It's perhaps a little premature for this post after just one match of Wycombe 2.0, but next season is already on my mind.
Waddock has finally found a formation that works and I hope it now becomes a permanent feature of our side, no matter what division we're in. But few, if any, of the new stars will remain when the next season kicks off. With our budgetary constraints, current members of the squad may then have to step up and fill these players' boots.
Hackett can track back. Will Joel Grant study how he does this and add it to his game?
Eastmond can cover every blade of grass, is fearless in the tackle and clever in the distribution. Josh Scowen appears to be the closest we've got in this mould. He's a hard tackler but needs to work on reading the game and his passing. I hope he learns a hell of a lot from Eastmond on the training pitch over the next few weeks.
Hayes and Beavon have already developed a fantastic understanding of each other's play and selflessly linked up with each other on Saturday. Both will probably leave in the summer. Do Matt McClure and Olly Tailor have a similar understanding from their time in the youth team? Is that more useful than having two more experienced strikers who can't link up together?
Laing has pace, composure, a natural belief in himself and strength. I've not seen Anthony Stewart play but I presume he shares some of that skill-set. Hopefully the rest of it rubs off on him as well.
Finally Doherty. What he brings to the team clearly cannot be replicated by any other member of our squad. Fortunately, with Charlton a dead cert for promotion, he will probably become available in the close season. Let's hope he keeps us up and enjoys his time at Wycombe - as this is the one player we HAVE to sign this summer.
i agree with most of what your saying!!!! Stewart is a good defender and will get better with expierence. Scowen will get better by playing, his pasing range is already wide and will give you that... more
Whilst I agree in essence with what you say, I think when you say Scowen is is the closest we have to Eastmond, I would say we already have one in Lewis. He fits into that category already. In my... more
Like he did on Saturday - which he can only do if partnered with a solidly defensive midfielder. This is why I think one of Gary Waddock's biggest transfer mistakes - of many - was letting Lewis... more
good word to say about Lewis Montrose's performances this season unfortunately. I actually think he did ok for us last season but only ok, he certainly would have been worth keeping ahead of signing... more