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Somerset Ex-TTB

Oct 30, 2003
Just wanted to gauge people's thoughts at the current time as to the state of our squad. We can no longer use the its ages until the start of the season excuse, or there is no point in signing the rubbish players that get signed early, look at Port Vale excuse.

I think we may be in exactly the same state as we were when we played Gillingham last year. Not overall as the quality in the squad has increased in 12 months, but we are lacking in many area's, have many key players unfit and injured and we may well not get off to the best of starts and be playing catch up and chasing the play-offs again.

We only have 2 centre backs, both of whom are old, lack pace and will not play more than 35 games each, this season. Coker seems to have developed into Macca in terms of injury proneness.

We look like we are devoid of idea's going forward without Wordy in the side, and will miss Atkinson's drive and energy. Lenny's situation is also not helping matters.

Ranger's situation is unclear, and even if he knuckles down and gets fit, he isn't going to be firing until close to Christmas.

Don't get me wrong, I think if we played our best XI players over 46 games we would finish in the top 2 or 3, but we have such an amazing lack of depth in the squad and we seem to be pinning our season's hope on untried 17 year old, and a young French lad who is great at closing down defenders.

If we get off to a poor start again, there is nobody else to blame other than Ron and Phil and I am not sure as the expectation level amongst us as fans, and Ron as well, is much higher, we would see Phil Brown survive another bad start.

Any thoughts?