If it's a week or two we'll get by, and if it's longer we'll probably get someone in.
I know you don't need a lesson on how football at this level works, but that is how football at this level works! We're not going to carry two players for every position, it's just not practical, you replace as you go based on the need.
I understood the 'emergency' loan rules had changed in-to/intra England only. Does anyone know the actual rule on loan players that we're obligated to?
Nobody said anything about two players for any position. Just look at our bench options. Duffy clearly has no confidence in McAleer and Scullion, barely any in McDonut. With Pepper out we're already threadbare for quality. As ST asked, if ToW or Tidser is out suddenly we're in deep trouble because it's not that we don't have an equivalent player waiting in the wings, it's that we either have nobody at all or somebody the manager doesn't rate.
I suppose the one bright point is that the youth players who have come in have generally looked decent or even excellent, so there could be another surprise waiting (Strapp impressed me when I saw him but that was against lower opposition.)
The blithe "we'll probably get someone in" is just delusion. By the manager's own admission around 15 targets got away from him in the summer. What makes you think we'll be in a position to find a suitable candidate at no notice to replace someone who's out long-term?
I'm not saying we're going down, I think we're mid-table and have a good nucleus (including some good youth prospects) to build off, and I also think a 4-0 loss at Hibs isn't really panic stations stuff, but you're missing the really obvious point that the squad has gone backwards and is completely threadbare.
Edited by nach0king, 01 September 2016 - 02:16 PM.