Monday, 14 September 2015

Welcome Conor McAleny

Guy Luzon promised us an attacking midfielder this week on loan and he hinted at a Premiership player. Today it looks like Conor McAleny is that player although he would appear to be a striker who can also play wide. Perhaps that still qualifies as 'an attacking midfielder' although I always think of it as a central midfielder who plays more forward than his partner. What's probably more relevant is that I think our need is for a winger who can also play upfront, so McAleny sounds like he could fit the bill.

Conor is a 23 year-old from Everton's youth set-up who hasn't yet managed to emulate Wayne Rooney and who has an unfortunate injury record when out on loan having damaged a knee at Scunthorpe and broken a leg at Brentford. He joins on a short two month loan and given his relative lack of first team experience will have to be content with a place on the bench and will hope to make an impact as a substitute initially. I expect to see him from 75 minutes tomorrow.

We will find ourselves under a bit of pressure tomorrow night against Huddersfield. Anything other than  victory will suddenly look like a stumble following our bright start to the season. The good news is Huddersfield are under even more pressure and will be low on confidence having only managed three draws this season so far. The first goal could prove decisive if we can get it as it would force Huddersfield to come looking for a second and we could take control of the game. A good time to introduce a 23 year old Premier League prospects who's desperate to get game time.

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