Doncaster Rovers: New year capitulation raises questions about January - James Marshall

Harry Forrester
Harry Forrester

The Doncaster Rovers squad is a lot different to the one that started the season.

But have the comings and goings benefited the side, or could more have been done in January?

Harry Forrester was always going to be a divisive exit, as it’s quite obvious he’s got a lot of talent.

But he wasn’t playing earlier in the season and Rovers were winning matches.

A lot of Rovers fans suggested if Forrester left, and his wages were used to sign a player who would play, and play well, then fair enough. But nobody has come in and had the desired impact.

We’ve brought in young loanees from the Premier League throughout the season and there’s no doubt they are very talented lads.

But how many of them are physically and mentally ready for a fight when the going gets tough in League One?

Wily, experienced campaigners like Rob Jones and Richie Wellens were deemed surplus to requirements in January, and it looked logical to let them leave when games were going in our favour.

But now we’re slipping ever-closer to the relegation zone, the question has to be asked would they have provided crucial know-how in this situation, and also given an under-performing squad a kick up the backside?

Rovers have been unfortunate in that two of the best players brought in on loan have had to leave because of injury. Felipe Mattioni and Keshi Anderson were both excellent additions.

But, for whatever reason, they appear to have left themselves short during the January transfer window.

Fans’ concerns about the lack of strength and quality at the back also look more and more justified by the game.

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