Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
If you had said a year or so ago the ‘Wall strike-force would be Rob Hulse, Andy Keogh, Benik Afobe and Nathan Tyson, I’d say that most fans would be pleased with that, not anymore…
We are now the victims of our own success thanks to a certain Chris Wood. Before I move on I’d like to say thank you to Wood, his goals have basically saved us from another relegation battle.
With Wood sending the Lions up the table he was always going to attract attention and always unlikely that he would stay, we all knew what happened. So it was all about who would replace him…
Fans saying we should’ve signed this player or that player acting like we just didn’t try to sign strikers, oh we did. Simon Church was ready to sign until it came out he’s on more money than Wood is at Leicester. Aaron McLean was about to sign until Hull didn’t want to loan him to a promotion rival (they don’t have to worry now). A bid of half a million for Steven Davies at Bristol City was rejected.
The Lions even went in for Steve Morison, but he was being used as a pawn in the Bechhio deal from Leeds to Norwich – we were trying.
Saturdays defeat at Blackpool may have been the 4th straight defeat in a row, but compared to the last two games this was a whole different performance. The Lions could’ve been been 3-0 up at half time and hit the crossbar three times. Blackpool took their chances and we didn’t, we move on, but at-least this time it is with positives.
If we’re all being honest, unless a big striker came in during the window such as a Morison or a Harry Kane, then our play-off hopes went with Wood to Leicester. It was always going to be tough to replace him. You could spend money on big wages on a Premier League journeyman (such as Jason Roberts signing for Reading last season) and it may not work out. Or you could take an expensive punt on someone on the lower leagues, and it be a flop, Lions fans will be reminded of Josh Mcquoid at this moment…
To be honest, I think it’s all about just getting to the summer now, we are not going to go down and we are not getting near the play-offs either. Get to the summer and then we can start clearing the lower classes within the team. The likes of Shaun Batt, Liam Feeney, Theirry Racon and Dany N’Guessan as well as all the current loan signings returning to their clubs.
Now back to this season as the Lions move on to a tricky F.A Cup tie at Luton Town of the Blue Square Premier this weekend. After beating Norwich and Wolves in previous rounds they will be looking for a hat-trick of shocks.
In reality the Lions should win this, but as we know in the cup anything can happen. Is it bad that I would take the draw now and bring them back to The Den? I can see this being 2-1 win to the ‘Wall though!