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Bruce - Samba Will Be Used Upfront
06 August 2017 23:01 Post ID: #1706836
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Manager Steve Bruce has said centre half Christopher Samba will be used as an option upfront in the future following his cameo against Hull City last weekend.

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06 August 2017 23:23 Post ID: #1706838 - in reply to #1706836
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10 months is actually quite a long time and it now includes a full pre-season as many were wanting. When Hutton gets MOTM then what more needs to be said. I am pretty sure Dion Dublin could make some very effective cameo appearances.

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06 August 2017 23:48 Post ID: #1706844 - in reply to #1706836
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Article's dead right. With Kodjia out and McCormack going then I'm OK with Gabby and Hogan up front, but surely it's time to use Davis and RHM as backup.
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06 August 2017 23:56 Post ID: #1706845 - in reply to #1706836
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If the plan is to use Samba as a strike option then I give up. He might be a useful option in the centre of defence but if we see him as a viable, regular forward option then that's embarrassing. Watching him ambling about on Saturday was comical.
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07 August 2017 08:01 Post ID: #1706857 - in reply to #1706838
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villasince67 - 6/8/2017 23:23

10 months is actually quite a long time and it now includes a full pre-season as many were wanting. When Hutton gets MOTM then what more needs to be said. I am pretty sure Dion Dublin could make some very effective cameo appearances.
The only thing Dion would do at Villa Park now is turn into a housing estate
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07 August 2017 08:59 Post ID: #1706859 - in reply to #1706845
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ironside - 7/8/2017 08:56

If the plan is to use Samba as a strike option then I give up. He might be a useful option in the centre of defence but if we see him as a viable, regular forward option then that's embarrassing. Watching him ambling about on Saturday was comical.


I'm feeling you, man.

We have two kids with great potential chomping at the bit and he is messing about with washed-up Gabby and an over-the-hill centre back.
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07 August 2017 09:10 Post ID: #1706863 - in reply to #1706836
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I think Bruce has been out in the Portugese sun too long... it's effecting him I think.

Still, if he wants to be gone by October, he's making a good start of it......




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07 August 2017 10:10 Post ID: #1706869 - in reply to #1706863
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07 August 2017 10:16 Post ID: #1706871 - in reply to #1706836
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That's an admission that lump it forward is going to be the way we will be playing.
If I were Scott Hogan I'd be banging the managers door down, demanding a transfer, before my reputation got really destroyed by playing for this joke of a manager.
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07 August 2017 10:27 Post ID: #1706872 - in reply to #1706836
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What Bruce is actually saying here is that Kodja is our only viable regular goal scorer and when he is not available for whatever reason we dont have a plan B. It sounds like an admission that he struggling to put out an alterative front line that offers any goal threat.
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07 August 2017 10:30 Post ID: #1706873 - in reply to #1706871
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I remember Brian Little doing the same with Ugo in a European tie and plenty of other sides better than us like Chelsea and Man Utd have done it as well.

I think Bruce will only do this as a last resort like on Saturday when we need a goal with a couple of minutes left but I will be disappointed if it becomes a regular thing.
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07 August 2017 10:40 Post ID: #1706876 - in reply to #1706873
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I have to say, my heart sank when I saw Samba coming on, and something died a little inside me when he went up front.

In the first game of the season!!

It had better be a very rare thing. If not, it suggests a worrying lack of ideas from Bruce. And also suggests he doesn't rate Keinan Davis or RHM (when they're fit) if Samba is considered the back up to Hogan and Gabby.
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07 August 2017 10:52 Post ID: #1706878 - in reply to #1706876
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To put on Samba with four minutes left was a desperate move but to take off another forward like Hogan earlier and leave on Agbonlahor for the whole game and who was blowing out of his arse after 45 minutes was nothing more than sheer stupidity.
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07 August 2017 11:36 Post ID: #1706885 - in reply to #1706836
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36 league games under bruce and we have scored more than once in a game only 10 times. Interesting that apparently we haven't won a game without jedinak playing over the last twelve months apparently.
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07 August 2017 12:29 Post ID: #1706890 - in reply to #1706836
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Had to rub my eyes thought Heskey was back
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07 August 2017 12:48 Post ID: #1706891 - in reply to #1706836
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Don't be silly Merlin

Samba is a far better centre forward than Heskey was.
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07 August 2017 12:55 Post ID: #1706893 - in reply to #1706836
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Desperate measure yes but worth a punt at the end. Can't rely on youth coming through - it hasn't happened for years. Many on here proclaimed Gardner should have been playing until they saw him play regularly. Potential doesn't win anything and Bruce obviously has little faith in them at the moment. We created more chances on Saturday than for a long time so that's an improvement for me.
As for Samba I'd give him Chester's place because we're going to have score from a few set pieces if we're going to turn draws to wins.
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