Will Wycombe ever go back up? The Chairboys seem to have replaced Lincoln as the perennial almost rans in League Two. Last year the Buckinghamshire-based club lost in the semi-finals of the play-offs to the eventual winners Stockport County. Having been relegated to League Two by finishing rock bottom of League One the same year in which we were demoted, Wycombe have made a better game of it down here than ourselves. They have regularly been in with a chance of reaching the play off finals and only finishing two places off a play-off spot in their first season in 2005. This season has started just as brightly as many others have for Wycombe: 2 points clear at the top of the table they are only one of two teams in the league (the other been second placed Bury) to have an undefeated record in the league and although this Tuesday's 7-0 defeat to third place Shrewsbury was a shock to the system it won’t stop Wycombe been a powerful force this year.
A mass clear out was underway over the summer at Adams Park. All in all 11 players were shown the door, leaving for clubs from Motherwell to Kettering. The mass clear out you would have thought would have had a sobering affect on the team and left it needing time to gel but the start Wycombe have made seems to have thrown any gelling time out of the window. The biggest loss was without question the selling of Sergio Torres. Though £150,000 is always useful it won’t replace the energy and goals the Argentinean gave to the cause. Things could have been a lot worse for Wycombe if they didn’t have Scott McGleish (left) to step in to fill the gaps. After floating around several lower league clubs McGleish settled at Adams Park in 2006, scoring 33 goals in 63 starts. With 11 being cleared out at the home of Wycombe (and London Wasps) Manager Peter Taylor had to find some suitable replacements and though Taylor only bought in 5 new players he will hope it’s more about quality then quantity. Forward Gavin Grant came in from Millwall, Nathan Ashton came from Premier League Fulham, and Vieira fortunately not of Arsenal fame came is as a potential playmaker from Crawley. Peter Taylor (above) has also created a strong midfield: youngster Matthew Bloomfield has been raised at the club since 2003 and has returned the nurturing he was given with some brilliant displays and along with the experience of former Forest maestro Gary Holt its no wonder Wycombe are top of the league.
One to Watch
Michael Williamson. A lot was expected of the youngster who went as a trainee at Torquay to been signed for Southampton for £100,000 back in 2001 after returning on loan to Torquay in 2003 and then further loan periods at Doncaster and Wycombe it seemed the youngster never fulfil his potential but after a season long loan during the 2004-05 season at Wycombe the 6ft3 defender was snapped up on a free. Since then Williamson has played over a 100 games for Wanderers and this season has been in tremendous form been the leading scorer from defence thanks to 2 goals he scored in the 2-1 win over Dagenham and those his aerial threat at set pieces is worrying enough. Williamson is an astonishing defender Williamson has missed both of the games in which Wycombe have conceded heavily in the recent 7-0 thrashing to Shrewsbury and another 4-0 defeat at Birmingham from people I know at Wycombe this is no coincidence and if he features on a Saturday expect him to make it harder for a brilliant start to the Mike Newell era.
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