By Mark Goodwin
After the disappointment of losing to Fulham last Saturday, I think there has been a total over reaction to the situation. Suddenly its all doom and gloom and we are heading for the abyss.
Yes, we’ve lost John Terry, but was he really going to stay another season, and was he good enough for a year in the Premier League ? I think not.
Jack Grealish is obviously our star asset, but haven’t we been there before? If a Big Club comes knocking I don’t think anyone would begrudge him a move (but please not Manchester United!). I think he’d be great at a club like Spurs,Liverpool or Arsenal who play football the right way.
I’d like to think we could keep him until Xmas at least, and see how things pan out.
I’m more concerned at the fact we can’t seem to get rid of McCormack and Richards and get those two wasters off the wage bill.
The Squad we have left should be more than capable of sustaining a challenge on the Top Six, and with a bit of momentum the Top Two. A lot of people point to the QPR, Bolton and Norwich results last season that cost us, but winning one out of the first seven games was probably the ultimate reason.
Look at Wolves and Cardiff, who had blistering starts and gained momentum from that. We were always playing catch up, and only briefly spent time in the Top Two after seven straight wins culminating with the win over Small Heath.
I’m definitely in the Bruce camp. I’d keep him at least for another season. He’s managed to turn the ship around, given us belief and put some smiles back on our faces, after six terrible years. Ok, sometimes the style of play hasn’t been great, but he has ground out some decent results when we needed them. The 1-0 wins at Middlesbrough (twice) and Sheffield United spring to mind.
I do though think he needs to bring in some of the kids to inject a bit of pace and youth. The only one we really saw last season was Kiernan Davis, and that was more by luck than judgement, as we had a few injuries at the time.
When you look at who we could have in the squad at the start of the season, then this lot should be able to maintain a decent challenge: Bree, Chester, Hourihane, Jedinak, Whelan, Green, RHM, Davis, O’Hare, Kodjia, Hogan, Adomah, Lansbury, Bjarnason, De Laet and possibly Hutton, and I’ve not even mentioned Grealish.
I’m sure we will also get a few loans in as well (Tuanzebe i potentially coming back). The only thing we need is a decent Goalkeeper, although Jed Steer did well when called upon last season.
More Swagger Please
I just hope Bruce will unleash them and play with a bit more swagger and attacking intent.
Although, if we keep losing games 3-2 or 4-3, I’m sure the moaners will start again.
Its not all doom and gloom, disappointing yes, but certainly not doom and gloom, and once those fixtures come out on June 21st, we’ll all get our belief back, especially if Jack stays as well.
Like I mentioned earlier, get a good start and the momentum will build and with our magnificent support both home and especially away, the positivity will return.
Keep The Faith!
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