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Laws Faces Sodje Poser

So striker Akpo Sodje has picked up another injury to keep him sidelined this season - is it time for Brian Laws to seriously consider the hitman's future at the club?

Don't get me wrong - I'm a big fan of the former Port Vale man when he's fit and healthy and causing opposition defenders all kinds of problems.

But the first half against Burnley - on the opening day of the season - aside, those problems have been very few, and very far between.

Francis Jeffers has long been the scapegoat of fans' fury thanks to his injury problems since his arrival at the club from Blackburn Rovers.

Indeed, our own 'fox in the box' has endured his fair share of time on the sidelines since his arrival here.

But this season, Jeffers looks to have, hopefully, overcome his problems on the injury front - it's his form in finding the back of the net that's been the concern for Wedesday fans.

Sodje's arrivals from the bench this season, on his numerous comebacks in the blue and white, have seen almost a hero-like applause from the Hillsborough masses when his number has been shown for a substitution.

But time and time again he's been set-back by more injury problems - and the latest hamstring strain comes as no surprise as far as I'm concerned.

Of course, I want Akpo to be back fit and raring to go as much as the next Wednesday fan.

But his struggles this term seem to suggest that it may well be a long-term thing, and in a squad whose budget is amongst the smallest in the division, it could well cost Wednesday.,

I've no doubt that Laws will stick with Sodje over the pre-season, he didn't have a full one last season afterall, and with Akpo still under contract it makes sense to give him one last chance.

But it really does have to be one last chance.

Laws needs to be ruthless - we can't afford to carry any more injuries - that goes for Franny too - and with a new regime behind the scenes making changes, it's time for Laws to make them too for the good of the club.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 16 2009

Time: 7:43PM

Your Comments

enoughs enough show him the door brian
mick66owl
enoughs enough show him the door brian
mick66owl
Not just yet Mick!!
will it ever happen
Not just yet Mick!!
will it ever happen
dont slam the door though akpo theres a few more to leave behind you
mick66owl
dont slam the door though akpo theres a few more to leave behind you
mick66owl
Love him but we can't have another season like this
ecco owl
Love him but we can't have another season like this
ecco owl
crock get rid
bradford_owl
crock get rid
bradford_owl
big shame!!! but we cant have another striker on the books that doesnt even play a quater of the season!!!!!
supersibon
big shame!!! but we cant have another striker on the books that doesnt even play a quater of the season!!!!!
supersibon
Unfortunately we cannot afford to keep players who are regularly injured. Sodge, and Watson will be on decent money, money that can be used to bring in players who steer away from injury. I would be concerned about signing Gray too, we picked up his contract, so he will be on a fair old wage, can we afford it for a player quickly approaching his sell by date.
doitforlove
Unfortunately we cannot afford to keep players who are regularly injured. Sodge, and Watson will be on decent money, money that can be used to bring in players who steer away from injury. I would be concerned about signing Gray too, we picked up his contract, so he will be on a fair old wage, can we afford it for a player quickly approaching his sell by date.
doitforlove
I wouldn't keep Gray or Watson, both are fine players but the best days are long gone. I'd be tempted to take a gamble on Sodje though. Maybe we should adjust any new deal to cover appearances? You just can't ignore the fact that we are a different team when he his fit and playing. Not that I think he's the greatest player in the world (I thought he was *****e when he first arrived) but he is the heart and soul of the team. Take a punt BL.
robc
I wouldn't keep Gray or Watson, both are fine players but the best days are long gone. I'd be tempted to take a gamble on Sodje though. Maybe we should adjust any new deal to cover appearances? You just can't ignore the fact that we are a different team when he his fit and playing. Not that I think he's the greatest player in the world (I thought he was *****e when he first arrived) but he is the heart and soul of the team. Take a punt BL.
robc
he's had two good games in my opinion sheff u at home last season & burnley this season at home (and everyone had good games in thoses two) and he scored a few in a short spell b4 xmas last season but thats all really he's been injured the rest of the time!! ONE LAST CHANCE i think!!
FUTURES BLUE N WHITE
he's had two good games in my opinion sheff u at home last season & burnley this season at home (and everyone had good games in thoses two) and he scored a few in a short spell b4 xmas last season but thats all really he's been injured the rest of the time!! ONE LAST CHANCE i think!!
FUTURES BLUE N WHITE
Gray and Watson are no good for any team development they are too old. We need to stop doing ridiculous loan deals like Varney who we are not going to keep and disrupt those that are on the books. Sodje has not played enough for any informed opinion to be made but he has shown enough for us to persist with. Unfortunately the fox in the box can't take his knox - and can't score either. He needs to go. Whatever happens we need to developa a squad and not rely on loan deals.
Radon Barrier
Gray and Watson are no good for any team development they are too old. We need to stop doing ridiculous loan deals like Varney who we are not going to keep and disrupt those that are on the books. Sodje has not played enough for any informed opinion to be made but he has shown enough for us to persist with. Unfortunately the fox in the box can't take his knox - and can't score either. He needs to go. Whatever happens we need to developa a squad and not rely on loan deals.
Radon Barrier
Fans have no faith in Laws, suddenly every chucklehead knows which players to get shot and which to keep. We were *****e before Laws came in and nobody knew what to do cos we are perennially skint. Laws has done wonders, keep up the good work. I hope we keep Akpo and Gray, but if not I'll back the manager. Who amongst us wouldn't have accepted 12th with a few games to go this time last season? Do my nut in. *I'll get my coat*
HootingMad
Fans have no faith in Laws, suddenly every chucklehead knows which players to get shot and which to keep. We were *****e before Laws came in and nobody knew what to do cos we are perennially skint. Laws has done wonders, keep up the good work. I hope we keep Akpo and Gray, but if not I'll back the manager. Who amongst us wouldn't have accepted 12th with a few games to go this time last season? Do my nut in. *I'll get my coat*
HootingMad
My opinion is kind of in between HootingMad's and robc's. Sodje was rubbish when he arrived but he'd developed, despite the injuries, into one of our main players. He does make a notable difference on the pitch and he is worthy of some faith from Mr. Laws - who, in my opinion is one of the best up and coming managers in the game. Bri should have a lot of faith from us lot after what he's achieved with no resources. I say give Sodje the benefit of the doubt for now, but start looking at people like Franny Jeffers who's scoring record has been abysmal and who's paypacket is substantial
GameBurton07
My opinion is kind of in between HootingMad's and robc's. Sodje was rubbish when he arrived but he'd developed, despite the injuries, into one of our main players. He does make a notable difference on the pitch and he is worthy of some faith from Mr. Laws - who, in my opinion is one of the best up and coming managers in the game. Bri should have a lot of faith from us lot after what he's achieved with no resources. I say give Sodje the benefit of the doubt for now, but start looking at people like Franny Jeffers who's scoring record has been abysmal and who's paypacket is substantial
GameBurton07
 

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