Post by Rovers 12th Man on Jul 1, 2019 10:36:09 GMT
Seeing the squad written down, it makes me realise how short we are in midfield.
Ed Upson - first team Liam Sercombe - first team Ollie Clarke - first team Kyle Bennett - expect to leave Abumere Ogogo - first team Sam Matthews - expect to leave Bernard Mensah - expect to leave Alex Rodman - first team Luke Russe - expect to leave (loan)
That leaves us with 5 first choice midfielders for a side that often plays 5 in midfield. We really need to boost our numbers there, especially in the wide positions.
Tareiq Holmes-Dennis Tony Craig Rollin Menayese Michael Kelly Alfie Kilgour Mark Little Tom Davies Josh Hare
Ed Upson Liam Sercombe Ollie Clarke Abumere Ogogo Alex Rodman Luke Russe
Tom Nicholls Jonson Clarke-Harris Gavin Reilly
TBC Kyle Bennett Bernard Mensah Sam Matthews Deon Moore
I can't see Andre getting anywhere near the 1st team league match day squad and it's not clear whether the players listed under "TBC" will still be here come the start of the season. So it's 18 definite squad members with 3 of those with little league experience, so plenty of work yet for TW/GC to do to compete the squad. I'd have thought Deon Moore is probably moving on if he doesn't sign his new contract this week?
Yet to see all the new additions play but on paper the squad is shaping up nicely. My main concern would still be the lack of goals and chances created that seemed to haunt us last season. The addition of JCH was a huge boost to this but we can't keep on relying solely on him to keep us out of trouble. Therefore the arrival of a winger, attacking minded central midfielder and another striker to improve our prospects going forward and replace the departures would be nice. I'm sure Coughlan has his targets, looking forward to the new season.
THD was OK as a make shift winger last season but I can't see being used much in that position this season or otherwise GC would have brought in back up for Kelly. It'll be interesting to see what happens with Matthews, Bennett and Mensah as they are still all at the club and if they stay are fighting for positions on the wings. If any of them leave then GC will probably need to bring in replacements
Hoping for one more on the left of midfield - a left footer with experience ideally. Mensah was told he can go, hopefully Bennett going to. Matthews now injured (but just didn't look L1 level for all his nice dribbles etc).
*EDIT* Just saw we signed Luke Leahy yesterday too!!!
Alexis Andre Jordi van Stappershoef Anssi Jaakkola
Defenders - Tareiq Holmes-Dennis Tony Craig Rollin Menayese Michael Kelly Alfie Kilgour Mark Little Tom Davies Josh Hare Luke Leahy
Midfielders - Ed Upson Liam Sercombe Ollie Clarke Kyle Bennett Abumere Ogogo Sam Matthews Bernard Mensah Alex Rodman Luke Russe
Strikers - Tom Nicholls Jonson Clarke-Harris Gavin Reilly Deon Moore Tyler Smith
Weird to think that most of us seem to think that we're reaching the end of our business and yet there's still around 5 players who could be gone in one form or another by the time the season starts. Does that mean that there isn't going to be as many departures as first thought, or that there's more business still to come?