As decisions go, this one is a pretty shitty one. Jimmy Spencer released by Notts County.
The statement speaks of Jimmy and his young family and of course this comes first over everything. But the fact of the matter is, Spencer should be in the first team.
When Jon Stead and Izale McLeod both signed at the beginning of the season, it looked as though Spencer may struggle to feature. McLeod, for me is our goal scorer and must play. Stead was continually picked to play just behind McLeod (awful shout by Moniz) and has generally looked poor. Yes he’s played at a decent level, but the ball more often than not hits him and runs away.
Jimmy Spencer, even half fit, is a much more effective target man. I’ve not seen many Notts strikers consistently bring high balls down with such a deft touch. With Moniz’s insistence on playing one striker behind the other, this tactic never suited either Stead or Spencer; but Spencer had a better chance of playing that role effectively.
Personally, I think to get the most of of McLeod, he needs a strike partner. In this league, it needs to be Spencer. He’s not scared to get involved, throw a few centre halves around and find the back of the net too.
The start of the end for Jimmy was Moniz. Fullarton obviously doesn’t rate him and by releasing him, it makes me worried 1 up front will be a continual pattern under him.
Also, why is Guy Branston doing the release statement? Surely someone who fought back from such an injury deserves a bit more respect…