Running on fumes

I note some of the criticism on twitter of the team/tactics/formation etc but frankly it is a bit ridiculous to blame anything other than the fact that we have totally run out of players.

Out of the finishing 11, Josh Davison, Ben Dempsey, Alfie Doherty, Albie Morgan are all totally inexperienced players who are at Conference level or in Albie’s case maybe League 1.

Chris Solly and Ben Purrington are no longer the first choice full backs. Darren Pratley is great but totally knackered, Deji Oshilaja is solid but not a first team player. Macauley Bonne was playing Conference last year. Lyle Taylor is not fully fit. We have to be honest with ourselves – effort and motivation is great but it will be almost impossible to win further games with this current team. Superhuman effort from the players and continuing fanatical support at The Valley will be vital for survival.

We are in desperate need of 5 or 6 new, fit , Championship level players NOW.

3 thoughts on “Running on fumes

  1. Yes, indeed but the likelihood of getting 5 or 6 players of quality, let alone fit Championship quality players in very unlikely and something smells (and the RAT still here) about this so-called T/O and see we being linked with Clarke and no no no not another one who is not fit and we seem to sign so many over the years.
    Where do we find these players in January and Taylor I fear is not going to be the same player again, because of injury and players are being asked to play even if they are injured ie Gallagher.
    Agreed, many of the injuries are unavoidable but some concern over the ones who are working overtime on the training pitch and unfit but Bows still making them work.
    We are in a real relegation scrap and yes CAFC love to give teams around us favours and 2 goals each match.

  2. I think Albie Morgan is a better player than you give credit. He is not the finished article but must get pitch time to maintain his progress. Many fans think that the return of Johnny Williams will make a major difference but Williams is not an athletic player and returning from injury will be a slow process, even when fully fit he only lasts 60-70 minutes so when he returns he is likely to play 30-45 minutes for several games. Morgan is the ideal player to share games with Williams.
    If you analyse the games where Morgan starts you will notice that the final result is frequently worse when he is replaced. we were drawing 1-1 with Sheffield W when he was subbed, we lost 3-1. In the Hull game we were winning 1-0 when he was subbed we drew 1-1. He came on at QPR when we were losing 1-0 we drew 2-2 so his pitch time was positive 2-1. He has two assists in recent games one for Taylor one for Bonne. At Derby he played a 35yd pass to Bonne to put him clear but Bonne was just off-side. Some players look good but are not effective, others like Morgan are more effective than they appear.

    • Richard
      All very fair comment and he’s obviously got potential ( hopefully , Alfie, Josh and Ben too) but in a relegation dogfight I think we need stronger more experienced players
      They all need more help

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