsop to the Sky Blues until January.

The deal was confirmed this evening, allowing Wilson to join up with his new team-mates for a pre-season tour in Austria.

The Canaries were hoping to add Wilson to previous summer striker signings Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty, but the lure of regular first team football is believed to have tipped the balance in favour of the south coast club.

Coventry City confirmed this morning they had granted permission for last season’s 22-goal top scorer to discuss personal terms with two clubs but Sky Blues’ development director Steve Waggott, speaking to the CET, had warned about the dangers of Wilson stunting his career development by limiting his game time after an impressive first full season in professional football.

The Canaries have already brought in Lafferty and Grabban to add to the likes of Gary Hooper, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Jamar Loza, but Waggott admitted Coventry could not hope to match the financial muscle of clubs like Norwich.

“It’s pointless him going to a massive club and sitting on the bench,” he said. “He’s got to kick on. I would love it to be with us but he’s at the juncture which is absolutely life changing because I know exactly how much has been offered to him, communicated through his agent. It’s one of those situations where success can work against you as a football club but I’ve got a policy where I never, ever stand in the way of a player or a manager if it’s deemed to be the right thing.”

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  • I'd be happy with Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez. Norwich would be a step up from the Columbus Crew in Ohio.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Northampton are Premiership DJ? Well they must've sneaked up on the rails when I wasn't looking .....I might go along to OT when they play Man U. Clash of the Titans !

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    Timbo

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Timbo, to be fair to Peter, he does get out of Coventry - Northampton at least.... Bluelight, as an ex Bournemouth resident and with more than a soft spot for the Cherries, I also think Howe is a future top manager but not sure what happened at Burnley. He loves it at Bournemouth and I think his next move (if he ever does!) would need to be a perfect fit for him. I also like Adams a lot and am happy where we are. Still need a couple more players, especially the central defender but we'll do OK.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

  • Thanks for the condolences Peter, but I believe we'll live with the "disappointment" ! If he's the "fastest footballer" you've ever seen, you really need to get out of Coventry + watch some Premiership games from time to time !

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    Timbo

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Grabban has already done it at champ level , Wilson hasn`t.... time will tell.......

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    marcohendy

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • There is too much chat about individual players on this Forum. At the end of the day the winning team is a team that has a plan, plays to that plan and plays as a team, a bit like Germany. The sum of the parts is much greater than the individual parts and that's where the manager comes in. That is why lambert was soo good and Hughton so bad. As for Adams we will see and we will know in the next few weeks so let's all take a break and relax

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Suffolk canary..As the coventry chairman stated on a midlands radio show,if we "if we couldn't keep him,then it was best he signed for a club who would play him to help his development like Bournemouth and not a MASSIVE club who he would only get the odd game" If a very small club like 1p5wich had signed him,he would've probably,what am I saying when have they ever spent over 2 mill,,,

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    alan clark

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • That's what Burnley thought!

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    frankief

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • wilson signed because of eddie howe.like i have said before.eddie would have been our best signing.

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    bluelight

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • This really is the 'council of mirth'. Hadn't heard much about this lad until NA took an interest in him. We're not quite dooooomed yet, but don't tell 'em your name pike!

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    frankief

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • we get Grabben, Bornemouth sign Wilson as a replacement for less money good move by them I believe, time will tell!

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    mervyn Lambert

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Suffk Can- you've been spending too much time in Suffolk buddy, I can feel the neggy vibes! But I get you when you lay your stall out like that. Unless Adams has some big fool proof plan, we've been mired in a bit of a mess and with media speculation on how we're going to cope and the pressure of bouncing back, it's a big task the players face. Midfield and defensively we're lacking and even more so when Fer goes. I think all the excitement of the new signings has given us rose tinted spectacles.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • This guy is a big miss for us. He is good and getting better. Great signing for them. Speed and a deadly finisher. Would have got us a lot of goals on the break. For all the talk of team bonding we're left with a team that is used to losing and several want away players. I'm afraid I don't have the faith of some others that they will magically become a team, Our defence folds under pressure, our midfield is poor and we're only starting to address the striking problems. A lot of work still to do and not much time to do it. We look like a work in progress rather than a team about to walk the league.

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    suffolkcanary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Right then........Who scored the most in div2. 5mill should secure him?!?

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    frankief

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Exactly my thoughts on why he choose them. They are looking for a new figure head up top. He can be that main man with them. At NCFC currently he faces Grabban, Hooper, Lafferty, RVW, Becchio, Loza etc....

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I'm a Coventry fan. Norwich have missed out big time on Callum Wilson. He is a Coventry born man and is the real deal, he is the fastest footballer I have ever seen and with the ball! He is not just a goal hanger or poacher, he makes goals for himself and for others. I am very sad to see him go, but wish him well. He should set the division alight next season. Lucky Bournemouth! I think he chose Bournemouth because he is only young and Bournemouth could guarantee him game time, which is what he needs above all else to develop his game further.

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    Peter Chambers

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • So its official Wilson signs for Bournemouth I see. Oh Mystic Wiki has confirmed it ;) From Players POV its likely a no brainer looking at how many strikers we currently have an of course no guarentee we can shift them, if Adams actually wants rid of any.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • just call me Kryten.....

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • …Come off it Matt!....You will tell me next that you are and Andriod , and it's all done by speech!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Ha stew! Sadly not a house husband. Dingo is correct there. I can see the logic behind the thinking though ;) !!! Sadly thats further away from being correct than even MB was when he was wondering. Truth is its anything but exciting but lucky in many respects and it pays the bills, keeps the wife off my back (for a time) and ensures I can follow NCFC all over the land. What I will say is, if I wasnt blessed with extremely quick speed typing abilities (used another word but silly archie wouldnt allow it because it contained another naughty word) + the knowledge of how to post on this website without actually being on the site (which would also explain the horrible grammar presented at times) then I doubt i'd even be able to post at all. I did post a far more interesting post but Archant as usual decided to reject that post so This of course is a story for another day ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Ha stew! Sadly not a house husband. Dingo is correct there. I can see the logic behind the thinking though ;) !!! Sadly thats further away from being correct than even MB was when he was wondering. Truth is its anything but exciting but lucky in many respects and it pays the bills, keeps the missus off my back (for a time) and ensures I can follow NCFC all over the land. What I will say is, if I wasnt blessed with extremely quick speed typing skills + the knowledge of how to post on this website without actually being on the site (which would also explain the horrible grammar presented at times) then I doubt i'd even be able to post at all. This of course is a story for another day ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Got to agree with the posted comments, we have to trust that Neil and Co. know what they're doing and if it takes a while to gel then so be it. There is one thing that I feel would help with keeping players fitter and possibly happier why not push for bringing back reserve team football, as I said it would help keep players match fit also bring in more revenue, utilising the stadium facilities and giving the staff more work. In the long run it might even increase the skills of younger players making us as a country more competitive. When I was young they were the only games I was allowed to attend as the first team games were too crowded but that was before all-seated stadiums, still it was a good introduction to football just as competitive as the seniors. Anyone know why the reserve leagues were disbanded, we have the under 18 and 21 games but they're not the same.

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    Gibbo

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I don't think we needed him really - another Cody, perhaps?

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    el dingo

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I would stake my wolf's winkle that Matt is not a house husband. Just a guess, but. ..

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    el dingo

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Becchio was barely a bench warmer pal ;) Struggled to even get a seat there under Hughton. Ill never understand why he didnt get more chances. Im not saying hes better than Elmander, RVW, Hooper etc, but there was times last season we didnt appear to have any other back up plan than plan B which never worked once. Wouldnt surprise me if he ended up at a midtable Champ side before too long. He + one of RVW & Hooper will leave surely, not that I agree.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • …..Matt this is for you!....Now changing the subject slightly...and using my reading between the lines technique...I have concluded that you, like myself, Brew and many more are no longer gainfully employed in working for others!...I think you are, what is now described as a 'house husband'....send the little lady off to work 5 days a week, and have the run of the house and the computer to yourself!....Can't let her in on the secret when she is present at the weekends...so fill your Saturdays and Sundays, either watching Norwich City or playing Golf.....got it made, eh Matt?..... Lucky Beggar!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Many of you have identified a missing link between midfield and attack. Personally I think the answer is already at the club - can you remember how well Surman played for Lambo when we first got back to the Prem. Injuries at the time curtailed his involvement, but he had a great season at Bournemouth and can easily fill Wes' boots. The rest of the midfield are good enough at this level. Matt33, I see your logic in Garrido, but Olsson can play left mid very well and could be employed there if Benno has a problem. We then have a safe pair of hands in Garrido at LB. This of course is assuming Pilks (another talent who just won't put the necessary work in to be a team player) will be off to pastures new. Who else believes Hangelland would be a great signing for free?

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    MontrealYella

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Sounds strange, but this time I hope Norwich don't get their man. Wilson's had one good season in League 1, which it looks like we're willing to take and push out two strikers who have European experience. Adams' claim of everyone has a free slate is a load of ol' tosh. He's barely had the team five minutes and he's decided the strikers we had last year aren't good enough. As many have said before, none of the players stood a chance in Hughton's system, yet Adams seems intent on clearing the striking lines and starting afresh. Norwich's mishandling of Becchio must have left the guy feeling he's in no-mans land, so for all concerned he should leave. Take the money offered for Hooper - anyone who fails to put a 100% effort into every game can leave. But please keep RVW and give him a proper go, goals are a certainty if he's given the chances. I would much prefer to roll the dice with Ricky than a one season wonder from league 1.

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    MontrealYella

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • …...Good afternoon Matt!.....calling on your knowledge from your involvement within football I would like to ask your opinion on the following....I believe that we could have a strong and reliable Centre Half waiting in the wings....A man who has been present at most of the matches City played without being able to influence the outcome....A man big in stature ...a man who aimed higher in life than a central defender but was denied the opportunity!....The reality of a centre half's job is to stop others!...Like a goalkeeper, they are not required to win matches, but stop the other side scoring!...A much easier task than playing in attack....A Centre Half has the ball in front of him for the majority of the game, and would be applauded by the crowd if he booted the ball out of the ground!....A Centre Forward adopting that style of play if he found no support around him would get a rollicking from his manager and get dropped for the next match...so I hope you would agree that it would be extremely easy to convert the right Centre Forward into a top notch defender.....The man in question is none other than our permanent bench warmer...Becchio!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I hope Neil is able to resolve the situation of the 3 current strikers.All 3 have that valuable contribution to their respective C.V.s of "played at Premier League level".In Hooper's case he proved he can score goals in the Premier League and Howlin' Wolf can say he scored a goal in the PL.They can rightly claim to have been hamstrung by the defensive mentality of the management and by the fact they were in a poor side that was always going to get relegated.As I said,there needs to be a resolution.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Daniel Smith, I mentioned Cam the other day when he wasnt given a squad number like Morris. I can only assume they plan on loaning him out somewhere for a full season and its not even open to discussion that he will start here and possibly go out on loan later. Im assuming of course. Noticed the latest images from the training camp at St. Georges Park shows RVW & Lafferty running together sharing a joke. Is that just me with wishful thinking hoping they are forming a nice partnership? I know people will leave but im really hoping a lot of the names mentioned don't leave. Gives us so many options etc. Someone asked me who I wouldn't mind being sold or leaving. Personally I wouldnt be upset if Becchio went. Like him a lot and feel he should have made more appearances (even from sub) than he did but just best for all parties to move on now. If we kept Olsson and maybe signed an up and coming left back I wouldnt be bothered with Garrido leaving. Not a knock on Garrido as hes never let us down, but I cant imagine him sitting around as back up for another season so wouldnt be heartbroken if he left us. I've not mentioned Surman & Bassong even though im positive they will go as in my mind I like them and they help increase the squads depth and strength....especially when you remember we are not playing at Premier League level anymore. Other than that i'd truly like to keep everyone else. Obviously I accept if Wilson comes in then we certainly will be losing at least one of Hooper or RVW as well. Im convinced the current squad are good players who were just stuck within an awfully negative on and off the field man management set up. Just need to find a way of getting the best from them.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I agree with all your comments regarding new midfielders, attacking and deep. But aren't we forgetting someone? What about Cameron McGeehan? He has an excellent passing range, leads by example and has first team experience under his belt (albeit via Conference, but it didn't do Chris Martin any harm).

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    Daniel Smith

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • If this lad turns us down what message does that send to RVW or Becchio who may end up having to stay? Also I don't see us playing Fer with 2 up top so I imagine the strikers give us a contingency if he leaves. One of my biggest concerns is still around BJ. Needs to up his game bigtime.

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    Jamie Birchall

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • OK Coventry are league 1 but still, not a bad idea

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    canary can-can

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Perhaps Neil's plan is to buy every striker in the league so there is nobody left to score against us. Could be made enough to work

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    canary can-can

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Mattias. I couldn't agree more, our problem is in our midfield. Last season we had no outlet from defence so immediately we put ourselves under pressure again. I'm not sure if it was CH trying to play attacking zone football to counteract zone defence? As others have mentioned RVW is still a good player and I'd like to see him stay. Given the purse strings will be tightened I don't think he'll be staying. With 3 new signings to the wage bill I think it's likely the club will offload the other big earners like Fer, RVW and Hooper. In fact he might even end up in the squad at Southampton (gut feeling). I'd personally would like to see an experienced midfield commandercaptain type of player. Someone in the model of a Patrick Vieira, a player who's strong in the tackle but can also play and pass the ball. Additionally I'd like to see us get a couple of talented youngsters maybe Diego Poyet? We really lack a decent midfielder who can go forward. Tettey and Johnson don't that. Howson gives the ball away to much. Fer won't be playing Championship football especially if Holland do well in the latter stages of the World Cup. As for Wes, he's to slow for a striker or the wing. Not physical enough for midfield, so that leaves him in a creative position between midfield and forward. I'd rather play two up front in a partnership, plus Wes won't stay around.

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    Oz Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • We need a playmaker behind the strikers in midfield to support the strikers, and someone who can make telling passes from deep midfield. We have to have a route through to the strikers, and not simply rely on wingers...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Cool - just checking. I agree about the transfer work so far, I would really like to RvW another go though.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Ah im ok chap, think im just venting via NCFC. All will be well if NCFC continue signing this summers hottest lower league talent :)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Are you alright Mattias? Sound a bit fractious

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • totally agree Dingo. Adams is his own man with his own opinions just like us. IMO RVW can still come good in the right system, but if Neil's ideas dont involve playing to RVW's strengths (Fox in the box) then there is no point discussing it and we just have to trust he (and the soon to be departing Ewan Chester) will be better at purchasing players to fit a new system than Hughton was. Ill be sad to see him go and im sure RVW doesnt want to be remember as the guy who scored 1 goal but it may be out of his hands. Ultimately its NCFC's success that matters most, regardless what myself or anyone thinks. Its exciting either way. If we get Wilson ill be stunned. Grabban, Wilson, Lafferty all have to be heavily part of Adams plans, which begs the question, what happens to RVW (Loan?), Hooper (Sell - qpr?), Becchio (sell), Loza (loan) etc....Competition is one thing, but having 2-3 unhappy strikers not even making the bench isnt helpful either.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Looks like NA is buying hunger and desire Matt - a bit like Lambert did. A good thing too imo. Who will leave is what fascinates me!

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    el dingo

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Complete turnaround. Last season in essence 11 players with defensive duties now we seem to want 11 striking options!. Not that i am in any position of expertise but ......i assume we must know that 2 of our strikers are leaving?? Snodgrass has gone and Hoolahan wanted to leave, for me that is also the biggest problem area. Please also do not buy another winger, why not an attacking midfielder who can see a pass although a fully fit Fer would be immense (a younger Yaya perhaps!). Defensive 4 ok, striking 1 2 ok..midfield needs some thought as last season my main concerns were speed of attack and chance creation. As Mattias said the defenceMidfield link needs addressing, the midfieldstriker link needs addressing - common denominator is the midfield. Also ...finally my hope for this season. RVW regains his shattered confidence, Fer stays injury free, they both stay at my Norwich, both.....fire us to promotion and shut their detractors up.

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    kpg24uk

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Well said Mattias! Also everyone knows it generally takes a foreign striker new to the English game a season or so to settle..........even playing to his strengths!

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    Dale Skoulding

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • Apologies for the even longer than usual scribble. Thoughts on overdrive this morning and believe it or not NCFC is a welcome release! Hope all are well.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

  • I refuse to knock any transfer we make, regardless if its yet another striker but I wont listen to this talk that signing 4,5,6 new strikers suddenly answers the goal concerns. We tried that last summer and it showed it didnt work. Our general play was what caused the lack of goals + a horrific man manager who had all the tools but no idea how to use them to their best. Previous season we only really looked like scoring from a corner or free kick. Bassong looked lethal latching onto a snodgrass corner or free kick. Last season the Snodgrass 9 assists dropped to 3 assists and we lacked even more goals sparking fans to complain and blame the first people they assume to be at fault. The strikers. A bit caveman in logic but I understand why most looked in that direction. Truth be told they had little or no service and RVW had a season broken up by injury and then having his confidence totally destroyed. Simply buying 3 new strikers isnt going to solve a thing unless we now have a manager who is better at getting the best from players and allowing them to embrace thier strengths. Players like Redmond are no defensive masterminds. He's a young, fearless winger who shows his age at times because like a child he enjoys running at players and putting them under pressure (a lost art in English football these days!).....Judging by Adams interviews hes dead set on attacking and scoring goals (No mention of defence) so hopefully players like Redmond can be more natural and do what they are best at without being told "more defense, less attacking" in true Hughton Style. We have some extremely good central midfielders (ill even include Johnson in that who regular posters will know im maybe overly harsh on - at PL level anyway) but last season we had no link between defence and attack. The back line would panic and punt it forward to two non target man strikers & the strikers went nearly the whole season without a chance being created in the box (until Adams came in). Nothing wrong signing strikers but I just hope we either get the style of football right from back to front or sign a player who can sit deeper and link the backline to the attack. (Please dont anyone say David Fox.....I was one of his biggest fans, but we need to move on from that now. That sort of player though. Maybe just a bit more all round complete. That be my biggest signing to make.)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, July 4, 2014

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