By Daniel Jolly
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I have finally returned! Unfortunately due to some technical problems, I have been unable to publish any articles since the Leyton Orient game.
But i will now sum up who who have been the best and worst of the squad up to now.
Ben Williams- Has been incredibly consistent in an area where the team were struggling last year. Can produce magical displays like against Brighton(Away) which arguably led to a vital victory, but still lets goals in that should be saved. 7/10
Mark Cousins- Not made a start this season, and would not be considered unless Williams was injured so unfair to judge.
Alan Maybury-Only made one appearance, due to the form of Beevers and White so unfair to judge.
Lee Beevers-Made a solid start to the season, but was unlucky with a shoulder injury picked up at MK Dons so hasnt featured since. 5/10
Magnus Okuonghae-A fantastic addition to the squad and has led by example in the promotion push. 8/10
Pat Baldwin-Hasnt had a chance to really impress under Aidy Boothroyd and looks set to be on his way out of the club.
Paul Reid- After injury interrupted his season last year, he has returned with a vengance this term and has looked solid. 7/10
Danny Batth- Started well but his inexperience showed as the games wore on and was bound to be replaced by Reid when he came back. 6/10
Marc Tierney- 110% always given by Tierney and has made the left back position his own. 7/10
John White- After being victimised by Paul Lambert, White has impressed under Aidy and has cemented his position. 7/10
Matt Heath- No chance to impress because of the form of Okuonghae and Reid.
Phil Ifil- Already a contender for most improved player of the season, playing in a more advanced role has given him a new lease of life and has netted two crucial goals already. 8/10
Ashley Vincent-Made a great start to the season, but his campaign has been cruelly interrupted by injury. Will be a like a new player when he returns. 7/10
Anthony Wordsworth- Like Ifil is a contender for most improved player of the season. May not possess the pace of Hackney, but his passing, free-kick taking and crossing abilities make him a constant threat to opposition. 9/10
Simon Hackney- Has found his opportunities limited to cup games, but has shown why he was signed by Lambert and is a great asset as a squad player.
Kem Izzet- Plays his role in the squad, and although he does not often advance past the halfway line, he is useful alongside O'Toole in the middle of the park. 7/10
David Fox-Has found opportunities hard to come by under Boothroyd, but still will play a valuable part in the push towards the Championship with his fantastic passing ability. 6/10
John-Joe O'Toole- Everything that the midfield has been crying out for since Richard Wilkins retired. Only 21, hus bustling style and goalscoring threat, makes him a crucial cog. 7/10
Medy Elito- Hasnt featured much and when he did got himself sent off. Definately one for the future.
Clive Platt-Although he often doesnt get the credit he deserves, Platty plays a vital role in the squad and although he may not be preferred over Odejayi, will still play a big role. 6/10
Kevin Lisbie- The second spell of Lisbie has been one which U's fans were crying out for. After Gillespie's constant injuries, a pacy striker who could finish to complement the big man up top was needed. After Cureton didnt want to return, Lisbie was a far better option. Loves it at the club and has changed his reputation and put his career back on track. 8/10
Kayode Odejayi- After not being part of Mark Robins' plans, Odejayi has been a good part of the squad and has chipped in with some goals, and his strength and pace are vital attributes. 7/10
Steven Gillespie-Injuries have again blighted his season, but when he has featured has proved to be a threat. 6/10
Joel Thomas-Hasnt featured enough, but still very raw and in my opinion not a good backup.
Scott Vernon-Only made one start, so cannot be judged but has been unlucky with injuries.
Overall, a good squad has been built and with the arrivals of Ian Henderson, Nolberto Solano, and the permenant deals for Kayode and John-Joe, a promotion push is still in our sights.
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