Nuno Da Costa

congo_red

Ale ape.
That's a step up from Caen where he was last season. Caen finished 17th in L2, Auxerre finished 3rd and were promoted to Ligue 1.

Obviously showed enough to make the grade at the AJA.
According to this mornings reports, he’s now not going to Auxerre, but is going back to Caen.
 

Gyros Peter

First Team Squad
I think there's a half decent player in da Costa, he was just played out of position in a different league, which in terms of adjustment makes it extremely difficult if not impossible.

Good luck to him - I think the whole story is more indicative of the club's old scattergun approach, which trained eyes can clearly see we've moved on from in spite of the volume of purchases this year.
 

congo_red

Ale ape.
Good luck to him - I think the whole story is more indicative of the club's old scattergun approach, which trained eyes can clearly see we've moved on from in spite of the volume of purchases this year.
You're spot on there - signed at a time when the manager rigidly stuck to a formation that meant he would have to play out of position, at an age where we couldn't afford to give him much time to acclimatize to a league that was very different to where he had been playing. He was on a hiding to nothing from day one, not that it was his fault, but he pretty much embodied how useless our recruitment was!
 

Ashley

Stuart Pearce
I think there's a half decent player in da Costa, he was just played out of position in a different league, which in terms of adjustment makes it extremely difficult if not impossible.

Good luck to him - I think the whole story is more indicative of the club's old scattergun approach, which trained eyes can clearly see we've moved on from in spite of the volume of purchases this year.
Yeah I don't think he's that bad, never a goalscorer but I think he would have faired better if we actually used him properly. Plenty of worse players before and after him have played for us.
 

Redemption

just like that!
At the time we signed him from Strasbourg, he looked like a money-ball signing. Good stats and goal return from a winger.

But he didn't really shine in Lamouchi's system and there were superior players for that formation.
 

Gyros Peter

First Team Squad
At the time we signed him from Strasbourg, he looked like a money-ball signing. Good stats and goal return from a winger.

But he didn't really shine in Lamouchi's system and there were superior players for that formation.
He was never really a winger though - he played sporadically for Strasbourg down the right but is predominantly a striker, where his goals and assists ratio is decent.

For whatever reason, and it may well have been that someone had seen him play wide and thought he could be developed there, we decided not only to play him wide but invert him to the left, where I don't think he'd played at all. I assumed we were bedding him in to play up top but it never happened.

He probably isn't good enough to play up top for us anyway, but why bring him in, at the age he was at, to then give him a handful of games out of position and bomb him out? If he were 5 years younger I'd understand it but...
 

S Peel from Gedling

Stuart Pearce
I actually thought he could do a similar job to Brennan Johnson, but never had a run of games in any position never mind as a forward.
He’ll be forever slated as the striker that only scored in the wrong net - yet he was the only player on the pitch in that game that bust a gut to try and prevent that goal. Had he been successful in preventing that goal, we might have just clung on to a playoff spot
 

EmmersonForest4

Stuart Pearce
He is a remnant of our old recruitment model that was so turgid. Don't blame the lad and anyone giving him stick for that own goal are being very harsh. He was trier and showed effort just wasnt very good. Anyway as I said when people moan about loyalty in football that it dosent exist. When we fans dont fancy a player we are happy they leave.
 

gamble

Stuart Pearce
He is a remnant of our old recruitment model that was so turgid. Don't blame the lad and anyone giving him stick for that own goal are being very harsh. He was trier and showed effort just wasnt very good. Anyway as I said when people moan about loyalty in football that it dosent exist. When we fans dont fancy a player we are happy they leave.
I've said this for years, fans demand player loyalty but we are allowed to only care about the good players.
 
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