So I’d be leaving Hunt, Green and Coleman behind. If I was to take one more it would be Hunt but I’m not sure at whose expense. I’d drop Doyle possibly in that context because five strikers is a bit heavy. But Walters could do an emergency job on the wing so happy there’s enough cover there. I think Hunt has been a good option off the bench in qualifying but McClean would have a similar impact and seems to be as accurate on set pieces etc. Marginal call though.
I don’t think the McCarthy decision should be as tight but that’s not to say he has any more of a chance of travelling than McClean. I just think we’re risking too much in only having Gibson and Fahey as back-up and I’m not sure Fahey is quite good enough to play in the centre anyway. I see him more as a narrow wide player with McCarthy being the other central midfield bench alternative (with Gibson).
It’s also a bit light on defenders, particularly with them more likely to pick up suspensions, but there aren’t really any obvious candidates to come in. Clark and Wilson missed their chances.
I haven’t decided which one of McClean or McCarthy that I would bring but would be leaning towards McClean. I would have no problem if one of Doyle, Long or Hunt were left at home to accomodate both McCarthy and McClean travelling like Rocko has suggested but don’t see it happening
Does anyone know what the story is with the squad announcement on Monday.
Is it a case that he will name the 23 man squad or will he name a 26 man provisional squad which will be trimmed at a later date - or will it be a case of the 23 being named and a handful of back-up/alternates also being included for the warm up games and training camp
If anyone should be the link between midfield and attack it should be Robbie, he’s very intelligent in his positioning and brings a calmness on the ball, Walters should be just put up top to charge around into defenders and unsettle them as that is generally what his game is about. Long should return to playing hurling and Doyle should go think about a career in picking strawberries.