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    Re: Nigel Atangana Signs

    I thought Lloyd James and Jordan Tillson were very capable defensive midfielders, but I don't want them back because the fans lack of support for them means they'll always be blamed when there's a bad result and that creates a bad atmosphere. Some football fans only appreciate defensive midfielders that are crunching tacklers and run about a lot, but if you look at the best players in that position these days they don't really do that. The absolute king of this position was Makalele for me and he barely ever got into the last third or played a pass further than fifteen yards, he just broke up opposition play expertly. Lots of interceptions, close marking, shirt pulling when he wasn't already on a yellow. Excellent short passing, timing those passes and being happy to receive and distribute the ball on either foot when under tight pressure. Kante is similar but more mobile. It's really guesswork at the moment what exact type of midfield role Atangana will be asked to fulfill, but people need to be patient with him if he isn't getting assists or goals or looking dynamic going forward if it isn't what he's being asked to do. From the Youtube clips it does look like he's more dynamic than Tillson or James, but let's see.

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    Re: Nigel Atangana Signs

    Quote Originally Posted by antman View Post
    I thought Lloyd James and Jordan Tillson were very capable defensive midfielders, but I don't want them back because the fans lack of support for them means they'll always be blamed when there's a bad result and that creates a bad atmosphere. Some football fans only appreciate defensive midfielders that are crunching tacklers and run about a lot, but if you look at the best players in that position these days they don't really do that. The absolute king of this position was Makalele for me and he barely ever got into the last third or played a pass further than fifteen yards, he just broke up opposition play expertly. Lots of interceptions, close marking, shirt pulling when he wasn't already on a yellow. Excellent short passing, timing those passes and being happy to receive and distribute the ball on either foot when under tight pressure. Kante is similar but more mobile. It's really guesswork at the moment what exact type of midfield role Atangana will be asked to fulfill, but people need to be patient with him if he isn't getting assists or goals or looking dynamic going forward if it isn't what he's being asked to do. From the Youtube clips it does look like he's more dynamic than Tillson or James, but let's see.
    Looks classy for Div 2. Keeps the ball moving, can hold off challenges, tackles back. The video makes him look good. If it is representative then we have a much better option than Tilson, IF he can play enough games

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    Re: Nigel Atangana Signs

    Quote Originally Posted by antman View Post
    I thought Lloyd James and Jordan Tillson were very capable defensive midfielders, but I don't want them back because the fans lack of support for them means they'll always be blamed when there's a bad result and that creates a bad atmosphere.
    To be fair you rate 99% of the players who have played for ECFC over the last 10 years which is a very unrealistic approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Proper Chap View Post
    To be fair you rate 99% of the players who have played for ECFC over the last 10 years which is a very unrealistic approach.


    I tend to keep pretty quiet on here about a player if I'm not a huge fan. I'm also patient with players: earlier this season when I saw Lee Martin play, I couldn't for the life of me work out why Matt Taylor had brought him in, he looked absolutely bereft of any ability to make an impact in a game in the position he was in. I didn't go on all day about it on here though, and later in the season in a more natural position for him he proved that he has plenty to offer to the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew p long View Post
    Hesitantly can I point out that...( if I have got this right)

    City did better with Tillson in the first half of last season than we did in the second half of the season after he departed.

    Cheltenham did better in the second half of the season with Tillson than they did in the first half of the season with Atangana.
    I was one of those who felt more confident with Tilson in the team than without him. Especially away from home. It obviously limited our options going forward but we had a horrible spell where we seemed to get dominated for large parts of a game and when he was brought in to the starting XI I felt we were more solid and able to take pressure of our defence. This was before Archie was getting into the side regularly.

    He will never be a fan favourite and his passing can be awful but overall I felt he had more of a positive impact on the team than negative. I felt we missed him at times in the 2nd half of the season (when our form was very erratic).

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    Re: Nigel Atangana Signs

    Quote Originally Posted by Stelios View Post
    He will never be a fan favourite and his passing can be awful ...........
    Never mind, time is a great healer.

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