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    Default Will Smallbone

    Big season for him?

    Played the most minutes out of anyone in the squad in pre-season, in a position we don't have that many options in, especially if Lemina and Reed both depart this summer. Current options...

    DM
    Romeu
    Smallbone
    Stephens?
    Reed

    CM/AM
    JWP
    Hojbjerg
    Slattery
    Armstrong
    Lemina

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    Is he a DM? Isn't he really more a playmaker and from what I remember isn't he fairly slight?

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    He is slight, yes, small boned I would say.

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    His real name is Willy Smallboner

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    Tall, similar build to a young Morgan Schneiderlin. Has a great shot and free kick in him. It's massive ask for someone of his age but with the right protection he could be a surprise regular.

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    He really needs to lift some weights and eat more food.

  7. Default Ralph Hasenhuttl: Will Smallbone has a big future


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    Decent today especially 1st half

    hit the post and looked composed

    fair play lad

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    Great stuff. Sounded like he impressed. Well done to the lad.

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    Played well today, big improvement on Romeu going forward. We'll see more of him against weaker teams this season.

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    Yes, very composed. Of course the test will be whether he can cope against teams stronger in midfield than Villa were today...

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    Really liked his performance.

    Good first touch, careful passing, looked to play one touch where possible and was calm on the ball.

    Very promising. Reminded me a little of Schneiderlin in terms of build and the way he moves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusic View Post
    Really liked his performance.

    Good first touch, careful passing, looked to play one touch where possible and was calm on the ball.

    Very promising. Reminded me a little of Schneiderlin in terms of build and the way he moves.
    Spot on with your comments.

    I was concerned about involving him in a crucial game.

    However thought he did very well and hopefully one for the future

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    Good vision and an eye for a pass !
    Still a bit lightweight but doesn’t seem phased by the big stage !
    Very promising and well done to Ralph for having faith in him !

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    We need a decent song for him, name should help, going to be a top player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusic View Post
    Really liked his performance.

    Good first touch, careful passing, looked to play one touch where possible and was calm on the ball.

    Very promising. Reminded me a little of Schneiderlin in terms of build and the way he moves.
    Didn't get there today but on seeing him v Huddersfield that's not a comparison I'd make. Schneiderlin even when he first arrived had a physical presence about him (think he is 6' or near to it), whereas Smallbone looked aptly named and a bit of a shortar$e and lightweight.

    No reason why he can't make it but if he does progress then we need a bit more strength and power in midfield to compensate.

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    Needs to bulk up a bit.

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    Shame slattery appears to be a bit of a wrong un as we look to have two very good player in the making there.

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    He looks very promising based upon today, especially first half.

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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3T6gjEhltcg

    Smallbone, score for me now
    Will smallbone, score for me

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    Will Smallbone is red and white, red and white & he hates pompey!

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    Good touch, good awareness of those around him, good passing. A neat and tidy player really, unlucky with that deflected shot too - Reina was beaten all ends up with that!

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    Nice shout from Ian Wright on match of the day, said he was brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niceandfriendly View Post
    He really needs to lift some weights and eat more food.
    Somebody clearly listened. He looked much more of a unit yesterday.

    Great performance too.

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    Thought he was really good today. Didnít seem nervous or out of place at all. Pleased for him, heís been at Saints since he was 8 years old!

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    Will Smallbone
    Because size doesn't matter, size doesn't matter
    Will Smallbone
    It's what you do with it that counts, what you do with it that counts.
    Our Willy Smallbone
    Honestly, you really do satisfy all our needs

  27. Default Will Smallbone on being the latest academy prospect to break into the first team


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