A technician who can mix it up

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A technician who can mix it up

Post by volpone » Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:51 pm

I saw this description, or something similar, on here about Stefi Johansen. aniclap

I really do like the look of him and he’s been the glue for us on our 2021 run.

It got me thinking, we haven’t had a box-to-box player for an age. Someone who could make a late run into the opposition penalty area, nick a goal or thread a pass; but also a figure who could put a crunching tackle in or defend for their life.

We’ve had lots of DCMs (Derry etc) and lots of number 10s (an endless list). Who have we had in centre midfield who has brought the beautiful and the beastly to the middle of the park?

Not a long list in recent times.

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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by wrinklyhoop » Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:28 pm

Possibly Ali Faurlin?
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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by Esox Lucius » Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:35 pm

Samba Diakité
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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by old pauline » Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:45 pm

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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by old pauline » Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:19 pm

wrinklyhoop wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:28 pm
Possibly Ali Faurlin?
Agreed
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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by stainesranger » Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:26 pm

Luongo wasn’t bad at both

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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by BiscuitRanger » Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:35 pm

Esox Lucius wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:35 pm
Samba Diakité

I really liked Samba, he had buckets full of raw natural flair, box-to-box strength, and wild tackles.
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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by dm » Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:38 pm

stainesranger wrote:
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Luongo wasn’t bad at both
Scowongoman was even better

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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by KildarePete » Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:08 pm

BiscuitRanger wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:35 pm
Esox Lucius wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:35 pm
Samba Diakité

I really liked Samba, he had buckets full of raw natural flair, box-to-box strength, and wild tackles.
Yeah - I liked Samba too. Unfortunately his game was bit too raw. More of an assassin than a technician. His trademark two-footed lunge got him into trouble with the refs. I wonder if the QPR coaching team could refined his game, would he have been more of a success at QPR.

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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by Esox Lucius » Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:32 pm

KildarePete wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:08 pm
BiscuitRanger wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:35 pm
Esox Lucius wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:35 pm
Samba Diakité

I really liked Samba, he had buckets full of raw natural flair, box-to-box strength, and wild tackles.
Yeah - I liked Samba too. Unfortunately his game was bit too raw. More of an assassin than a technician. His trademark two-footed lunge got him into trouble with the refs. I wonder if the QPR coaching team could refined his game, would he have been more of a success at QPR.
Technician? That pass to Remy was as good as anything Wilkins ever managed, beautifully weighted. I honestly thought we had our own Patrick Viera when he first played for us. It was criminal that we wasted our chance with him.
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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by QPR-NI » Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:31 pm

Esox Lucius wrote:
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:32 pm
KildarePete wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:08 pm
BiscuitRanger wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:35 pm



I really liked Samba, he had buckets full of raw natural flair, box-to-box strength, and wild tackles.
Yeah - I liked Samba too. Unfortunately his game was bit too raw. More of an assassin than a technician. His trademark two-footed lunge got him into trouble with the refs. I wonder if the QPR coaching team could refined his game, would he have been more of a success at QPR.
Technician? That pass to Remy was as good as anything Wilkins ever managed, beautifully weighted. I honestly thought we had our own Patrick Viera when he first played for us. It was criminal that we wasted our chance with him.
He’s played 33 games since he left us.

He is the one wasted his chance.

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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by Satch » Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:22 pm

Esox Lucius wrote:
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:32 pm
KildarePete wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:08 pm
BiscuitRanger wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:35 pm



I really liked Samba, he had buckets full of raw natural flair, box-to-box strength, and wild tackles.
Yeah - I liked Samba too. Unfortunately his game was bit too raw. More of an assassin than a technician. His trademark two-footed lunge got him into trouble with the refs. I wonder if the QPR coaching team could refined his game, would he have been more of a success at QPR.
Technician? That pass to Remy was as good as anything Wilkins ever managed, beautifully weighted. I honestly thought we had our own Patrick Viera when he first played for us. It was criminal that we wasted our chance with him.
I felt the same, maybe it was just a step too far but he certainly had tons of natural ability. Sometimes that's not quite enough. Look at players like El Khayati.
old pauline wrote:
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wrinklyhoop wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:28 pm
Possibly Ali Faurlin?
Agreed
Faurlin was a superb footballer and technically gifted, i wouldn't call him a box-to-box player though, more a deep-sitting playmaker. Luongo was the last one we had in that mould but he didn't possess Johansen's full range of passing or probably read the game as well. Scowen started to fancy himself as one (probably with Holloway's encouragement) and it was the start of his fairly rapid demise in form.

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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by old pauline » Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:29 pm

I thought Holloway played Scowen exactly right and got great service out of him. It was McClaren who he went to pot under.
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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by Satch » Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:53 pm

old pauline wrote:
Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:29 pm
I thought Holloway played Scowen exactly right and got great service out of him. It was McClaren who he went to pot under.
Early on when Scowen played the defensive roll under Holloway he was good, he then gave him more freedom which he wasn't suited to, when Mclaren tried to revert his role toys were allegedly dispatched from pram. He certainly wasn't good enough to be a box to box player. He got a hard time from fans that wasn't called for but i don't think his attitude was the best towards the end, his discipline went to pot and whilst he scored the odd screamer i won't forget the number of moves that broke down when we were chasing games late on thanks to him shanking it.

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Re: A technician who can mix it up

Post by Damien » Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:35 pm

Satch wrote:
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:53 pm
old pauline wrote:
Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:29 pm
I thought Holloway played Scowen exactly right and got great service out of him. It was McClaren who he went to pot under.
Early on when Scowen played the defensive roll under Holloway he was good, he then gave him more freedom which he wasn't suited to, when Mclaren tried to revert his role toys were allegedly dispatched from pram. He certainly wasn't good enough to be a box to box player. He got a hard time from fans that wasn't called for but i don't think his attitude was the best towards the end, his discipline went to pot and whilst he scored the odd screamer i won't forget the number of moves that broke down when we were chasing games late on thanks to him shanking it.
Always thought him and Luongo were over- rated TBH.

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