The big kick off. It’s time to put the turbulence behind us and get started.
Saturday will be a very interesting test for a threadbare Wanderers squad. There has been a late, yet unconfirmed, arrival of Luke Murphy after the cancellation of his Leeds contract, and the news that Antonee Robinson may be joining local rivals Wigan due to Joe Royle’s input, which has bolstered the midfield but left us short at left back.
Whether Murphy will be registered and ready to play and if there will be any more arrivals is yet to be seen, but aside from the defensive and midfield strife, Parky seems to have a bit of a selection headache up top and on the wings. Noone has impressed in pre season and has given himself every chance to start ahead of Wildschut or Ameobi, but I think it will be the latter pair who get the nod.
Donaldson has had a big input in our warm up as well but the arrival of Magennis may push him to the sidelines. I really hope Alfie is in the mix as he’s always going to get goals, and there is the insistance that we’re in for another striker in Garner after missing out on Wyke which would increase options further.
Personally I’d like to see a 352/532 flexible formation. There’s only one choice in goal and the defence is set too with no other options besides a choice at right back between Olkowski and Little, who fell out of favour towards the latter part of last season.
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For this game I’ve gone for a defensive counter attack option. Wildschut, I know, isn’t a wing back but we’ll need his pace to break, and leaving Ameobi and Noone on the bench gives us options to change it up if needs be if we need to chase a goal. I’d really like to see Alfie feeding off Magennis up top rather than leaving an isolated target man. It’s a very narrow formation but I think we’ll need to be very tight defensively with the option to open up later on by bringing out and out wingers on. A “plan B” if you will, which has been lacking last year.
The big problem is the lack of backup defenders on the bench.
I’d like to hear your opinions before the team sheet comes out, and as I write this on Thursday afternoon, there is still time for more names to join before the start.
Thanks for reading.
Edit: as I’ve written this, Murphy has been confirmed. He could start ahead of Lowe and Lowe could be the defensive cover on the bench. Let’s see….