- Jun 9, 2021
I’m not in favour of loaning Matt Jay out, as currently or squad is small, he provides experience in the group and can be potentially used in a variety of roles within it.I think that's absolutely right. Factor in also things like next week - 3 league games in 8 days. I'd expect something like Sam only to play c150 minutes in the week - 2 starts x 60 minutes each, plus a sub appearance x 30 mins in midweek with Jay Stansfield starting that one.
And also games where we are losing and need to bring on someone different. A sub may be a cameo when we're winning but we need subs who can change games when we're losing/drawing.
Also, although I think Sam Nombe is a great player and we’re fortunate to have him I am a bit curious why he doesn’t seem to be able to last 90 minutes very often.
When he joined us last season I assumed it was because previously at MK Dons and Luton he hadn’t played many games so understandably needed some time to build up his stamina to play regularly.
Sam breaking down with injury mid season may have been a consequence of that I suppose.
So, for the second half of last season, I guess we were sensible to handle him with care as he was, by some distance, our best striker.
What I don’t quite get though is that this protection of Sam now seems to be almost a given.
I’m all in favour of players giving their all and he certainly does, even if it’s not for the full 90 minutes, then being replaced by a sub for extra energy but at 23 with under 100 league games under his belt I’d imagine he’d be physically at his peak, or very close to it.
That’s a long winded way of saying whilst Sam continues to need this level of respite, Jay and Harry Smith are new and Sonny still raw and finding his way, I would think dispensing of Matt, even temporarily, would be a mistake.