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  1. Because as with McCormack, he's in the invidious position of being an established Championship striker but completely unproven in the Premier League and at International level. This means he's basically overpriced and would represent a risk and poor value for a Premiership team. This probably means that he could command a fee of around £10million to a championship club but a premier league team wouldn't see him as being worth that. If he were to stay at Middlesborough, play regularly and score maybe 10 goals then that would see him established as a "Premiership" player and would be of interest to other clubs. A very good parallel would be Stephen Fletcher who was promoted with Burnley and did relatively well although they were relegated. That basically led to him getting a move to newly promoted Wolves and then to Sunderland. If Burnley had never been promoted that season, Fletcher would never have been transferred to a premier league team.
  2. I'm not asking you to change your opinion but maybe accept that others disagree
  3. The period I'm talking about is the first year or so when Strachan first took over, things were on the up and we had a string of good results. The manager could obviously see it even if you couldn't. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-gordon-strachan-alan-6310736
  4. I'll tell you what Fletcher or McArthur wouldn't do. They wouldn't be caught so far out of position as Bannan was for the first goal. He's wide on the right and when the ball breaks forwards, look how much space the Leeds number 9 is in, in exactly the position that a supposed deep lying midfielder should be. To me that highlights the reasons why Bannan shouldn't be in the team, let alone playing in such an important position, he lacks discipline and will wander off wherever it suits him. Scotland don't have any players that are good enough to give them a free role.
  5. Hutton was actually pretty decent for Scotland during the period that he was frozen out at Villa, probably one of our better players at that time.
  6. He was asked about McCormack in the press conference and outside of some platitudes about McCormack being unlucky to miss out and wanting him to settle in at his new club his main point was that he wanted to have variety in the squad as far as forwards were concerned so that gives him options for different tactics. On that basis it looks to me as if he essentially sees Griffiths and McCormack as competing for the same spot but that he prefers Griffiths.
  7. It's been nice knowing you. Have a good life.
  8. At least you had a seat. Seriously, how can you not know a full block of seats are missing? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3752044/West-Ham-launch-investigation-fans-complained-no-seats-sit-in.html
  9. Bill Forsyth had a similar experience with BBC Scotland. http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14400577.Makers_of_Gregory_s_Girl_and_Mad_Max_declare_war_on_BBC_Scotland/
  10. The latter according to this. http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/middlesbrough-fc-striker-jordan-rhodes-11778906
  11. Fraser starts for Bournemouth. Interesting.
  12. Jason Kenny and Laura Trott's flat in Bolton has five golds.
  13. Fair enough but let's not big it up either.
  14. A game in which he was completely anonymous
  15. For me McArthur's never really been given a proper run in the team to prove himself either way. A lot - if not most - of his caps to date have been late substitutions. The other thing is that in his position, you're probably not going to notice him much unless he has a stinker.