Bucky’s Blog: Husband has the potential to reach the top

James Husband
James Husband

I saw a bit of criticism last weekend directed at James Husband, after Rovers’ defeat to Birmingham City.

For me, it seemed a little harsh as it looked to me like the whole team fell apart, so to pin it on one youngster’s shoulders seems a little unfair.

It was an incredible game, really; a typical game of two halves. Rovers started strongly, and then they scored and it all went wrong from there.

But James is a seriously good player and he will bounce back from it. If he doesn’t, there’s something wrong!

He wasn’t the only one to be caught out - I thought James Coppinger was out of position for the second - but Husband has that bit of extra quality that sets him apart as a real player.

Everyone goes on about his pace but he brings much more than that to the table, both offensively and defensively.

He doesn’t just bomb forward headlessly, either; he is controlled with his runs and looks to get in behind defenders.

He’s a super player, and I am sure he features on the shopping lists of a lot of top-flight clubs.

To be playing regularly in the Championship, at the age of 20, is impressive and I’ve not seen many left-sided players around who are better than him.

Left back has always been something of a problem spot in recent years but he’s fitted in well and made a big difference to the team.

I’d imagine Paul Dickov might receive a few phone calls this summer about him, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

As important and as talented as he is, everyone does have a price and if one of the big boys comes calling, it remains to be seen what could happen.

If a Premier League club comes in offering £3m or £4m, what do you do if you’re Doncaster Rovers?

On the whole, I think Paul hasn’t done a bad job so far this term. He’s had a bit of bad luck with injuries but he’s made some good signings like Sam Johnstone, who has looked solid between the sticks.

Paul Keegan and Richie Wellens have been good too but I’d like to see him bring in somebody different up front.