Connolly was involved at first-team level in pre-season and was used an stand-in left back to deputise for Leighton Baines but he will not be used as cover for the veteran this season despite the fact that Ronald Koeman was not able to sign a left-sided defensive player before the transfer deadline.
He moves to Portman Road until next summer while Walsh, one of the more highly-regarded members of David Unsworth's team, will be at St Andrews until January.
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1 Posted 31/08/2017 at 22:34:46
2 Posted 01/09/2017 at 01:24:04
3 Posted 01/09/2017 at 03:55:39
4 Posted 01/09/2017 at 07:04:50
The reality is the U'23's are a youth opportunity scheme with big bucks attached to it. If a small minority make the step up to the 1st 11 / squad then great. In parallel, if we buy in players with yet more ability than the U'23's then that's also great, as it improves the chances of success. It is a win win all round, just that we get a greater sense of satisfaction from seeing our youth succeed.
I am looking forward to seeing Kenny being brought through this season alongside Calvert-Lewin as bona fide 1st team squad members.
If we average 1 or 2 breakthroughs a season then that is success in my book.
Next season Walsh and Dowell earmarked to make the transition. . . . . . . .
5 Posted 01/09/2017 at 10:21:47
If anything gives me hope its that we have some crackers in the next generation.
6 Posted 01/09/2017 at 11:15:35
Or is it a case that now we have someone overseeing these loans that he has to find someone to oversee. Parkinson's law; work expands to fill the time available.
7 Posted 01/09/2017 at 11:38:25
Then I open TW the morning after and read that 2 of those commonly thought to be ready for the 1st team have been loaned out.
I'm quite concerned about the way in which our playing staff are being managed.
8 Posted 01/09/2017 at 11:49:24
Alan, I suspect the answer might be in the "youngsters" part of it. Not ready yet but having potential. And while I admire the effort of the young lads, they need more to develop than that. I'm comfortable with what's going on with the young lads.
9 Posted 01/09/2017 at 14:53:54
10 Posted 01/09/2017 at 18:02:08
11 Posted 01/09/2017 at 21:05:58
12 Posted 02/09/2017 at 08:10:50
13 Posted 02/09/2017 at 11:25:44
It doesn't need to be half a dozen at the same time but let's have some adventure in selection or we'll be playing those over-30 has beens alongside the youngsters like Sandro, Calvert-Lewin and Davies.
When are you old enough and when are you good enough?
14 Posted 02/09/2017 at 15:08:48
We are spending a lot of money on potential when the first team is short of pace and a decent striker. Little point in looking to develop for the future when we need talent now.
15 Posted 16/09/2017 at 22:41:18
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