Nigel Worthington happy with size of York City squad

Nigel Worthington

Nigel Worthington

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YORK City boss Nigel Worthington remains satisfied by his squad size with the new SkyBet League Two season kicking off a fortnight tomorrow.

With Michael Ingham returning from a groin injury, City has 16 senior professionals to select from for Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat to Premier League Hull City.

Dan Parslow and Wes Fletcher are still yet to taste any pre-season action as they continue their comebacks from cruciate and medial ligament injuries respectively, while Josh Carson will remain sidelined for another four months.

Midfielder Luke Summerfield has missed the last two friendlies with a knee problem but it is hoped that he will return before the campaign curtain-raiser at Tranmere on August 9 when youth-team players could be included on the bench, alongside first-year professional Cameron Murray.

"We haven't got the biggest squad but we want more quality than quantity," Bootham Crescent chief Worthington explained. "Hopefully, Luke will be back in the next week to ten days to give us a bit more strength in the midfield areas but I thought young Tom Platt did well against Hull alongside Russ Penn and it's a plus that he's looking like the same player he was a year ago.

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12:53pm Fri 25 Jul 14

PhilTopping says...

I've been slated for my comments on here regarding this, however, 16 players simply isn't enough. Especially when many of them are still an unknown quantity.

If Summerfield fails to make it against Tranmere, then it's either Platt or Montrose. Players Mr Worthington felt weren't good enough for our good run last season. Up front its Hyde plus Coulson, leaving the wingers to pick themselves. Same story with the full backs. That's Hyde, Coulson, Straker, Meikle, and McCoy without any real competition for their place at all.

I guess the tiny squad makes it easier for the manager. His only question mark on selection is in central defence and goal, Montrose or Platt. Everyone else is nailed on.

This is not a healthy position. Competition is essential in every successful team.
I've been slated for my comments on here regarding this, however, 16 players simply isn't enough. Especially when many of them are still an unknown quantity. If Summerfield fails to make it against Tranmere, then it's either Platt or Montrose. Players Mr Worthington felt weren't good enough for our good run last season. Up front its Hyde plus Coulson, leaving the wingers to pick themselves. Same story with the full backs. That's Hyde, Coulson, Straker, Meikle, and McCoy without any real competition for their place at all. I guess the tiny squad makes it easier for the manager. His only question mark on selection is in central defence and goal, Montrose or Platt. Everyone else is nailed on. This is not a healthy position. Competition is essential in every successful team. PhilTopping
  • Score: 12

4:15pm Fri 25 Jul 14

YorkCityLuke says...

PhilTopping wrote:
I've been slated for my comments on here regarding this, however, 16 players simply isn't enough. Especially when many of them are still an unknown quantity.

If Summerfield fails to make it against Tranmere, then it's either Platt or Montrose. Players Mr Worthington felt weren't good enough for our good run last season. Up front its Hyde plus Coulson, leaving the wingers to pick themselves. Same story with the full backs. That's Hyde, Coulson, Straker, Meikle, and McCoy without any real competition for their place at all.

I guess the tiny squad makes it easier for the manager. His only question mark on selection is in central defence and goal, Montrose or Platt. Everyone else is nailed on.

This is not a healthy position. Competition is essential in every successful team.
I would agree, except that NW has shown a strong tendency to raid the loan market (and to give the loanees regular games). Hopefully he has a few targets in mind on that front.
[quote][p][bold]PhilTopping[/bold] wrote: I've been slated for my comments on here regarding this, however, 16 players simply isn't enough. Especially when many of them are still an unknown quantity. If Summerfield fails to make it against Tranmere, then it's either Platt or Montrose. Players Mr Worthington felt weren't good enough for our good run last season. Up front its Hyde plus Coulson, leaving the wingers to pick themselves. Same story with the full backs. That's Hyde, Coulson, Straker, Meikle, and McCoy without any real competition for their place at all. I guess the tiny squad makes it easier for the manager. His only question mark on selection is in central defence and goal, Montrose or Platt. Everyone else is nailed on. This is not a healthy position. Competition is essential in every successful team.[/p][/quote]I would agree, except that NW has shown a strong tendency to raid the loan market (and to give the loanees regular games). Hopefully he has a few targets in mind on that front. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 1

5:39pm Fri 25 Jul 14

chuckabuttie says...

Bless the Press. Got Sheffield Wednesday down for the final friendly on the (not updated) fixtures list. Only a 50/50 chance of getting it right so shouldn't be too harsh I suppose. Back in UK end August and looking forward to seeing a couple of games starting at Exeter which I saw last season at around the same time. If loanees are coming in - please not a George Toft type.....
Bless the Press. Got Sheffield Wednesday down for the final friendly on the (not updated) fixtures list. Only a 50/50 chance of getting it right so shouldn't be too harsh I suppose. Back in UK end August and looking forward to seeing a couple of games starting at Exeter which I saw last season at around the same time. If loanees are coming in - please not a George Toft type..... chuckabuttie
  • Score: -2

5:44pm Fri 25 Jul 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Sixteen players doesnt seem a big enough squad, especially if we pick up a few injuries. I would personally prefer to see players on contracts rather than see loan players brought in. Finally I see that a player City released (Calvin Andrew), has just been awarded a two year contract at Rochdale, who were promoted to Division 1 at the end of last season.
Sixteen players doesnt seem a big enough squad, especially if we pick up a few injuries. I would personally prefer to see players on contracts rather than see loan players brought in. Finally I see that a player City released (Calvin Andrew), has just been awarded a two year contract at Rochdale, who were promoted to Division 1 at the end of last season. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 8

1:00am Sat 26 Jul 14

yorkandproud says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Sixteen players doesnt seem a big enough squad, especially if we pick up a few injuries. I would personally prefer to see players on contracts rather than see loan players brought in. Finally I see that a player City released (Calvin Andrew), has just been awarded a two year contract at Rochdale, who were promoted to Division 1 at the end of last season.
I wouldn't mind a couple of quality loan players in personally. If they don't fit in they can soon go back, ala Toft. Can't see Calvin cutting it at Div 1 level personally, but good luck to him.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Sixteen players doesnt seem a big enough squad, especially if we pick up a few injuries. I would personally prefer to see players on contracts rather than see loan players brought in. Finally I see that a player City released (Calvin Andrew), has just been awarded a two year contract at Rochdale, who were promoted to Division 1 at the end of last season.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't mind a couple of quality loan players in personally. If they don't fit in they can soon go back, ala Toft. Can't see Calvin cutting it at Div 1 level personally, but good luck to him. yorkandproud
  • Score: 4

1:06am Sat 26 Jul 14

yorkandproud says...

Sorry, George Taft wasn't it. Just seen he signed for The Brewers. Hope he plays against us.
Sorry, George Taft wasn't it. Just seen he signed for The Brewers. Hope he plays against us. yorkandproud
  • Score: -2

9:21am Sat 26 Jul 14

the-e-man says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Sixteen players doesnt seem a big enough squad, especially if we pick up a few injuries. I would personally prefer to see players on contracts rather than see loan players brought in. Finally I see that a player City released (Calvin Andrew), has just been awarded a two year contract at Rochdale, who were promoted to Division 1 at the end of last season.
I personally thought that when he was at York last season Calvin Andrew was a fit, big, strong honest player who gave his all. A very big problem was he did not score goals ( which I accept is a big and important part of a strikers game ) but with his strength, work rate and ability to win the first ball he took an enormous amount of pressure off the defence.
Of course I do not know what his wage and contract demands were and NW has a tight budget but I would have liked to see him still at York if only to be used from the bench.
However, NW has decided on a smaller quality (we hope !) squad so probably could not afford him to merely warm the bench.
Good luck Calvin - only just not against us.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Sixteen players doesnt seem a big enough squad, especially if we pick up a few injuries. I would personally prefer to see players on contracts rather than see loan players brought in. Finally I see that a player City released (Calvin Andrew), has just been awarded a two year contract at Rochdale, who were promoted to Division 1 at the end of last season.[/p][/quote]I personally thought that when he was at York last season Calvin Andrew was a fit, big, strong honest player who gave his all. A very big problem was he did not score goals ( which I accept is a big and important part of a strikers game ) but with his strength, work rate and ability to win the first ball he took an enormous amount of pressure off the defence. Of course I do not know what his wage and contract demands were and NW has a tight budget but I would have liked to see him still at York if only to be used from the bench. However, NW has decided on a smaller quality (we hope !) squad so probably could not afford him to merely warm the bench. Good luck Calvin - only just not against us. the-e-man
  • Score: 4

3:29pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Yorkie41 says...

Any truth in Matty Blair coming back on loan for 6 months.
Any truth in Matty Blair coming back on loan for 6 months. Yorkie41
  • Score: 0

6:31pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Tug job says...

Yorkie41 wrote:
Any truth in Matty Blair coming back on loan for 6 months.
No, not according to Matty himself.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: Any truth in Matty Blair coming back on loan for 6 months.[/p][/quote]No, not according to Matty himself. Tug job
  • Score: 1

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