What we’re talking about
After a Twitter request for a new article, we thought we’d share what the hot topics have been amongst the Ramspace friends and family. It’s friday afternoon and after a couple of good results, what better way to pass the time than talk about footie! Feel free to add any knowledge if you know better than we do:
James Bailey: Simply, what is going on? We’ve all seen the stats about when he plays and now he can’t even get on the bench in a tiny squad. Rumours why have varied from being too close to class-joker Lee Croft; to turning down a move on the eve of transfer deadline. In the latter case, it might explain the signing of Tom Carroll, who is a similar-ish player to Bails but not at all like Greenie. Clough said if Greenie left it would leave us light in midfield, hence signing Carroll but was this a red herring? Pure speculation on my part but you can just imagine “…yeah Harry, he’ll play every game Bailey’s going to Wigan tomorrow”.
Tom Carroll – We’re still not convinced. Tidy player with obvious ability but not the right man for us now. He’s had seven straight starts, so probably due a rest. If Clough really wanted to play a lightweight but talented midfielder to help him develop, he might as well have chucked Will Hughes in – at least we’d have felt the long term benefit and not Tottenham.
Ben Davies – Ok, he’s not the messiah but with us having no one who could play wide or cross a ball, it seemed logical to bring him back. After a goal drought, we immediately score 4 in two games with Ben back and he got two direct assists. Should have happened weeks ago.
Partick Nzuzi – We’ve been frustrated in our attempts to see the reserves this season, with fixtures constantly being cancelled. I finally had it all sorted for Wednesday – then my son had to go to hospital (nothing serious – thanks for asking). Nzuzi played on trial and a quick search reveals him as being a Congolese ex-Newcastle right back with his own blog! http://blog.lfe.org.uk/article/welcome-to-my-blog-patrick-nzuzi We’ve said before, we need a couple of young full-backs in the squad and with us watching Dixon at Dundee United, it seems we’re on the case. Unfortunately, I’ve no idea how Pat played. Can anyone remember a successful trialist under Clough other than Conor Doyle? (and perhaps Michael Boulding).
The run-in - There’s points to be had in all our remaining games, with only Cardiff and M’Boro in the upper echelons to play. Don’t be surprised by a strong top half finish!