Anyone applauding this move at THIS time is satisfied with mediocrity.
That is simply not true. Those two are not mutually exclusive. You're allowed to be frustrated and pessimistic about the move. That doesn't mean you need to speak in absolutes.
I am not satisfied with the club being mediocre. I desperately want them to sign a high-priced, DP forward. I also am happy and cautiously optimistic that they signed a 20 year old at a position of need, with the pedigree to be acquired by an analytic-driven club on the cusp of Premier League promotion. I am happy and cautiously optimistic that it appears to be the first Thelwell driven transfer.
Parker is certainly not ready to contribute yet. Perhaps he missed a lot in training camp or whatever the reason may be, but with the way he played yesterday I would prefer Nealis. Hopefully he will get in better game shape as tournament goes along.
On White though, I honestly do not want to see this guy play. At least Barlow runs and gives energy and can win occasional header. Heck even yesterday he was smart enough to pass to Kaku prior to his brilliant assist. Playing with White is almost like playing a man down. Not contributing to possessions or winning the ball, or assisting. Just standing hoping ball bounces his way or running for a cross. Not surprised he did not make the roster, though I do want a better option than Barlow. Maybe Scandinavian fellow improved? If not perhaps Omir should get a chance or Muyl. Yesterday Alex actually was somewhat dangerous with a good pass to Valot and a SOG.
That is pretty harsh for a guy who bagged ~10 goals for us last season. I understand he had an unsustainable conversion rate and I have no illusions that he is anything more than a solid bench option on a team with serious title aspirations (we absolutely need an impact forward), but I dont think its fair to say he equates to playing a man down and should never see the pitch.
Huge to get the 3 points out of our toughest game of the group stage and the added cherry on top being that it counts towards our regular season record, providing there is actually a season after this.
"When Thelwell was named head of sport Feb. 3, there was great concern by fans, media and observers that Denis Hamlett's position as sporting director was going to be diminished greatly. That wasn't the case, Thelwell said."
I would really like to meet one of these alleged Metro fans that was "greatly concerned" at the prospect of Hamlett's role being diminished.
To each their own. Having watched plenty with fake noise and plenty without now, I think I prefer the fake noise. Moments when I'm highly focused on the actual game and not so much on the stands, the noise makes it feel like a normal game in normal times.
Im not basing on his NY sampling, Im basing that on his entire pro career. Look it up if you havent already.
He does not score goals. Good riddance.
Bring on the next underwhelming international.
Saying "he couldn't even beat out Valot" is not only very specific to his brief NY career, it's specific to the 2 games this season. I'm not shedding any tears over his departure, but that's not a reasonable statement. We have no idea what his role would have been if the season took place as normal.
I'm well aware of his career numbers. I'm not trying to say we've suffered some backbreaking loss.