Talking Points: How influential could John Buckley be this season?


Daniel Ainsworth discusses the talking points as Rovers exit the Carabao Cup at the first round…

Buckley’s influence

It is only early days of a long season, but the influence that John Buckley could have this season has been clear to see.

He was arguably the man of the match in Rovers’ victory over Swansea City, and when he was withdrawn in the match with Morecambe, the midfield was completely different and it ultimately cost us the match.

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You could argue the point that he might not suit the more physical fixtures, but we saw last season that he isn’t afraid to get stuck into the action and the midfield is better off without him.

Buckley and the rest of the youngsters who will be giving chances this season are going to show just how special the academy is.

Tinkering with formations

I found Tony Mowbray’s decision to go to a back five slightly baffling against what was, with all respect, one of the weaker sides we will face this season.

We’ve seen it on a number of occasions where we have tried to use the three central defenders with attacking ‘wing-backs’, and it has very rarely worked.

Whether it was a lack of confidence in one of the younger defenders or just a time to try it out, I don’t really understand it and I doubt that I ever will.

Dolan’s energetic start

On a positive note, it is nice to see Tyrhys Dolan start the season in a positive fashion again.

As I wrote following the victory over Swansea, he won’t replace the goals of Adam Armstrong, but Tyrhys plays that number ten role really well.

His constant running and high energy levels puts pressure on any defence and although it won’t work for every match, he will be a regular starter in this side due to his pressing levels.

Thanks for reading.

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