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3 hours ago, jmjhb said:

He's basically a top-end Championship keeper who's had to drop down a level because of his injuries. 

He keeps fit and it's a win-win.

what injuries has he had? 

must be made of lego if keepers have a long list of injuries, they do bugger all for the most part :D

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3 hours ago, jmjhb said:

He's basically a top-end Championship keeper who's had to drop down a level because of his injuries. 

He keeps fit and it's a win-win.

Yes exactly, I was always surprised there were doubts that he would be able to fill Trafford's shoes, we were replacing a proven L1 keeper (with great potential), with a proven championship keeper.  He was always going to be an upgrade for me, he's more experienced and commanding than Traff was a year ago (no doubt Traff's improving with all the practise he's getting this season!).  A great keeper for this level and one position we don't need to strengthen if we go up, fingers crossed for no significant injuries.

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3 hours ago, mattbwfc19 said:

hasnt put a foot wrong so far from memory, signing of the season 

I seem to recall him getting a bit of stick, along with everyone else, for 1 or 2 of the Wigan goals but I've erased their goals from my memory so no idea if he was to blame or not.  Comments will still be on the thread but I've no desire to check 😀

Didn't cover himself in glory with coming up for the corner v Carlisle that handed them their 3rd goal, but IE has said that won't happen again! 

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As each month passes by the signing of Baxter looks ever more shrewd. 

I think the old but enduring virtues of shot-stopping ability and command of the penalty area are the most important of the boxes to be ticked when it comes to looking for keepers. Ability with the ball at the feet is important but secondary.  I have a suspicion that sometimes these days keeper signings get made with that equation slightly the wrong way around. Cart before the horse. 

Baxter has something else that the present day keepers seem to have less than their forebears - positional sense. The amount of times you see goals these days with keepers beaten at their near post. I'm not saying it didn't used to happen, but it seems to happen more now.

 

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1 hour ago, Johnnyrotten said:

I seem to recall him getting a bit of stick, along with everyone else, for 1 or 2 of the Wigan goals but I've erased their goals from my memory so no idea if he was to blame or not.  Comments will still be on the thread but I've no desire to check 😀

Didn't cover himself in glory with coming up for the corner v Carlisle that handed them their 3rd goal, but IE has said that won't happen again! 

He had a shocker that day but then so did the rest

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Must admit l had some early reservations on Baxter. Couple of the Wigan goals, the Reading equaliser from way out did my head in. 

Happy to be proven wrong. Hope he can stay fit and we extend on his two year deal. 

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8 hours ago, RoadRunnerFan said:

Looking like an inspired signing. We'll do well to hold onto him.

Wasnt convinced at the beginning , bit dracula . But really impressed since . 

If we go up I expect him to go for £5 mil and be back in the prem. 

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Don’t think he’s particularly outstanding but he solved a potential problem and is doing fine. I have great confidence in Matt Gilks though, and especially after the job he did on Trafford I’m pretty sure he’ll bring the best out of Baxter.

I like it when I don’t have to worry about the goalie.

 

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55 minutes ago, Wanderlust said:

You never saw Hoppy or Jussi?

Charles it shit compared to Anelka.

Santos is shit compared to N'Gotty

Thomason is shit compared to Speed.

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1 minute ago, DazBob said:

Charles it shit compared to Anelka.

Santos is shit compared to N'Gotty

Thomason is shit compared to Speed.

but baxter is better than hopkinson and thats without ever seeing EH play

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42 minutes ago, Casino said:

but baxter is better than hopkinson and thats without ever seeing EH play

Doubt Baxter will ever play for England though so Eddie Hopkinson was best at the time compared to his peers, Baxter wont ever be that good. Great keeper though.  

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2 minutes ago, Mounts Kipper said:

Doubt Baxter will ever play for England though so Eddie Hopkinson was best at the time compared to his peers, Baxter wont ever be that good. Great keeper though.  

would you want hopkinson or baxter in goal

forgetting the fact that keepers have to be able to use their feet now, for me, its not even up for discussion

the difference is massive

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3 hours ago, Casino said:

would you want hopkinson or baxter in goal

forgetting the fact that keepers have to be able to use their feet now, for me, its not even up for discussion

the difference is massive

As someone who really likes Baxter, you don’t believe this do you? Silly comparing eras. One was a distinguished Bolton and England top level keeper and the other I like a lot.

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