SawleyRam wrote:Tom Lawrence is now suspended for the Leeds game having amassed 5 yellow cards in short order for the Rams.
Do you see it as a team weakening blow or a chance to make it a blessing for a team strengthening exercise?
Who would fill Tom's now empty slot and why?
To me it's a blessing. He has done niks, nada, nothing, zero, zilch since the Huddersfield game where he was brilliant. Harsh? Maybe as he has had a couple of mazy runs but they have all ended in no acceptable end product. Ban or no ban he must have been close to being dropped anyway. I have come to the conclusion that he is a luxury we can't afford. Off the top of my head, two of the cards were for stupid tackles and the other 3 for gobbing off at the ref and/or otherwise communicating his unhappy feelings to the ref.
The DYS away is a game for bravehearts. Tom doesn't fit the bill. We need players who will stand up and be counted. I think we will start with the 1-4-2-3-1 which seems to be Cocu's preferred formation based on the players available. Based on that you probably have to look for a like for like swap. That means someone who can play that left side winger cum midfielder role. From the fit first team squad members we have Paterson, FloJo, Mitchell-Lawson and Whittaker to choose from. Anya, definitely, and Bennett, quite likely, are both injured so I shall ignore them for this game.
Paterson has, IMO, done abolutely nothing of note to warrant a start. Whittaker plays down the right so that leaves FloJo and M-L. Simply for his experience I would go for FloJo and and have M-L on the bench.
That's what I think PC will do provided there are no more injury issues (Bielik and Holmes - coincidentally our 2 best players against Caerdydd).
What would I do? As you will probably remember, I like a horses for courses methodology and this is a game where, had we not sold him in the summer, Bradley Johnson is a player I would call on. I can't so, what would I do? I'd go 1-3-5-2 and tell the 2 wing backs that when one goes on the attack, the other doesn't.
Keogh Clarke Davies
Lowe Holmes Bielik Hudds Malone
Subs: Hamer, Mitchell-Lawson, Knight, Bennett (or Dowell if he's not fit), Martin, Sibley, FloJo