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Defence Needs Improving The Most

According to 59% of our readers, the centre of defence needs improving the most next season.

What area of the squad will need improving the most next season?

Striker 5%
Left / Right Wing 15%
Centre Midfield 7%
Full Back 3%
Centre back 59%
Goalkeeper 11%

Quite a surprising majority considering we'll have Iriekpen and Watt back from injury next season.

With the absence of those two, we have struggled at the back since their injuries and Jackett brought in Keith Lowe on loan, but he has now been recalled by Wolves.

However with Kevin Austin likely to leave, who in my opinion isn't quite up to League 1 standard, we will need to replace him with another centre back.

With the expected departure of left winger, Kevin McLeod, next on the list was a left or right winger. The left side especially is lacking width, with Robinson often being played out of position there.

Goalkeeper was next with 11%. Some fans have had doubts with Willy Gueret this season and have called for Murphy to have a run in the side.

It's also worth mentioning that after posting news about Callum Hawthorne possibly signing a professional contract, the 16 year old and under 17's Welsh International is set to see Jackett again after having talks with him and the manager last Friday. We'll post updates as soon as we have them.

Our new poll wants to know where you think we'll finish this year.

You can vote on the right hand side, you can also discuss this topic and many others in the forum here.




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The Journalist

Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 14 2006

Time: 2:22PM

Your Comments

i totally agree with that a centreback is most defainately needed. I reckon we sign keith lowe personaly.
mattyjones
nah what about that tranmere centre back he sounds the real deal!i hope hawthorne signs!but if he does i dont think its the door for murphey!
troika dog
we have got to sort out center back and left wing but i think iriekpen is a good plater and i dont think he should be replaced
willis
yeah i agree with willis!although we will end up with more defenders before september i reckon people only voted for the centrebacks in the poll because all of ours are injured!oh yeah and who else knew that fisken has gone to newport!!
troika dog
well after the Injurys to watt and izzy as centre backs it certainly a possition that the swans have looked suspect in.
sbrjack
Just like troika said though, I think people voted centre back because of the injuries to Izzy and Watt, whereas the poll was aimed improving the side for next season.
KevinE
We need experience in the centre of defence. Lowe might well turn out to be a good player, but a 30+ warhorse preferably with some Prem experience to run our defence for us is a must. We also need a new goalie.
Jobcentrejack
now i dont think willy will be goin for a good few years jobcentrejack!!
troika dog
i agree with troika willy is awsome he will be with us for another a year at least.
mattyjones
Well if he's going to stay he'll have to learn to: A. Kick it straight B. Come for corners If he can't do that quickly then we need a new goalie. He's not played well all season.
Jobcentrejack
WELL WHAT ABOUT THE 5 OR 6 PENALTY SAVES HES KEPT OUT SO FAR THIS SEASON!
troika dog
I NEVER KNEW THAT AUSTINS GOING!
troika dog
What about the ten or eleven goals that can be laid squarely at his feet this season? Penalty saves are all well and good, but if your keeper is struggling to do the basics then the whole defence will be on edge. He's a good shot stopper, but then so is Brian Murphy, and Murphy is far superior at distribution. We need to do better.
Jobcentrejack
I still don't think Murphy is a better option than Gueret, who is inexperienced and therefore prone to silly mistakes. As I said on the forum as well, I haven't rated Lowe much during his time here and he's no better than what we've got. We need more experience at the back.
KevinE
so who else do you rekon is going in the summer?i think bond and pritchard will be loaned out
troika dog
Problem is unless Murphy gets more games he's going to remain inexperienced. In the games I've seen him play in the FAW and LDV he's looked no less dependable than Willy normally does.
Jobcentrejack
Bond and Pritchard have been released apparantly. Nothing official on this though.
KevinE
my old mans friend told me that bond has been going to peterbrough training to watch a few times. Dont know if its true or if it is then maybe he knows someone at peterbrough that he's good mates with or something.
mattyjones
 

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