To be sure , to be sure , to be sure !
Heading into this season without a starting right back was not good business in anyone’s books but the response from the footballing department on that front deserves a pat on the back article so here we go.
There was a real chance we would have ended up sick of hearing the name Mickael Lustig because if things had went wrong you can bet your bottom dollar he would have been dragged up by all and sundry repeatedly . That we haven’t heard peep of his name means we have successfully moved on.
The department has seemingly recognised the value of the much vaunted right back and decided to completely cover the bases on that one which is heartening its gotta be said.
Two for the here and now and a young diamond in reserve bursting to get through.
Two owned and one out to impress. Pretty sweet position to be in.
Our opponents this week would more than likely prefer the previous right back to be still in situ, for it was easy to plan for.
Now they dont know who will start and he better do good if he’s keeping his spot which as an onlooker makes for great viewing.
All three of the trio will have their backers and detractor’s which is just a way of football life but its genuinely exciting to watch this little hierarchy tussle ,, and with big Kris Ajer looking not too shabby when positioned there also to throw more spice into the mix.
Its a far cry from Mik being a stick on full stop.
We are in a better place, of that there is little doubt.
At the weekend big Moritz got a start and a yellow card which would make me think El Hamed was being saved for this weeks Euro clash. If this is true then Neil see’s him as the more reliable defensively disciplined of the trio I think its fair to say.
Moritz seems a consummate professional of course. He wont throw a hissy fit and should endeavour to win that spot in the team, however like Lenny apparently I also thinking Hamed has more defensive strength to his game.
I also pointed out upon his signing that we are his biggest club and chance yet,,he was gonna grab this opportunity with everything he had anyone with half a brain could work out.
And thats why Im not surprised at all he is well thought of and in the mix.
With others breathing down his neck , he must step up or step aside.
The youngest got a shot in the cup last week and earned rave reviews.
The club signed a clutch of talented youngsters ( hat tip ) the last window to add to the few we have and it seems we have followed the current trend of going young to look ahead. Having a future spine inhouse is fantastic news,,we just need to make sure they come through.
We all know we love a young player breaking through and the club is a good fanbase and support network to do it at , just ask James.
As many managers are leaning these days,,forget the age,,if he can produce get him on the field.
Most big clubs have a young star nowadays ,, theres a chance this bhoy Frimpong could be our emerging diamond real soon.
One injury to either of his seniors and the bench then minutes await. Chances dont come everyday and are there to be grabbed with both hands.
Somehow I think he will grab his and give real selection headaches.
The longer term picture should see a very settled player in situ for next seasons Euro qualifiers with a back up as we have two under contract.
We all know the timing wasnt good at all at the beginning of this campaign so to have that addressed is a weight off our minds and bad news for future opposition.
So as a fellow raised on Jackie Mac charging up that right hand side I think I can honestly say we should sit back and instead of stressing over that famous position we can actually enjoy the tussle for the starting right back berth.
Where there was none there are now three . And thats a nice position to be in.
Well done all involved.
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