Here is my point of view based on the games i have seen and knowing the league and alot of the players over many years and having coached until i couldnt anymore. Reading the comments so far i have to say Paolo you make the most sense and you sum up well, but i also agree with the odd comment from others particularly on the strikers front only. In fact i would say if we had two decent strikers this season we would have finished top 8 'easily' because in the main thats been the actaul downfall ... finding the net. Yes top team in Teesside and that coupled with the way the team are trying to play is why I come to watch.
We may have benefited from keeping one or two of the experienced players and i think losing Keo was a loss after 10 games as he had the ability to pick a good pass and was strong for a young lad. We have a really young side and we tried to play good football which i would rather watch anyday rather than have a team lumping the ball long time after time. I agree we are 3 possibly 4 players short (centre back, two strikers and maybe an older head in the middle) ... 7 or 8 players i dont think so, not foe me. Also where do you think we are on budgets !
We do have several young guns starting out and many of them aint played in this league before, or as many games in a season. At the back (& midfield) we have 4 players in the 19/20 bracket in Josh, Dan, Curt and Phil. Josh is a good keeper and will learn again from this season, and for me Curtis was one of the top players until he picked up a few injuries and Dan has improved throughout, Phil also chipping in when called upon. In midfield Chay always excites and is getting stronger, Ross and Shane are showing well and Jamie has showed good signs. Also Hillers, Matty C, Betts, Earl are still fairly young!
I think there are more positives than negatives. We should of won the two games over easter, two draws against guisboro ... we were two wins off 9th and we did tail off towards the end which was disappointing i agree. I could write more but 'until next season' is my last words oh and also Fantastic Website