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Mutch to do still for 'Orns loanees



In three days time Watford will lose the services of loan duo Andrew Taylor and Jordon Mutch, back to parent clubs Middlesbrough and Birmingham City.

With both out of contract Malky Mackay has as yet been unable to secure extensions to the players loans after making positive impacts at Vicarage Road since the beginning of the season.

Middlesbrough have since said they will require a greater percentage wage contribution from the Hornet's to allow Taylor to return to the Vic' on loan whilst Brum gaffer Alex McLeish has Mutch will need to a sign a new deal with the Midlands outfit before going out on on loan again.

When Jordon Mutch arrived on an initial one-month loan I was surprised. I didn't see what he would add to midfield and the fact that we had just signed Josh Walker to play in the centre of midfield made the move all the more baffling.

However, after witnessing Mutch's ever-improving midfield displays and the chemistry between Mutch and skipper Eustace has proven the 19 year-old to be an integral part of the Hornet's Play Off charge.

Left-back meanwhile has been a problem position for the Hornet's since frankly, Autumn 2003 when Paul Robinson was sold to WBA for a paltry 350k. Plenty have tried - Jack Smith, Wayne Brown, Jermaine Darlington, Paul Mayo, Jordan Stewart, Mat Sadler and Lloyd Doyley, with only the latter coming close to replacing Robbo.

Taylor however has been an excellent addition and one I was surprised we managed. One-time highly rated, Taylor has a number of England U21 caps and Premier League appearances to his name and at a former Premier League club is doubtless on a reasonably pretty penny. Out of our league you might say...

There are ready-made replacements for Taylor and Mutch waiting on the bench in Josh Walker and Lee Hodson however if Mutch and Taylor cannot be lured back to Hertfordshire we are left with two problems.

Firstly, the continuity of a winning eleven is disturbed. Lloyd Doyley has to shuffle over to left back and the rusty Josh Walker and Lee Hodson have to bed themselves back into a winning team; easier than coming into a losing team but not an ideal situation.

Furthermore it's two players less to carry on an extremely thin first-team roster.

Whilst last season we were carrying large numbers making little or no input, this season everyone in Malky's much-more sleek-looking squad has a part to play and with the average age of the bench being just 20 of late, Mutch and Taylor are critical to keep.

With seven players out on loan ourselves the squad will be extremely thin with Taylor and Mutch, we'd be left with just 19 professional's on the books, four of which - McGinn, Bryan, Hodson and Deeney are all injured to varying degrees.

So, if Malky is unable to get Mutch and/or Taylor back on loan for the remainder of the campaign, what do we do?

VITAL WATFORD: BY THE FANS FOR THE FANS! -- GET INVOLVED!

> Do we direct replacements on loan?

> Do we sign some free/cheap replacements?

> Do we just manage with those who remain?

> Do we (God forbid), re-call untried kids or even Jure Travner?!

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The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 2 2011

Time: 6:19PM

Your Comments

Good points made, I think a lot of the questions you ask and what a lot of us are thinking will be answered if the club get taken over. Let's not forget, if there is no new investment, the club will have to sell players, to maintain the day to day running, if that happens, then I think we will lose Malky and it will set our club back years.
ANDY710
All very true, the Wobby seems to think a Mackay approach from Burnley is imminent, which is worrying. We really could do without the upheaval from an investment and team continuity angle...
wfc123
The wobby reports have been late with their head lines and follow ups are none existent any more, poor journalism me thinks! No investigation work to who the potential owner could be, nothing about cowie going to blackpool possibly, much ado about nothing really, or has the club told them to be quiet?
ANDY710
Hmmm. It's true. Although to give them their due they report things before the club site 9/10. I think they are made well aware that undermining the club is not in their best interests, or for that matter reporting the disturbing truth about Graham Simpson.
wfc123
Ok some credit, so very true about Simpson, I would like to think the truth will come out in the open, one day! On a refreshing note, would like to say that I'm reading "Enjoy The Game" very good reading, I think it is the closest we will get to reading Graham Taylors memoirs and brings back some great memories.
ANDY710
 

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