Archie's penaltyRoyalee It took Coppell 2 years to get things right, and we'd retained all of the squad which got us to 4th when he took over.
Karacan and Pearce should have played far more this year - most people should be able to see that, particularly in Karacan's case. The fact that Pearce who has statistically been our best defender this season was dropped at the experience of 'captain' Duberry who is now fighting relegation to League 2 with Wycombe says it all, as does Sheffield United's form since Mr Harper joined them.
Shorey will still leave Villa for a Premiership club and will be on decent wages at the moment - I wouldn't say his career is exactly over.
Agree about Bertrand, another superb signing by Rodgers - perhaps we could try and sign him permanently at the end of the season if he can't get a look in at Chelsea.
Point 1) I agree with basically.
Point 2) I think he actually gave them both a pretty good chance last season (and I still don't rate Pearce). Harps needed a new start somewhere else.
Point 3) Shorey will leave probably but I doubt he will ever get back to his form of a couple of years ago. His head has gone down.
Point 4) Whilst I would love to get Bertrand permanently, it's.not.gonna.happen.
What Pearce lacks in pace, he makes up for in reading of the game, organisation, aerial ability and use of the ball. As for Harper, Coppell ruined him - he used to push forward and technically he's a good footballer, but the guy can't defend to save his life and needs leadership, something Blackwell's also failing at.
Shorey's not had a decent run of games and while he might not be as outstanding as he was with us, he's still a very decent full back.
Who's to say Bertrand wouldn't sign if we improve? He likes it here, Rodgers has been his mentor and he hasn't had the exposure at the top level for Premiership clubs to come in for him.