Aaron Mclean backs transfer targets to grab move to Bradford City

Aaron Mclean says he joined City to ‘achieve things’ and believes other players will too

Aaron Mclean says he joined City to ‘achieve things’ and believes other players will too

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Aaron Mclean reckons that City should be an attractive proposition for any prospective transfer targets.

The January signing expects to see a flood of new faces when the squad reassembles for pre-season.

Phil Parkinson’s budget is around £500,000 down on last year and the club have stressed that they will not overstretch themselves to do deals.

But Mclean, who is understood to be one of the top earners at Valley Parade, still believes that players will be keen to come.

The striker said: “It’s going to be a very interesting summer. The manager has already said that he is looking to bring in players.

“Players always want to join clubs that can go on and achieve stuff and I look forward to seeing who comes in.

“The reason I came to Bradford was that I still want to achieve things in my career. This was the perfect club for me to do that.

“Next season I’ll be looking to go on and get another promotion and I’m sure any players who want that as well will see Bradford as a possible move.”

Mclean, who is under contract for another two seasons, made a slow start to his City career. He needed 11 appearances to get off the mark after arriving as the replacement for Nahki Wells.

But two well-struck goals in the final two games of the campaign, taking his tally to four in 20, suggested he was finding his feet.

“I always said it would take time but I can feel things are starting to come for me,” he said.

“It’s always important for a striker to score goals, no matter what stage of the season. It was a good end for me and now I can take that into next year.

“I’ll come back refreshed with something to build on and hopefully the goals will go in as fluently from the start.”

Mclean’s late flurry saw City sign off with back-to-back wins over Crawley and Tranmere and a top-half finish from their first term back in League One.

Having established themselves in the division, he is confident of pushing on and challenging the top six.

“At one stage, we were looking behind us and I know there were a few nervy people,” said Mclean.

“But we always believed in ourselves and knew that as long as we kept working hard and doing the right things then eventually it would turn.

“For Bradford to finish mid-table in this division is a great achievement having got promoted last year.

“Don’t get me wrong, we’re not going to head into next season being happy to finish 11th. But it’s a building block.

“Now we want to better that and hopefully we can get in the play-offs.”

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8:25am Thu 22 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play
Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 37

8:39am Thu 22 May 14

macca1969 says...

That post was spot on
That post was spot on macca1969
  • Score: 19

8:42am Thu 22 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play
Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play[/p][/quote]Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 18

9:01am Thu 22 May 14

dannbradfc says...

Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......
Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards....... dannbradfc
  • Score: 2

9:13am Thu 22 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play
Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.
Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play[/p][/quote]Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.[/p][/quote]Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind. Plastic Bantam
  • Score: -3

9:15am Thu 22 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......
You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree...

Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses.

And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top.

Strikers need service. It's as simple as that!
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......[/p][/quote]You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree... Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses. And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top. Strikers need service. It's as simple as that! Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 6

9:28am Thu 22 May 14

Size3_ says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play
Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.
Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind.
If he's already gone...........how can he change his mind?
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play[/p][/quote]Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.[/p][/quote]Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind.[/p][/quote]If he's already gone...........how can he change his mind? Size3_
  • Score: 5

9:44am Thu 22 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Size3_ wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play
Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.
Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind.
If he's already gone...........how can he change his mind?
Have you never changed your mind before?!
[quote][p][bold]Size3_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play[/p][/quote]Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.[/p][/quote]Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind.[/p][/quote]If he's already gone...........how can he change his mind?[/p][/quote]Have you never changed your mind before?! Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 0

10:23am Thu 22 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

Mclean is a least showing the right spirit in wanting to be a winner if the whole team have this attitude it will go a long way towards success Skill is of course also needed along with effort and spirit but if city can get new players with this attitude then it will make for avery interesting season
Mclean is a least showing the right spirit in wanting to be a winner if the whole team have this attitude it will go a long way towards success Skill is of course also needed along with effort and spirit but if city can get new players with this attitude then it will make for avery interesting season lawsonio123
  • Score: 6

10:46am Thu 22 May 14

Bantam_eccy says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play
Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.
Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind.
Reid hasn't gone anywhere, he's still under contract & has been told to come back fit for pre-season & "trial" for a new contract, if he wishes to still play for City.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play[/p][/quote]Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.[/p][/quote]Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind.[/p][/quote]Reid hasn't gone anywhere, he's still under contract & has been told to come back fit for pre-season & "trial" for a new contract, if he wishes to still play for City. Bantam_eccy
  • Score: 3

11:01am Thu 22 May 14

Victor Clayton says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......
You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree...

Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses.

And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top.

Strikers need service. It's as simple as that!
I think your earlier point was right plastic, but I can not see a lot wrong with what Dan is saying. MacLean does not have a great first touch and would be better served if the whole team were to play higher up the pitch. Just out of interest how would (a young) van nistelrooy have faired this season had he replaced wells?
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......[/p][/quote]You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree... Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses. And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top. Strikers need service. It's as simple as that![/p][/quote]I think your earlier point was right plastic, but I can not see a lot wrong with what Dan is saying. MacLean does not have a great first touch and would be better served if the whole team were to play higher up the pitch. Just out of interest how would (a young) van nistelrooy have faired this season had he replaced wells? Victor Clayton
  • Score: 0

11:10am Thu 22 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
dannbradfc wrote: Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......
You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree... Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses. And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top. Strikers need service. It's as simple as that!
I think your earlier point was right plastic, but I can not see a lot wrong with what Dan is saying. MacLean does not have a great first touch and would be better served if the whole team were to play higher up the pitch. Just out of interest how would (a young) van nistelrooy have faired this season had he replaced wells?
The last question is impossible to ask unfortunately! ha

I know what Dan is saying I just think McLean has not really had that many chances to shoot...
I agree with you regarding his first touch and he would be better if we play higher up.. I just don't think we can judge him on last season. For far too many games we were lumping balls up to his throat with his back to goal and expecting him to score..

Hopefully next season he gets off to a good start and confidence is high!!
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......[/p][/quote]You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree... Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses. And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top. Strikers need service. It's as simple as that![/p][/quote]I think your earlier point was right plastic, but I can not see a lot wrong with what Dan is saying. MacLean does not have a great first touch and would be better served if the whole team were to play higher up the pitch. Just out of interest how would (a young) van nistelrooy have faired this season had he replaced wells?[/p][/quote]The last question is impossible to ask unfortunately! ha I know what Dan is saying I just think McLean has not really had that many chances to shoot... I agree with you regarding his first touch and he would be better if we play higher up.. I just don't think we can judge him on last season. For far too many games we were lumping balls up to his throat with his back to goal and expecting him to score.. Hopefully next season he gets off to a good start and confidence is high!! Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 4

11:59am Thu 22 May 14

Victor Clayton says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
dannbradfc wrote: Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......
You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree... Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses. And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top. Strikers need service. It's as simple as that!
I think your earlier point was right plastic, but I can not see a lot wrong with what Dan is saying. MacLean does not have a great first touch and would be better served if the whole team were to play higher up the pitch. Just out of interest how would (a young) van nistelrooy have faired this season had he replaced wells?
The last question is impossible to ask unfortunately! ha

I know what Dan is saying I just think McLean has not really had that many chances to shoot...
I agree with you regarding his first touch and he would be better if we play higher up.. I just don't think we can judge him on last season. For far too many games we were lumping balls up to his throat with his back to goal and expecting him to score..

Hopefully next season he gets off to a good start and confidence is high!!
Amen to that.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......[/p][/quote]You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree... Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses. And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top. Strikers need service. It's as simple as that![/p][/quote]I think your earlier point was right plastic, but I can not see a lot wrong with what Dan is saying. MacLean does not have a great first touch and would be better served if the whole team were to play higher up the pitch. Just out of interest how would (a young) van nistelrooy have faired this season had he replaced wells?[/p][/quote]The last question is impossible to ask unfortunately! ha I know what Dan is saying I just think McLean has not really had that many chances to shoot... I agree with you regarding his first touch and he would be better if we play higher up.. I just don't think we can judge him on last season. For far too many games we were lumping balls up to his throat with his back to goal and expecting him to score.. Hopefully next season he gets off to a good start and confidence is high!![/p][/quote]Amen to that. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 2

12:42pm Thu 22 May 14

Size3_ says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Size3_ wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play
Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.
Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind.
If he's already gone...........how can he change his mind?
Have you never changed your mind before?!
If he's already gone, he can't change his mind.......
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Size3_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play[/p][/quote]Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.[/p][/quote]Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind.[/p][/quote]If he's already gone...........how can he change his mind?[/p][/quote]Have you never changed your mind before?![/p][/quote]If he's already gone, he can't change his mind....... Size3_
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Thu 22 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......
I am not denying that his primary role is to score goals. However, you seem to be casting him in the role of Wells. McLean is a completely different type of forward.

Unlike the previous Number 21, he does not have to rely on through balls for the majority of his goals. He can play with his back to goal and use link play to bring other players into the game.

Likewise, I don't think McLean has failed at all. He was brought in as something of a star striker but the style of play did not play to his strengths. I think that situation will change.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......[/p][/quote]I am not denying that his primary role is to score goals. However, you seem to be casting him in the role of Wells. McLean is a completely different type of forward. Unlike the previous Number 21, he does not have to rely on through balls for the majority of his goals. He can play with his back to goal and use link play to bring other players into the game. Likewise, I don't think McLean has failed at all. He was brought in as something of a star striker but the style of play did not play to his strengths. I think that situation will change. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 3

12:46pm Thu 22 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

Size3_ wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
Size3_ wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play
Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.
Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind.
If he's already gone...........how can he change his mind?
Have you never changed your mind before?!
If he's already gone, he can't change his mind.......
Let's just see what happens. The grass is too wet for a tug of war.
[quote][p][bold]Size3_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Size3_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: Hopefully we can sign players that compliment McLeans style.. Because no matter what everyone thinks strikers are the most important asset to any team.. You can defend and keep clean sheets all day. But if you don't put the ball in the net you're not gonna win games!! Expect big things from McLean next season, providing we sign players who compliment his style of play[/p][/quote]Absolutely / 100% on the money. My hope is that Reid and Yeates will be involved. Those two will be vital to McLean.[/p][/quote]Reid has already gone. unfortunately. I heard that he was renting a flat off Mark Lawn and he give him his notice shortly after his injury. Maybe the offer of a new contract might change his mind.[/p][/quote]If he's already gone...........how can he change his mind?[/p][/quote]Have you never changed your mind before?![/p][/quote]If he's already gone, he can't change his mind.......[/p][/quote]Let's just see what happens. The grass is too wet for a tug of war. Michael Clayton
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12:54pm Thu 22 May 14

BradfordSportsFan says...

Haha this is the stupidest argument ever.
Of course he hasn't already gone. City will pay for his rehab regardless until back to fitness, so it's in their interest to see if he is worth a new deal and it's in his interest to try earn one.

As his main weapon is his pace, if that has gone because of the injury then I hope we'll part ways. Because he hasn't got the crossing ability (8/9 out of 10 go in the stand or straight out for a throw) to compensate for lack of pace as someone like Nicky Summerbee had.
Haha this is the stupidest argument ever. Of course he hasn't already gone. City will pay for his rehab regardless until back to fitness, so it's in their interest to see if he is worth a new deal and it's in his interest to try earn one. As his main weapon is his pace, if that has gone because of the injury then I hope we'll part ways. Because he hasn't got the crossing ability (8/9 out of 10 go in the stand or straight out for a throw) to compensate for lack of pace as someone like Nicky Summerbee had. BradfordSportsFan
  • Score: 6

7:13pm Thu 22 May 14

Waynus1971 says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......
You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree...

Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses.

And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top.

Strikers need service. It's as simple as that!
Absolute rubbish. Wells didn't create his own? Of course he did. He scored almost as many goals last season by forcing defensive errors than he scored by getting on the end of a pass!!!
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......[/p][/quote]You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree... Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses. And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top. Strikers need service. It's as simple as that![/p][/quote]Absolute rubbish. Wells didn't create his own? Of course he did. He scored almost as many goals last season by forcing defensive errors than he scored by getting on the end of a pass!!! Waynus1971
  • Score: 2

7:42pm Thu 22 May 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......
You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree...

Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses.

And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top.

Strikers need service. It's as simple as that!
Absolute rubbish. Wells didn't create his own? Of course he did. He scored almost as many goals last season by forcing defensive errors than he scored by getting on the end of a pass!!!
Yes but he didn't just pick the ball up from JMAC and run past all 11 opposition players and put the ball in the net, did he? He got help from his team mates. That's my point
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......[/p][/quote]You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree... Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses. And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top. Strikers need service. It's as simple as that![/p][/quote]Absolute rubbish. Wells didn't create his own? Of course he did. He scored almost as many goals last season by forcing defensive errors than he scored by getting on the end of a pass!!![/p][/quote]Yes but he didn't just pick the ball up from JMAC and run past all 11 opposition players and put the ball in the net, did he? He got help from his team mates. That's my point Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 1

12:53am Sat 24 May 14

Waynus1971 says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......
You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree...

Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses.

And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top.

Strikers need service. It's as simple as that!
Absolute rubbish. Wells didn't create his own? Of course he did. He scored almost as many goals last season by forcing defensive errors than he scored by getting on the end of a pass!!!
Yes but he didn't just pick the ball up from JMAC and run past all 11 opposition players and put the ball in the net, did he? He got help from his team mates. That's my point
No he didn't. Often his own hounding and harrassing of defenders caused them to put pressure on themselves or their keeper and that's when Nahki pinched sone goals.

"Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing.....", I think you will find it did exactly that!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Whatever Macleans failings thus far he does need the ball facing the goal. he as a good strike on him but too often thus far he's barely mustered a shot in many games. You can cite service all you want but that is the case with all the strikers and good strikers can create something for themselves. having said that whilst hanson is best served with a ball to his head maclean needs through balls to run onto and this is very scarce in the way we play. Hopefully a better mix up of play will benefit both forwards.......[/p][/quote]You say that all the best strikers create goals for themselves.. I disagree... Ruud Van Nistelrooy (probably one the deadliest finishers I've ever seen) only ever scored one goal from outside the box, the majority were where he was played in or crosses. And Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing, even now his goals come from ball put into him or passes over the top. Strikers need service. It's as simple as that![/p][/quote]Absolute rubbish. Wells didn't create his own? Of course he did. He scored almost as many goals last season by forcing defensive errors than he scored by getting on the end of a pass!!![/p][/quote]Yes but he didn't just pick the ball up from JMAC and run past all 11 opposition players and put the ball in the net, did he? He got help from his team mates. That's my point[/p][/quote]No he didn't. Often his own hounding and harrassing of defenders caused them to put pressure on themselves or their keeper and that's when Nahki pinched sone goals. "Wells didn't exactly create goals from nothing.....", I think you will find it did exactly that!!!!! Waynus1971
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