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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #675 on: July 01, 2019, 03:15:24 AM »
Excuse me for being lazy, but a U turn in which direction? Both the suggestions of him staying and leaving have been claimed at times
He should sign today, does not stop chance of being sold later but gives us an ability to name a price.

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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #676 on: July 01, 2019, 01:45:10 PM »
Two totally different players, Field can sit in front of the back four doing the dirty work and Harper can get forward. I don't buy the attitude problems stuff to be honest. I think he lacks basic coaching at times and his fitness needs work in particular stamina as he seems to struggle late on in games and people choose the easy option of labeling him lazy, maybe he is but in his first season i'm happy to give the benefit of the doubt and lets see what the future brings

I agree he does look tired later in the games and that should improve with him training with and playing in the first team instead of the u23s.

I just hope he signs as it makes having a youth set up pointless if we keep on losing the best prospects.

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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #677 on: July 01, 2019, 05:21:47 PM »
"Rekeem Harper is now a free agent, but he was at the #wba training ground today. Looking increasingly like he may stay and sign his 4yr deal after meeting Bilic last week. But until it's signed..."   Just posted by Matt Wilson.

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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #678 on: July 01, 2019, 07:24:33 PM »
We really need to sign him up. It would be disastrous if he walked away for peanuts. I think he would thrive under Bilic and could have a very expensive footballer on our hands if he continues his development at the same rate.
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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #679 on: July 01, 2019, 08:05:48 PM »
I hope he signs and starts the season in midfield alongside a few new faces. The sooner Brunt and Livermore are moved on the better.

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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #680 on: July 01, 2019, 08:24:05 PM »
Didn't somebody say earlier on in the thread that he was signing today?
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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #681 on: July 01, 2019, 08:34:42 PM »
Didn't somebody say earlier on in the thread that he was signing today?
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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #682 on: July 03, 2019, 08:18:58 AM »
He will sign for who ever puts the £ in his pocket, even at this early stage of his career he will not be short of money so he will await the £ signs and the dotted line to sign on

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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #683 on: July 06, 2019, 09:02:52 AM »
Signed new deal with us , 3 years .
Best choice in my view.
https://www.wba.co.uk/news/2019/july/harper-signs-new-albion-contract/
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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #684 on: July 06, 2019, 09:13:48 AM »
Good news this he must have liked what Slav has said to him, hopefully he kicks on now and nails down a regular first team position.

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« Reply #685 on: July 06, 2019, 09:14:48 AM »
Great news about Rekeem, early days but promising start for Slav.

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« Reply #686 on: July 06, 2019, 09:23:22 AM »
I'm not particularly happy about this in one way. Firstly I'm not sure exactly how good Harper is and I'm not certain how he fits into a Bilic team. Also following his twitter antics during the first leg of the play offs against Villa I don't want that sort of character at the club.

Here's the but:

BUT on the other hand it is a definite positive in the message it sends out to the academy prospects, particularly following the Louie Barry departure AND given that he's signed when he clearly had other options tells me his attitude is different at this present moment in time to what it was at the end of last season.

Given his age, I'm prepared to look over his past misdemeanour but for me Harper has to grow up, knuckle down and prove himself.  At least if we have to move him on down the line we will get decent money for him so from that point of view it's excellent business for the club.

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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #687 on: July 06, 2019, 09:29:58 AM »
Please he has signed and hope he fulfils his potential.

On the other hand maturity and "growing up" is difficult to define or achieve at a young age, if he behaves like he appeared to last year at 25 then we have problems. What he needs now is good impartial support and advice

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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #688 on: July 06, 2019, 09:44:26 AM »
Great news, remember he is only 19.

If I were him (not being an Albion fan) I'd have signed for Celtic, done 2 years there then moved to the Premier League for big money at the old age of 21.

I think this points towards him making it clear he will be played this season which is fair enough from his perspective. Even if he did flop at this point we could probably get money for him.
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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #689 on: July 06, 2019, 09:50:38 AM »
Finally some good news. Although 3 years is a tad short.

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« Reply #690 on: July 06, 2019, 10:00:59 AM »
Generally pleased about this because it would be hugely disappointing to lose another academy graduate for little or no fee.

He got enough game time last season to allow me to form an opinion. His key strength is that he is good on the ball able to beat a man and of the players that completed 1000 minutes last season he has the highest pass completion rate (which indicates he is technically proficient.)

However the question remains about where he plays and the answer to that is wrapped up in some of his development issues. Generally whether on or off the ball he needs to become a lot more aware of what is going on around him. He has a good passing range but he misses passing opportunities and off the ball he too frequently does not respond to the opposition movement, while he has decent turn of pace and can recover once he gets wrong side of the ball he will always have a problem. If he wants to play centrally or in a double pivot his defensive side of his game needs to improve dramatically.

There is an argument that pigeon holes in an advanced role behind a lone striker or a front 3 where his limitations defensively are less of an issue but then the pressure falls on him to score more and make a more clinical contribution around the box.

Overall all these issues can be addressed with coaching and critically game time.

The signing of  Krovinovic is probably not great news for him because it is difficult to see how both them play unless we have an absolute beast of a player as the 3rd central midfielder (not anyone on the books at the moment).
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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #691 on: July 06, 2019, 10:01:22 AM »
Good for the lad and good for the club
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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #692 on: July 06, 2019, 10:05:37 AM »
Great news.  He should be a regular starter alongside the new Croat.  If they are paying Brunt anything over £10,000 per week then it is madness.

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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #693 on: July 06, 2019, 11:06:25 AM »
Good news.

If we do play a 4231, supposedly Bilic's favourite formation, wouldn't that allow Harper to fit in:
                  Defence x 4
               Livermore Field
          Harper.           Edwards??
                  Krovanic
                   JRod???
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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #694 on: July 06, 2019, 11:09:03 AM »
Good news. Needs to knuckle down and crack on now and put this nonsense behind him/us.

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« Reply #695 on: July 06, 2019, 11:14:21 AM »
Interestingly, being reported that the four contract on offer has now been revised to three.

Would that mean he could not leave on a free at the end of the three years as under 22? (I think)
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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #696 on: July 06, 2019, 11:20:09 AM »
Another positive in my opinion.
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Re: Rekeem Harper
« Reply #697 on: July 06, 2019, 11:21:41 AM »
Good news.

If we do play a 4231, supposedly Bilic's favourite formation, wouldn't that allow Harper to fit in:
                  Defence x 4
               Livermore Field
          Harper.           Edwards??
                  Krovanic
                   JRod???

A midfield pairing of Livermore and Field would see us struggle IMO. This is the area we need to improve on most. Neither have the ability to dictate a game. I still think we'll see Barry re sign out of desperation due to our usual faffing around.

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« Reply #698 on: July 06, 2019, 11:50:34 AM »
A midfield pairing of Livermore and Field would see us struggle IMO. This is the area we need to improve on most. Neither have the ability to dictate a game. I still think we'll see Barry re sign out of desperation due to our usual faffing around.

Personally I would hope Livermore goes and we replace him not Field, but I cannot see it.
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« Reply #699 on: July 06, 2019, 12:14:21 PM »
After Barry refused deal absolutely delighted that Harper has signed a new contract especially with other clubs sniffing around.  :P