Good option as a central midfielder, not sure why he was ever considered to be a winger.
Cant say anyone impressed me at Lincoln last year!I've always rated Ward, when I saw him at Lincoln away last season he was light years ahead of most of that team in terms of ability and reading the game. What he lacked was fitness and confidence in his own body, oh and players on the same wavelength as him. A no brainer to extend his contract.
Wouldn't have thought so. He was a decent Championship player at Ipswich before his nasty injury and is now getting back to his best.
Fair enough but I would be amazed given his current form if he is not here next season.Not for a second was my reasoning that he isn't good enough. I meant it will depend on where Critch wants to go. Would he need (in his opinion) a better player for the Championship? Either way, it remains to be seen if the club take the option up.
We have an option to extend which if exercised means no one else can come in for him unless we agree e. g transfer feeThat's assuming he wants too stay. He's had a very good ' shop window ' to be viewed in. There will be more than us after him that's for sure !
Good problem to have, 2 or 3 of them will start, 1 or 2 of them on the bench, then there are injuries, suspensions and squad rotation, then we have the added bonus of competition for a starting place.I would take up the option, however my concern is who would we play when everyone is back -Ward,Dougal,Stewart, Virtue. This is without giving any of the younger players a chance or bringing anyone new in.
I agree but it's a massive shame we don't have virtue to play in Ward's role. Who would you play there? Robson?I think he's another player that has come on this season under Critch.
I'd personally like to see him in Embleton's role in the 2 Sunderland games.
I think activating the option is a no brainer. Offering him a new contract would probably depend on whether we go up.
I've been thinking about that.I agree but it's a massive shame we don't have virtue to play in Ward's role. Who would you play there? Robson?
It would obviously depend on who we're playing and how Critch thinks is the best way to play against them.I would take up the option, however my concern is who would we play when everyone is back -Ward,Dougal,Stewart, Virtue. This is without giving any of the younger players a chance or bringing anyone new in.
Couldn't agree more someone out of Virtue, Ward, Stewart,Robson and Dougall is going to miss out as we need someone with a little more attacking quality if we get promoted in a 25 squad.Depends on what league we are in next season IMO
That's a fair analysis.It would obviously depend on who we're playing and how Critch thinks is the best way to play against them.
Ward and Dougal are the best balanced option.
Ward and Stewart for a more defensive option.
Ward and Virtue for a more attacking option and
Dougal and Stewart for a backs to the wall, hold on for dear life option!
Quite. It's not a good idea to trade in your top performers when you get promoted. Swindon can attest to that.No brainer to keep him. We will need some continuity when promoted - just imagine starting with 17 new players in the Championship!
A lot of our players will step up a level when promoted just like the 2010 promotion squad did.