Thoughts on the week
I had a couple of ideas for articles this week – Lee Croft, Forest’s new boys, Danny Blanchett, squad sizes – but all bits
and pieces, nothing that would have made a great read on its own. Instead, here are some of the things we have been talking about this week:
- First off – Lee Croft. I was thinking off doing a “back from the dead” article about players who looked certs to be gone but ended up staying. However, a familiar pattern emerged. Savage, Bywater, Teale, J-Mac amongst others could have featured but it all boiled down to a manager not fancying them, packing them off on loan, only for a new manager to come along and put them back in the team. So all credit to Croft for getting himself a squad number and genuinely looking as though he might feature again for the Rams without a change of boss. Last season Croft seemed as far out of the picture as its possible to be – not even making the bench when we were struggling to name a full squad. I saw him a couple of times for the reserves and although the endeavour was there, the quality sadly wasn’t. But come the new season and Croft was enthusing about pre-season training, seeing the lads again and publicly stating his desire to stay – hopefully he’ll be like the proverbial new signing.
- I was reading about Forest being linked with Boateng and Zenden last week and texted my brother with the punchline of “rumours of a JFH comeback unconfirmed”. I nearly choked on my tea when I read that Jimmy-
Floyd had actually joined the Dogs, albeit in a coaching capacity. This also lead to biggest letdown of a headline since “Rams sign international winger” and it turned out to be Eddie Lewis. “Forest boss swoops for Dutch duo” must have raised hopes of a couple of top FC Twente players signing – imagine the disappointment at seeing it was 35 year old Boateng on a one year contract and JFK on bbc duties (balls, bibs and cones for new readers).
- I’m not sure if left-back Danny Blanchett is properly on trial or just training with us and making up the numbers in friendlies. Either way, his wikipedia page is an interesting five minute read.
- Matchday squad sizes have now been cut to five subs – cue a sharp increase in the number of times people say “he’s not even on the bench” about various players. A possible spanner in the works for Crofty’s comeback!