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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.

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  1. ken from bexley #

    I see you still have a soft spot for Church Chicago….. Well it is a game about opinions, but I have to say (as you well know) that Church does not cut it for me, and quite a few fellow addicks, from the covered end, but who knows he might surprise us and come good.
    By the way how many times did you see him play last year?… in person

    September 2, 2014
  2. Six times in the flesh including a gut busting display at St Andrews, but I accept that was a small % of his games.

    My point in the post Ken, is really that we don’t have any other options.

    September 2, 2014
    • ken #

      exactly,! The issue when we sold Kermie, was that we did not replace him with an adequate replacement. Not wise words said after the event, but said at the time by many a supporter.
      The team at present are playing good football, and in Igor we seem to have someone capable of finding the back of the net. Nothing personal against Chuch,, why should I?
      Never met him in person, at least to speak to?.

      September 4, 2014
  3. Dave from Hastings #

    I am not so sure it’s short sighted as I believe efforts were made to recruit another striker. But quite rightly not at any cost.

    September 2, 2014
  4. Daggs #

    Well i don’t dislike Church myself. O/K he’s not much of a striker. But his workrate and running is second to none.. I’d quite like to see him used on the wing, if we can get him to whip balls in from wide it could pay dividends.

    September 2, 2014
  5. Stephen #

    darren bent is coming on loan………….and in this league if injury free will score 20 plus

    September 2, 2014
  6. Sciurus Carolinensis Nemesis #

    CA you saw a different Church ‘performance’ than I did on Saturday – all his usual touch and finesse (!) with little of his usual effort and running. The referee deserves a medal for maintaining a straight face when booking him for his simulation, the fall defied parody. He had the cast of a player sulking rather than looking to force his way back into the reckoning. I’m relaxed about Church’s limitations cos he usually does his best to at least be a nuisance but from row G at the amex he looked like he let himself down on Saturday.

    September 3, 2014
    • I wasn’t there SCN. Just opinions from mates (both CAFC and BHA) who were, but respect your viewpoint.

      September 3, 2014
  7. Pat #

    I’m not a great fan of the loan system (with the exception of Jorge Costa of course) but aren’t there restrictions on how many we can have – or is it on the number you can play at any one time? I thought we had loads already with Roly’s system. Be patient with me CA.

    September 3, 2014
    • Pat – me neither, but I would add Scott Carson to that list and a special mention to both John Hendry and Paul Kitson.

      Rules are eight in total during a season, five max in a matchday squad and I think 4 most from any other club. We have just two so far – Buyens and Bulot.

      September 3, 2014
  8. Pat #

    Ahh – thanks for the explanation. I see my boy has gone to Huddersfield. His vest will keep me extra warm on 28 Feb.

    September 3, 2014

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