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Echo News Southend United boss Kevin Maher on his pursuit of new signings

Thundersley Blue

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This is all good news. In my view there is no rush, so hopefully with all the new signings we will get it right first time. I am convinced there is just enough quality to avoid relegation as things stand at the moment.
 

JAllen

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Definitely need a right back/right wingback, Demi getting older, losing legs a bit with the pace of the National League, Howard may be not ready or good enough for the team, hopefully it will be right sided defender, one that is pacey and has some strength would be a big bonus.
 

JAllen

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Rumours floating around that it will be Leon Davies, just left Cambridge United and was a key part of their promotion winning squad last season.

 

danbowen

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Appears it will be Leon Davies from Cambridge from what is said on social media
 

Scamps

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They were interested in the 18 year old Ashby at West Ham but he has since played in the 1st team against Spurs in the carabao cup.
Also why don’t they recall Jon Benton back from Aveley… banging in the goals and creates a lot of goals.
 

JAllen

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They were interested in the 18 year old Ashby at West Ham but he has since played in the 1st team against Spurs in the carabao cup.
Also why don’t they recall Jon Benton back from Aveley… banging in the goals and creates a lot of goals.
It's easier said then done, he could come back, play 5 games and do absolutely nothing, scoring goals in a lower league elsewhere doesn't mean they'll instantly do the same in the first team. The staff would judge when the best moment to bring the player into the team will be.

We learnt the lesson with Brandon Goodship where he was absolutely destroying teams with Weymouth, and then the rest is history.
 

Blues4LifeDan

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Rumours floating around that it will be Leon Davies, just left Cambridge United and was a key part of their promotion winning squad last season.

He only played 11 games last season but he would have gained a lot of experience being part of match day squads. The bad injury bit concerns me, we've been here before with players that have had long term injuries. Hopefully it was just a freak one-off thing.

At 22 years-old, he has plenty of time to develop further.
 

Tommy2holes

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Leon Davies isn't exactly highly thought of by Cambridge or Weymouth where he was on loan.

He also has had significant injuries.
 

Tommy2holes

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I thought the standard of player we were going to be able to sign was going to be high.

I'm not sure that this is it
 

Yorkshire Blue

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Leon Davies isn't exactly highly thought of by Cambridge or Weymouth where he was on loan.

He also has had significant injuries.
It’s better we sign someone who has yet to make their reputation, anyway. We need to be thinking about future production not past results. We’ve signed too many who produced three years ago and not enough who’ll peak over the next three years.

With Mark Bonner at Cambridge we should have the inside track on him.
 

Blues4LifeDan

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Leon Davies isn't exactly highly thought of by Cambridge or Weymouth where he was on loan.

He also has had significant injuries.
I thought the Cambridge manager's comments on him depicted him as highly thought of.

In regards to Weymouth, it sounded like he just went there for fitness to get him back from his injury.

Even if he isn't highly thought of, neither was Dalby at his previous clubs. Sometimes certain moves just don't work out.

The manager did say key member of the squad, not starting 11. There is a difference. He may just have a great attitude and work ethic that made him key to the dressing room and if needed, he was ready.

I'm willing to give him a chance if it's him. I trust Kev and Co to get the best out of him.
 
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