Emilio out for half the season.
The bhoys picked up a good three points yesterday at Pittodrie against an Aberdeen side playing anti football a common tactic used by their manager. Although some in our team had an off day the team as a whole never gave up and kept pushing for a goal.
The main downside to the match was the loss of Emilio who has fractured his right ankle. The club have now confirmed that he will be out for four to six months basically depriving us of his talent for half a season.
I have every confidence big Charlie can do a great job at left back but it will be in Europe that we will miss Emilio the most. His pace and engine will be a big miss against FC Sion who seem to be a very competent team.
As I said Mulgrew will do a good job for us and if he gets injured Mark Wilson or even Joe Ledley can cover the left back position however I’m not a big fan of moving players out of their natural positions to cover a role like left back. With any luck Charlie will remain injury free and see us through till Emilio returns.
On beyond the waves yesterday Graham and the guys were debating whether Neil Lennon should draft in a replacement for Izzy. The consensus was that he should not. There is a case for the opposite.
We could bring in a natural left back on a temp contract to cover Charlie over the next 6 months. This would be a reasonably cheaper option than buying someone in on a long contract.
We wish Izzy all the best and hope he has a trouble free recovery and wee look forward to having a fresh player back for the title run in.
Please vote in our latest non scientific poll on whether you think we should bring in a left back.