'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

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Re: 'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

Post by Coops » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:51 am

I think the real hard men have been edged out of the game. We wont see the likes of Bonds again.

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Re: 'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

Post by szola » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:47 am

The rule of the game have luckily been amended to protect attack, flair players.

Defending players still need to be hard. Ramos, for all his theatrics, doesn't lack steel. Same with Chiellini.

Kicking and fouling opponents aren't enough to succeed these days though. Rakitic, Fernadinho, Fabinho, Pjanic, they'll kick you, and offer something more as well.

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Re: 'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

Post by Duff » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:10 am

I think Declan can have all the steel we need, to be playing how he has at 19/20 says it all really.

Then he's got the Irish temperament we've not really seen yet but is bound to rear it's head at some point.

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Re: 'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

Post by hammerheadjim » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:23 pm

Stevie Lomas was someone who I absolutely loved for this category!

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Re: 'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

Post by PF. » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:44 pm

Nobes gets the crowd going when it needs to. He’s guaranteed to nail a Tottenham player twice a year. Snodders comes across a lad who’d have a go.

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Re: 'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

Post by SA_Hammer » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:21 pm

John Moncur, never backed down, and always got the crowd going :scarfer:

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Re: 'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

Post by mushy » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:41 pm

steveyrockstar wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:40 pm
Was saying a couple of weeks ago how much I'd love to be able to drop Dicks into this side...
We've certainly had our fair share of them over the years

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Re: 'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

Post by Crossd_Hammrs » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:20 pm

Did we ever have Lomas, Moncur, Mad Dog Allen, Dicks and possibly Repka all on the pitch at the same time?

EDIT: not Repka and Lomas with Allen - but Hutchison in the same squad as Allen, Moncur and Dicks.

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Re: 'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

Post by RichieRiv » Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:13 am

rudekid wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:29 am
I would stick Noble in that bracket. Hard as nails and first on the scene if there's any trouble....
You can take the boy out of Custom 'ouse and all that.

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Re: 'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

Post by The Old Man of Storr » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:04 am

Although Billy Bonds will forever remain as my favourite ever West Ham player there's something about a well-timed tackle I particularly enjoy , a player who can read the game - Bobby Moore was the ultimate player in regards to that -
Alex Song was superb for us , he could just ' take ' the ball off an opponent - but as great as he was N'Golo Kante is the best at his job and I wish we'd gone for him instead , he combines work-rate with great timing , why Chelsea are persevering with that new role is beyond me .

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Re: 'Hard Players' Still Lacking steel??

Post by fjthegrey » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:31 am

I'd rather they were just 'good'.

What does hardness get you when someone else is just notably and continually better than you? Being hard is about what you can take anyway, not how much you can dish out and how loud your bark is.

'Hardest' player in the Prem is De Bruyne. Any tactic you've got, he'll surmount, whether that's trying to man mark him, scheme for him tactically or level him.

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