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Off Season Rumours...

Postby MCB » 20 May 2019, 17:32

So, obligatory - who have you seen linked, or who has been released you'd like to see us sign?

Leyton Orient have released Charlie Lee (he has won promotion 5 times), Jay Simpson and Alex Lawless. All experienced, talented players, getting on a bit. Doubtless would demand a few quid, but perhaps, won't be able to get...

Meanwhile, I have no idea what's going on here

https://twitter.com/FootyNewsBot/status/1130068779327737857

Or this wingers got some familiar moves...

https://twitter.com/james_harpin/status/1130049498900828161
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby mcleod23 » 20 May 2019, 19:33

Lee and Lawless are two that i'd have right away. We've needed players of this ilk for so many years. Sign them up!!! (and can play different positions).
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby Tuesds » 20 May 2019, 19:42

Well, Leyton Orient’s announcement today has also contributed to this summer’s version of the ‘Big Lad Up Front Who’s Available’ with the news that James Alabi has been placed on the transfer list. He’s a seriously big unit but is also fairly mobile. He was prolific for Chester in the Conference a few years ago, and didn’t he cause a measure of mayhem when he came on in our 3-1 defeat at Brisbane Road this season?

He talked about being on the pojnt of joining a league 2 club in January 2017, but turning it down because it ‘didn’t feel right’. It was the transfer window during which we splashed the cash, and it was widely rumoured/assumed/known(?) to be us.

Other available players I’m intrigued by include Andy Barcham (released by AFCW); Paris Cowan-Hall from Wycombe (this is a very optimistic one); Rhys Murphy (released by Chelmsford); Lee Angol (under contract but out of favour at Shrewsbury, former Hendon teammate of DC); I remember Marcus Bean (also released by Wycombe) being an utter nuisance in games vs the Chairboys, so he might complement the more aesthetic, possession-based qualities of the likes of J Taylor and Boucaud.

Michael Timlin is a very strong central midfielder who was a key player throughout the season for Stevenage. Boro fans seem surprised/disappointed he’s been let go.

I haven’t mentioned any defenders because I’m hoping that won’t need any (ie Sweeney and Santos and Tutonda etc will stay). Oh, we do need a right back. Harriman (Wycombe) or, probably more realistically, Brad Barry (Chesterfield) are a couple of good candidates for that role who are free agents. EDIT - I see Ian Evatt had the same idea about Brad Barry and has signed him for Barrow, so you can forget about him!
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby Mikel Bee » 20 May 2019, 19:46

Top priority for DC has to be to keep hold of Cesinha over the summer IMO. Even if he does have the clap, he's been our best striker since Akinde left.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesinha ... _born_1989)
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby LeicesterBee » 20 May 2019, 20:52

Mikel Bee wrote:Top priority for DC has to be to keep hold of Cesinha over the summer IMO. Even if he does have the clap, he's been our best striker since Akinde left.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesinha ... _born_1989)


Definitely. He was unplayable in the match at Barrow and who can forget the 11 goals he scored in the second half at home to Eastleigh
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby #Beebot » 20 May 2019, 21:11

Alabi has flopped everywhere he's been since his one good season at Chester.
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby Tuesds » 21 May 2019, 05:57

Big-Lad-Up-Front Watch continues with the release by Colchester of Mikael Mandron. He’s had a very lean season, but was very highly rated when he last played at our level, for Eastleigh.

Seems to have been popular with the fans at Col U, who largely appear surprised/disappointed by his release.
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby mcleod23 » 21 May 2019, 07:56

Tuesd if we signed some of the players you have outlined, we'd be in for a very good season.

Luke Wilkinson is the stand out defender available for me. Won the league at Luton. Tough, no nonsense CB who's only played in the South / London. Formerly of Dag & Red so may be known to Currie.

We have to sign some experience all over the pitch. Go and get some players who demand a tad more than you'd be willing to pay normally - they'll be worth it over the course of the season.
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby PBBee » 21 May 2019, 21:33

I see Paul Mcacallum has announced he’s leaving Eastleigh.
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby Pingorock » 22 May 2019, 06:32

Rumour that he is going to Solihull
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby Mr Smart » 22 May 2019, 09:46

Tuesds wrote:Well, Leyton Orient’s announcement today has also contributed to this summer’s version of the ‘Big Lad Up Front Who’s Available’ with the news that James Alabi has been placed on the transfer list. He’s a seriously big unit but is also fairly mobile. He was prolific for Chester in the Conference a few years ago, and didn’t he cause a measure of mayhem when he came on in our 3-1 defeat at Brisbane Road this season?

He talked about being on the pojnt of joining a league 2 club in January 2017, but turning it down because it ‘didn’t feel right’. It was the transfer window during which we splashed the cash, and it was widely rumoured/assumed/known(?) to be us.

Other available players I’m intrigued by include Andy Barcham (released by AFCW); Paris Cowan-Hall from Wycombe (this is a very optimistic one); Rhys Murphy (released by Chelmsford); Lee Angol (under contract but out of favour at Shrewsbury, former Hendon teammate of DC); I remember Marcus Bean (also released by Wycombe) being an utter nuisance in games vs the Chairboys, so he might complement the more aesthetic, possession-based qualities of the likes of J Taylor and Boucaud.

Michael Timlin is a very strong central midfielder who was a key player throughout the season for Stevenage. Boro fans seem surprised/disappointed he’s been let go.

I haven’t mentioned any defenders because I’m hoping that won’t need any (ie Sweeney and Santos and Tutonda etc will stay). Oh, we do need a right back. Harriman (Wycombe) or, probably more realistically, Brad Barry (Chesterfield) are a couple of good candidates for that role who are free agents. EDIT - I see Ian Evatt had the same idea about Brad Barry and has signed him for Barrow, so you can forget about him!


Marcus Bean agreed to come to us two seasons ago but TK wouldn’t rubber stamp it because of his age and cost. I doubt he’d allow it now 2 years on
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby Mr Smart » 22 May 2019, 09:50

#Beebot wrote:Alabi has flopped everywhere he's been since his one good season at Chester.


If a big man leading the line unlocked the goalscoring potential of the players around him (like Heskey did at Liverpool) then him not being a regular scorer wouldn’t be an issue to me. Problem is, none of the other players except Shaq have shown the potential to score more than
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby Tuesds » 22 May 2019, 10:33

Mr Smart wrote:
Marcus Bean agreed to come to us two seasons ago but TK wouldn’t rubber stamp it because of his age and cost. I doubt he’d allow it now 2 years on


Oh man, he really would’ve filled the defensive midfielder-shaped hole in our squad, which had more than a little bit to do with our relegation, more than adequately. I expect you’re right that we/he won’t retrace our steps on a deal that we didn’t go through with, but if he’s lowered his pay expectations maybe we shouldn’t worry too much about his age; he’s three weeks younger than Boucaud, after all!
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby ninestein » 22 May 2019, 11:01

So we went for Fuad Sule instead of Marcus Bean... oh dear!
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Re: Off Season Rumours...

Postby #Beebot » 22 May 2019, 11:04

Mr Smart wrote:
Tuesds wrote:Well, Leyton Orient’s announcement today has also contributed to this summer’s version of the ‘Big Lad Up Front Who’s Available’ with the news that James Alabi has been placed on the transfer list. He’s a seriously big unit but is also fairly mobile. He was prolific for Chester in the Conference a few years ago, and didn’t he cause a measure of mayhem when he came on in our 3-1 defeat at Brisbane Road this season?

He talked about being on the pojnt of joining a league 2 club in January 2017, but turning it down because it ‘didn’t feel right’. It was the transfer window during which we splashed the cash, and it was widely rumoured/assumed/known(?) to be us.

Other available players I’m intrigued by include Andy Barcham (released by AFCW); Paris Cowan-Hall from Wycombe (this is a very optimistic one); Rhys Murphy (released by Chelmsford); Lee Angol (under contract but out of favour at Shrewsbury, former Hendon teammate of DC); I remember Marcus Bean (also released by Wycombe) being an utter nuisance in games vs the Chairboys, so he might complement the more aesthetic, possession-based qualities of the likes of J Taylor and Boucaud.

Michael Timlin is a very strong central midfielder who was a key player throughout the season for Stevenage. Boro fans seem surprised/disappointed he’s been let go.

I haven’t mentioned any defenders because I’m hoping that won’t need any (ie Sweeney and Santos and Tutonda etc will stay). Oh, we do need a right back. Harriman (Wycombe) or, probably more realistically, Brad Barry (Chesterfield) are a couple of good candidates for that role who are free agents. EDIT - I see Ian Evatt had the same idea about Brad Barry and has signed him for Barrow, so you can forget about him!


Marcus Bean agreed to come to us two seasons ago but TK wouldn’t rubber stamp it because of his age and cost. I doubt he’d allow it now 2 years on


Surprised by this given the number of older players TK has signed off on.

Again to me this just indicates that Rossi was not cut out for management. MA for example would surely have pushed this through rather than taking no for an answer.
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