|Team for next season....|
at 10:32 7 Apr 2013
I'm pretty sure we wont see much variation from 4-4-2 next season and this is what I would like to see:
Loach - Should be number 1 for me. He's earned the right, he's one of our own, he's at a good age and I think other areas of the side should take priority in terms of additions.
Cresswell - Young and bright player who I think will go from strength to strength under MM as his defending improves. Number 3 nailed on.
Smith - Nailed on starter in back 4.
Chambers - As above.
Stearman - Would be a great addition if we could bring him in perm. I expect he's on a decent whack but this back 5 is settled, confident and seem to work together excellently as a unit. The clean sheets speak for themselves and I would be quite happy for them to spend the pre season together and go into next season as a settled unit. Consistency is key defensively.
Hyam - Nailed on CM. I used to be really critical of Hyam but he's impressed me a lot this season. He's improved massively, he's one of our own and despite what anyone says to the contrary, the fact he's a young local lad does give him the edge for me and i'm not afraid to admit that.
CM - Partner to Hyam remains up for grabs for me. Drury is a usefull squad player on probably quite modest wages but isn't good enough for a side with promotion aspirations. N'daw has his limitations (not to mention the fact we'll be priced out of any long term deal for him). A quality addition in this area is a top priority.
LM - With Lee Martin moving on (i think it's in everyones interests if he does) this is another position up for grabs. Can JET make it his own? Will Jay Tabb sign? Personally i think it's got Wordsworth's name all over it. Quality player. Or perhaps MM will play him inside and sign an out and out winger (he does like them).
RM - Edwards isn't getting any younger but he's still one of the fittest players on the pitch. Would have no hesitation going into next season with him at RM. I rate him very highly indeed. Paul Taylor will provide great competition here and up top.
ST - McGoldrick looks to be staying and from what i've seen of him i've been most impressed. He's a potential 20 goal a season man next year. Chopra will provide competition.
ST - I think MM would like a big man along side him. JET or Nouble may well get the nod here when Murphy returns to Celtic. I can't see us doing a deal for Murphy.
ALB, Hewitt, Chopra, Taylor, Mears, Lawrence, Marriott, Carson.
Kisnorbo, Murphy, Martin, N'Daw, Mclean, Brown (x2), Tabb, Ainsely.
I dont think we're in bad shape. If we can sign Stearman and strengthen that midfield I think we can expect a good season.