Hi all;  Below is a revised Depth Chart, following recent signings:

(CAPITALS denotes starter, lower case denotes reserves. In order of likely preference.)

It contains a fair amount of guesswork, then assumes injuries, suspensions, and asks: ‘what would Paul Hurst do?’   A couple of reasonable questions – who will start at Right Back? What strikeforce partnership? Which wingers?   Nice, healthy competition for places.  A subs bench along the lines of Toto, Tait, Clay or Brown, Monkhouse and Amond doesn’t look half-bad…

Goalkeeper:

MCKEOWN
Bastock

East ( as per initial interview!)

Pearson

 

Defenders (RB-RCB-LCB- LB):

EAST – GOWLING – PEARSON – ROBERTSON

Tait       Nsiala            Nsiala             East

Nsiala     Tait             Robertson      Tait

Mackreth    East        East                 Sunter

Sunter    Sunter        Sunter

 

Midfielders (RM – CM – CM – LM):

MACKRETH – DISLEY – CLAY/BROWN-  ARNOLD

Marshall      Clay/Brown    Brown/Clay    Monkhouse

Monkhouse    East                 East                Marshall

Pittman       Venney          Venney              Amond

Amond                                                            Venney

 

STRIKERS (CF):

PITTMAN – BOGLE

Amond          Amond

Arnold          Monkhouse

Monkhouse  Arnold

Marshall     Marshall

 

TOTAL SQUAD SIZE: 20 (JMcK/CB/DE/AN/JG/SP/GR/JS/JM/CDis/CC/SB/NA/JV/JPP/OB/AM /MM/RT/PA)

Notable changes; signings of Padraig Amond, Andy Monkhouse, Marcus Marshall and Richard Tait, and the announcement by asst.boss Chris Doig that he has hung his boots up.

We have 6 players new to the club and I make it 20 senior players.

In terms of depth, we suddenly have more cover for the wide midfield roles.  Our weakest position in terms of cover may still be left back, but there is a degree of guesswork about some of these choices. And an element of nostalgia – remember Jack Mackreth at right-back at the end of last season for 20mins?  And so on……

Finally, because we have 2 specialist ‘keepers and rarely have one on the bench, I note that Shaun Pearson and Danny East may have to compete for Emergency Goalie position; hopefully neither needs to don the gloves.