Avoid a relegation battle.
That’s what the board demanded…
After 25 league games we’re still sitting pretty at the top of the deck resulting in a new contract for myself and a job security status of ‘untouchable’. I’ll take that, but it does have that Leicester City feel about it, like everyone’s just waiting for the bubble to pop. Things just seemed to click in to place at the season start, we actually drew our first game but then went on a 3 game winning streak, drawing the next game before recovering with a 5 game winning streak.
The board are absolutely delighted with the way you are leading the team. The team’s fantastic overall performance in the Sky Bet Championship has been a particular highlight.
The squad size is about right with around 20 1st team players and just one or two on the fringes (with a few more out on loan). That’s really helped me maintain a happy dressing room because I’ve been able to honour the desired game time of my assets. Only Steve Sidwell has knocked on my door asking for more minutes, but since Jack Colback has been recalled by Newcastle (yes, I’m devastated) he’ll probably get his wish.
So far Craig Davies leads the goalscoring with a tally of 12 from 19 starts in all competitions, but on loan Nikica Jelavic has the best goal-per-game rate with 8 from 9 starts. Naturally it tends to be the target men who rack up the most goals and I’m happy for that to continue. It just reinforces the fact that our emphasis on a structured possession based game, mixed up with a plethora of crosses from wide positions continues to yield results. Robbie Brady is running away with the assists and has 10 so far, he’s also got the highest average rating in the team at 7.53 with Chris McCann close behind.
I feel that the last few transfer windows have all been with this season in mind, I wasn’t interested in players that wouldn’t be able to make an impact in the Championship, even when we were in League 1. That’s set us up nicely in terms of player quality, leaving the finer details like formations, tactics, training and morale to particularise with.
It’s that time of the season where expiring contracts offer opportunities for a few next season freebies. I’m scouting a couple of potential left sided players since my entire left flank is comprised of loanee players, but I’m only interested in high quality or high in potential players. There’s also scope to bring in target man Rudy Gestede, who’s surprisingly listed for 450K. I think I’ll be making an offer but I guess it’ll come down to whether other interested parties get involved or not; he’s wanted by Bournemouth, Burnley and Bologna as well.
I have confirmed the transfer of a player who I think has huge potential, Abdoul Ba, a 22 year old Mauritania international. We signed him on a free for next season originally but I’ve paid up a measly 54K to push the deal through now so I can hopefully give him some opportunities this season. He’s 6″7, strong, good in the air, but can’t tackle. With the right training and development though I think I can turn him in to a beast of a central defender. Take a look at his attributes and let me know what you think in the comments: