There have been quite a few changes to Vale’s 1st team squad for this season – many players released and signed. It may be that Vale are taking a little time to bed in.
Here’s the view of a Vale fan pre-season –
“It is exciting times at the club. The signings are starting to come in and we finally have a goalkeeper. They all seem quite good on paper. It seems that due diligence has been done on these signings, and the fear that I had as a supporter in previous seasons, of, ‘who is this we have signed on a free?’ and ‘why are we even thinking of signing him?’ has been replaced with. ‘he seems like a great signing’, and ‘I can’t wait to see him play.’ The defenders seem solid enough for League Two. Both have had experience at this level and, in Martin’s case, at a higher level. So, I would imagine they will fit in nicely to Clarke’s plans.
Both midfielders also come with good pedigree, especially Walker, who, from reading the Shrewsbury fans’ forum, is going to be a very exciting prospect. He has potential to bring some exciting moments to the team. I always find that when fans are disappointed by a player leaving their club and not being offered a contract, it means that you may have got a good player, rather than comments saying they are glad to see the back of him.
It’s true in football that sometimes a move is better for both parties, and it seems that this may be the case for Walker, but even more so for James Wilson. I remember a few years ago when he was at Man United, he seemed to be heading to be next on United production line. He scored a double on his Premier League debut but never really went any further. He has had a few clubs and shown promise, especially at Aberdeen, and so Salford seemed to have bagged a bargain when they signed him. But it didn’t work out there for him, and he spent most of his games being played out wide, which must be frustrating for a striker. I really hope he can deliver for us which I think, as a local lad, he will. He has big shoes to fill because he will have number 9 on his back, the number vacated by club legend Tom Pope. No pressure James!
Lucas Covolan may be able to help Wilson after scoring for Torquay in the play-off final. He is stepping up to play at this level, and is an unknown really, but he is highly thought of at Torquay, and has earned his chance.
Carol and co are doing a great job for me, and I can’t wait for the season to start.”