Movers and Shakers - Attack
Stick? With nine goals in all competitions so far this season, Morison is at the forefront of a group of players who have made the step up from the Football League, having grafted their way up to England`s top flight. Had a brilliant start to the season, is good in the air and has
Linked up well with Holt up front. Good goal scoring return for his debut Prem season.
Verdict - I`d be amazed if he left. I think a lot of the criticism of him has been terribly unfair, but it`s obvious that something hasn`t been quite right. Perhaps he should`ve been rested more after his ankle problem rather than trying to play through the pain. Unless a big offer came in for him, which the club may have to consider, I think he`ll kick on again next season and recapture his form from earlier this season to prove the doubters wrong. Some of the negative comments about him have been ridiculous, but I have faith that he can silence the naysayers in time.
Prediction - Stays
Simeon Jackson, Aaron Wilbraham and Chris Martin
Stick? Jackson is another player who has made the step up to the Premiership seemingly with ease and his pace gives the attackers something different and diverse. Wilbraham has been something of a super sub recently, having now scored in all four top English divisions and looking sharper and sharper every time he arrives from the bench. Chris Martin seems to have rediscovered his scoring boots after an impressive loan spell with Crystal Palace, even scoring against Ipswich Town in the process.
Twist? Despite his pace, Jackson is another rare starter. Will only two Premiership goals be enough to justify him staying? As much as Wilbraham has impressed lately, is he really good enough to become a regular feature again next year? Martin has impressed in the Championship, but is it too little too late for the top flight?
Verdict - Really tough one to call here, but I honestly wouldn`t be surprised to see all three of them be shown the door. Personally I`d be happy to keep any of them. I think at least two out of the three will go though, and I think the club will likely sell Martin to a Championship outfit, as he only has 12 months on his contract. Wilbraham, despite his best efforts, may be let go in favour of someone with more Premiership experience. Jackson will probably be safe, but will be another candidate for a loan spell elsewhere.
Prediction - Wilbraham and Martin to leave, Jackson on loan
There are two things that have struck me from putting together this series of articles. The first of which is that I don`t envy PL or his coaching staff in the slightest. Second, a number of the players who were with us through League One and the Championship may have to be left behind in favour of a more solid, experienced core group to help us push on for the future and to help the club on to more success in the future.
The key for those who have to fight for their place in next season`s squad is making the most of the time they have, if they get any, during the final two games. If they put in a good shift against Arsenal and Villa for instance, it could secure their futures.