Everyone is quick to point out how well Macc are doing on a similar budget to ourselves, but many seem to forget they are full time and are signing players from Eastleigh, Dover and Torquay. They have a much bigger pool of players to choose from.
I think JGís recruitment has been good so far. He brought as many of the Northwich contingent (capable of making the step up) as he could, and all apart from Amis have shown enough to deserve starting places. Lloyd and Hinchliffe delivered as expected, and Minihan was a real find from Worcester. JG has been pretty ruthless in getting rid of Ross for example, who had a reasonable season, and replacing him with Cowan shows that heís really striving for value for money.
I imagine many of us would have taken Stephenson over Lloyd last summer, with one earning a move to Tranmere and the other close to quitting football. Goes to show how quickly things can change. The lad needs to get his sharpness back, once he does Iím sure heíll start scoring.
Walker was the missing piece for many. A proper midfield play maker that we lacked last season, Osborne aside. Heís done okay so far, not ripping up any trees though. Same goes for OíHalloran, a couple of solid performances but a few shaky ones and heís also been injured of late.
Winter looked good alongside Montrose at the back end of last season but really seems to have gone off the boil. Hopefully heíll find some form as he was supposed to be a big player for us this season. Ball seems to be adapting to the holding role but he doesnít read the game like Montrose and that leaves us exposed, but thatís what you get when you replace your best player with someone so inexperienced in that role.
Oswell has been a joy so far, just what we missed last season. Warburton, despite being in and out of the team, has shown so much more than Marsden did last season, and looks a definite improvement.
Glad we resigned Stopforth as heís very solid and gives us energy in midfield. McKenna definitely has something to offer and hopefully Thomas can contribute with goals and assists.
On paper recruitment looked good. We really could have done with replacing Montroseís experience in the holding role and signing a back up for Oswell. But other than that most were pleased.
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