Four Things We Learned From Saturday


A striker with experience is needed

While Coleman is determined to bring in youth players who have the hunger and desire that we so badly need, goals are very much the priority and I’m not sure that’s going to come from a young kid who, in fairness has had a couple of impressive appearances. Josh Maja wants to win games and he wants to score goals but he is only 19-years-old and isn’t ready to lead the line for us – so why would we bring in another guy just like him?

We need experience and reliability at the front of our attack and Jonathan Walters would be perfect. Despite his age, he has proven himself at the top level and is only likely to impress in the Championship. Barnsley’s Tom Bradshaw could also be a good option, with 11 goals to his name already.

Bringing in the likes of Jake Clarke-Salter and perhaps Ben Woodburn seems like a brilliant idea, but I can’t see us moving too far up the table if we are relying on Josh Maja and other youngsters to put the ball in the back of the net week in week out.

Ndong needs to leave – but loans aren’t good enough

Despite Coleman stating that Ndong was ok to play against Cardiff on Saturday, it was clear where his head was at. While he didn’t play too terribly and the red card was perhaps a little harsh, Ndong didn’t look half the player we have seen he can be.

The 23-year-old has always been one to get stuck in, intercepting balls left right and centre. However, until his sending off I forgot he was even on the pitch.

Coleman has made it clear that he doesn’t want anyone at the club that doesn’t want to be here and Ndong fits perfectly into that situation. However, Watford’s proposal to take him on loan with a view to buy IF he plays in 75% of the remaining matches isn’t what we want.

Sending the midfielder out on loan doesn’t benefit us at all and Watford could quite easily play him in less than 75% of their games – meaning no money for us.

While we need to free up our wage bill and keeping Ndong may seem worse for us than it is for him, sending him out on loan isn’t going to really benefit us and if Coleman sticks to his guns hopefully we will eventually command a decent fee for Ndong’s services.

A new keeper could potentially save our season

While it is quite obvious that we need to strengthen in our midfield and attack, I think a new keeper could be the difference between staying up and dropping down to League One.

For so long we have found comfort in the fact that if the opposition get past our defence, they still have our keeper – the likes of Jordan Pickford, Simon Mignolet and Craig Gordon – to get past.

But now, with Ruiter and Steele, we can’t rely on them at all. And it’s not just that they can’t pull off these fantastic saves that Pickford did so often, but they are incapable of saving the easiest of shots. Both keepers have been at fault for so many goals this season and even if we brought in Harry Kane to sort out the attack, our issue at the other end of the pitch would still stand and it’s that issue that could potentially see us relegated.

Relegation is inevitable

We may have the Welsh hero that is Chris Coleman and most people rightly believe he is the man to take us forward, but I don’t think anyone could sort out the mess that is our football club.

Coleman has his targets, but without the backing of Ellis Short he isn’t going to get anywhere. We are still going to be stuck with loanees and players that we had to scrape a few coins together for.

Our club is rotten and full of players not up for the fight – as we have seen with the sudden never-ending ‘injury’ list and the departures this transfer window. But this has left us with a threadbare squad and without the funds to deal with it we aren’t going to get any better.

I feel sorry for Coleman because his attitude is brilliant and I love him, but we are too far gone for him to rescue us.

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