Tevoh Calobah. In the bleakest of seasons in our history we signed a fresh faced and raw 18 year old to play the most pivotal of roles in any team. Not only was it a #NewEra for an underfunded side under a new inexperienced coaching team but, it was also a side that had seen its guts ripped out of it during unprecedented upheaval. Not only was Trevoh 18 but this was to be his first EVER season in senior professional football. Not only was it his first ever season but it was in one of the most gruelling, unforgiving leagues in world football. On top of all this, as an up and coming centre half, he was being asked to underpin the side in a crucial holding midfield role!
In his first few games he showed flashes of his talent with some lovely raking passes and timely interceptions but we did also see his inexperience. He has cost us goals but also won us points but the truly outstanding thing about him is that he has never hidden. Not once! He chases everything and is always available for the pass. He is always in front of the fans either on social media or signing autographs. He has been a credit to us and his parent club and his talent has always been there to see. Way too much was asked of him but that wasn’t his fault and he never shirked his responsibility. For me he is easily the POTY and fully deserves it - though I’m sure he would be embarrassed to accept it.
Special mention to Matthew Pennington. I just feel so many of our problems have stemmed from errors at the back etc that i just couldn’t reward an experienced defender.
My Young Player of the Year goes to...
Jack Lankester. Although his season was fleeting he gave us such excitement and hope in those few games. He showed us that despite the current plight our future is one of excitement and promise. He stepped up with direct running and penetration when senior pros failed to. He also quickly committed to the club setting an example to fellow youth players.
Pushing for the play-offs this season had he joined in June. In hindsight Hurst was a bad choice but had Lambert jouned instead most fans would’ve seen it as an uninspiring side step. I think the owner and fans needed the disaster to reassess our values.
More excited about the club now than i have been for many years and have full faith in Lambert. I look forward to match day now. We have no devine right to success but i feel i have something i can get right behind. COYB
and he would love a manager of Lambert’s pedigree in League One. Says Ross is well out of his depth and adamant Hurst would’ve been a better fit for them. Funny ol’ game isn’t it - all the experts on here wetting themselves about missing Ross. No way would he have been the answer.
But carry no threat and always make ridiculous individual errors that cost us games.
We will be stronger for this season we really will. The owner and fans needed this season. The owner is making the right moves now - though ten years too late he is finally laying longer term foundations. The fans are now more united than ever behind the club rather than focusing on any one individual. Hurst was a necessary error for all parties.
See this as a cathartic experience to enable us to come back stronger.