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    Posted: 15 Feb 2021 at 8:51am
Delighted he has found first team football at a reasonable standard. He seems a really good professional.
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Even after a bad result Cullen getting praise.

Ranging from Cullen is indispensable to Cullen does the work of 2 but can't do it alone.

If we realised we have a project on our hands we would move on to the young lads and give them plenty of experience. Cullen, Knight , Molumby , Connolly ,Kelleher , O Shea, Collins etc 

Put them in a team of Egan, Coleman and beg Mcgoldrick to come back.

It is one of the best ways to ensure these lads progressions and turn this in to a young attacking fearless teams that just goes for it.

Yes results will suffer but Ireland need to be bold not the same old pragmatic sh*te. Think of the next 10 years and not the next 2 games.

And yes I know it won't happen and Kenny could never do it even if he wanted to and sur Sam Allardyce will be free after this season and he can play the hoof ball the dinosaurs want and it hasn't led to the current situation one bit.

At some stage we are going to have to bite the bullet and admit we are going to suffer (even more) because of the total mismanagement and lack of vision (and culture) in Irish football. Let it be now while it makes sense.

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Originally posted by Left foot Left foot wrote:

I not sure changing the whole game plan to accommodate the current poor selection of players we have at the moment is a sensible approach.

The outlook of the team can change very fast. If we had Rice and Grealish available the team changes dramatically.

Let's not bring knight, connolly, molumby, oshea etc into a team that is a punishment to play in as much as it is to watch.

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I not sure changing the whole game plan to accommodate the current poor selection of players we have at the moment is a sensible approach.

The outlook of the team can change very fast. If we had Rice and Grealish available the team changes dramatically.

Let's not bring knight, connolly, molumby, oshea etc into a team that is a punishment to play in as much as it is to watch.
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Going into the Nations League, I had low expectations given Brady's last four years of being out of form, lack of appearances and the serious injury he had but I think he's done enough to justify being a regular starter in that No 10 role. He's been decent and is able to play put the right weight on the through ball. 

Not that Brady had the career or talent of Giggs but it does remind me a bit when Giggs moved into that central midfield role for United in his last couple of years and was excellent. The No 10 is Brady's position until Connor Ronan hopefully develops into a potential successor. 
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Unfortunately for Kenny, given the players available to him he hasn't been able to replicate the style (he probably wants) that he had with the under 21's. 

Beating the same drum, but the importance of a number 10 is probably the key. 

The under 21's set up of 4-2-3-1 with Connor Ronan in the number 10 role, Molumby as the high energy box to box midfielder and Coventry as an also high energy midfielder, sitting deep, and ALWAYS looking to receive the ball from the back four.

This was a perfectly balanced midfield, notably in the link positions. 

In an ideal world Wes Hoolahan would be 10 years younger, he'd walk into this team and the dynamic would fundamentally shift. 

Kenny needs to find a solution to not having a traditional number 10. At the moment, there's a huge focus on high energy in the number 10 role. High pressing, forcing errors.....then what? You get the ball back but are devoid of ideas. Unless we get substantial creativity into the final third, Kenny needs to rethink his over all approach.
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Right-wing is an issue and the U21s option of Elbouzedi seems a long way from International football so no solution forthcoming there.
I wonder who'll pin down that position in the next U21 campaign...
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Originally posted by Conan Conan wrote:

I'd have Cullen alongside McCarthy for the midfield basics. Neither them or Molumby provides much creative or offensive threat though so a lot of onus is on the third midfielder in a more attacking role to be our playmaker. Hourihane has failed just too many times so I'd give Brady the chance there, he's wasted playing deeper, on the right and most certainly at full back but he's got the only midfielder we have with the ability to be a threat at international level to better teams.
Hendrick contributes nothing offensively or defensively so needs to be jettisoned. Keep him in the squad as back up due to minimal alternatives but not to start. I'd consider starting Knight on the right side of attack as he's more threat surely than O'Dowda.

I don’t object to that. Brady is really the only player we have who could be considered a technician. Knight, Cullen, Brady midfield would at least not be afraid of the ball.

Right wing: Horgan? Robinson? Harness? Doherty? O’Dowda. f**k knows, honestly. Been a problem position for a long time
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I think Smallbone will be the long term solution, sadly got injured which will have him out for a while. 

Also have a hope that Kilkenny will get his chance but feel hes a couple of years away.
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I like that midfield too. But I genuinely think we need to try Cullen in Serbia. We’ve had the tried and tested players like Hendrick McCarthy and even Brady through the middle and it just doesn’t work. Don’t forget Hourihane also. Molumby is getting minutes atm too so he’ll be sharp come March.
I’d be willing to use this campaign to get the likes of Cullen Molumby and Knight ready for the euros next time around and who knows it could even pay off this campaign and we see a huge improvement! Won’t know until Kenny tries it.

I wouldn’t play Duffy on current form though 😬
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I'd have Cullen alongside McCarthy for the midfield basics. Neither them or Molumby provides much creative or offensive threat though so a lot of onus is on the third midfielder in a more attacking role to be our playmaker. Hourihane has failed just too many times so I'd give Brady the chance there, he's wasted playing deeper, on the right and most certainly at full back but he's got the only midfielder we have with the ability to be a threat at international level to better teams.
Hendrick contributes nothing offensively or defensively so needs to be jettisoned. Keep him in the squad as back up due to minimal alternatives but not to start. I'd consider starting Knight on the right side of attack as he's more threat surely than O'Dowda.
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Originally posted by Left foot Left foot wrote:

Hourihane not only doesn't want the ball, unless its a dead ball hes doesn't do anything with it.

Get rid of both of them then. I'm hoping beyond hope that the last 8 games was Stephen Kenny giving everybody the benefit of the doubt and preconceived ideas he had about the potential of certain players was actually wrong. 

Apologies for being a broken record here but his choice of players in midfield is completely contradictory to the style of play he wants to achieve. It seems so obvious. How can you want to play a possession game yet put midfielders in who do not want to be on the ball, or at the very least, will go out of their way to be on the ball? 
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Hourihane not only doesn't want the ball, unless its a dead ball hes doesn't do anything with it.
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Originally posted by Left foot Left foot wrote:

Originally posted by DeclanDaly DeclanDaly wrote:

Keep one, switch out too. Given his form, keep Hourihane and intro Knight and Cullen. I think that’s a good balance.

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Agree that this looks like the best team but I'd have Hendrick over Hourihane every time that was the choice.

Hourihane has scored three goals in three games for Swansea which is superb but that doesn't mean his overall performances have been good. He may have had those 'moments' we know he is capable of.

Hourihane has been pretty terrible is all 24 of his caps so far. To be fair he's not been the only one.

Hendrick gives you more energy and mobility than hourihane but I'd agree he has been poor in some games too but better of late.


Hendrick does indeed give you more energy and mobility. He just about make sense in a Burnley or Newcastle team. Stephen Kenny wants to play possession based football. why would you play somebody who does not want the ball?
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Originally posted by DeclanDaly DeclanDaly wrote:

Keep one, switch out too. Given his form, keep Hourihane and intro Knight and Cullen. I think that’s a good balance.

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Agree that this looks like the best team but I'd have Hendrick over Hourihane every time that was the choice.

Hourihane has scored three goals in three games for Swansea which is superb but that doesn't mean his overall performances have been good. He may have had those 'moments' we know he is capable of.

Hourihane has been pretty terrible is all 24 of his caps so far. To be fair he's not been the only one.

Hendrick gives you more energy and mobility than hourihane but I'd agree he has been poor in some games too but better of late.

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We badly need a creative midfielder. Everyone gets that. But let's try solve the solvable

We're playing out from the back. We need a player who will consistently go looking for the ball from the back 4... WITHOUT FAIL. Hourihane was given that role a few times. Sometimes he did it. Sometimes he didn't. He gets the ball and then looks to midfield. Jeff immediately starts back pedalling...fook you, Conor I'm out of here. Doesn't want to be on the ball. Nuts for a midfielder.

Hourihane as a sitter didn't then have the mobility to bring the ball forward himself, and for someone known for his left foot wand, his passing was shocking at times.

When McCarthy was playing the sitting role... he wouldn't relieve pressure on Duffy, who was visibly uncomfortable with his new duties. James should have continuously demanded the ball and helped him out and drive forward. James McCarthy does not want to be on the ball. Nuts for a midfielder. Even nuttier for a deep lying mid who's supposed to be linking play from the back.

Our links between defence and midfield and midfield and attack or non exist. We are pissing in the wind until this is rectified. Molumby, Knight and Cullen might not be the answer but at least starting players who aren't afraid of the ball might help.
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Keep one, switch out too. Given his form, keep Hourihane and intro Knight and Cullen. I think that’s a good balance.

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Weve been terrible when playing hourihane and hendrick.

Worst case scenario if we play knight and cullen instead would be that we are terrible still. 
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