Fans’ Forum: Squad depth a major concern - Wes Grimes

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

If I was being exceedingly kind I’d describe the start to this season as poor.

The real truth of the matter is we’ve been exposed extremely quickly to what we’ve got to look forward to this season.

Despite a handful of decent signings over the summer the same issues on the pitch are already apparent.

What truly amazes me is that in Paul Dickov and Shaun Goater we have two former strikers who would be described as formidable, yet to date we’ve amassed one league goal, that coming from a misplaced kick back to the opposition goalkeeper after a foul.

With Nathan Tyson out for six to eight weeks and Curtis Main looking woefully short of confidence/ability, we’re already in an injury crisis just three weeks into the season.

The squad now looks to be down to its bare bones.

And with Luke McCullough and Rob Jones coming off against Ipswich we either need to act swiftly to replace them or rely on the youngsters coming through.

From what I’ve seen of the young players that have featured it’s clear that they are nowhere near ready for a prolonged stint in the first team and the coming week will really show the intent of the board to ensure we’re competitive this season.

Whatever investment has already gone in, the depth of our squad has already become apparent and has left the majority of fans with real concerns about the rest of the season.

The bench at Port Vale didn’t have a match changer on it.

The football itself has been lacklustre, devoid of ideas and if we were still playing Southend now the score would be 0-0. All of which has made the success of Black Bank all the more important.

When myself and Neil Taylor went to the West Stand singing section last season and tried to sell the vision of a bigger and better section we never anticipated it would take off the way it has.

Regardless of how bad the football has been thus far, let’s get behind the lads for 90 minutes and continue to be the 12th man.