With this car crash of a season thankfully coming to an end this weekend it’s time to rank the first-team squad on their performances over the past nine months.
(First-team player needs to have played at least five league games to be included)
Matej Kovar – 5.5 (out of 10)
Arrived as the successor to Steven Benda but never looked comfortable as the club’s number one, numerous mistakes costing Town points, the best performance came in the derby day win at the Kassam Stadium.
Mark Travers – 6.5
Signed in early January to solve our goalkeeping problem, and looked very composed between the sticks, but after eight appearances he was recalled by parent club Bournemouth to warm their bench.
Lee Camp – 6.5
The veteran keeper became the fourth player to wear the number one shirt when he arrived in March and despite the club’s relegation during his tenure in goal, he’s been one of the best players in the latter stages of the season, would offer him a new deal for next season.
Paul Caddis – 6
After his heroic return in the last campaign, he’s sadly not been able to repeat the same levels this season, but he could do a job in League Two next season.
Zeki Fryers – 6
The injury-prone defender only managed the 10 league appearances this season and never looked the same player as last season, but if he can overcome those injuries, he’ll become key in League Two.
Dion Conroy – 6
On his return from injury in early December he became a first-team regular under John Sheridan and looked like the player we’d witnessed in the past but after a poor performance and public humiliation from his manager against Gillingham he wasn’t seen again in a Town shirt.
Jonathan Grounds – 5
After arriving on a free transfer following his release from Birmingham City, he sadly never showed the sort of form that made him a Championship regular for many years, a big disappointment.
Mathieu Baudry – 6
Another defender who has endured injury problems over the season and when he’s been involved never looked like the player we saw under Wellens in League Two, hopefully, we’ll see some return to form next season.
Diallang Jaiyesimi – 6.5
One of the best performers in the first half of the season but was sold to Charlton Athletic on Deadline Day to help the club’s finances, been a big miss since his departure.
Brett Pitman – 6.5
Town’s top scorer was far too inconsonant to make the impact needed to replace the much-missed Doyle and Yates but chipped in with eleven goals to add some credibility.
Tyler Smith – 6.5
The on-loan striker started his Town career well with seven goals in his first eleven games but a combination of injuries and poor management saw his playing time decrease.
Scott Twine – 7
After setting alight League Two with Newport County the talented attacking midfielder returned to Town in January and went on to score easily Swindon’s goal of the season against Ipswich, and was one of Town’s best performers, sadly it’s looking unlikely he’ll be extending his deal, but we live in hope.
Jonny Smith – 6
The on-loan winger failed to impress over his six months in Wiltshire but after being recalled by Bristol City went on to enjoy a new lease of life at Burton Albion, helping them to avoid relegation.
Jordon Garrick – 6.5
The speedy midfielder was brought in on loan from Swansea City to replace Jaiyesimi on Deadline Day and was asked to play numerous positions by his manager, but shined when played as a winger.
Ellis Iandolo – 6
Town’s longest-serving player again had major issues with injuries which saw him manage five league starts but when he was involved showed he can become an important player.
Matt Smith – 7.5
Easily one of the best loan signings seen at Town for many years, the talented Arsenal man impressed from minute one as he scored on his league debut and looked superb under Richie Wellens, sadly when Sheridan arrived he wasn’t the same player under his management and tactics, and when he lost his place in the team Arsenal recalled their midfielder.
Akin Odimayo – 6.5
After an initial trial period, the former Reading man signed a one-year deal last summer and has enjoyed a decent season with Town, hopefully, he’ll sign a contract extension over the summer.
Dion Donohue – 6
In his second spell in Wiltshire, the left-back started nine games over the first half of the season before leaving for personal reasons in mid-December.
Conor Masterson – 6.5
After five appearances for the club in which he impressed the QPR, the loanee suffered an injury against Shrewsbury and sadly his season was over, would welcome him back next season in a heartbeat.
Jack Payne – 7.5
Easily Town’s most consistent performer over the season, on his arrival I’m sure he was sold an exciting project under Richie Wellens but it ended as a nightmare under Sheridan, would love him to be a Town player next season but can see a Championship or League One club offering a fee we can’t afford to turn down over the summer.
Jordan Lyden – 6
Never reached the heights we saw last season under Richie Wellens in League Two due to injuries and inconsistent form, but on our return to the basement division hopefully, he can reach that level again.
Joel Grant – 6
The 33-year-old attacking midfielder was useful as an option off the bench but never made a real impact at Town.
Taylor Curran – 4.5
One of the worst players I’ve seen at the County Ground, the club and player should try and agree to terminate his contract and let him find his level elsewhere and enjoy his career, would be wasting his time staying at Town.
Jordan Stevens – 6
The Leeds loanee arrived with big promise after impressing in Yorkshire but sadly didn’t make the impact needed and was mainly used as a substitute, ended his season on loan at Bradford City.
Christopher Missilou – 6.5
Arrived in the middle of a crazy Deadline Day and impressed over the second half of the season, would like to see him offered a new deal for next season.
Matt Palmer – 5.5
It’s never worked out for the former Burton Albion man in Wiltshire, when he was recalled from his loan spell at Wigan, he became a first-team regular under John Sheridan but never shown the form that made him a key man for the Brewers.
Rob Hunt – 6
A very similar campaign to Jordan Lyden, as he never found his feet throughout the season due to injuries and inconsistent form, but could be important next season.
Dom Thompson – 6.5
Enjoyed one of the best debuts seen at Town at Portman Road but sadly endured a very inconsistent time in Wiltshire, on his day it’s clear he’s a talented player, but his day didn’t come often enough.
Tom Broadbent – 6
Despite some poor performances throughout the season, his campaign will be defined by his heroics at the Kassam Stadium, and rightly so.
Anthony Grant – 6.5
The General endured a mixed season at the County Ground, after starting the season well he fell out of John Sheridan’s plans, but returned for the final run of the season playing at centre-back, and enjoyed mixed success in the role, would like him to re-sign for next season.
Hallam Hope – 6.5
The former Carlisle man never cemented his place in the side due to inconsistent performances and injuries, but despite this, he’d be an asset for Town next season if a new deal can be agreed.