Relegation battle or Relegated. Whilst Lamouchi is an excellent manager, the opposition have identified his negative tactical play and will negate or exploit it. Last season emphasized this inherent weakness when teams that played similar tactics won the confrontations. Squad wise we haven't strengthened specific positions, in fact with the loss of Ben Watson (DM) and Matty Cash our defence looks especially frail with Jenkinson (RB) and Jack Colbeck (DM) to whom I don't personally rate. Another serious issue is the lack of fire power, Lewis Grabban is now 32 and is showing signs that his form and ability is deteriorating due to age. Unfortuantely Lamouchi prefers playing a lone striker, so it's either the new signing Lyle Taylor or Grabban fighting for the lone Forward spot. The other problem is creativity, Cash and Watson was instrumental in providing opportunities for Grabban to convert. Of course Lolley, Ameobi helped contribute with a number of goals, but creative wise wasn't as effective. Now with Cash gone, and Lolley suffering from Shin Splints our Midfield appears weaker.
Now what about I honestly don't know much about Guerrero, Bachirou, Blackett, Mbe Sou so cannot ascertain whether they'll make sufficient contributions to change our fortunes. Two players I do know are Alex Mighten and Luke Freedman. Alex Mighten is a physical, intelligent winger who runs at defences whether this can be replicated in the first team, unsure. Luke Freedman reminds myself of an old style creative defensive midfielder (and yes he's an attacking midfielder), that stays back dictating play, then either advancing forward to create chances through moving the ball to the flanks or using the through ball. A highly skilled individual, but concerned Lamouchi will not utilise the player to his true potential with his tactics and zonal play.
Anyhow my predictions regarding Nottingham Forest are normally totally wrong. Let's hope so!
Top half for me unless we get some creative talent in the middle and actually play them as opposed to 2 defensive midfielders. I think people have found Lamouche out and he doesn’t have a plan B so am going for 9th or 10th this season
Just 3 wins in last 15 games last season, and folk talking about top 6 this season? Give your heads a wobble lads. It's bottom half of the table until SL has gone. As others have alluded to, the opposition have sussed how to play against his negativity, and SL doesn't have a plan B. We will still be setting up with 7 or 8 defensive players, and transition from defence to attack will be a hoof ball up to Grabban, who'll be marked by two defenders. Sorry lads, but the reality is a rough ride till SL is sacked around Christmas time.
Another mediocre season. Manager sacked in November replaced by a new manager who doesn't take us further forward. Our transfer policy continues to invest in deadwood for the future, but no left back. Draws snatched from the jaws of victory.
Hard to see a massive improvement as it's basically Cash out and Freeman in, with numerous other signings largely irrelevant, so stronger in midfield but much weaker at right back. I thought we over achieved last season so would expect to do worse although the bonus continuity of having the same manager for once should be worth something. All things considered and mildly giddy with preseason optimism I'll go with play offs.
Either that or we sell Worrall just before deadline day, quickly use the money to sign eight randoms duds in 24 hours, the manager's sacked after five games, and we finish the season with Tony Pullis grinding out a 17th place finish......
Post by richardroper on Sept 12, 2020 11:55:13 GMT
Top half right now. I don’t think you need to be a class apart to do well in the league because it’s so inconsistent. Unless you’re different level garbage it’s possible to do well as we demonstrated last season.
We need to put more away though and I still have questions about Grabban. We can call it a service problem but that’s only a part of it. Confidence might be a thing with him but he’s going to have to take some responsibility himself for that at some point. A few times last season I saw balls about a yard and a half in front and he’d watch it roll by. That’s Sunday league vets stuff. I accept Lamouchi has kept has persistently put him in, but he’s going to ask himself how long he’s going to give him before he looks at different options.
Finally it’s a question of can the manager learn. We’ve been here before when we insist on playing at the back with a team who get nervy under pressure. We can take the pressure for a while but you can’t play there forever and a day. It becomes our undoing eventually.