Had a text this morning from someone i know from within the Club that Sadler is looking to move DJ on in January. Whether that be just a loan or a permanent move is not known. Sadler is under pressure from within over DJs wages and he has now said he doesnt see him fitting in with how he wants to play. DJ also wants regular first team football. There is very much tension between the two which is apparently affecting other players with few siding with DJ.
There were choice words apparently within the dressing room between different sets of players and the manager after yesterday’s defeat. A lot of players were angry at the abuse they got from some of the fans at full-time.
Lincoln are also angry with the way that Draper has been handled and that they say he has been overworked in games. I think this is why he has gone back to Lincoln for them to manage his injury and assess the extent of it.
Sadler’s earlier statement about already looking for January recruitments looks like it has a huge amount of truth to it as it looks like we will need 2 new strikers at the very least.
I had a player say this to me on the way out yesterday, it clearly affected them. I tried to explain that it was probably more aimed at Sadler than them but don’t think they were too interested to stick around which is understandable.
I really don’t think that there is all that much difference in the physical demands; strikers still have to work really hard at both levels, but we can agree to differ.
My opinion is the Lincoln have realised how good Draper is and regret that they never game him a chance last season - not even 1 minute from off the bench - before loaning him out to Drogheda and then Walsall. I suspect that their complaint about his time on the pitch is just a lame excuse for recalling him in January.
There would probably be a FEW more players on the side of DJ if they weren’t scared of losing their place in the team, after all, Sadler has shown that no matter how big a star you are, HIS ego is a lot more precious than putting out a winning side
Who signed DJ out of interest? I assume Sadler had the power to veto the decision or was it a case the appointment announcement dragged on so long it was too late given DJ signing was announced in July 1st?
Maybe a lesson for the club in future, actually appoint a manager in May so they have time to work more on getting in the right players for their system for July 1st.
DJ should be starting over Douglas, I think 99% of the fanbase would be doing that currently.
January is a huge concern isn’t it? As If I suspect this season just becomes a battle to not drop too close to the bottom 2 then you need goalscorers for that so losing Draper who has been a revelation and also a proven scorer in the same month dosen’t seem a sensible decision to me.
Only have to look at what happened last January, it’s never really a month the club is good at strengthening.
Personally I’d just start DJ and then have a look again in the summer if he’s still unhappy.
One of the main reasons DJ signed for us over the summer was because of the relationship he had and has with the fans. He could have allegedly got more money going to Swindon, but it was his respect for the fans that was the biggest issue and influence in him coming here permanently.