The 72 Review – Barnet

In a new feature, I am enlisting the help of Football League fans up and down the country to give me their own views on how they think the season has gone at their respective clubs – I’ll then work it into a blog and share it wherever I can!

For this installment, we head off to Underhill to review Barnet.  Thanks to Lucy Waldon (@Luuuce_x) for the responses!

IN YOUR OPINION, WHO HAS BEEN THE BEST PLAYER TO FEATURE FOR YOUR CLUB SO FAR THIS SEASON?

The best player this season has to be Ricky Holmes. He’s been in and out of the side with injuries, but he’s a consistent player and a definite game-changer. Ricky’s fast with tricks up his sleeves, leaves the opposition’s defence on the floor confused and created goals as well as scoring them.

AND THE WORST?

The worst player, without a doubt, has to be Collins John. When we heard he had joined us in October and after waiting two weeks for international clearance, he was handed a start against Plymouth. After much anticipation and build-up, the signing’s been nothing short of a let-down. He lasted about 10 minutes and after going down for the second time in the game, he was substituted with a thigh injury – although it was evident he wasn’t really match fit by the way he was walking around the pitch. Who knows when we’ll next see him…

WHO HAS BEEN THE SIGNING OF THE SEASON FOR YOUR CLUB SO FAR?

Graham Stack or David Stephens – the two Hibernian lads. Solid, no-nonsense and have instilled some much-needed calmness and discipline in and around the six-yard box. Just wish Stacky could save a penalty though! Davids has obviously been a useful addition to the squad!

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WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ARRIVE IN THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW?

We’ve recently signed Ibra Sekajja on a one-month loan from Crystal Palace – a striker. We have a number of strikers already the club, but none of them really strike me as the typical 20 goals a campaign man, like last year’s McLeod. So a forward capable of finding the back of the net would be good. We also need another defender or two, I think.

YOUR VIEWS ON THE MANAGER?
Well the results have certainly turned around since the arrival of Edgar Davids. The concern with having someone of Davids’ cachet at the club is that he could quickly become bored with the rough and tumble of League Two and seek new challenges. At the moment though his commitment seems genuine enough and there have been odd comments in interviews where he has spoken about long-term plans and the squad for next season. But no complaints at the minute – and he can still play too!

 

 AND FINALLY, YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON?

Going into the New Year, we were the ninth-best team form-wise over the past 11 games and enjoyed the best Christmas in League Two with seven points from nine. Based on that form, the possibility of new signings and a number of players coming back from injury, we have the potential to avoid our final day dice with the drop – and even aspire to mid-table mediocrity. The current form of the teams around us down in the depths also gives genuine cause for optimism. Just not another relegation scrap, please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 72 View:-

Barnet are almost condemned to relegation as soon as the season starts, most worryingly it seems by their fans. After a couple of last-ditch survivals, all the Bees supporters wanted was a little bit of stability – however Mark Robson’s appointment and a woeful start to the season left them in a worrying predicament. However, since the arrival of Edgar Davids, they have shown steady signs of improvement, including a victory away at league leaders Gillingham. The faithful supporters will be hoping that the Dutchman’s influence will be able to bring in the personnel needed for another season in the football league.

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