A huge aspect of last night’s XI was just how few summer signings started, and how much money was on the bench rather than on the pitch.
Just £2M man Antonio Colak actually started, with loanee Tillman and free transfer Lawrence making up the rest of the starting new boys.
Matondo (£2M), Davies (£4M) and Yilmaz (£5M) were all on the bench and only the former got any minutes last night. Souttar is injured.
Naturally the result justified this, but fans have begun wondering why Davies especially isn’t starting. Yilmaz did struggle a bit v Killie so is being more carefully introduced, but Davies was supposed to be the big solution for the exit of Calvin Bassey.
And has barely featured at all.
There are two reasons for this:
1: James Sands has done little to merit losing his place. The American has been pretty solid, and Ibrox Noise stands by our rating him the best starter in Belgium, which Gio clearly agrees with hence keeping him in. That fans widely disagreed is irrelevant to the boss.
2: Not all new signings are ready to be thrown straight into the lion’s den. Yilmaz, as we said, struggled a bit on his debut, so is going to be more carefully nurtured until ready, while Davies has barely featured at all. Sands being a reason, but also Davies doesn’t seem quite match fit.
When it comes to new additions, the manager has to gauge who’s ready immediately to throw straight in, and who needs more bedding time.
If it was all about new signings, we’d start with 7 at once. Is that what we want? 7 fresh faces who have barely played with each other lining up v Union in a must-win?
No, Davies, like some other new additions, isn’t quite there yet, and Gio isn’t ready to pitch him in.
It’s a gradual process, and, again, Sands hasn’t deserved to be axed by any manner.
Goldson there’s little point discussing because but for a broken leg he will always start.
Trust in Gio.