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The Liam Polworth Enigma

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I would not have gone as far as MOM but nobody could dispute his commitment or effort today. He had a very average first 45 mainly because we mainly attacked down the left and the pace of Calder. Polworth improved in the second half as he was given more of a roving role. He has a lovely touch BUT I don't think that you can play Vigurs, Draper and Polworth centrally together. Polworth took over in the second 45 but went a long way to nullifying Vigurs. It looks like a case of picking any 2 from 3 and Polly is in the bronze medal place at the moment. But what about an attacking right wing back ?

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Caman    91
4 hours ago, IMMORTAL HOWDEN ENDER said:

I would not have gone as far as MOM but nobody could dispute his commitment or effort today. He had a very average first 45 mainly because we mainly attacked down the left and the pace of Calder. Polworth improved in the second half as he was given more of a roving role. He has a lovely touch BUT I don't think that you can play Vigurs, Draper and Polworth centrally together. Polworth took over in the second 45 but went a long way to nullifying Vigurs. It looks like a case of picking any 2 from 3 and Polly is in the bronze medal place at the moment. But what about an attacking right wing back ?

Agreed that Polly is third place at the moment, but if Draper goes (hope not though) he will slot in centrally beside Vigurs and we have other options for wingers. 

A concern for yesterday was how many of our guys got bossed/tossed about by Forfar players. Some of our guys were a bit lightweight and will need to grow a pair / toughen up for the season ahead. Some would last 2 minutes on a shinty pitch!! 

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forresjags    219

Time for Liam Polworth to step up and prove he has got what it takes. He has been patient playing out wide but hopefully now he will given the opportunity to dictate the game from  a central position. The dynamics of the team will change dramatically with no Tansey & Draper , so lets hope for a more slicker midfield and a few more goals from the midfield area.  

  

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DoofersDad    2,863
1 hour ago, forresjags said:

Time for Liam Polworth to step up and prove he has got what it takes. He has been patient playing out wide but hopefully now he will given the opportunity to dictate the game from  a central position. The dynamics of the team will change dramatically with no Tansey & Draper , so lets hope for a more slicker midfield and a few more goals from the midfield area.  

  

Yes.  This is huge opportunity for Liam to realise his potential.  Having once had a plethora of players who could play in central midfield (Hughes only ever signed midfielders!) we now have a distinct shortage. and the danger here is that Polworth and Vigurs might get complacent if there is lack of competition for places.  In Polworth's case though, I suspect that less competition for places and hopefully a bit more freedom to play in a preferred role will give his confidence a boost.  Getting back to the form he showed early in the 2015/6 season would help to make us a pretty competitive side.

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+jagster    361

I agree with you there caleyboy he was really poor yesterday and he was playing in the middle as everyone has been shouting for. Maybe we are all dreaming if we think he's going to be some kind of midfield star. Just doesn't look like it's going to happen 

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ictchris    862

He was utterly anonymous yesterday.

We seem to have signed this Trafford guy from Finland, I'd expect him to play in central midfield further up of Vigurs. I had thought that we were wanting a diamond midfield with Vigurs deeper and Polworth attacking but they didn't seem to do that yesterday. . 

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Renegade    2,227
54 minutes ago, ictchris said:

He was utterly anonymous yesterday.

We seem to have signed this Trafford guy from Finland, I'd expect him to play in central midfield further up of Vigurs. I had thought that we were wanting a diamond midfield with Vigurs deeper and Polworth attacking but they didn't seem to do that yesterday. . 

We've been playing a flat 4-4-2.  That type of system was done away with years ago.

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ictchris    862
59 minutes ago, Renegade said:

We've been playing a flat 4-4-2.  That type of system was done away with years ago.

Yeah, it was REALLY flat, Vigurs and Polworth didn't drop off or make forward runs. Maybe if you had wide midfielders who could tuck in, a striker who could drop deeper and a centre half who could carry the ball out we could get away with it but we have none of those things.

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bdu98196    661
On ‎07‎/‎04‎/‎2017 at 9:41 AM, bdu98196 said:

Not saying Liam hasn't improved over the years but for almost 3 or 4 seasons now people have been talking about him as a breakthrough youngster, he's still yet to establish himself as a first team mainstay and yet to find a position on the park he can dominate and call his own. While like everyone I want to see him succeed will he make it to the highest levels? Fortunately he also seems to have been given a lot more game time than some other youngsters who have been cast aside by the club after several managers who haven't even given substitute appearance even when we have struggled so badly.

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DoofersDad    2,863

With Draper and Tansey both gone this is make or break time for Liam.  As you say, he has had plenty of opportunity to shine, but in the last couple of years he seems to have gone backwards.  He now has a better than ever opportunity to show what he can do and playing at Championship level should also help.  If he can't make a position his own this season, then I don't think he ever will.  

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caleyboy    216

I am getting to the stage of believing that he certainly has some skill but not the required temprament or commitment. 

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Robert    147

An honest assessment, hopefully he (and the rest of the squad and management) takes that as motivation into the next few games.

If he understands how we are all feeling, he can hopefully translate that on to leadership on the park.

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