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|Playing for their futures|
at 13:24 7 Apr 2021
With these new owners promising to inject a lot of money into the club, I now think it extremely likely that the majority of the squad will be gone at the end of the year. But there are still eight matches left for them to prove that they deserve a role next year. I think we can all agree that some will take it upon themselves to really go for it in these final eight matches, and some will just give up. All we need is for eleven of our enormous squad to decide that they want to be here next year, and we will get to the playoffs at the very least, and could even win them (Sunderland, Portsmouth and Blackpool are all teams we can beat). On pure footballing ability, the squad is good enough. It is time for the final run of wins to take us up, and then the rebuild in the summer will be in the championship, with those eleven players (and hopefully more, as we will need some subs and some backups in case of injury in these eight matches) being the ones that stay on.
|Give Aaron Drinan a new contract|
at 16:04 4 Apr 2021
Controversial opinion? Maybe, but I am convinced that Aaron Drinan deserves a new contract. Clearly, he is not good enough right now to get us promoted as the main striker next year, but he is good enough to be a backup, and there is clearly a lot of potential in him, despite the fact that he is not exactly a kid anymore. Two examples I can think of where Drinan was pure class were in that beautiful back pass to Teddy Bishop on the opening day against Wigan, which Bishop fired into the post; and that lovely touch against Burton in extra time which suddenly gave him a brilliant chance from nothing. Unfortunately, he messed up that chance, and his only flaw is that he is not a good finisher. But that is something that can be improved with practice, which is why I say he has great potential, and could be better than James Norwood in the future. He also fits perfectly into Cook's 4-2-3-1 system, but even if we are switching to wing-backs for the remainder of the season, I think he deserves a run of games, alongside Norwood, or Troy Parrott if Norwood's injury is a bad one. Last time he had a run of games was in pre-season, and he improved substantially in that time. Next year, I think we will need a new, championship-standard striker, but with James Norwood, Oli Hawkins, and Aaron Drinan as backup.
|Get behind the team!|
at 13:40 1 Apr 2021
Come on everyone, let's get behind the team for these final ten matches. Since Cook replaced Lambert, the shift of criticism has switched from the manager to the players, and this negativity can't be helping them. Paul Cook is an excellent manager and will do the best thing for the club in the Summer, whether that means clearing out the whole team or keeping the exact same team for next year. But the reaction of the fans to the players for these ten games will not make a difference to his decision. This is clear because he just said that he thinks all the fans are behind the players, which means he doesn't read the comments of the fans, and this is a good thing. But maybe the players do. These last ten games might be the final ten for many of these players, so let's all just give them the maximum support and see if that transforms them into better players. If it works, then we might get in the playoffs, and many of the players will have improved to the point that they can stay on next year. If not, Cook will not give them new contracts, and there will be no harm done.
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