Well it looks like these two are settling in nicely and may be a couple of decent signings after all.
I would have struggled for a MOM today, played well as a team, no stand out individual, but I thought these two came pretty close.
Cort looked a lot more secure defensively today, against a Watford side with no little attacking threat too in King, Priskin, Smith, McAnuff and Ellington. Pugh........well he's looking sound wherever we play him at present and is proving very useful with our current limitations.
Well played chaps, settling in nicely, getting better
It takes any new player time to adjust to a new club and surroundings and style of play,cort and pugh were both excellent today just hope uncle peter can splash the cash and sign shawcross,he and cort would possibly be the best centre back pairing in the championship.
Both look a lot better than they did on their debuts...although that wouldn't be difficult. In fact Cort's debut was possibly the worst I have seen in 20 long-hard years of watching Stoke.
Pugh is a tidy player...lacks pace for the left wing slot, but has done a good job at full back, and based on today's showing could do a decent turn in the middle of the park as well. I'd say 500k is a fair price for him.
From what I've seen of Cort, I think he's a lot better than I first thought he would be, but at £1.3 million is rather over-priced considering his age and lack of presence defensively. If we'd signed him for about 750k I'd say he was a decent bit of business. However, if he heads a promotion winning goal then he'll prove to be great value.
Post by Lakeland Potter on Dec 9, 2007 21:09:31 GMT
£1million plus does look a bit on the heavy side for Cort at first glance. Until you see the other side of the deal is (allegedly) £500k for Hill. Now I like Hill but I think given their relative fitness records and Cort's scoring abilities, I'll be happy with us getting Cort for a net figure of between £500k and £800k
I reckon they've both been astute buys. Pugh's versatility is tremendously useful [he got MOM award from me yesterday] and Cort is progressing nicely. His goals are a super bonus. Plus marks for Pulis on these two.
At first I thought they were very very bad, then I realised they were very very good. If we don't keep doing welll I 'll think they're both crap again.
At first I thought the manager didn't have a clue then I realised he does have a clue. As soon as we start losing I'll feckin hate the bastard again.
At first I thought I'd slag off the manager, the players, the owners and other Stoke fans then we started doing well, and now they're all great by me. But as soon as we slip up / don't make the play offs / get automatic promotion / get knocked out of the cup by the zebras I'll be screaming blue feckin murder at anyone and everyone.
In short I am a Stoke fan.
(except I'm not 'cos I don't go to the matches 'cos I live a thousand miles away so I don't have the right to call myself a fan etc etc etc)