End of Term Report Part 7 28/06/2009Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.
Ha! Sunshine! All afternoon! Whilst the skies were emptying further south! Heartily relieved, I’m ready for everything that the high twenties has to offer…
27. Billy Gibson
Twenty minutes of senior action in the League Cup against Bristol Rovers isn’t a lot to base any kind of judgment on. Dangerous to try, particularly in the case of young wingers (how many such false dawns have there been over the years? Chris Pullan against Spurs? Anthony McNamee against Cov? Rod Thomas against everyone?). Nonetheless, for what it’s worth, Gibson looked bolshy and exciting in equal measure during his brief run-out.
Next Season: Having missed much of the last campaign through injury, Gibson will be hoping to kick on again. A strong candidate for involvement at Barnet, his versatility could see him a regular on the subs bench if, as seems likely, the summer strips us of wide options.
28. Aleksandrs Cauņa
Whilst not having an in-depth knowledge of Latvian football, I’d guess there are easier things to do than step from the Latvian top flight into the English second tier at the age of 21. With the reservation that it might therefore have been unreasonable to expect Cauņa’s best in the handful of runouts we gave him firmly in mind, I must confess to having been somewhat underwhelmed…
Next Season: Having originally been a triallist at Chelsea, loanee Cauņa looked very much like one of Rodgers’ coterie. Of all the candidates to “jump ship” to Reading, one I’d lose less sleep about.
29. Cedric Avinel
Yup, still there apparently, more than two years after his very uncomfortable forty-five minutes of league action, being shredded to bits by Leroy Lita in what nonetheless turned out to be a rare top-flight victory. Having not threatened the first team reckoning since 2007, even in last season’s League Cup run-outs and subsequent periods of defensive calamity, it can reasonably be assumed that Avinel isn’t long for Vicarage Road.
Next Season: Spent the end of last season on loan at Gueugnon, but adding to his Guadeloupe caps seems more likely than further first team action.
30. Mark Tyler
Amongst the many strange decisions that littered Norwich City’s gradual descent to the third tier was the decision to sell Joe Lewis. £400,000 from a fourth division club for a goalkeeper untried above that level must have been tempting, admittedly, but Lewis was clearly destined for bigger things. His arrival at London Road spelled the end of Mark Tyler’s long Peterborough career, and Tyler’s loan with us, as non-playing emergency cover, was one of several as he spent the season flitting around in search of games.
Next Season: After having his contract cancelled at Peterborough by mutual consent, Mark Tyler signed for a non-league side from Bedfordshire.
31. Jordan Parkes
Jordan Parkes has been one to watch since impressing as a fifteen-year-old in the side that got to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup four years ago. Thing is, we’re still watching… it’s nearly three years since his excitable senior debut against Accrington, and his Watford league debut against Ipswich was curtailed at 45 minutes this season. One who’s looked better going forward than defending, you’ve got to be slightly worried about an outfield player being named reserve team skipper…
Next Season: Turning up on the bench a couple of times in the second half of the campaign suggests that Parkes has still got time. But probably not beyond this season…