Luke Ayling – 9 –
Possibly the shock of the season, when we signed him I was confused more than anything. We had Berardi as a starter and Coyle as backup, which seemed more than enough to me. However, I was proved wrong. His attacking prowess was key to our success this season, not that he lacked anything in the defensive department either. His partnership with Kyle Bartley on the right side of the defence was massive, they’re as good a partnership off the field as they are on it and that showed in their performances. An absolute steal from Bristol City, it seems bizarre that he couldn’t make it into their team. It’s worth remembering he can also play as a CB in a back 5/3 or even fill in for a team who only has three centre-backs like ourselves… An amazing first season from Luke.



  1. I agree with them all apart from Phillips.phillips is dire we should have sold him and kept mowattt his “great passing range” is good but rarely hits it’s intended target all he ever seems to do is give the ball away then get booked trying to win it back

  2. No I totally agree with the Phillips evaluation, I think he is a confidence player , much like Chris Wood. When he is on his game, he can strike a ball with thunder, ping long-range passes around the pitch, & makes tackles high up the pitch. He’s not often as entertaining to watch as many people would like, which I think is why the things he really contributes well go un-noticed, & at the end of the day, let’s not forget, he’s been started a fair few times & is still in that group of young players underneath what was the Mowatt, Cook, Taylor trio, he has a lot of learning to do, but Monk obviously see’s something in that, & Im not one to doubt his views after what he’s done for us this season.

  3. Brilliant execution of ratings though, the only one I’d slightly knock was Bridcutt, just because as much as he does sit back too much & leave the midfield open, he’s broken play up against many teams this season & stolen their momentum not allowing them to build decent attacks, always fully committed & doesn’t go half heartedly into a challenge. I’d have given him a 7

  4. Great ratings. Agreed with the majority of them exactly.
    Really enjoyed your honest opinions on the CM positions. O’Kane not given enough starts, and although Bridcutt does a lot of good mopping up, he sits far too deep and it’s as if we’re down a man on the rest of the pitch. Huge fan of Monk, only issue is his team selection sometimes. Great article!


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