12 May 2022 19:30:37
Im sure its good news for most that Coutinho has signed for a further couple of years. He is obviously a talent, I just wonder what Emi Buendia thinks, if ever a player deserves to start week in week out its Emi, I just hope he stays, he has definitely been one of Smiths better signings, but i'm sure he doesn't want to be a bench warmer and so far he looks to have to play second fiddle to Phil.

1.) 13 May 2022
13 May 2022 09:05:20
If we’re being totally honest Emi had a lot of chances before Smith was sacked where he did absolutely nothing and many were calling him a waste of money! I’m sure if this site let's you back far enough it would be an easy enough find.

Some players take time to adjust and adapt, you’re using the same logic to write off Coutinho that you’re using to big up Emi in fairness and there’s nothing to say the pair of them can’t play together. SG is still playing with what DS left him.
For all we know he wants to adopt a totally different formation and approach from summer onwards. It’s all just guess work.

Just be patient, from all of the interviews I’ve read since Phil joined Buendia is delighted to have him as a team mate and all the South Americans seem to be good friends off the pitch….

2.) 13 May 2022
13 May 2022 11:18:12
To nebuchadnezzar’s point, if I remember correctly scotty, you weren’t Buendia’s biggest fan initially.
With regard to playing Buendia/Coutinho conundrum I hope we don’t end up playing players out of position because we “need to accommodate” both in the team, now more than ever it’s a squad game and therefore you pick the best players for that position or for a particular game we don’t want to end up like England did re the Gerrard/Lampard question Managers are paid big money to make difficult calls and should do so if it’s one or the other so be it. Anyway we already have a dilemma on the Watkins/Ings front I don’t think we can afford another to be honest.

3.) 13 May 2022
13 May 2022 14:10:29
Best part of the whole deal is the timing, at least we don’t spend half the window trying to get a deal done, I agree lord, I wasn’t Emi’s biggest fan at the start of the season but he has improved a lot, I’m also wondering if gerrard is going to divide their time on the pitch more evenly now that Phil has signed permanently, if he hadn’t being given more preferential treatment thus far I wonder would he of had second thoughts about signing permanently, I’d like to know what wages he’s on also. I wonder will this encourage Doug to sign an extension or is he on his way out the door.
Center back and defensive midfielder next in the door, I’m happy enough to stick with Ollie and Danny up front they are starting to click in my opinion, I’d like to keep archer for the bench next season, buy sarr and sell traore, depending on who the third relegated team is there might be a few more guys worth a punt

4.) 13 May 2022
13 May 2022 16:14:49
I agree re timing the more business we can get done early the better, personally I would like to see 2 defensive midfielders through the door a centre half, cover at left back and a 15 to 20 goal a season striker.
Re Dougie I think he will be gone come the start of the new season, he prefers to play further forward than he is with us and with Buendia and Coutinho I don’t see that happening.