Written by northstandmark
The ruthless nature of football (especially at this time of year) brings about our annual dilemma over what to do for the FA Cup 3rd round. Coming hot off the back of the insane festive schedule, and this year with more injuries than we’ve ever known.
So, assuming no miraculous returns to fitness, and in the absence of robotic knees/ankles/hamstrings for various players, what would you decide to do for this?
Pick the ‘strongest’ side we can and give ourselves the highest chance for a positive result? Or just rest the remaining shell-shocked and form-shot first-teamers and play the development squad, accepting the defeat to Luton if it comes?
A mixture of the two is perhaps the most likely answer. For one it might be refreshing to see some young blood and fresh faces, mixed in with what few of the senior pros we can muster.
Francis Cook Mepham Simpson
—Surridge Solanke Dobre
Boruc, Camp, Rico, Stanislas, Fraser, L.Cook, Scrimshaw
Franno, Cook and Surman provide steady leaders and a backbone.
Keep the Cook and Mepham partnership going, the more minutes they can play together the better.
That’s a big back 4 and Kilkenny can curl a ball, so set pieces could be a threat
A very raw front 3 but they can’t do any worse than Callum right now (take him out of the firing line). Let’s see if we can get Solanke a positive game.
God only knows who he’ll play he hasn’t got much to choose from. I think Stanislas needs the game time, Dominic Solanke needs every game possible to try and get that elusive goal. Play Surridge so he can get some game time and quite possibly show Callum Wilson and Solanke what a goal is and how to score one. Play Artur Boruc and Andrew Surman. Give Gavin Kilkenny and Alex Dobre a runout. Then do a pre-match lottery for anyone else. Take your boots just in case. – Join the conversation, click here.