Sunderland v Charlton 12.30pm (live on Sky Sports). Two weeks time.
Today, we are at Crawley in the latest pre-season friendly. They have a manager called Harry Kewell, who if rumours were correct could have been Charlton’s manager for the past 6 months!
Expect a team and bench this afternoon with a good sprinkling of academy players. Whilst Elliot Ward has moved on, Simon Dawkins and Rohan Ince will probably feature. Ince is a rather limited defensive midfielder, and was released by Brighton at the end of last season. Ince has been relegated from League One in each of the last two seasons whilst on loan. First of all with Swindon, then with Bury.
Talk about shopping in the pound store. Lee Bowyer said earlier in the week that we need to be patient.“There’s no point bringing in players that aren’t as good or better than the players we’ve got already.” 100% agree with that, but Ince better than Aribo, JFC and Pratley?
Talking of Pratley, Bowyer said he will not be ready for Sunderland. I thought that game was in two weeks, and I doesn’t look as if the ex-Bolton man has been eating kebabs all summer. No Reeves either, and poor Anfernee Dijksteel is suffering from pneumonia. This was going to be Dijksteel’s break out season and that is rough on the 21-year old. We all hope he recovers soon.
Meanwhile our numbers look thinner and thinner by the day, with rumours of player exits before deadline day still doing the rounds.
Def: Solly, Bauer, Sarr, Pearce, Page
Def/Mid: Dijksteel (injured)
Central Mid: Aribo, Forster-Caskey, Pratley (not fit)
Attacking Mid/Wide: Marshall, Fosu, Reeves (injured), Clarke (injured)
Striker: Magennis, Hackett-Fairchild, Grant, Taylor, Ajose, Vetokele (injured)
Still two weeks is a long time in football. Right?