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League 2 aspirations

How will Tranmere fare in League 2 in 2018/19?

  • Champions

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Automatic Promotion

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Play-offs

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • Mid-table

    Votes: 7 58.3%
  • Relegation fight

    Votes: 1 8.3%

  • Total voters
    12

Ian

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I can see where Boz is coming from in the fact that we lost a goal scorer, have moved up a division and have not replaced him. I think it’s fair to wonder where the goals will come from.

Having said that, we simply don’t know if the players we have now are good enough to carry us forward. It’s all pretty much guesswork until the season starts and we start playing competitive games again.
 
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i can see both sides . but the season has not started . be positive even mm said he wants more goal threat so he sees it to . and with smith we have a goal threat there as well as noors if mullin can get to 15/20 who knows he got ten out wide last year look what happend to noors when he got up front there is plenty to look forward to . look at accy stan they where odds on to go down and won the lg . who knows
 
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Still too early to judge. As things stand, top half. If we get another decent striker, then play-offs. With Cook or Rowe, I'd have said promotion was a real possibility.
 
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I can see where Boz is coming from in the fact that we lost a goal scorer, have moved up a division and have not replaced him. I think it’s fair to wonder where the goals will come from.
However, we still have one regular goalscorer under contract. It is not like our last stint in League Two when we were reliant on George Donnelly and Eliott Richards.

Last season we had a strike partnership that was prolific, but that is highly unusual in our history. The last time we had two forwards who were natural goalscorers was in the 1984-5 season with Clayton and Clarke.
 

drwhoman

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I am optimistic but I see where Ian is coming from. Let us hope the squad is good enough although I am concerned that Cook has not been replaced not so much because of his past rapport with Cook but more the fact that if Norwood is injured or suspended we will be scrambling for goals.
 
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If our usual injury rate remains at average I’m going for 14th. However, a quality striker & luckier fitness record could result in a cheeky shot at the play offs in my opinion but that I suspect would require us hitting the ground running which I’m not entirely convinced will happen due to early absentees & players without a pre-season getting up to speed. If we can ride out the first month I’ll be a lot more confident as to our aspirations!
 

Boz

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However, we still have one regular goalscorer under contract. It is not like our last stint in League Two when we were reliant on George Donnelly and Eliott Richards.
During the short Edwards spell in charge,we also had Odejayi and Stockton, George Donnelly came late to the wake and made minimal contribution. I cannot recall the many strikers Adams loaned during his disasterous stint as manager. Undoubtedly Norwood is better than anyone we had then, but I agree with drwhoman below re the potential difficulties should Norwood be unavailable.
I am optimistic but I see where Ian is coming from. Let us hope the squad is good enough although I am concerned that Cook has not been replaced not so much because of his past rapport with Cook but more the fact that if Norwood is injured or suspended we will be scrambling for goals.
Failing to replace Cook is not in isolation fatal to our prospects. However coupled with the lack of a steady stream of goals from midfield, along with the goalkeeping and defensive injuries makes it a lot harder to get off to a good start.
 
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During the short Edwards spell in charge,we also had Odejayi and Stockton, George Donnelly came late to the wake and made minimal contribution. I cannot recall the many strikers Adams loaned during his disasterous stint as manager. Undoubtedly Norwood is better than anyone we had then, but I agree with drwhoman below re the potential difficulties should Norwood be unavailable.


Failing to replace Cook is not in isolation fatal to our prospects. However coupled with the lack of a steady stream of goals from midfield, along with the goalkeeping and defensive injuries makes it a lot harder to get off to a good start.
We would have been screwed if Ian Muir or John Aldridge had been injured back in the day, but we were not terrified of a relegation battle every pre-season in the mid-nineties.

There are plenty of goals in a midfield that features Jennings and Smith. It is a question of using tactics that get them into goalscoring positions, something I believe Mellon is capable of.
 

drwhoman

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Fair comment RLC but I know that you would agree that the general quality of the team was better in those days. Anyway, as always, time will tell!
 
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Fair comment RLC but I know that you would agree that the general quality of the team was better in those days. Anyway, as always, time will tell!
I think the general quality of the current squad is fine though, certainly not of relegation standard.
 

Higgy

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Mid table me thinks. Might be in the play off mix before Christmas with some early enthusiasm and momentum - but then fade to comfy mid table. Relegation shouldn't be a worry.
 
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Omg be bloody positive for gods sake . When muir and aldo wherein the team we had nevin who was a god and morrissey who was a legend we had the irish in harvy and obrian . With mcnab to what a team . Please be positive cçcccccccccçvrrrrŕrrrrrrrrrrrrr rant over on hols chaw
 
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I've just had a pre-season ponder and thought about what state we would be in if we had not gone up. Certainly, we'd have lost Andy and Eddie, but also probably Connor and Scott. If we are struggling now to find replacements for these players, how difficult would it be in the NL? Fortunately, last year's NL was probably the weakest of the three years we were there, but I think the NL this year will be its strongest for years with Barnet, Chesterfield and Salford now in the mix. Glad to be above it all.

With that thought in mind, maybe a mid-table finish this term won't be that bad.
 
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I've just had a pre-season ponder and thought about what state we would be in if we had not gone up. Certainly, we'd have lost Andy and Eddie, but also probably Connor and Scott. If we are struggling now to find replacements for these players, how difficult would it be in the NL? Fortunately, last year's NL was probably the weakest of the three years we were there, but I think the NL this year will be its strongest for years with Barnet, Chesterfield and Salford now in the mix. Glad to be above it all.

With that thought in mind, maybe a mid-table finish this term won't be that bad.
I agree. We would have been in a spot of bother if we had stayed down.
 
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We would prob have lost noors as well if we had stayed down loads of players would have left . But no point thinking about it . We just need to sort out the the forward position
 
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I,d take a mid table finish any day at the moment but it,s football & Tranmere so lets sit back and try to enjoy
 
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Along with their monthly, season and match passes. Is anyone thinking of signing up for these ?
I just have, so I will let you know if it is worth it !

It seems that you get the manager and player interviews on the free service, but have to pay for match highlights and commentaries.
 

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