joey_big_nose Posted September 2, 2008 Share Posted September 2, 2008 Well the window has closed and I personally feel we have done okay except for the provision of a right winger. Getting McCarthy out and Ollic or someone else in also would have made sense but that could just be down to Keane temporarily recovering from his permanent lunacy. Rovers didn't get a right winger in obviously which is a disappointment. I thought there was zero chance we wouldn't sign anyone and I thought there was a decent chance we would sign someone good! Not to be. So where do we go from here? Bizarrely we actually have a lot of people who "theoretically" can play there. Reid - Didn't put him in the title becuase, unfortunately, he is just so so awful I think he is going to find himself terminally benched/out of the squad. Did a decent shift in the first game against Everton but had stinkers against West Ham and Hull. His major talent is imposing himself physically on a game - something anyway more suited to the centre than out wide - but this seems to of escaped him since coming back for injury. Derbyshire - Again didn't stick him in there because he just doesn't suit RW. Its a shame in a way because he has a cracking cross, but lacks the skill or pace to make up for his slight frame out wide. Plus to be honest we need him to cover the striking roles! Judge - Supposed to be promising. If he is as good as Treacy I would be delighted. Anyone want to weigh in with an assessment? Simpson - I know next to nothing about him apart from he is a right back who is supposed to be able to play right wing? Can he play right wing? Anyone got an opinion? Dunn - Not really a wide player but can do a job there, provided he is given a lot of license to go forward. It works better if you play him in a combo with Emerton who can overlap and provide the width (which he is excellent at) allowing our Dave to cut in. Andrews would take his spot in the centre and play with Grella. This is my personal favourite of the (rather poor) options, although I don't know anything about Judge or Simpson. Pedersen - Getting a bit desperate here but Pedersen can use both feet and could play right. Also looks soon to be ousted from his berth by Treacy so will be available and, in terms of experience out right, he does quite often swap sides with players during games. However for me he lacks the ability to run at people which I feel is crucial to be able to play on the unfamiliar side of the pitch. If you need to cut in you need to make room for yourself. I can't see the Ped doing that. Emerton - The current first choice incumbrant. Personally I much much prefer him at Right Back. There he is outstanding on the overlap. At right wing he works hard, covers masses of ground, when he does find the space (very rare) can put in an okay cross. However he literally is the most unimaginative player I have ever seen. Mokoena has more creativity! Stock defending from a left back (show him to the outside, block him off etc.) completely nullifies him. Just not an option in the long term. So there we have it. Lots to choose from, not neccessarily the end of the world we didn't sign anyone. However in order for us to have anything that looks more than makeshift we are depending on two youngsters to step up - Simpson (who is more billed as a right back anyway) or our own Judge who seems to be enjoying some real form in the Reserves. The Dunn/Emo combination could work but then do we want to move arguably our midfield best player from the centre to wide right? What are everyones thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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