Following a decent response to the Chambers thread, I thought I’d give this another bash, and see how another sliding doors moment might’ve changed the trajectory of WFC.
The closing minutes of a pre-season friendly is about the unluckiest time imaginable to suffer a career-changing injury, given their benign nature, and the general merry-go-round of team selections and substitutions that characterise them. So… how might things have subsequently looked if Kory had started the first half against Stoke, and given way to some trialist or other after an hour?
How does our 2018/19 season look with a fit Kory Roberts available for selection throughout?
Who, at various points, are our first choice CH pairing? Is Dan Scarr even a Walsall player today? Keates had started to experiment with him at RB the previous April… if Kory is fit, does Devlin still have the opportunity to play those couple of match-winners onside? As result, do we stay up by a couple of points?
What was Kory’s career ceiling, if he hadn’t missed those 14-odd months?
Was the potential sell-on this summer, to agonise over in years to come? Might his post-Walsall destination have been Barnsley, instead of Bromley? Was he destined to become a Walsall stalwart, and League Two title winning captain?
So, people… how does an innocuous pre-season substitution change our, and his, stars?