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Right enough now already,if he gets a multi million transfer to PSG or Barca we can open the thread again to discuss the sell on fee. But for now it's so long and thanks for all the Fish.

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Yer a hard hearted baztard . Just a wee bit of praise would be nice , after all hes the best striker we have had in years. Sorry to see him go and thoughly enjoyed watching him play.

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Good luck to Louis , he done us a job along the same lines that Higdon , Porter and umpteen others did , making himself a few quid and now he's moved on to make even more.

 

 

Ach, I dunno. Higdon, Porter and umpteen others have come and gone and will rightly always be remembered as excellent players for us. Moult however managed to make a connection with the fans and the club as a whole in a way not players many do.

 

When a guy comes along from obscurity who quite simply just loves the game, wears his heart on his sleeve on and off the pitch, has given us the number of goals he has along with the odd bit of utter magic; and does all this while coming across as utterly grounded and in love with our club then I think he can go in a slightly different category than most players who have done well and moved on.

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Couldn't even touch Higdon in his last season.

Big man was a part of a far better team with better players around him . Moult never had that luxuary.

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Big man was a part of a far better team with better players around him . Moult never had that luxuary.

Would love to have seen what Moult could have done playing in that team....

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Would've thought he'd have been in with a great shout for SPFL player of the year if he'd stayed and maintained that form.

 

It's early days. The media don't usually find a consensus on a Celtic player until March.

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Every game that passes without him in the team, we learn to appreciate him a little more......

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Big man was a part of a far better team with better players around him . Moult never had that luxuary.

 

He had an absolutely incredible season but I doubt very much if Higdon at his best would have outscored Moult over the past couple of seasons in this team. That's not to take away from Higdon's achievements but he played in one of our better teams of the last 30 years or so and.....eh.....Moult hasn't to put it lightly.

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http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/15801495.There_s_more_to_Motherwell_s_slide_than_missing_Louis_Moult/?ref=appshr

 

There's more to Motherwell's slide than missing Louis Moult

 

Graeme McGarry

 

Motherwell supporters will be concerned what life after Louis Moult will look like for their club.

 

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The most obvious conclusion to draw when assessing Motherwells recent downward spiral from the high of reaching the Betfred Cup final as recently as late November, to Saturdays dismal defeat to Hamilton - their ninth game on the spin without a win - is that the Louis Moult-shaped hole in their sides attack has simply proven too big for anyone else at the club to fill.

 

But there is more to the alarming slump in form than the simple fact that top scorer Moult has been missing for seven of the games since the Steelmen went down to that defeat to Celtic at Hampden.

 

 

There is no denying that the number of goals they are scoring has tailed off. In the nine games prior to the League Cup final, they netted 15 times, with Moult getting six of those. The entire side has bagged just six goals in the same amount of matches since, so it is clear that finding the net regularly has become a problem.

 

But is it all down to Moults absence? It could be argued that the injury to Chris Cadden, one of the teams main creative forces, has had just as big an impact. Without his penetrating runs and the sheer volume of chances that the youngster creates, the strikers who have stepped into the void are working with far less opportunities coming their way.

 

Motherwell legend, Willie Pettigrew, a man who knew a thing or two about carrying the burden of responsibility for goalscoring down Fir Park way in his day, agrees that the hamstring injury suffered by Cadden is a major contributory factor to the blunting of his beloved sides attacking threat.

 

I was at the game on Saturday and Stephen Robinson must have a plan to cope with life after Louis Moult, said Pettigrew. Hes known for a while that Moult wasnt going to be here after January, so hell be chasing targets down and he does have to be replaced.

 

But the other thing he has had to contend with is the lad Cadden getting injured as well, because he is one of the bigger players. Hes the main supplier of balls into the box, and I think weve missed that.

 

 

One thing that Moults departure has brought into stark focus, is how thinly spread the goals are in this Motherwell side. Ryan Bowman has tried to carry the fight up front, scoring five in the league, while Craig Tanner has bagged the same amount from his position just off the strikers. Alex Fisher has yet to score and looks to be fighting for his future at the club after some thinly-veiled criticisms of late from his manager, while young George Newell has only just returned from injury.

 

In particular though, it is stark how few goals come from the centre of the park for Motherwell. Andy Rose has scored two and Elliott Frear has a single goal on league duty. Cadden, despite his creative input and four goals in the League Cup, has yet to score in the league, and not one of Carl McHugh, Allan Campbell, Liam Grimshaw or Gael Bigirimana have scored in the Premiership in a combined total of 41 starts between the four of them.

 

The manager has asked the strikers that are there to man up and take the lead, but Ive always been a great believer that goals can come from anywhere, said Pettigrew.

 

Of course, the manager will want more from the likes of Bowman and Fisher, but games arent only won by strikers, they are won by goals from midfield as well, and I think a few of them have to look at themselves as well and start scoring goals.

 

Anybody playing Motherwell up to now has known that if they take Louis Moult out of the equation, then who else was going to score?

 

 

The number of goals going in at the other end is also a cause for concern, something that cannot be pinned on Moults absence, and again the contrast prior and post-League Cup final is stark. They had lost just 19 goals in the entire league season to that point from 20 fixtures, while 18 have flown into their net in the last nine.

 

That suggests that the high-pressing game that was the hallmark of their early season success has tailed off, and they are easier to play against now than they were at the start of the campaign. Fatigue, of course, could be the major factor behind that, with so much physical effort expended to this point, particularly in a gruelling six-day period when they faced Celtic on three occasions among some other tough fixtures.

 

Thats a huge effort, said Pettigrew. You are playing the best team in the league and you want to do well, so you push yourself that bit harder. That will have taken a fair amount out of them.

 

I think that once this spell is over they will regroup and come back stronger again.

 

Were not reaching for the panic button yet. The good work has been done.

 

The club is now fan-owned, the board are fans as well and theyve backed Stephen Robinson, and he has done really well.

 

If the season ended now, youd be saying weve got to the League Cup final, theyre eighth in the table, thats decent. But they have to push it over the line now.

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