The one thing about a sloppy start is there is no covering up the misgivings of a skinny inadequate squad.
In past season’s with a similar anemic pre-season but with a much-less caring owner, we have started well against the odds. At Sunderland a couple of season’s back Lee Bowyer carried a half-filled bench, refusing to sing the ‘pathway to the first-team’ crap and just took the players he felt could come on and make a difference.
The major difference then, was that the first XI were good, and there was a confidence that with injury-luck on our side, which it never is, that squad needed just a couple of key additions and some filling out.
Nonetheless Bowyer’s team then and in each of the past three campaigns was woefully short at kick off, and although we put some good early points on the board, that only hid it’s shortcomings.
This season I feel Adkins first XI comes up short, let alone the squad. More worrying is there doesn’t appear to be any characteristics of a style of play that new players can slot into.
Is he hoping that new signings can dictate a style, and how long does that take? Accepting that now any new signings and loans will probably not have had a perfect pre-season and will need to get up to speed….. what a Charlton phrase that has been these past few years.
Still, it is early and these next two weeks are vitally important. However as we’ve seen in each of the past three seasons that despite playing pretty much twice a week for nine months the finish line is decided by very small margins — two injury time goals — Bauer’s and Barnsley’s, and a Ronnie Schwartz missed penalty.
Yes last season Blackpool started poorly and flourished like a good wine, but from what I’ve tasted so far we are more Liebfrauenmilch than a 2015 Bordeaux.