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#21 Human Punk

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 08:48 AM

QUOTE (The Boy Saint @ Sep 27 2010, 05:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What gives you the impresion that Saints are likely to struggle? huh.gif


Teams don't seem to do well playing out of temporary accommodation. Every game will be almost an away fixture, and I'd expect crowd numbers to be down as well. I think we may have already seen the resulting anticipated drop in income factored into next season's signings - Saints could really have done with signing a top player along the lines of Gidley/Lyon but this hasn't happened, for the 1st time in a long while.

And then there's the irreplaceable KC.

Also, it'll be impossible to replicate the Knowsley Road atmosphere - don't underestimate the contribution of the fans!


#22 thepimp007

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 09:02 AM

QUOTE (Human Punk @ Sep 28 2010, 09:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Teams don't seem to do well playing out of temporary accommodation. Every game will be almost an away fixture, and I'd expect crowd numbers to be down as well. I think we may have already seen the resulting anticipated drop in income factored into next season's signings - Saints could really have done with signing a top player along the lines of Gidley/Lyon but this hasn't happened, for the 1st time in a long while.

And then there's the irreplaceable KC.

Also, it'll be impossible to replicate the Knowsley Road atmosphere - don't underestimate the contribution of the fans!


i seem to remember us (bradford) not losing a game at valley parade

#23 MrFussy

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 09:45 AM

QUOTE (Human Punk @ Sep 28 2010, 09:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Teams don't seem to do well playing out of temporary accommodation. Every game will be almost an away fixture, and I'd expect crowd numbers to be down as well. I think we may have already seen the resulting anticipated drop in income factored into next season's signings - Saints could really have done with signing a top player along the lines of Gidley/Lyon but this hasn't happened, for the 1st time in a long while.

And then there's the irreplaceable KC.

Also, it'll be impossible to replicate the Knowsley Road atmosphere - don't underestimate the contribution of the fans!


That's an interesting take on it, KC is obviously an enormous loss and Saint's haven't looked nearly as good when he's been off the pitch this year but I think the recruitment for next year is the best it's been since 2006 when they signed Pryce, Meli and Cayless. Over the last few seasons they haven't recruited as heavily as many seem to believe they should have but Perry, Shenton and McCarthy-Scarsbrook are all very solid additions and as things stand what will presumably be the starting 17 for 2011 looks highly impressive. I wouldn't write them off just yet.

#24 Exiled Wiganer

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 10:01 AM

For mine, it's a simple enough question.
Do Leeds look stronger next year than this? I can't instantly see it myself, as a lot of their players are past their peak, and they are largely going in with the same squad. Of course it wouldn't take much to have them back at the top - renewed hunger, relief at not being shot at as champions every week, a couple fo emerging youngsters.
In contrast I can clearly see Wigan and Wire, who beat them in their 2 biggest domestic games - getting stronger.
As for Saints, it is hard to tell. KC is a force of nature for them rather than just a player and the players coming in aren't dominant characters. LMS and Perry strike me as more of the same with an already massive pack, and Shenton will not improve them given that Gidley is leaving. I happen to think Lomax is their best half and he could emerge as their version of Sam, which would make a massive difference, plus they will have the new coach effect which should bump them up.




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