Dear Roker Report,
Hi — seasons greetings to everyone. Maybe this is just a temporary coach position until Will Still becomes available at the end of the season? just a thought...
Dear Roker Report,
With the upcoming transfer window and Sunderland crying out for anything promise up top, I’d like to see the club go in for Sinclair Armstrong of QPR. Strong, quick and full of potential, already an international player at 20 year old for ROI and out of contract in the summer for a relegation threatened club, I think he fits the “model” well, considering he’s actually scored this season at this level too.
Do you see him being a likely target for us this window, as QPR risk losing him for free at the end of the season, or do you think that there’ll be no striker activity this window as rumoured (beside Burstow going back to Chelsea)?
Happy New Year.
Ed’s Note [Gav]: Nah, I can’t see it. He’s already ‘known’ so would probably cost a bit. To be honest I wasn’t that impressed by him when we played them earlier in the season, he seemed more interested in fouling than doing anything else and looked too raw. Just checked and he’s scored one goal all season.
That’s one more than our strikers combined I suppose, but still.. not great.
In terms of signings: I think we have to bring someone in, because they aren’t showing faith in the lads we have which is obviously an issue. I’d send Burstow back to Chelsea and loan out Hemir, which would free up a spot or two in the squad.
Dear Roker Report,
By the close of season 2021/22 I had enjoyed the best football I have seen us play for many years. The winning goal away at WBA just typified our exciting play.
So what has gone wrong this season so far? Well, looking at the table we have the same points as we did at this time last season so maybe not a lot.
Why doesn’t it feel like that?
In the summer the 3 loan deals ended losing Amad, Mitchut and Gelhardt.
We also saw Batth (who was immense last season), Gooch who can actually cross a ball, and Stewart leave.
Incomers were Rusyn 2.5m, Seelt 2m, Bellingham 1.8m, Mayenda 0.8m, Semedo 0.5m along with Dack (why?), Aouchiche, Triantis, Pembele and Burstow on loan.
A lot of experience lost but we still have Evans and Embleton ( both still not fit) and we almost lost Roberts and Pritchard.
That’s quite a lot of change but, hey, we have a process, so it should be no problem.
Well, it’s not working.
Firstly, Luke is NO centre half and has been caught out many times committing quite a lot of fouls in the process. However, we have a number of centre halves.
What are we doing playing Seelt, a centre half, at full back? Luke would be better there with Seelt as CH.
Secondly, We have two highly talented wingers in Clarke and Roberts, but neither can cross a ball with their weaker foot and as they are playing on the wing of their weaker foot, there is NO service to a centre forward.
Whoops, sorry, did I say centre forward. We have spent over 4m on centre forwards but they remain on the bench. Instead we use the loanee Burstow, if we use anyone, denying any game time to our own players.
Of course, Bennette can put in great crosses but he’s lucky to get on the bench.
Thirdly, another old problem with being overrun in midfield but we all know about that.
Finally, Alex Pritchard. The man that makes the team tick. The man who gives us shape every time he comes on. This is a no-brainer but we look like we will let him go.
One last thing. I’m retired now but spent years working in IT and unfortunately too many years working for people who believed in Process. Ignoring the facts that maybe we had inexperienced staff, not trained properly, short staffed, wrong staff, poor estimates. Oh no, it’s not the fault of blindly following the process, it’s because we didn’t follow the process properly.
There is nothing wrong with having a process but with the flexibility to change things when they are not quite working. Dodds and Beale will do as they are told where as the experienced Mowbray had just had enough. The sight of TM sending post-its out with instructions because he wasn’t allowed to officially change Plan A.
Lets hope common sense prevails in 2024.
Wishing RR and all a happy New Year.