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Your starting XI and subs for 2017/18 as it stands

I expect one or two more faces, but what would your starting XI be for this season based on the squad that have reported back to training. You don't have to stick to KR's 4-2-3-1

I don't really know mine yet, but would be keen to read yours

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  • Phillips

    Solly
    Warman
    Pearce
    Bauer

    KFC
    Ahmed
    Marshall
    Clarke
    Fosu

    Magennis
  • edited July 1
    Phillips
    Solly
    Sue Parkes (subbed after 40 mins (maybe earlier depending on which way we are kicking) - so she can get to the Half Time Vol-Au-Vents.)
    Konsa
    Pearce
    Marshall
    Kashi
    JFC
    Aribo
    Watt
    Magennis
  • No Holmes so far!

    He's off isn't he?
  • LenGlover said:

    No Holmes so far!

    He's off isn't he?

    I forgot about him!
  • Phillips

    Solly, Konsa, Pearce, Page

    Kashi

    JFC, Clarke

    Marshall, Holmes (both on wings)

    Magennis

    On bench:

    Any keeper we have left, Lennon, Crofts, Aribo, Fosu, Watt, Ajose.

    Rationale - Konsa and Lennon can cover LB, RB and are natural CB so get in over Bauer/Tex. Konsa can cover DM at a push though i don't think he's great there. Would like to see JFC given the chance to be box to box and think he'd benefit from Kashi behind him and having Clarke's creativity around him. Holmes and Marshall are automatics on current squad, as is Magennis. Crofts is only really there as if you're going to have 3 CM, CAMs then you need adequate numbers to back up on the bench.

    Both striker back ups offer something different - Watt's creativity/trickery and Ajose poaching. Either can cover out wide at a push if there's an injury etc.

    - Up front that leaves Novak, Hanlan and KAG battling it out for a place on the bench.

    - no wide players in reserve although KAG can offer some cover

    - In midfield you have Jackson and Dijksteel (not enough but I may have missed someone)

    - defense has cover of Tex and Bauer at CB and Barnes at RB. I'm not sure if Archie Edwards is still around. We need better full back cover given Solly and Page aren't exactly 40+ games a year players (on current evidence).

  • Phillips

    Solly
    Bauer
    Pearce
    Barnes

    Kashi
    Forster caskey

    Marshall
    Holmes
    Fosu

    Magennis
  • Phillips
    Solly, Baeur, Pearce, Barnes
    Kashi, Forster- Caskey
    Holmes,Marshall.
    Jones
    Magennis.

    Subs Beeney, Konsa, Fosu, Page, Novak, Watt Aribo
  • dickplumb said:

    Phillips
    Solly, Baeur, Pearce, Barnes
    Kashi, Forster- Caskey
    Holmes,Marshall.
    Jones
    Magennis.

    Subs Beeney, Konsa, Fosu, Page, Novak, Watt Aribo

    @dickplumb can Barnes play on the left?

    Otherwise, fitness permitting I would guess that is the team in KRs head.

    Surprised how many others overlooking Clarke who was said to be our first choice in the No. 10 position.
  • Yes he can. I have seen him play for both the U18s and U23s as a left back. He is more comfortable at right back, but the left side is not uncommon to him.
  • Phillips
    Solly Teixeira Bauer Pearce
    Marshall Kashi JFC Holmes
    Clarke Magennis

    Beeney Barnes Crofts Fosu Aribo Watt Novak
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  • Like Dick's side but who is Jones? Would like Watt in behind McGennis and Djiksteel off the bench to replace JFC by October.
  • Phillips
    Barnes Konsa Lennon Edwards
    Charles-Cook Lapslie Dijksteel Aribo
    Ahearne-Grant Hanlan

    Subs
    Beeney, Solly, Yao, Carter, Yamfam, Kennedy and Umerah

    4-4-2 that moves into a diamond in attack. Probably something to test in a training game v the u23s.
  • ------------Phillips
    Solly -- Texiera -- Pearce -- Page
    ------- Kashi ---- Aribo
    Holmes ----- Clarke ----- Marshall
    -----------Maggenis
  • Phillips
    Solly Pearce Bauer Barnes
    Kashi Konsa
    Holmes Clarke Marshall
    Maggenis
  • Sorry should be Clarke not Jones.
  • I reckon now that I've seen a few of yours I would go with

    Phillips

    Solly Pearce Konsa Page

    Fosu Kashi Aribo Marshall

    Holmes

    Magennis

  • shirty5 said:

    Phillips

    Solly
    Warman
    Pearce
    Bauer

    KFC
    Ahmed
    Marshall
    Clarke
    Fosu

    Magennis

    Warman ?
  • shirty5 said:

    Phillips

    Solly
    Warman
    Pearce
    Bauer

    KFC
    Ahmed
    Marshall
    Clarke
    Fosu

    Magennis

    Warman ?
    Fit as a flea and ready to go. Unless we sign a left back before the 5th August.
  • Da Silva is looking promising.
  • edited July 1
    Once they sign, this is how I would like us to line up:

    Phillips
    Solly Bauer Pearce Dasilva
    Kashi Forster-Caskey
    Marshall Reeves Holmes
    Magennis

    Martin, Konsa, Aribo, Fosu, Clarke, Watt, Novak
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  • Martin
    Solly. Pearce. Konsa. DaSilva
    Kashi. Forster Caskey
    Marshall. Reeves. Holmes
    ?

    Phillips. Dijsteel, Charles Cook, Bauer, Maggenis, Clarke, Fosu

  • edited July 1
    Phillips

    Solly
    Bauer
    Pearce
    Page

    Marshall
    Forster Caskey
    Kashi
    Crofts
    Holmes

    Magennis

    Yep defensive but Kashi can break forward as can FC or Crofts.
  • Phillips

    Solly - Pearce - Konsa - Page

    KFC - Crofts

    Marshall - Clarke - Holmes

    Magennis

    Beeney - Bauer - Djiksteel - Fosu - Aribo - Watt - Kashi

    Pearce and Konsa is our best CB partnership imo, Pearces leadership and Konsa's athleticism. Feel that Bauer made too many mistakes last season but would have him on the bench ahead of Tex.

    KFC began to show signs of being a decent CM last season so would give him the jersey and tell him to lose it. Crofts supplies leadership and would have him in ahead of Kashi, who shouldn't waltz back in the team after being away for so long. Djiksteel and Aribo would provide other options in the middle.

    Holmes and Marshall are two quality wingers for the level and Fosu can come on for whichever is more tired after 70 minutes. Until/If Reeves is signed I'd give Clarke that number 10 role, he can play striker as well so we could transition easily into a 442 without substitutes, or a 4141 with a change.

    Ajose, Jackson, Tex, Novak would have to battle to get in the squad, though we still need two full backs and another No10.
  • dickplumb said:

    Sorry should be Clarke not Jones.

    Had me going for a while there Dick but I see what you did now, Jones was just his ALIAS :wink:
  • Bit premature this isn't it?

    I'd be surprised if Kashi, Teixeira or even Bauer play for us again. There will also be some additions between now and early August.
  • edited July 2
    Martin
    Solly...Konsa...Pearce...Ummmmmm (Lennon)
    .........Kashi.....JFC
    Marshall.....Clarke.....Holmes
    ...............Magennis

    Phillips, Sarr, Barnes, Aribo, Crofts, Watt, Novak

    I'm doing this assuming Tex will leave, and I suspect Bauer will as well. The problem is three of our center backs at that point would all be left footed (Sarr, Pearce, Lennon--though Sarr will probably go too).

    We clearly need cover at fullback, and possibly in central defense depending on how many go. But that first 11 should easily be challenging for the title in this league. What happens when injuries hit is another story, but that's a very strong first 11 on paper.
  • Sage said:

    Once they sign, this is how I would like us to line up:

    Phillips
    Solly Bauer Pearce Dasilva
    Kashi Forster-Caskey
    Marshall Reeves Holmes
    Magennis

    Martin, Konsa, Aribo, Fosu, Clarke, Watt, Novak
    If Reeves and Da Silva do sign and Holmes stays then that is exactly the same side as i would pick.
    Should be good enough for the top 6 minimum.
  • Sage said:

    Once they sign, this is how I would like us to line up:

    Phillips
    Solly Bauer Pearce Dasilva
    Kashi Forster-Caskey
    Marshall Reeves Holmes
    Magennis

    Martin, Konsa, Aribo, Fosu, Clarke, Watt, Novak
    When Reeves and Da Silva do sign and Holmes stays then that is exactly the same side as i would pick.
    Should be good enough for the top 6 minimum.
    Changed it for you :smile:

    It looks very strong and even better with some of the players not even involved in what's been mentioned. Feel there's an attractive and attacking balance to that side. Four left footed players is important too.
  • I'm surprised our odds on winning the league have not come down a couple of points, with the optimism on show by fellow customers
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