Date: 1st September 2020 at 9:00am
Written by: Mark Day

It might not have been the most important thing to take out of Saturday’s game, but it was certainly something that deserves a bit of attention.

Of course it could mean absolutely nothing and I’m being cranky/senile, but why change the habit of a lifetime?

For our pre-season games so far, we’ve been going with a ‘first half’ and a ‘second half’ team, however the Spurs game saw things happen ever so slightly differently, as we reverted to a ‘normal’ system of a ‘starting eleven’ and ‘substitutes’.

An important change to make at an important time of pre-season. With less than a week to go until our first competitive game of the season against Cambridge United in the League Cup, I think we are starting to get to a stage where Aitor Karanka has decided on his ‘best team’ as it were (with the probable exception of Lukas Jutkiewicz who is reportedly nursing some sort of injury, as well as new signings like Ivan Sanchez).

I will be interested to see if he carries on this policy in our final game of pre-season against Walsall today. Will it be yet another runout for the ‘first-team’ or will he use it to give the rest of the squad a go?

What sort of team should Karanka play in the League Cup?

Full strength

Full strength

Experimental

Experimental

Time is certainly ticking down if he wants to make up his mind on how to start the Championship season, and there isn’t going to be a lot of time to get the side fully integrated as we approach the new campaign.

I’ve said before that I don’t think he’ll use the League Cup as a chance to simply rest players, his track record shows that he takes the cup competitions seriously, and those players on the outside looking in may be forced to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

 
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