The return of Stannnnoooooo

Friday, 28 August 2009

Oh boy, have we missed Adam Stansfield. The small, nippy striker isn’t without his faults but you only really appreciate his qualities when he’s not there.

He’ll chase, harry and run after every ball and has great awareness. He may not be the most complete striker ever to grace St James Park, but defenders know when they’ve been playing against him.

Without Stanno, or the similarly crocked Ben Watson, we’ve been missing that little bit of pace and penetration, and the ‘nuisance factor’ that unsettles defenders.

Jimmy Norwood can play that role in the future, but, at 19, he’s still got a lot to learn. Against Norwich, there were a number of times where you could see what he was attempting to do but it didn’t quite come off, whereas you feel Stanno would have beaten his man.

Jimmy’s time will come and next season he could be a revelation, if coached correctly. For the time being, he’s a 20 minute impact player, albeit a very good and promising one.

Similarly, with Big Mac and Logie in the team, there’s a bit of pace and plenty of height but they give defenders very different problems. The team suits having Stanno and one of these as opposed to both of them (unless we’re going with three up front).

The news that Stanno may be on the bench for the Franchise FC game is encouraging. His return won’t mean that we’ll become free-scoring but his movement is excellent and frees up space for the likes of Bertie and Ryan Harley.

Welcome back Stanno, you’ve been missed.

In other news, there’s rumours linking us with Craig Noone from the green lot down the road. Noone used to play for Southport and Skelmersdale (yes, this is a real place) and looks like a real prospect.

Sturrock wants him to get playing time, so a loan move to us would make sense. He may be an Argyle player, but he’d be just the kind of winger we could do with at SJP. In fact any kind of winger would be appreciated.

Right, let’s hope we hammer Franchise tomorrow.

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