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What Now For Duff and Pato?

Cornwall Claret recently contacted the site raising some interesting questions:

Pato and Duff? What next?

'We have players who will soon be recovered from injuries, particularly Pato and Duff. Presumably they will possibly figure in reserve matches and sub appearences until fully match fit. What then? Hopefully we will then have an established and reasonably successful team, so what do we do about these two experienced players? Will it be automatic elevation to first choice or let them fight for their place. Interesting conundrum for EH and his youth policy. I would gradually wean them into the team as I think we would benefit from their experience.'

Cornwall Claret
6.10.2011

Of course a few things have moved on since we received the above.

Michael Duff has indeed fully recovered from his knee injury and was on the bench for the recent Leicester game at Turf Moor in midweek. Indeed he made a strange,short cameo appearance coming on to replace Bartley in the 90th minute to play as a striker! Duff could struggle though to regain his centre-back position with Edgar, Amougou and Mee all fighting for a place. He last played in that position in the Barnet game in the Carling Cup back in August.

Martin Paterson is making progress too after being sidelined since the opening game of the season at home to Watford when he suffered a recurrence of his old persistent thigh problem. Although Pato is still not ready for first-team action, he is ready to step up his recovery following news that he is being lined-up to possibly play in a behind-closed-doors game later this month during the international break.

Will Paterson find it easy to dislodge either Austin or Rodriguez when he is fully-fit and raring to go? Zavon Hines may also have something to say about that. Danny Ings too could also compete for a place up front once he fully recovers from his torn cartilage. The latest on Ings is that the 19 year old striker is on course to make his long-awaited Burnley debut at the start of January. Ings` rehabilitation from surgery has progressed well but he is likely to need some match practice before being ready to make his possible debut in about 8 weeks time. Let's not also forget Alex MacDonald, another striker who has been a more involved fringe player this season and could be ready for a more regular place.

So what do you think? In the New Year, assuming we can hold onto all our players in the January window, how do you think our back four and forward line will look? What would be your preferred options? Let us know below this article.

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The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 5 2011

Time: 11:09AM

Your Comments

We could look like a squad with some depth at long last when all the injured return but the January window could either make that situation worse or better depending on who we let go and who we bring in. I would be happy with the following line up: Grant, Trippier, Edgar (or Duff), Amougou, Mee, Wallace, McCann, Bartley, Stanislas, Jay Rod (or Pato), Austin Subs from: Jensen, Easton, Treacy, Marney, Ings and Hines plus the ones that miss out above
turfmanphil
They would both have got a game today...even if they were playing on one leg.
RickersTwickers
Would that have been in a one- legged arse kicking competition RT ?
WelshClaret
Sorry tmp but on current form I would not be happy with Edgar, Grant, McCann, Bartley, Stanislav or JayRod from your list. So only 5 of your team would I want to start: Trippier, Amougou, Wallace, Bartley and Austin. Amougou has no chance of going from EH 6th choice so I can only name 4 and thats how poor we are becoming.
VinRogue
Unfortunately the reasonably successful team has not materialised, the blame for which I put firmly on the tight financial strings of the BFC Board. I fear that the fight is going to become avoiding relegation unless the Board change their policy. As to Duffy and Pato, the sooner they are established in the team the better and, probably a pious hope, supported by at least one experienced defender and ditto midfielder.
cornwallclaret
I note that Bartley makes VR's happy and unhappy lists. I suspect he meant Easton to be in one of those two lists in his place. But which? Such is VR's newfound angst that I can take nothing for granted any more. Talking of Grant, I am curious if VR's unhappiness with Grant is about his handling, kicking, alleged lack of talking, or all of the above. Meanwhile, who would have thought, after all the agonising over the possibility of losing them, that both Jay Rod and Chris MCann would have fallen quite so far on the VRometer. It's tempting nowadays to see every setback or disappointment as part of a wider malaise originating from some kind of original sin. But I didn't believe in the existence of a 'god' in our midst when things were going well, and I see no sense either in searching for a devil now we're in a disappointing phase. Truth is always out there somewhere, but it's just not usually that simple. Which is also the reason why I decline to take part in yet another either/or VB poll. After all, VR making a mild slip in his lists is not part of some wider, deeper derangement. Is it? :-)
Couch Potato
Have I read the poll right? We have a squad of bed wetters? I know that it can be cured. Unlike me finding my readers! A double Bartley!! Easton and Bartley don't exactly look like twins!
VinRogue
Oh dear, perhaps the symptoms of some wider, deeper derangement are building up.
Couch Potato
Thank gawd Djemba-Djemba still aint playing for us,otherwise it would be those well known identical twins Djemba-Djemba Djemba-Djemba!!! Used to like old Eric, yet another player of quality we were not prepared to pay for
turfmanphil
The truth is CP we are inconsistent, the poll asks whether it can be cured and we all have different opinions about that. I think it can be cured but only by bringing in the quality of players we need to become competitive on a more regular basis
turfmanphil
 

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