Doncaster Rovers: How Darren Moore plans to solve his growing defensive selection headache

Darren Moore insists he will operate a pure meritocracy when he has a full complement of centre halves available at Doncaster Rovers.

Friday, 29th November 2019, 6:00 am
Cameron John
Cameron John

The Rovers boss looked set to be faced with a considerable selection headache at centre back when Cameron John resumed training with the club following a knee injury.

However Tom Anderson received a three-match suspension for a red card against Wycombe Wanderers last week, the same day Donervon Daniels suffered a concussion from which he continues to recover.

Both men will return to action quickly, presenting Moore with a decision of two from a group of four defenders that have all impressed this term.

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And he says it will be those that continue to impress the most that earn his favour in team selection terms.

“It’ll be the two of them that are doing consistently well at the time,” Moore said.

“If all of them are consistently doing well then great – it’ll give me the type of headache that a manager wants.

“You want bodies at the training ground for when it comes to matchdays you can pick horses for courses.

“They know the consistency they have to show – as does the whole team. And the performances they’ve got to show too.

“It’s the way I have managed and always will manage the group in terms of the high level of performance.

“It’s a competitive field to stay in the team and perform, and it’s a competitive field to keep your performance levels high.”

Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee John – the only left footed defender among the four centre halves – played 60 minutes for Rovers U23s at Exeter City on Tuesday night, putting him firmly in contention to return to action for the senior team at Gillingham on Sunday.