Bowyer Only Absentee for Coventry Trip Thursday, 2nd Feb 2012 14:36
Midfielder Lee Bowyer is Town’s only absentee for Saturday’s trip to Coventry City. The 35-year-old is still suffering with his groin injury.
Manager Paul Jewell says that otherwise he has a full squad to choose from: “There’s just Lee Bowyer who is unavailable, everybody else is fit.”
The Blues boss is able to call on loan keeper Alex McCarthy after his one-match ban for his red card at Leeds, but says he was impressed with Arran Lee-Barrett’s performance in the 5-1 victory over West Ham: “He did very well the other night.”
Jewell, who is suffering with a cold, says he has decided which one of the pair will start between the sticks against the Sky Blues, but refused to be drawn on who would get the nod at this afternoon’s press conference: “I’m not going to tell you.”
Looks like Bowyer should be on his way in the summer.
Was a never a disastrous signing, who knew he would be injured so much? He was fit as a fiddle for Brum in the premier league. When fit he's played some OK games but hasn't got the energy that the likes of Hyam, Drury and I would imagine Stevenson have. So with these three, Bullard and maybe Leadbitter (unlikely) I don't think Bowyer will be needed next season.
Anyone know how his extra year will be triggered - appearances I'm guessing? Hopefully it won't be triggered if we don't want it to.
Same team for Saturday, no doubt! Carson to replace Leadbitter on the bench though for a spark if we need it. Murphy doesn't deserve dropping at all. I hope we sign him in the summer.
He'll probably bring back Carson (not that he should have dropped him in the first place) or perhaps even Ellington! Or maybe send Hyam out on loan! Just something to convince us he knows what he is doing.
I would be furious if he changed anything (injury exception). Like against Leeds when he dropped Carson. We may well have our core 11 there, and should only look at dropping players through injury or bans. If it aint broke, don't fix it!
Garv, why would Leadbitter be considered even a possibility. Haven't you noticed how much better we are if the central midfielders can; 1. run 2. tackle 3. pass 4. head 5. shoot
Leadbitter doesn't do any of the above! I presume, as you have mentioned him as a possibility, that you assume that the manager will have alienated Carson sufficiently for him to be plying his trade elsewhere?
Bowyer isn't one for the future. Saying that he has played better recently though. When he's back maybe start playing him in the last 20 mins of matches when his energy levels are at max. Don't mind if his 2nd year is triggered. It never hurts having experience like Bowyers/Bullards to pass down to the youngsters. Where else are they meant to learn from? Chris Hutchings? Bowyer is way better than the Human Crab.