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DAN THE FAN: Does Wellens stick or twist with Woolery?

DAN THE FAN: Does Wellens stick or twist with Woolery?


Could that be the moment? Could Eoin Doyle’s 90th-minute winner be the turning point we’ve been waiting for over the past month?

Richie Wellens’ side certainly deserved something from the contest after dominating their opponents throughout the second half on Tuesday evening.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a great performance, and the game won’t be remembered for the football on display, but I think it could be looked back on as a pivotal moment in this season.

Apart from the hopeful outcome from this result, my mind went straight to the futures of top scorer Eoin Doyle and midfielder Anthony Grant.

Since joining Town on a season-long loan deal in August the 31-year-old striker has an incredibly impressive goal return, scoring 10 goals in 12 league appearances for the club.

My slight concern is the fact his parent club and promotion rivals Bradford City have a recall option they can use if they so wish when the clock strikes midnight and welcomes in 2020.

With the Irish striker topping the goal-scoring charts and currently helping Town to keep within touching distance of the top three in League Two surely the Yorkshire side will simply recall the striker and either try and fit him into their side or simply sell him onto a side in a different division.

Hopefully, I’m being paranoid and the Bantams will leave him where he is enjoying his football and honour the full loan agreement, but I sincerely doubt it, meaning Town will have to stump up the cash for the talented front man.

With his contract coming to an end next summer the transfer fee won’t be a huge amount, but I can imagine the wages might become a stumbling block with the manager recently admitting the club doesn’t have the wages available to offer trialist Paul Caddis a deal let alone a talented striker who was recently playing in the Championship.

Hopefully, we can sell or simply release Toumani Diagouraga and Jermaine McGlashan in January, which would free up some funds, but I have no idea if that would be enough to cover any potential wages for Doyle.

Another transfer we have to prioritise in January is talented midfielder Anthony Grant, with his current loan deal running out during the next transfer window extending his deal will be high on the list of jobs for Director of Football Paul Jewell.

As if Shrewsbury clear the air with the 32-year-old or they want him back to sell permanently our season will take a huge turn for the worse, let’s hope our hashtag friends will be in a generous mood as 2020 kicks off in a few months.

One of the downsides of Tuesday evening was the performance of Kaiyne Woolery as Town’s number eleven had an evening to forget. I’ve always been a strong defender of the former Wigan striker, and called him a “box office player” when he first arrived after his stunning showing on his debut against Exeter in August 2017.

And despite him having many detractors in the Town fan base, I stick by my first thoughts of the talented front man.

There is no doubt in my mind he has the attributes to be a top player, but I agree he doesn’t show them nearly enough. When he’s in form, he becomes that box office player I talked about under David Flitcroft but those days need to be increased.

But I’m not sure he’ll get the chance this Saturday as Diallang Jaiyesimi replaced Woolery on Tuesday night in the second half and looked impressive after his long injury lay off.

Will Wellens stick with Woolery or gamble on DJ this Saturday as Town visit Crawley Town in another key game in our promotion push

If Tuesday night’s result is going to mean anything we have to follow it up with a positive result in West Sussex otherwise that heavy, life-sucking negativity will get a chance to get its hands back on the club.

As the manager said in his post-match press conference, fans need to try and stay positive throughout the campaign, otherwise the club will keep going round and round in circles and never escape the clutches of forth tier football.


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