Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Jumpin' Jak backed

No sooner had Paul ventured to suggest that the promise shown by Jak Alnwick might remove any need to bring in a replacement for the departed Steve Harper than Andy Woodman has expressed exactly that view.

The comments from the club's goalkeeping coach make for interesting reading: “I think you can always look at your squad in any department and want to strengthen, but there comes a point when you’ve got to look at what you’ve got and promote within. You’ve got to have belief in these young kids, that’s the point of producing them". On the one hand, yes, this sort of promotion and structure is essential for long-term sustainability - but on the other, the kids have to be good enough in the first place. Time will tell if Alnwick falls into that category, given that many other youngsters have promised much but ultimately failed to live up to expectations in recent years.

Also, is it just me or do Woodman's words appear to prepare the ground for (and justify) a summer marked by minimal investment and few acquisitions?

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