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It is unclear as to whether or nor McCartney will walk straight back into the team due to Joey O’Brien’s great performances as of late. But with him being a right back, maybe he won’t have to leave the first team.
In my opinion I would like to see McCartney return to the fold sooner rather than later, in his primary left back role, and then push O’Brien to right back, a role he is more accustomed to, in place of Guy Demel who lacks some basic defensive knowledge. Disagree? Look at the Frank Lampard goal on Sunday or the play-off final when Matt Philipps nearly opened the scoring; when Jussi Jaaskelainen calls for the ball Demel still knocks it out for a corner when he has all the time to control the ball.
We have been rocked by injuries as of late, but Sam Allardyce must overcome these problems if he is to ensure his contract is renewed come summer. This is my ideal team for our current situation.
O’Brien Collins Reid McCartney
Vaz Te Jarvis
The reasons as to my selection are clear; injuries. With Kevin Nolan, Joe Cole and Mark Noble all out, we need a quick solution to our problems, or defeats in the upcoming games against West Brom and Liverpool, could drag us into a relegation ‘dog fight’, I have no doubt in my mind that we will avoid the drop, but I do feel that the run in to the end of the season could be a nervy one if results don’t start going our way.
Ben Edkins (@benedkins12)
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