It has been a hectic month for many clubs in the SPFL this January as it wrapped up last night when the window slammed shut at midnight. Shouts from the terraces demanding biscuit tins to be broken into by the board and “save our season” cries have been in full force for the past few…
Here, we take a quick, radar based, look at how David Milinkovic, Brandon Barker and some of the other wide attackers at clubs outwith the Old Firm performed in the league last season. While this isn’t a direct comparison as the individuals included may perform very different roles for their clubs, and in fact at times may not have played as wide attackers, it is certainly interesting to see what a player has contributed and highlight some areas in which things could have gone better. We’ve excluded Celtic and Rangers players and their stats because both of those clubs’ attackers outperformed the other players in the division so significantly but there are good players outwith the Glasgow giants who deserve recognition. Look out for some conclusions at the bottom of the page and add your own to the conversation by contacting Pure Fitbaw on Twitter.
Jack Ross, with his miraculous turnaround which took St Mirren from certain relegation to automatic promotion, is one of the most talked about Scottish managers of the last 18 months. He has received some of the highest plaudits in Scotland for his work and most recently pipped Brendan Rodgers, despite the Celtic boss’ double treble win, to the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award. Ross has become the Sunderland manager and the English League One club’s fans should bear in mind that Ross, when interviewed by TheTwoPointOne stated; “if you move clubs or have a big turnover of playing squad you don’t necessarily try to implement the same system with players if it doesn’t suit”. PureFitbaw have picked out some players that we can see making the move from the SPFL to the Black Cats.
Hibs’ all-conquering under-20s Development squad received the league trophy after beating Motherwell 4-2 on the final day of the season. It followed hot on the heels of the young Hibees’ Scottish Youth Cup triumph over Aberdeen at Hampden last week to cap off a memorable double-winning season. Pure Fitbaw was there.
It is fair to say that many eyebrows were raised when Liam Henderson swapped Parkhead for the Stadio San Nicola. With rumored interested from Preston North End and Hibs, it would have been considered a fairly left field prediction that Henderson would be joining the promotion chasing Serie B side F.C. Bari on a contract which runs until 2020.
Celtic and Hibs under 20s clashed at Cappielow Park in Greenock on Monday. Pure Fitbaw was there to run the rule over the next generation of Hoops and Hibees stars.