SWINDON TOWN: Cooper hopes to learn about Stephens in next 48 hours

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SWINDON Town are expecting to find out whether or not they will be able to bring Jack Stephens on loan to the County Ground in the next 48 hours.

The young defender came off the bench for Southampton in last night’s 1-0 friendly defeat to the Saints, for whom Jos Hooiveld scored the only goal, but negotiations are understood to have taken place overnight regarding the possibility of Stephens making a return to Wiltshire after his impressive spell with the Robins towards the end of last season.

With manager Mark Cooper keen to add reinforcements to a squad which featured four second-year scholars amongst its substitutes for the clash with Southampton, the club are hopeful that they will succeed in landing their man this week.

Meanwhile, Ben Gladwin missed the defeat to the Saints with a knee injury picked up in training. He is not expected to feature in either of Swindon’s two remaining friendlies this week – at Bedfont & Feltham on Thursday night and Bromley on Saturday afternoon.

However, Cooper moved to calm any fears that the former Marlow man’s knock is serious, saying: “It’s bone bruising. He got a whack in training and it’s not cleared up properly. He’s waiting until he’s pain-free.

“He tried to come back last week and he was still a little bit painful. He shouldn’t have played, really, but he was desperate to play. Hopefully he will be okay for the weekend.”

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6:23am Tue 22 Jul 14

port de soller says...

Would be good news if we could get Stephens on a season loan.At least Southamptons manager would have had reports on JS time at the CG and just might be he could be allowed back to us(Better playing than being on the bench maybe)
still we can but hope it all turns out ok for STFC
Would be good news if we could get Stephens on a season loan.At least Southamptons manager would have had reports on JS time at the CG and just might be he could be allowed back to us(Better playing than being on the bench maybe) still we can but hope it all turns out ok for STFC port de soller
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7:07am Tue 22 Jul 14

california andy says...

Getting him back would be terrific. Fingers and toes crossed. Will be there in August. Can't wait.
Getting him back would be terrific. Fingers and toes crossed. Will be there in August. Can't wait. california andy
  • Score: 8

8:46am Tue 22 Jul 14

old town robin says...

Southampton looked like they have some solid centre backs last night. bigger than Jack who came on in second half and played defensive midfield. He looked a little bit lost playing out of his best position and without any guarantee of regular football with Koeman I think our chances should be quite good to get him on a season long lone. Yaser looked comfortable playing as sweeper, but if we do get Jack still think we need an experienced centre back to play along side him.
Southampton looked like they have some solid centre backs last night. bigger than Jack who came on in second half and played defensive midfield. He looked a little bit lost playing out of his best position and without any guarantee of regular football with Koeman I think our chances should be quite good to get him on a season long lone. Yaser looked comfortable playing as sweeper, but if we do get Jack still think we need an experienced centre back to play along side him. old town robin
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11:05am Tue 22 Jul 14

glenda hoddle says...

Fingers crossed. Would defo be a masive boost to rearly disapointing summer transfer window. stephens was great for town last season and his reaction to he fans at end of last season was the look of a player that would love to come back to swindon.
Fingers crossed. Would defo be a masive boost to rearly disapointing summer transfer window. stephens was great for town last season and his reaction to he fans at end of last season was the look of a player that would love to come back to swindon. glenda hoddle
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11:48am Tue 22 Jul 14

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

We clearly need some players and I don't think there is one Town fan that doesn't want Stephens back. Hopefully we get him and a few more.

Personally if we get Stephens I'd have Nathan at right wing back with Stephens partnering Branco. Really think Nathan is massively suited to that role as to me (on last season's evidence) he was better going forward.

What I'm really excited about is Yasir playing sweeper. I love this formation and love the idea of him being the next Glen Hoddle!!

COYR
We clearly need some players and I don't think there is one Town fan that doesn't want Stephens back. Hopefully we get him and a few more. Personally if we get Stephens I'd have Nathan at right wing back with Stephens partnering Branco. Really think Nathan is massively suited to that role as to me (on last season's evidence) he was better going forward. What I'm really excited about is Yasir playing sweeper. I love this formation and love the idea of him being the next Glen Hoddle!! COYR dreamofacleansheet2
  • Score: 4

12:23pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Steaming-in says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
We clearly need some players and I don't think there is one Town fan that doesn't want Stephens back. Hopefully we get him and a few more.

Personally if we get Stephens I'd have Nathan at right wing back with Stephens partnering Branco. Really think Nathan is massively suited to that role as to me (on last season's evidence) he was better going forward.

What I'm really excited about is Yasir playing sweeper. I love this formation and love the idea of him being the next Glen Hoddle!!

COYR
I don't disagree in general but, in my view, Yasser is our best player on the ball and I can't help feeling that him playing sweeper helps the opposition. My criticism last year was that he wasn't let off the leash to get forward more as, if you get him on the ball higher up the park, I think he can damage teams more.

Don't forget that as good as Hoddle was, he only really 'won' games for us when pushed into midfield.
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: We clearly need some players and I don't think there is one Town fan that doesn't want Stephens back. Hopefully we get him and a few more. Personally if we get Stephens I'd have Nathan at right wing back with Stephens partnering Branco. Really think Nathan is massively suited to that role as to me (on last season's evidence) he was better going forward. What I'm really excited about is Yasir playing sweeper. I love this formation and love the idea of him being the next Glen Hoddle!! COYR[/p][/quote]I don't disagree in general but, in my view, Yasser is our best player on the ball and I can't help feeling that him playing sweeper helps the opposition. My criticism last year was that he wasn't let off the leash to get forward more as, if you get him on the ball higher up the park, I think he can damage teams more. Don't forget that as good as Hoddle was, he only really 'won' games for us when pushed into midfield. Steaming-in
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12:38pm Tue 22 Jul 14

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Steaming

I wouldn't disagree with you on Yaser being good going forward but if we want to play football as we do from the back then I think it helps the team massively. The jury is still out for me on Massimo but everyone is raving about him. I prefer him to play this forward midfield role as I'm not convinced about his tracking back in a deeper role.

We clearly need more players I've always been a big fan of the formation particularly if your centre three can play. As I say if we can get him Stephens, Branco and Yaser looks pretty **** fine at division three level.

I have also long since been a massive advocate of Louis T. Think he is generally under-rated by the masses. Work rate huge, get's stuck in and the bit I think he's generally under-rated on is more than useful on the ball. Expecting big big things from him this season.

All depends on who we can bring in on loan and it's getting a tad scary but bring in 3 or so, get lucky with injuries and I think we'll surprise more than a few.

COYR
Steaming I wouldn't disagree with you on Yaser being good going forward but if we want to play football as we do from the back then I think it helps the team massively. The jury is still out for me on Massimo but everyone is raving about him. I prefer him to play this forward midfield role as I'm not convinced about his tracking back in a deeper role. We clearly need more players I've always been a big fan of the formation particularly if your centre three can play. As I say if we can get him Stephens, Branco and Yaser looks pretty **** fine at division three level. I have also long since been a massive advocate of Louis T. Think he is generally under-rated by the masses. Work rate huge, get's stuck in and the bit I think he's generally under-rated on is more than useful on the ball. Expecting big big things from him this season. All depends on who we can bring in on loan and it's getting a tad scary but bring in 3 or so, get lucky with injuries and I think we'll surprise more than a few. COYR dreamofacleansheet2
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1:50pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Swindon1984 says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
We clearly need some players and I don't think there is one Town fan that doesn't want Stephens back. Hopefully we get him and a few more. Personally if we get Stephens I'd have Nathan at right wing back with Stephens partnering Branco. Really think Nathan is massively suited to that role as to me (on last season's evidence) he was better going forward. What I'm really excited about is Yasir playing sweeper. I love this formation and love the idea of him being the next Glen Hoddle!! COYR
Not sure myself, think Nathan Thompson is more suited to a traditional full back role, with Nathan Byrne impressing me more as a wing back when he first arrived, as he really endeavoured to take people on and has the pace to do it. Likely Nathan Thompson will be played right wing back with Byrne on the left though - think myself Byrne isn't as convincing on the left hand side (although he has cut in a couple of times and scored some decent goals from the left). Who knows, will have to see how the team shapes up on 9th August. Can't come soon enough :-)
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: We clearly need some players and I don't think there is one Town fan that doesn't want Stephens back. Hopefully we get him and a few more. Personally if we get Stephens I'd have Nathan at right wing back with Stephens partnering Branco. Really think Nathan is massively suited to that role as to me (on last season's evidence) he was better going forward. What I'm really excited about is Yasir playing sweeper. I love this formation and love the idea of him being the next Glen Hoddle!! COYR[/p][/quote]Not sure myself, think Nathan Thompson is more suited to a traditional full back role, with Nathan Byrne impressing me more as a wing back when he first arrived, as he really endeavoured to take people on and has the pace to do it. Likely Nathan Thompson will be played right wing back with Byrne on the left though - think myself Byrne isn't as convincing on the left hand side (although he has cut in a couple of times and scored some decent goals from the left). Who knows, will have to see how the team shapes up on 9th August. Can't come soon enough :-) Swindon1984
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9:21pm Tue 22 Jul 14

old town robin says...

Steaming-in wrote:
dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
We clearly need some players and I don't think there is one Town fan that doesn't want Stephens back. Hopefully we get him and a few more.

Personally if we get Stephens I'd have Nathan at right wing back with Stephens partnering Branco. Really think Nathan is massively suited to that role as to me (on last season's evidence) he was better going forward.

What I'm really excited about is Yasir playing sweeper. I love this formation and love the idea of him being the next Glen Hoddle!!

COYR
I don't disagree in general but, in my view, Yasser is our best player on the ball and I can't help feeling that him playing sweeper helps the opposition. My criticism last year was that he wasn't let off the leash to get forward more as, if you get him on the ball higher up the park, I think he can damage teams more.

Don't forget that as good as Hoddle was, he only really 'won' games for us when pushed into midfield.
Steaming,

Probably a bit before your time, but when the role of sweeper was first introduced,(to me anyhow in the sixties) a young German by the name of Franz Beckenbaur took the world cup 1966 by storm as their "Libero" or translated free man .

Playing behind your back 3 or 4 doesn't mean a sweeper can't be creative on the ball and get forward as Franz often did. Agreed the role is primarily defensive and tidying up any loose balls over the top or getting across the flanks and cover to full backs, but good players like Beckenbaur and Hoddle were masters and if Yaser was to show he can play that role it can only be positive for us.

What ever tactics we use, I would like to see better defending, more clean sheets and less goals conceded than the other 23 teams even conceding less than we did last season will be an improvement and if that means us playing with a sweeper, great, bring it on.
[quote][p][bold]Steaming-in[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: We clearly need some players and I don't think there is one Town fan that doesn't want Stephens back. Hopefully we get him and a few more. Personally if we get Stephens I'd have Nathan at right wing back with Stephens partnering Branco. Really think Nathan is massively suited to that role as to me (on last season's evidence) he was better going forward. What I'm really excited about is Yasir playing sweeper. I love this formation and love the idea of him being the next Glen Hoddle!! COYR[/p][/quote]I don't disagree in general but, in my view, Yasser is our best player on the ball and I can't help feeling that him playing sweeper helps the opposition. My criticism last year was that he wasn't let off the leash to get forward more as, if you get him on the ball higher up the park, I think he can damage teams more. Don't forget that as good as Hoddle was, he only really 'won' games for us when pushed into midfield.[/p][/quote]Steaming, Probably a bit before your time, but when the role of sweeper was first introduced,(to me anyhow in the sixties) a young German by the name of Franz Beckenbaur took the world cup 1966 by storm as their "Libero" or translated free man . Playing behind your back 3 or 4 doesn't mean a sweeper can't be creative on the ball and get forward as Franz often did. Agreed the role is primarily defensive and tidying up any loose balls over the top or getting across the flanks and cover to full backs, but good players like Beckenbaur and Hoddle were masters and if Yaser was to show he can play that role it can only be positive for us. What ever tactics we use, I would like to see better defending, more clean sheets and less goals conceded than the other 23 teams even conceding less than we did last season will be an improvement and if that means us playing with a sweeper, great, bring it on. old town robin
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