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23 July 2013 16:30 Post ID: #123150 - in reply to #93152
Ivor Allchurch
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23 July 2013 16:31 Post ID: #123151 - in reply to #93152
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23 July 2013 16:31 Post ID: #123152 - in reply to #93152
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23 July 2013 16:44 Post ID: #123153 - in reply to #93152
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Kevin Amankwa

Yes I heard after I had posted last night that Barca had picked an Argentinian to take over, apparently he is well known out there and to Messi of course but most people over here in Europe have never heard of him. I'm just pleased that our boss has kept his word and we can now stop all this speculation and look ahead to the season and our Euro campaign.

Jenkins in the post today states that our business is not yet complete, we all know we need a second striker as I really don't think Donnelly is quite ready for the prem yet so maybe the lad on loan from Man City could be an option. I remember we were interested in him a year or two back but City wanted to keep him at the time but now might be an opportunity for him for get a chance to actually play first team football.
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24 July 2013 07:13 Post ID: #123160 - in reply to #93152
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Larry Lloyd
Looks as if we're spent out and looking for a loan striker.
Bit of a shock result last night,Port Talbot of the Welsh League beating our under 21's,not even Gorre or Donnelly could save the day. We're a long way from being able to compete with other PL clubs at Academy 1 level.
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24 July 2013 18:33 Post ID: #123176 - in reply to #93152
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Michael Laudrup

Maybe we're keeping our options open and would prefer to borrow an up and coming youngster from one of the big five, a nippy goal poacher or perhaps a tall striker maybe what our manager requires. Have to say that the youth team has some way to go to compete, not sure if those in charge are really the right ones but time will tell if those youngsters offered contracts will fulfill their potential.
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25 July 2013 09:20 Post ID: #123180 - in reply to #93152
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Niall Quinn
Looks as if our interest is over regarding prolific striker Matej Vydra,of Udinese and Watford loan fame, as his agent says he's going to West Ham.
The 2-0 defeat to the part timers of Port Talbot was not what everyone expected,even though it was just a friendly.I'm sure the board will be monitoring the under 21's progress closely this season after sanctioning the influx of better quality players to improve the squad.
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25 July 2013 15:48 Post ID: #123188 - in reply to #93152
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Owain Tudur Jones

Yes Vydra apparently wanted to stay in London which is his choice, how anyone would want to live and work near to West Ham compared with what they could have here is baffling but there you go. Once players come to Swansea they rarely want to leave so just a reminder to Ash that money isn't everything and maybe he should think carefully and see how others have failed once they leave our lovely area.

As for the youngsters they played a strong and tough Port Talbot senior side, reading comments by those present seems that some of our lads did ok but one or two need to pull their socks up. Naming no names but I do believe that there are some there who think they've already made it by the money they are currently earning, sometimes feel that they should all be on normal apprentice wages until they are established in the first team squad.
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26 July 2013 09:32 Post ID: #123195 - in reply to #93152
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Peter Withe
East Ham,home of the Hammers,or little Bangladesh,is not a very inviting place to play your football,as he'll find out,but he'll probably commute from the stockbroker belt,so he wouldn't have to see it so much.I wouldn't like to live in London,okay for a visit,but the swarms of people packed everywhere you go,and the pollution,would get me down.
With regard to the under 21's,there are some players that have attained that age already,and are seemingly at a standstill with their development. Their only chance is to get out on loan,instead of playing the likes of Colchester(no disrespect) under 21's,until we attain Academy Category 1 level and play the other PL teams every week.
This is the set up -
The current academies and centres of excellence will be divided into four categories, as follows:
Category 1
The top level category will require clubs to have an approximate budget of £2.325m.
Have a full time staff of at least 18.
Provide at least 5 hours contact time with players each week.
The current 90 minute travel rule will not apply.
Category 2
Clubs that cannot meet the required budget requirements and staff levels demanded by Category 1, but still have an indoor training facility will most likely fall into this category.
They will spend less time coaching players each week.
Will be allowed to take players from age 4 and sign players from the age of 9.
Will require an estimated budget of £969k
The current 90 minute travel rule will not apply.
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26 July 2013 17:19 Post ID: #123200 - in reply to #93152
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Quinn (Micky)

Chances of making it as a pro are still one in a thousand no matter where the youngsters do their training, I have had first hand experience of a centre of excellence and also an academy status club in the past and what I think is that you can have the best facilities but the most vital thing is the coaching. Just look at Dario O'Grady at Crewe and also Malcolm Ellias who was at Southampton, both excellent youth coaches who have produced several premier league players between them. Ellias was with us for a whilte but moved on much to my disappointment, we could have landed up with Gareth Bale had he stayed!

Off to Reading tomorrow for the last of our friendly matches, with the Euro game to come next thursday it will be an important game for our manager to assess which players he is going to pick. Looking forward to seeing Bony live for the first time hope he can get off the mark or at least put in a good performance ahead of next week.



Edited by Swan_Lady2 26/7/2013 17:25
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27 July 2013 08:27 Post ID: #123206 - in reply to #93152
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Roy
ML is confident we have a good enough squad to do well this season. In terms of assessing how good we are,we haven't really been tested yet,and we have a huge few months ahead of us,with Europe and playing the top PL teams in the first six matches.
It also depends on keeping the predators at bay with their last minute panic buys. Remember Dave Whelan complaining he could never contact HJ during the Martinez/staff/players to Wigan saga,and thought us very amateurishly run. Well I thought it was very clever of HJ,and he needs to do the same thing again,switch his mobile off and disappear until the transfer window closes.
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27 July 2013 22:05 Post ID: #123216 - in reply to #93152
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Shaun McDonald

Really enjoyed our match at Reading infact the whole trip was excellent with the travel club having the use of a luxurious 76 seater coach which is the best we've travelled in. With it being a short trip we stopped off at Newbury for an hour on route before reaching the Madjeski stadium in good time.

Laudrup picked what I thought was our strongest 11 (minus Chico of course) to start and we soon took control and showed some lovely passing moves. Our football was creative with Bony a strong figure up front, I loved his flicks and clever balls to team mates and although he didn't score he did set up two of our three goals. We were so much better than the home side and it was a pleasure to sit and watch our lads perform the way they did.

Of course friendlies mean very little unless good results follow on during a season and the main event starts this Thursday, however I can't help but be optimistic after we look to have a stronger team than last season...that is unless we lose our captain before the season starts.
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28 July 2013 21:25 Post ID: #123221 - in reply to #93152
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Tony Adams
Saw some clips of the match on my mobile phone and Bony seemed involved in everything,he's exactly what we need,together with the impressive Jonjo. I wonder how good Amat was linking up with Williams at the centre of defence,we may have to play that pairing next Thursday,as Chico is doubtful.
I'm looking forward to seeing our first competitive match.
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29 July 2013 00:39 Post ID: #123225 - in reply to #93152
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Upton (Matthew)

Thought Amat coped pretty well alongside Ashley, he's not the tallest defender but reads the game well and did get several clearing headers away. Reading had a few chances including one free header which went over but on the whole I thought our defence coped admirably with our captain once again outstanding. Ben had another excellent game and I would play him ahead of Taylor in the cup game on Thursday. Think Malmo might cause us a few more problems than Reading because they like to play a similar style to us and are usually quite free scoring but I do feel we should be capable of defeating the Swedes over two legs as we have some real quality in our side particularly in midfield and upfront.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 29/7/2013 00:42
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29 July 2013 09:30 Post ID: #123229 - in reply to #93152
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Vernon,Roy
Our centre backs as a whole are not very tall,as can be seen below -
Garry Monk 1.83 (6' 0-3/64")
Ashley Williams 1.83 (6' 0-3/64")
Jordi Amat 1.84 (6' 0-7/16")
Chico Flores 1.87 (6' 1-5/8")
It's going to be one heck of a tussle for the left back position between Davies and Taylor,both quality players.Wales will have the same problem,and I wonder if Wales will play both, with Taylor moving to right back.
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29 July 2013 09:30 Post ID: #123230 - in reply to #93152
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Edited by keith margam 30/7/2013 08:34
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29 July 2013 17:59 Post ID: #123236 - in reply to #93152
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