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More chance of playing for England with Oxford City.
 

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MK Dons have 15 games still to play this season. Unless they win almost all of them they will not get into the playoffs.

I reckon he will only manage to play in about 5 games. Anybody else have an opinion?
 

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Not quite sure if the cheap shots in the last few posts really reflect well on us. We made a mistake which sticks out like a sore thumb because 9 times out of 10 our recruitment is spot on.
But it’s water under the bridge...no reason not to hope he finally finds some degree of fulfilment before his football career winds down.
 

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Not quite sure if the cheap shots in the last few posts really reflect well on us. We made a mistake which sticks out like a sore thumb because 9 times out of 10 our recruitment is spot on.
But it’s water under the bridge...no reason not to hope he finally finds some degree of fulfilment before his football career winds down.
Well said.
 

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Not quite sure if the cheap shots in the last few posts really reflect well on us. We made a mistake which sticks out like a sore thumb because 9 times out of 10 our recruitment is spot on.
But it’s water under the bridge...no reason not to hope he finally finds some degree of fulfilment before his football career winds down.
Yeah not the Best Buy ever but he had his moments. Few and far between though
 

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MK Dons have 15 games still to play this season. Unless they win almost all of them they will not get into the playoffs.

I reckon he will only manage to play in about 5 games. Anybody else have an opinion?
I reckon he'll appear in 5 of them and play in 1 of those.
 

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Actually I wish him well and hope his body stands up to the rigours of Division One.
I’d quite like to see him play consistently at the high level his underlying ability would allow. It’d show that there was a player in there that we made a sensible decision on but who was ultimately just too frail for whatever reason while with us but overcame it. Rather than just not being cut out for the career. I suspect it won’t happen but then again most thought Bamford, of a similar generation at Chelsea and with his own frailties and lack of impact finally made it.
 

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One of the most disappointing signings ever.
He’s just not got the right physique or mindset.
Plus he had an unerring eye for passing direct to an opponent.
 

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Some slightly poor taste in comments on here. It didnt work out and yes he wasnt a good return for the cash we paid.

He just couldnt stay fit. As Rebus said it was nothing to do with his attitude or personality.

He was a luxury player and IMO the English league doesnt cater for them. Its why Chelsea rated him but it never worked out. Technically he was class, the problem is he wasnt fit enough of did enough of the other stuff. Add some steel and bottle to his game and he would have achieved something. Wilshere IMO is that type of player but because he put his foot in he killed his career through injury as well.

Some times it just doesnt work out.

The frustration on here is because we could all see what he could have done for us.

90 games for us so no bad feelings here. Good luck to him.

MK my word thats a fall from grace tho.
 

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Sadly not sufficiently consistent throughout his Bees career in neither form nor fitness however lest we forget
Absolutely superb all over the park, especially Sawyers and Josh Mac
Have to say this was a pivotal moment for Josh Mc he was absolute class
Josh Macs through ball to sawyers for the first chance that set the tone for the game was exquisite.
Fantastic performance, Josh Mac what a game, technically the best footballer at the club playing the the number 10 roll outstanding.
(and please excuse the egregious off topic diversion but therein a memory of happier times 😭)
The taxi picked me up from home at 06:25 – today I would be training it to work, rather than driving. I arrived at work in Walton-on-Thames at 08:45 and went to war against the clock. As it was dress down Friday I opted for some yachting gear – I hoped my new colleagues would think I spent my weekends in Poole on my boat as opposed to being involved in the Saturday football scene – a plan that seemed to work to perfection. A real low point was 12:00 when the first of my mates were finishing for the day :(, how I envied them. Fortunately, my boss was not in the office and had e-mailed me saying that he would catch up with me later.

At 16:00 he still had not called me so I mumbled something about wanting to beat the worst of the M25 rush hour and sloped off. I went out by the back door and promptly walked to Walton-On-Thames station. On my walk to the station I weighed up my pre match drinking options which were:

• Meet Nick Logan & Jambo in Hammersmith – pub to be confirmed
• Meet Posh George and the lads in Ealing – again pub to be confirmed
• Meet Voice of the Breamer and Westwing at the Stewart Arms near Shepherds Bush station

To help me make my decision I put a quick phone call to the Stewart Arms and confirmed that they did Strongbow on tap –from that point on there was only one place I was heading. :sorted:

I jumped on the 16:16 at Walton-on-Thames to Clapham Junction and dropped Voice a text to confirm my attendance. As I sat there wondering what I would say when my boss called me (thinking maybe nothing and then I could say that the Bluetooth in my car was not working or something) my thought trail was immediately interrupted when Voice confirmed that he was on the same train as me.

I made my way up the train and my journey from carriage to carriage was momentarily interrupted by some woman pretending to pole dance on one of those poles you are supposed to hold on to. Much to the amusement of her friends for some reason she stopped me walking past and asked me to watch her, I felt like a rabbit in the headlights and when she asked me what I thought I said great and went on my way, it was car crash. She was well into her 30’s and this was 16:00 in the afternoon in Surrey – mental :D

Anyway eventually I finally met up with Voice at the other end of the train. He was holding court with a small group of under 5’s :cool:

We changed at Clapham and got the train to Shepherds Bush and the rest of the train journey was uneventful arriving at the Bush at just before 17:00. At this point I got a text saying that all QPR’s chaps were in Ladbroke Grove. Fine by me I thought, we are already on your manor :thumbs:.

We made are way to the Stewart Arms via a subway. I can only congratulate Voice on the recommendation, what a find. As we approached we were greeted by Westwing who was in full voice about how good looking some of the local woman were in the area, especially those in the market trade rofl

The pub itself was proper decent, no waiting at the bar, Strongbow on tap, hardly any QPR, no old bill and walking distance to the ground, to say we had struck gold was an understatement, Voice, I doff my hat to you.

There must have been about 40 Brentford in there at one point, all chaps, average age 40 plus and I even bumped into Brentford 4 Life, bowling up to him all confident that I knew his GPG name finally – alright Brentford 4 Ever I quipped – its Brentford 4 Life mate he said, yes that’s what I meant I mumbled, shocker :D

At about 18:00, I got a text from my boss apologising for not calling me and saying we would catch up on Monday – back of the net I smugly thought to myself and I sipped on my cold Strongbow :bound:

Anyway by 19:15 after a good couple of hours drinking it was time to head to the match, so that is exactly what I did. I walked off in a group of about 6 and about half way to the ground I saw Brentford’s escort and felt it would be the safest way to make it to the turnstiles so got involved. QPR never seem to want to know when you’re in a big group, far more at home picking off groups of five or six and their reputation as weapon merchants meant that I was not going to take any chances. Plus, Posh George was in the escort and I fancied catching up with him. We got a bit of verbal’s from the locals for the rest of the walk to the ground but nothing more and that’s par for the course there. Anyway I was soon safely in the ground and watching the match from the Upper Tier.

Most of my mates had opted for the lower but the view of the match where I was (towards the front, right of centre) was excellent. Regrettably I missed the first goal as I was taking one of three first half slashes, shocker.

I gave Stan Bowls a good clap when he came over to the Brentford fans at half time and almost felt a bit emotional about it – a true character of the game.

The best bit about the 2nd half was Sawyers goal. Not only should it silence the haters but it really pissed off the QPR fans to our right. Celebrating winning on your rival’s patch and seeing them really, really angry is one of the greatest things in football. It was one of the best celebrated goals for a long time and watching them all abandon ship was absolutely brilliant.

The match soon drew to a close and it was time for me to make my way home. I left the ground and walked on my own to Shepherds Bush tube and caught the central line to Oxford Circus, and then the Victoria Line to Euston. I then got the 22:44 train home arriving at Leighton Buzzard at 23:35.

When I got to Leighton Buzzard I headed straight to Kebab Ye, near the station and ordered £8 worth of Extra Large Doner Kebab with just chili sauce to celebrate the win. I had never used the establishment and to be honest it did not taste great which was the only disappointment of the day. I still destroyed all the meat but the pitta had turned into a congealed greasy mess by the time I had got to it and started to disintegrate rendering it inedible so I left the last bit of what I can only describe as Pitta sludge :yuck:.

After flagging down a taxi as I walked out the Kebab shop, I waked through the front door at midnight to be greeted by my wife and my two dogs who did their best as waking up the street (the dogs, not my wife), all of whom lead more conventional lives than me and probably think I am lowing the tone as I stagger through the front door kebab in hand after slamming the taxi door.

Still all in all a great day and one I am glad I made the effort to see in person. Fulham at home next week – this season clearly is the season that keeps on giving.

You reds! :sorted:
 
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I loved watching him in those games where he was on form, he would be so good on the eye. But as discussed they were few and far between. He needed 8 games to get up to speed and would get injured after 6. Just very, very stop start.

Good luck at MK, but I'm not sure that dropping down divisions is necessarily the path to suit him given it can be more physical the further you go down. MK at least play football at the moment.
 

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Sadly not sufficiently consistent throughout his Bees career in neither form nor fitness however lest we forget





(and please excuse the egregious off topic diversion but therein a memory of happier times 😭)
I didn't understand why he didn't play as a number 10 more often for us after that QPR performance. That's also the position I assumed we'd play him in when he signed, to replace Pritchard. He might enjoy playing deep where he can dictate play, but in the Championship, it's much more beneficial to have someone with some physical presence in front of the defence, which McEachran doesn't provide.
 

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Sadly not sufficiently consistent throughout his Bees career in neither form nor fitness however lest we forget


(and please excuse the egregious off topic diversion but therein a memory of happier times 😭)
Bugger the rest of it but I do miss Fleet's reports on away days!
 

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to be fair i remember a 6 or so game spell where he looked like he turned a corner, was running the midfield, getting stuck in, i thought he might have earnt a new contract but then i think he got injured again and that was the end
 

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When all is said and done, if a player leaves memories of a match winning performance vs *them*, then like Harlee's equaliser v Putney to a very large extent all else pales into insignificance.
 

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...He was a luxury player and IMO the English league doesnt cater for them.
I agree - but I’m interested which leagues would cater for a so called luxury player? Would any team in any league like it if it was 10 players job to do the hard running and covering, to allow an apparently gifted player to flourish?

it obviously works in the big leagues, Gazza, Galacticos, Riquelme at Villarreal, Le Tissier, but does it really work any lower than that, where the luxury player isn’t so luxurious (or he wouldn’t be in a lower division)
 

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Came off the bench with 17 mins left.

Gillingham scored their winner 60 seconds later.
 

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Interesting read, you can't help but feel for the lad with the injury set-backs he's had. Not a lot on the Bees years to be fair and often a very frustrating player to watch. Mentally it must be soul destroying to think the 'pinnacle' of his career was in his teenage years. I hope he finds a measure of success at MK Dons and for the rest of his career.
 
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Interesting read, you can't help but feel for the lad with the injury set-backs he's had. Not a lot on the Bees years to be fair and often a very frustrating player to watch. Mentally it must be soul destroying to think the 'pinnacle' of his career was in his teenage years. I hope he finds a measure of success at MK Dons and for the rest of his career.
I think maybe fewer articles about his time at Chelsea might focus his mind on the part of his career he can now control rather than constantly looking back at what he didn't do.
 

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I think maybe fewer articles about his time at Chelsea might focus his mind on the part of his career he can now control rather than constantly looking back at what he didn't do.
Yes agreed but let's be honest any Journalist or article is going to pursue the 'Failed Chelsea starlet falls on hard times' angle so it's probably the first thing they ask him about....
 

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Making an impact at MKD, I'm hearing. Fans loving what they see. And so should it be, I suppose.
 

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I do think he’s been living off the “best young player to come out of Chelsea tag” for too long. Yes he didn’t really get a chance at Chelsea but he had 4 years with us and was largely ineffectual.... he has a decent chance within a decent team and haas just not been good enough.
Still hope he gets his chance at MK and gets his career back on track.
 

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