Call for Churchy
Very disappointed that we weren’t able to bring another striker in with Duchatelet clearly putting his eggs in the Andy Delort basket. I believe he was still trying to work with Tours FC before last weekend offering investment in the Ligue 2 clubs youth structure.
Tours needed €4 million to keep the wolf from the door whilst Delort’s agent and father pulled every trick in the book, some pretty tasteless, to get the best deal for the player. Duchatelet was never going to fight in that ring.
Whether Peeters can now convince Katrien and Roly to explore the English loan market we will have to wait and see, an area congested with rubbish that needs to be sifted through carefully, especially when you are out shopping after the best deals have been snapped up.
We now have to hope that Bob did manage to buy a lorry load of cotton wool to wrap Igor up in because losing him would plainly not be a happy day.
Tucudean is still finding his feet, but wouldn’t it be great if Simon Church, unfairly bashed I think, could become the perfect foil for Igor as he was when he came on as substitute at Brighton on Saturday.
With his non-stop running and ability to be a very useful outlet in space plus with the pressure of scoring every half chance he gets off, the Welshman could be very important to Bob over the next few months.
Beyond question Bob wants to play 4-4-2, but as an alternative he does have some very useful attacking midfielders under his leadership. In order to gain more control of away games he may consider playing Igor as a lone front man and push either Moussa, Gundmundsson, Harriott or new boy Bulot up behind him.
We lack a striker that can hold the ball up and bring others into play (some might call it the Kermorgant role!) but Bob does have some good midfield attacking options.
I am not ungrateful that we bought in 9 players but if we hadn’t then let’s be honest I had a chance of getting a game because so many players left since the end of the last season. Yes, beyond doubt those brought in are much better quality but our squad is thin beyond the first 18 or 19.
I am a great believer that you strengthen when you are successful, and going well, and adding a striker before last night would have sent out a strong message. We didn’t, which I think is shortsighted, but perhaps that opens up an opportunity for Simon Church to show us that he is more than a willing water carrier.