I’m all for getting some young lads through when and where possible, but I also think that Saturdays bench was quite amazing to see (as in, not expected) considering the money we’ve spent and also injuries we’ve had in these few crazy years.
If everything had worked out the way you’d have expected over the course of these last few years, the bench in my mind would be something like:
Dawson / Wildsmith
Nuhiu / Rhodes
Palmer / Boyd
With a team on the pitch of
Westwood, Hunt, Lees, Hutchinson, Pudil, Lee, Bannan, Reach, FF, Hooper, Fletcher.
Saturdays bench really showed me how far we are from our actual desired squad / plan, and how we’ve slowly and dramatically suffered (some our own doing) in terms of playing staff.
We all know the reasons how it’s come to this (all hindsight stuff) but to see it on paper really hits home to me.
Shows that nothing can be taken for granted in football.
We’ve no choice but to roll with the punches as we stand today, but it makes you wonder what could have been.