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Re: Assorted thoughts
I can see Richy leaving
but not Pickford or DCL, and Coleman will still be in the squad
I mean if we got offered silly money for DCL, you'd have to take it, but I'm not sure it will happen
1) Godfrey - whatever anyone thinks of how he played, as a centre half, taking a sudden death penalty, after a while out injured, having it saved then getting a retake - the mental strength he found to score in those circumstances is to his massive credit.
2) Frankly, we were never going to win this competition this year (or any other....?). Given we've seen again how our reserves fail to step up, having a couple less games to add to fatigue/injury between here and Christmas is probably no bad thing. Always disappointing to lose, go out of a cup, etc., and clearly should be trying to win every competition, but the stark reality is that it is the least lucrative competition we're in this season and our squad isn't deep enough to cope with the premier League this year, never mind any additional competitions. It's our league placing that will be the main focus for potential signings in the summer and is therefore crucial, not least because.....
3) Those injured players we missed tonight.....I'll be very surprised if more than one of them is still here come the start of next season. So next year's squad starts with a core of pretty much what we had out tonight, plus one or two who were rested (which includes Allan, who is no spring chicken). That's an alarming thought. This season is so crucial in a number of ways. Hopefully the first 3 games give a template for how we manage to avoid any real trouble, but much work will be needed in the summer to avoid further regression next year. Fingers and everything else crossed.....