Ludo*1 Posted October 30, 2022 Share Posted October 30, 2022 4 hours ago, DeeTillEhDeh said: There's only so far you can take the "it's McPake's fault" excuse. Bowyer's signed 5 players and ultimately he is the person picking the team and deciding the tactics. You have to question after 13 games why he still doesn't seem to have a clear first choice eleven and why he persists with the same players in certain positions who week after week are either giving away goals or contributing little to the team. Why are Sweeney, Rudden, Sheridan and Kerr still in this team? You also have to look at other teams in this league - we have the deepest squad and despite being shite McPake signings some of the players are still better than other teams in the League. Why is it that other managers manage to get a tune out of lesser players but we don't? That's down to man management and building confidence - something we seem to seriously lack right now. No - I'm not calling for his head right now - he needs to be given to at least January to see if there is progress - but at the moment there are very few signs that any progress has been made. That's worrying. Firstly, it's not an excuse. It's his team. Last time we were in this division we had Jason Cummings and Charlie Adam in the side and looking at that season we still conceded 3 goals to the likes of Alloa, Dunfermline, QotS, Ayr & of course, shipped 6 to Hearts. That season, in a 27 game league campaign, we failed to take 3 points in 15 of those games. We had the third worst goals conceded record in that division that year. We then got humilated for a season in the top flight. Why do people think a new manager will suddenly make these players into a side that can scoosh this league? We finished 2 points ahead of Raith in that shortened season. We've pretty much got the same side minus a creative genius in Adam and a natural finisher in Cummings. Boggles my mind how after 13 games people think Bowyer should be working miracles. You ask: Quote Why are Sweeney, Rudden, Sheridan and Kerr still in this team? So you expect us to play Zach Robinson for 90 minutes every single game up top on his own? But to answer your question more thoroughly, that's 3 players McPake signed. Quote You have to question after 13 games why he still doesn't seem to have a clear first choice eleven Is it not because our squad is full of utter shite and he's basically rearranging the deckchairs? Quote Bowyer's signed 5 players A loan from Barrow Reserves, a loan from Rangers' youth academy, a loan from AFC Wimbledon's youth academy, a player that wasn't getting a game for Wrexham & a player that didn't have a team 3-4 month into the season. You just have to look at the press conference after the deadline shut - Bowyer looked a defeated man as @Shadow Play pointed out. It's clear he doesn't rate the squad. He even said he wanted about 4 in that week and he had lined them up - we as in Nelms - failed to get them across the line. Quote You also have to look at other teams in this league - we have the deepest squad and despite being shite McPake signings some of the players are still better than other teams in the League. Key word being some. I think Paul McMullan, Paul McGowan & Tyler French would probably get into everyone else's starting 11. The rest? Debateable. I'd argue that Morton have better full backs( Strapp & Grimshaw vs Marshall & Kerr) and that Jack Baird is at least on par if not better than Ashcroft & Sweeney and that's just one example. Ayr's Akinyemi is better than anything we have up front. They've also got Musonda who I'd say is probably the best defender in the league. Hell, even QP the other night. I'd at least have Ferrie ahead of Lawlor who started the other night and Murray ahead of our strikers and I think they two are Championship level at best. Arbroath haven't got the best out of him yet, but Scott Allan is better than any of our midfielders, Tam O'Brien is better than any of our CH's and Bobby Linn would stroll into our team even at the age he is. You're correct when you say we've got the deepest squad, but the best? Lot of our players rely on past glories and the glories are pish at that such as Rudden being second top scorer at Christmas for Partick Thistle. Of course there's major black marks against Bowyer such as his continual deployment of McGhee in CM, but in the grand scheme of things he's got a pretty shite deck of cards to play with. 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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