I can’t speak for everyone (and I suspect I don’t) but Karl Henry signing a new four-year contract is music to my ears.
He said himself that a few Premier League clubs were sniffing around and that certainly doesn’t surprise me. In the right setup, he’d be a tremendous asset for most teams.
I don’t want to get bogged down again in the ‘sideways passes’ debate, but at a time of transition, I just wanted to document that I’m thrilled he’s staying.
For all our problems and selection headaches, a spine consisting of proven Championship performers like Johnson, Henry and Ebanks-Blake shouldn’t steer us too far wrong, particularly if we can fill in the gaps around them.
In the latest round of ‘who’s in, who’s out?’ it appears Edwards is in and Milijas is out.
Ned doesn’t cut the mustard with the new gaffer evidently. Perhaps given that McCarthy, Connor and now Solbakken don’t rate him, I should accept he’s not as good as I thought he was.
Of course I can only judge him on match play and I suspect there’s more going on away from the pitch that we don’t know about (terrace rumours aside).
As for Dave Edwards, I’ve got absolutely no problem with the bloke. In fact, I’d like to see him playing on Saturday down the right. He’s performed that roll admirably a few times and I think his engine and eye for a goal could come in handy.
The Welshman gets the rough end of the stick from fans I’ve always thought (me included at times).
His best position is undeniably an advanced midfield role, where he can break forward and get into the box. Playing centrally in a flat 442 where he’s asked to get up and down, I think the game can often pass him by, but again, it’s about using players in the roles they’ll thrive in.
In the Championship his energy and physical presence are all the more important, hence why I’m hoping he gets picked ahead of David Davis.
Disappointing to hear that new winger Peszko has been ruled out for Saturday. I was looking forward to seeing him named amongst the substitutes at the very least.
Solbakken had few attacking options from the bench against Aldershot, so I hope we’re bolstered in this respect at Elland Road. Sigurdarson, Edwards and maybe even Jarvis could help in this respect.
I see it’s onto Northampton for the next round of the League Cup. That has banana-skin city written all over it. Would be nice to advance through the opening rounds in that competition for a change, so hopefully I’m wrong.
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