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Based on current players and new signings, who would be your starting 11 and 7 subs. You can only pick 3 players from your own team.

Sorry to teams that have come down - I don't have great knowledge of your teams if I'm honest.

This is mine:

GK: Chris Day (Stevenage)

RB: Justin Hoyte (Barnet)
CB: Leon Legge (Cambridge United)
CB: Bira Dembele (Barnet)
LB: Dan Potts (Luton Town)

RM: Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United)
CM: Jonathan Smith (Luton Town)
CM: Luke Berry (Cambridge United)
LM: Charlie Lee (Stevenage)

CF: Ivan Toney (Northampton Town)
CF: Matt Tubbs (Pompey)

Subs
Marc Richards (Northampton Town)
Gary Roberts (Pompey)
Matt Ingrham (Wycombe Wanders)
Jack Whatmough (Pompey)
John Akinde (Barnet)
Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town)
Rakish Bingham :) (Hartlepool United)
 
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Don't agree with Smith being in there from us, I like him as he is certainly a whole hearted player but he isn't even the best central midfield player at the club (IMO it's Doyle) let alone one of the best in the whole of league 2. I think Doyle and Berry would actually be brilliant partnership by the way!

Don't know about Potts as he hasn't really played that much football in his career, for what it's worth I thought Griffiths was one of our better players last season so to displace him he will need to be good.

I don't really have a detailed knowledge of a lot of players at this level, especially defenders so it's tricky to do.
 

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I honestly don't know how I'd pick a whole team, too many players I haven't seen play enough to make a call on.

I do know I'd put forward very different Luton players to SVH - Doyle is a much better player than Smith for me, and I think Potts has a long way to go to prove he is first choice over Scott Griffiths, never mind the best left back in the division. Unless/until we sign CMS, I'd say Nathan Doyle and Danny Green are our best shouts for a team of this nature. Maybe Cuthbert from the way Orient fans talk about him, although I haven't seen enough yet to judge.

Other random thoughts:
- I'd take Carrol (Notts) or McCormick ('Muff) in goal.
- I didn't see a better right back in the division than Harriman (Wycombe) last season
- Aaron Pierre (Wycombe) has to be in with a shout for top CB based on his form last season, although he did have the best CB in the division alongside him
- Roberts (Pompey) has to be in there somewhere
- some good strikers to choose from. Tubbs is probably the outstanding candidate but lots of good ones to choose from. Jon Stead has to be in with a shout. Also Reuben Reid for me - I know he divides opinion and seems very inconsistent, but whenever I've seen him (apart from the play-off semis) he's been an absolute pain in the arse, can't knock his scoring record either
 
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I don't care about the outfield but if Roy 'the Boy' Carroll is even 90% of what he was last season, then he is comfortably ahead of all keepers at L2 level. He was the best keeper in L1 last season, and the standard is naturally better at that level. It's a tad embarrassing to think how bad we were last season, and how much worse we would of been with The Crazy One between the sticks.
 

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I'd have Cureton in there from us. I think movement wise and instinct in front of goal, he still reigns over most if not all in this division.
 
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Can't believe you've picked Donaldo and put him RM. He's been chuffing awful there, on a consistent basis, for years.

It does my bloody head in too. It's like having Beesley again - I wish we'd stop signing talented and creative players who play in a position we don't sodding use.
 

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I'll do mine later but I can only agree with 2 of OP's 11 in Tubbs and Dembele.

Ryan Donaldson over Gary Roberts?? I coulda sworn he couldn't even get in your team last season at some points. Never heard of Legge or Smith and theres definitely better than Toney upfront.
 
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Donaldson is always played, ineffectively and out of position, whenever fit. He's a classic "would be awesome at a higher level" type, where he's got the ability but it's all a bit wasted in a league two slugfest.

Legge has dropped down from playing League One football. Because he is getting crap loads of the Man U money we're pissing up the wall believes in what we're trying to achieve this season.
 

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GK - Bobby Olejnik

RB - Justin Hoyte (if he's signed?)
CB - Scott Cuthbert
CB - Leon Legge
LB - Joe Jacobson

CDM - Nathan Doyle
CM - Chris Lines
CM - Luke Berry
RW - Danny Green
LW - Gary Roberts

ST - Reuben Reid
 
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I think people are missing the point , he wants you to give your team not pick holes in his
No I got it, some of those in the team that SVH picked where a little strange, especially knowing the Luton players picked so well, so felt it worthy of note and debate. Otherwise would just be a list of each persons team which would be quite a boring thread!

Have thought about it more, and going largely on what people say on here about how good X player is and a few who were impressive last season

I'll go with:
Carroll

Ribeiro
Legge
Pierre
Jacobsen

Roberts
Doyle
Berry
Roofe

Cureton
Reid

So feel free to shoot holes in mine now!
 

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Ah my bad. Then yeah i would probably go with Ribeiro at right back. Very good player.
 

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Can't believe you've picked Donaldo and put him RM. He's been chuffing awful there, on a consistent basis, for years.

It does my bloody head in too. It's like having Beesley again - I wish we'd stop signing talented and creative players who play in a position we don't sodding use.
He's by far the best RM in the league but are you seriously suggesting that Donaldson has been awful his whole Cambridge career, bar maybe the 5 games he's played 'in the hole', and another handful in central midfield? Didn't he also play predominately wide for Gateshead too. Pretty sure someone even asked him what position he felt more comfortable in and his answer was out wide.
 
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He's by far the best RM in the league but are you seriously suggesting that Donaldson has been awful his whole Cambridge career, bar maybe the 5 games he's played 'in the hole', and another handful in central midfield? Didn't he also play predominately wide for Gateshead too. Pretty sure someone even asked him what position he felt more comfortable in and his answer was out wide.
When fit he's a brilliant RM; When carrying an injury he knows how to do a job at RM. He rarely, if ever, makes a tackle but he knows what position to take. In attack or defence, he rarely needs to get within 2m of his opposition to do his job - which means you don't see crunching tackles or dazzling wing play. He's quite boring really.
 

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I asked him yesterday during the second half what his favourite position was and he said behind the striker. Best wide midfielder in the league he absolutely is not.
 

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I asked him yesterday during the second half what his favourite position was and he said behind the striker. Best wide midfielder in the league he absolutely is not.
:emb: I'll admit to offering a selection of views aired on the Habbin since February, in a misplaced and misjudged moment of mischief. Even his agent touts him as a "central attacking midfield."

http://www.theplayersagent.com/profile/16382/player/ryan_Donaldson

That said, with our current alternatives, despite the Man U and Wembley performances, he might not even be our second best central attacking midfield. He's probably only going to get in the team from the bench or on the right of a Money-style narrow 4 once he returns to fitness.
 

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He openly admitted it's not a position Money likes or uses (which is hardly news to us), I expect him to be an option on the right either as part of a 4 in midfield or a wide front 3, but whilst he's more effective on that side than the left, it still doesn't get anywhere near the best out of him.

Nice bloke, only went to ask him how his injury was but had a decent 20 minute chat, surprised at how open he was....
 

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He openly admitted it's not a position Money likes or uses (which is hardly news to us), I expect him to be an option on the right either as part of a 4 in midfield or a wide front 3, but whilst he's more effective on that side than the left, it still doesn't get anywhere near the best out of him.

Nice bloke, only went to ask him how his injury was but had a decent 20 minute chat, surprised at how open he was....
He was at Lowestoft, walking around the ground, and happy to chat as well. It's interesting to note how tall and solidly built our "smaller" more skilful players are these days when you stand next to them.
 

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My offering is mainly based on players/teams that have impressed (fun to watch but perhaps a bit vulnerable at the back) and would be:

Manager: Paul Tisdale (Exeter)
Manager's Assistant/Mentor: Rakish Bingham (Hartlepool United and Blackfoot Broncos)

GK: Carroll (Notts County)

RB: Christian Ribeiro (Exeter)
CB: Leon Legge (Cambridge United)
CB: Bira Dembele (Barnet)
LB: Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers)

RM: Gary Roberts (Portsmouth)
CM: Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers)
CM: Luke Berry (Cambridge United)
LM: Keemar Roofe (Oxford)

CF: Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth)
CF: Craig McCail-Smith (Luton) - done deal isn't it?

Subs
Olejnik (Exeter)
Ruben Reid (Plymouth)
Harrison Dunk (just to annoy a neighbour on the Habbin)
John Akinde (Barnet)
Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town)
Michael Doyle (Portsmouth)
Josh Simpson (Plymouth)
 
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GK: Olejnik (Exeter)

RB: Christian Ribeiro (Exeter)
CB: Leon Legge (Cambridge United)
CB: Bira Dembele (Barnet)
LB: Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers)

RM: Gary Roberts (Portsmouth)
CM: Luke Berry (Cambridge United)
LM: Keemar Roofe (Oxford)

CF: Jamie Cureton (Dagenham)
CF: Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth)
CF: Craig MacKail-Smith (Luton)

"Attack is the best form of defense."
 

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