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DAN THE FAN: Facing a battle to hang on to prospects
Updated 3:17pm Thursday 17th April 2014 in Football
LOUIS Thompson’s second goal in three games saw Town pick up another impressive home win against Brentford in this unpredictable season on Saturday.
Thompson’s progression in 2014 has been one of the highlights of the year.
His brother Nathan Thompson experienced the same last season and, in recent months, Louis has started to show what he’s capable off.
After 38 first-team appearances over his Town career, he’s starting to take shape as a professional.
With Town looking destined to play in League One once again next season, a few players will catch the eye of visiting scouts from Championship sides looking for a bargain for the next campaign.
There is no doubt that team captain Nathan Thompson will play at a higher level – he has all the attributes needed to compete at least in the Championship.
I can see an approach for him and possibly his brother over the summer, but hopefully they both understand that they need at least another full season of first team football before making such a big step up in their careers.
Another player who has already caught the eye of visiting scouts has been goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.
Ever since his arrival in October 2011, he’s been the club’s ever-present man between the sticks, making more than 130 appearances.
With speculation that he had the chance to leave in January, there’s a big chance he will move on this summer, but I hope I’m wrong and the club hold firm.
As we start to look forward to potential signings for next season, on-loan defender Jack Stephens has said that he’d be more than happy to return to Wiltshire for the 2014-15 campaign.
Re-signing Stephens should be high up on chairman Lee Power’s to-do list over the summer.
Despite only playing in six games, he’s made a huge impact on the team and results, it would be interesting to see how the second half of our season would have panned out if he had arrived in January.
On the other end of the performance scale has been striker Michael Smith.
When he first arrived I said he had the attributes to be a great goalscorer for the club, and, despite his average performances recently, I stand by those comments.
There are areas of his game that need improving – he needs to bulk up over the summer if he is going to be more effective in Mark Cooper’s system.
But he has already proved that he has a raw ability to score goals and I’m almost certain that he’ll turn out to be vital for the club next season.
Tomorrow’s trip to face Coventry City is the first of four must-win games, all the while hoping Peterborough bottle it for that play-off spot.
That scenario may be unlikely, but it’s all about preparing for next season, and the players proving to the manager that they deserve to be a part of his plans.