By Keith Ingham
Continuing the positives for the season from part one.
Chris Dawson, small but quick midfielder who made his debut last season is highly rated by Neil Redfearn and Richard Naylor. It is hoped that his chance will come during the season.
Ross Killock, strong young defender who has been part of the pre- season in Slovenia. Another Redfearn and Naylor rate.
Paddy Kenny, great shot stopper and has come back leaner and looks on top form. Needs to learn to kick to players instead of out of play. A few more like he did versus Wolverhampton will do his reputation no harm. Another who's name will be first on the team sheet.
Stephen Warnock, great at set pieces and the left back position is his unless he gets injured.
Now the players I think need to improve this season:
Lee Peltier, captain but didn't lead by example. His cause wasn't helped by 'Colin' insisting he was the best left back at the club, I think his best position is a centre back and would be a partner for Tom Lees. Needs to improve to win over the fans.
Jason Pearce, when he came I was pleased he had won nearly every club award for the season before. Looks short of pace and another that needs to show the fans what he can do.
Michael Tonge, played every game whilst he was on loan then dropped to the bench when he signed for a fee. One of the last managers master strokes that, he's got a good shot in his locker but drifts in and out of games. Maybe a move away would be a good career move.
Jamie Ashdown, did ok when called upon in cup games, a good professional.
El Hadji Diouf, was excellent when he came in then a little of the old came back into his game. Looks to be absent for the first few games and McDermott doesn't seem to want him.
Ryan Hall, probably the strangest one of all, played well versus the small dogs at their kennel then dropped like a stone. Just become a Dad and hopefully will be given at least a chance to prove he's up to playing Championship football. Hope so.
David Norris, squad player at best but better still sold on.
Zac Thompson, it really is this year or time to move on.
Adam Drury, 'Colin' took away his confidence and I'm afraid it looks like he needs to move on.
Michael Brown, when football was played by dinosaurs, Mr Brown was king but football has moved on and coming on as a substitute and getting booked for his first challenge just won't do anymore. Earned an extension off his mate and manager or he'd be gone already. Hopefully Sheffield United might need a coach or a ball boy. Whatever needs to depart to release some money for a winger.
There it is then my take on the first team squad and if I've missed anybody I apologise. One thing I'm sure of it's not in my opinion good enough to challenge the likes of free spending Wigan and Bolton to name just two. I'm just hoping the team as a group give the fans something to cheer from August to May.
I'll be there to see whatever happens.
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