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#9840

:point_up: Well there’s one for a start @glasagusban @Peejaymc. As I said, a lot of people accept Flanagan has to start but there is a “we’ll wait and see how he goes” attitude, basically they can’t wait to get Dowling in for him. They fail to see this completely changes how we play.


#9841

There’s lads here hoping Flanagan plays badly so they’ll be proven right.


#9842

If he plays badly next Sunday I’d still persist with him. One poor display should not see us abandon the style of play, which is what you do if you replace Flanagan with Dowling because Dowling can’t do what Flanagan does, despite being an excellent player


#9843

Exactly.


#9844

He didn’t suggest Flanagan be dropped for the game. It’s entirely reasonable to question whether any player should start or what position they start in, it’s called discussion. Also, expressing doubts about how a player will go is not the same as wanting to see them fail. For example, I’m a huge fan of Hickey, he starts every time for me, but I don’t think he is a good full back and I would not play him there. I sincerely hope he proves me wrong.


#9845

It’s more glaringly obvious to say that Flanagan can’t do what Dowling can


#9846

Which is?


#9847

Ffs sake


#9848

Ate seven snack boxes


#9849

See I think that’s the problem again; you’re talking about what they can do as individuals, whereas he’s talking about the role that we have been asking our full-forward to do to further the team.

It’s not the same thing.


#9850

Flanagan allows us switch seamlessly from a two man full forward line if needed. His ability to win long diagonal balls and pace to turn and run at defenders are what makes him so key to the system.


#9851

Sorry mate, my tongue was halfway into my cheek in fairness


#9852

No idea how to pull a latte to be honest.


#9853

I never said he said he wanted Flanagan dropped. Read my post and the earlier original one properly.


#9854

You were saying something about wanting Flanagan to fail to get Dowling back in. I don’t think anyone wants that.


#9855

It’s more a belief that Dowling should be in there instead of him as opposed to hoping he’d fail. Talking to lads around the county that’s the feeling. I disagree with it as it ignores what Flanagan adds to the team and concentrates on the players individual strengths


#9856

But sure that’s what half of sports discussion is about. Ronaldo or Messi? They’re different. Both brilliant. You can take either view. It’s not wrong.


#9857

Oh everyone is entitled to their view. But not one person advocating for Dowling to eventually be placed at 14 has acknowledged it fundamentally changes the style of play. Dowling can’t play the role. So you can have Dowling at 14 alright but don’t be surprised if the forward line doesn’t look as threatening or turns over the same amount of ball, creates space for each other, has the same work ethic, etc


#9858

When will the team be announced? Thursday or Friday I assume?


#9859

Of course they are different players. Dowling is an excellent provider for players around him but he isn’t one for turning and running at defences which is a massive strength of Flanagan. Dowling played wing forward all last year so to say he can’t move out to leave a two man full forward line for a period is silly. Sure we’ll see how they get on. In fairness, Flanagan couldn’t get a handier introduction than having Barry marking him :sunglasses: