Quick one before the Norwich game
He’s signed early, and given our creativity problems this season he could play a very big part in the second half of the season
In a week of few highlights, it was nice to see Obika come off the bench, shame he couldn’t take the one chance that came his way, but it was better to see him than an experienced pro played out of position. There’s no point having a youth team if you don’t even use them in emergencies.
Andros Townsend and Tom Carroll
Surprised one or both of them didn’t start at Leeds, even more surprised Townsend did not come off the bench and Carroll was left at home. Towsend especially must be wondering what the future holds – if he can’t get game time against a Championship team then what’s the point of hanging around? He’s at an age now where yet more loans are not going to do him much good unless he plays in the Premiership, but he doesn’t have a reputation that will get him a PL move.
Probably the last we will see of him this season. Also thought he was reluctant to come out to Varney for the first goal but to be honest I think there was little he could do no matter what he done.
The back 4
Woeful display, caught out by lumps upfield. We’ll put it down as a bad day at the office but standards need to be improved if they want to play more often.
If the defence was woeful my god, what was Hudd? He really has regressed since his injury, which is bad news because he really needed to kick on. He’s right in the ‘Jenas’ zone in terms of not being good enough for the team if we’re truthful but he’ll get in ahead of the youngsters, and we’ll ask too much money and so never actually sell him (see David Bentley). With Holtby arriving, you start to wonder if its a good idea Tom sticks around after the end of the month?
I don't think playing off a front man is his best position, but it appears to be the only position he can get game time with. I think he has some great ability if we use him in his proper role. If not, we'll waste him.
Bad week because he got hauled off at half time as Norwich lost to Luton, then sent back to the club, but he’ll probably be glad to be back. Injury disrupted his loan spell, and while I think the Harri-kane has a lot of ability, he is not a lone target man, which is how Hughton was playing him in the last month or so.
I think Kane needs to gel with his teammates, I think he’s quite an intelligent player but doesn’t have the experience or belief yet to go straight into a game and make things happen. I was surprised he went to a Premier League team in the first place and I feel that a return to our club is much better for his development, especially if we don’t sign a new striker.