Writer: Tom Bodell
Date:Monday September 12 2011
The appointment of Sean Dyche was paramount to the continuity of what Watford Football Club is all about!
Well me, I understand that and I would guess that the majority of the fans do too. To continue the youth development and nurture the youth to become regular first team players, and, unofficially sold to keep the club going - it makes sense!
Sean Dyche is then given a budget, albeit not a massive one, but it enables him to go sign 10 players. Ok so the jury is out on some if not most, but it raises the question - what about continuity? The youth players that performed so valiantly for the last two seasons are no-where to be seen.
Well some are, just not in a WFC top!
I still have my doubts about the tactical ability of Dyche; yes he was a hard-working defender and I remember him playing for Millwall and basically challenging Ramon Vega to a fight! I think Vega declined as he went nowhere near him at corners again!
So I ask whether it was a sensible move to appoint Dyche as the manager? Yes, I have defended him in the past and will continue to - I'm sure he will keep us up, no problem, but can he take the club forward using players from our academy? That's the question.
In response, I would say that although this is a prevalent point that Andy makes, a lot of the signings have been necessary as we had no academy graduates past or present in particular positions ready to make the step into the first-team.
For example, there was no senior left-back at the club - Carl Dickinson filled that gap. The only home-grown winger at the club is Michel Bryan who at 20 and with less than a year left on his contract, looks like someone who will earn his living elsewhere. In came Mark Yeates and Craig Forsyth to fill the wide areas.
The signing of David Mirfin has severely restricted the chances Dale Bennett will get this season as he`s no longer the immediate backup to Adrian Mariappa or Martin Taylor and now we`re out the Carling Cup I`m guessing we won`t see him again unless we get a lower league team in the F.A Cup third round. Some might ask if he`s up to the job or not but he has coped manfully when called upon bar a few slip-us.
Up front the signings of Chris Iwelumo, Andi Weimann and Joe Garner have forced Gavin Massey from fourth to sixth-choice striker in the space of a month, consequently he`s gone out on-loan to Yeovil today.
There-in lies perhaps a bigger question - are these home-grown players better served sitting on the bench getting occasional fleeting outings with us, or are they gaining more and developing better when sent on loan to League One or Two clubs?
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Date:Monday September 12 2011
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