Kris is The Man
The one person who should have been delighted at Brendan’s departure for the Foxes is Filip Benkovic by way of already having made inroads into his new gaffers style of play .
And yesterday we seen the Antrim man rule out another loan spell at our club of choice for the Croat saying he has plans for him .
He needn’t have bothered ,,, the minute he joined them it was practically official Filip was heading down south .
It would be folly of Brendan not to have someone that knows his methods close by if possible and he should also I imagine find it comforting to see a familiar face at the start of his first full campaign at the helm of his new team .
So yesterday was just a formality really , confirming a known unknown .
Very few 21 year olds start for mid table Prem clubs without some previous experience of that league ,, so his managers backing will be key to adjusting to life against a better standard of player , sometimes frighteningly better .
The player himself though has already put in enough appearances to not only collect a league winners medal that is surely a formality , but his European exploits for the club will also help him.
We will look back and say yeah he did the job and was a good player ,, but now we face a gap that needs filled .
I had previously blogged how I thought we should do an Edouard with him and splurge big for us knowing that hes at the age were he will increase in price and improve on the field.
A good relationship with his parent club was key to that deal , as was any other manager in world football going there.
Finding young Master Ajer though has been quite a surprise indeed and how we could do with another diamond in the rough , but alas it was thanks to the much maligned Ronny who knew him , and not some great arm of the scouting department .
However Lee Congerton was announced as Head of Recruitment recently and this should be his priority and perhaps highest profile move , sourcing a new first choice central defender who prefers the right side of the back two.
For a fella that has taken flak in the past , this is one he will not be wanting to get wrong thats for sure , and I for one am hoping that means extra special attention to detail this time around .
The fact that the new guy “ should “ be here for at least the 2nd round of any qualifiers only adds to any pressure ,, but chances are it will be a skin of your teeth go with what weve got job ( Ajer and Bitton ) until last week of August EPL loan deal special .
Sometimes in this position we grab the best of the rest domestically which would be Mc Kenna probably but having signed a new improved contract will prove hard to get especially as he knows hes a stick on starter at his current club .
And the Dons would want a premium no doubt.
Lenny has the hotseat and will fancy staying in it so its in his best interest to start looking at the bigger picture . He seems to have realised what Im hinting at ,, that Kris is our defensive lynchpin for early season big games , and we need to start blooding him hard right now in anticipation hence hes been starting every game.
Although off injured early at the weekend , he is fine and is due to start against Spain for his national team this week which will be a stern test of just how far the kid has come .
A heavy defeat would be bad for his morale Im guessing and a great performance would catch the eye of many who would pray upon us . God forbid !
So expect that young man to start every game remaining , to be the one Lenny is yelling instructions to , and to lead us into Europe next season at the back.
The 20 year old didnt ask for and probably didnt expect to be our mainstay defender at this stage , but stranger things have happened and we just all have to get behind the lad and give him our backing . The very last thing we should do is judge him harshly .
Thats the easy decision for Neil ,, the bigger one is his partner .
To go with what he knows ie Bitton or to throw a new signing in beside Kris.
Big call .
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