You can’t buy experience…
“We tried, but you can’t buy experience” was the cry from Andrew Fitton in the pre match comment, that was reiterated in Danny Wilson’s interview after our dreadful 3-0 defeat at Leyton Orient.
This was in relation to Town’s vain attempts throughout the transfer window to remedy our deficiencies in defence, and continued problems upfront, by bringing in seasoned pros. The problem was no-one was, or still is, available, so the youthful winter recruits are now presented to us as “building for next season”, a season likely to start at Northampton, not Southampton.
Considering expereince couldn’t be brought into bolster the squad, why leave out key experienced players already at the club from the starting eleven in the Rochdale and Leyton Orient games?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for youth and have previously questioned why bother to give contracts to Evans and Bodin if they don’t even feature in a bit-part role, but to leave out Cuthbert, Ferry, Sheehan, Prutton and McGovern, Wilson has gone mad.
Whilst all these five would probably agree they’ve underperformed at times this season, their experience is vital to our fight to avoid the drop.
Take Ferry, as part of a midfield pair with Douglas last season the balance worked perfectly. Yet he hasn’t had enough run of games to make an impact this year. So why bother spending all that cash on him back in the Summer?
Cuthbert will be another that will be off in the Summer if he doesn’t feature in the first team. The Scot should be given time to build a central partnership with Frampton, yet he’s been dropped in favour of the inexperienced Aden Flint.
Surely Wilson realises we need a settled, confident and balanced unit, soundly based on experience, so why all this chopping and changing, and omitting experienced players from the team when bemoaning insufficient experience to bring in?
Wilson, your actions are harming the team. How can they be expected to go out onto the pitch full of confidence to concentrate on the job and work together as a unit?
SORT IT OUT!