Written by NWCherries98
Compared to the state of the squad at the beginning of the season, I think we can be really happy with the quality of options we have in nearly every position. Also love the way the entire squad has been subtly overhauled from the general negativity of our last 18 months in the Premier League.
Introducing both new signings who are happy to fight for the club in its present state and a couple of really bright prospects from the academy has reinvigorated us in a way that would have been ideal but probably unrealistic last season. Combine this with the entirely new coaching staff and (jury still out for some) style of play and defensive nous. Just feeling very positive about where we’re at
There are obviously still a few weak areas; Travers has a Federici-esque backup who isn’t entirely convincing, Left Back looks a bit frail if Zemura suddenly hits a bad patch. Lowe was a great signing in my opinion but we still look very light up front. You could also argue however that we have made several signings this season that would have been great for many Premier League clubs, particularly Cahill and Christie. We suddenly have robust options on the wings, real competition for Brooks who has been dragging his feet for months and midfield options that could potentially rival many lower mid-table Premier League clubs. In my opinion.
It feels like the squad is both more unified than it’s been in years, while also having great depth for when anyone’s levels dip.
Great options all over the pitch but we are very light if Dom picks up an injury as he’s so crucial to how we are playing. Let’s see how Lowe gets on and pray Dom stays fit!
We will need more goals from midfield (not just Billing). Hopefully, Brooks, Christie and Anthony can chip in. As a reference, Pugh (9), Yann (15), Ritchie (15) and Arter (9) scored 48 league goals between them in 14/15. If Solanke and Billing manage the 30 odd that Wilson/Pitman did between them, then others will still need to contribute.
Waz afcb wrote…
This is a worry. Are there enough goals in this side? We are very reliant on Solanke and Billing at the moment. Christie looks like he can create but not sure how many goals he’s got in him. Anthony likewise. Lerma and Pearson don’t score and Brooks is so erratic who knows what he will do. If we say that Billing and Solanke will get 40 between them as a generous estimate, where are the rest of the goals coming from? To get promoted you’d think we’d need to find approximately another thirty or so from somewhere… – Join the conversation, click here.