Hope over expectation ?

I’m a bit worried looking at this group of players that we are far too weak all over the pitch to launch any kind of promotion challenge. I know we’ve got a couple of weeks to get some more talent in but finding new players to make a real impact will be very difficult. I totally support TS’s ambition, it was the quality we sorely lacked under Duchâtelet, but I wonder if its a triumph of hope over expectation. It has always taken us 3 years to get out of this Division and my best guess would be a repeat of that.

Yesterday’s midfield is an obvious area. When we got promoted last time, we had a midfield of Bielik, Cullen, Aribo, Fosu, Williams ( playing well) . Compare that to Vennings, Levitt and Oztumer and Williams (lost his mojo) and its evident that we’ve got a big problem.

Even the back 4 , compare the title winning side of Wiggins, Morrison, Taylor and Solly to the current back 4 in any guise and its much weaker.

Sunderland looked pretty woeful yesterday and I don’t agree with Lee that they were a better side than the team we played at Wembley. It is also true that many of the teams in this division are weaker now than the last time we were here, but we are too and by a long way.

Look I certainly hope that in the next two weeks, the team will be transformed but its going to be a big challenge.

6 thoughts on “Hope over expectation ?

  1. Agreed,although a fit Watson and Maddison will add some bite to the midfield.I think (hope) that we will re-sign Matthews and get at least two more capable central defenders in.
    Along with most sides,we need a proven goalscorer. The ability of someone upfront to bag 18-20 goals per season is imperative.
    We have to invest in a striker or two.Washington and Aneke will certainly weigh in with a few goals each along the way in League One,but i dont think either of them will contribute the required amount of strikes to get us out of the division.

    Greg Brown…..A Yorkshire Addick

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with your synopsis. The aim in next two weeks is to strengthen enough to make us competitive, then see where we are in the January sales .then hopefully push on with late run to playoffs.

  3. From mid January to the end of the promotion season Morgan played every game except the play off final. We only lost the game at Oxford. In the play off semi finals against Doncaster we were leading
    2-0 when Morgan was subbed in the first and drawing 1-1 h the second game. Williams did not play well during this period but won a free kick which lead to a goal in the second semi-final. Williams is a luxury we can’t afford. Bowyer has continually criticised Morgan and probably ruined his confidence but recently turned his criticism onto Williams and Bonne (is that why Bonne wanted away.?)

    • I think you make a good point. I thought Morgan was pretty much the best player on Weds against Brighton and I would have played him and Vennings together. I know it’s early days but I don’t think Levitt offers as much as Morgan

  4. Too early to make any assessments of us or others. Given our late start, 15 game mark seems realistic to make any predictions. Either way, we’re in a better place than we’ve been for some years and that in itself is something to feel good about. The league 1 salary cap will be our main obstacle to success.

  5. In fact ourn were doin far better under King Roland til the ESI lot came ahrt n ruined it. We need some good players n thass for sure. Ere are who was takin the free kicks against Sunderland they were all well off target. Either they put some ard work in on them set plays or someone else takes them n thass all there is to it on ere.

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