Are Rochdale dark horses for promotion?
It’s early doors, but Rochdale has made a pretty good start – scoring goals and picking up points.
I give Rochdale a chance of finishing play-offs or higher for one big reason, Ian Henderson. One of the best and most proven strikers in that league, over the past five seasons. A goalscorer gets you so far in that league. If they keep him fit, he’ll score 20+ goals and I just wonder where that will take them.
Brian Barry-Murphy did brilliantly last season after taking over, keeping The Dale in the division, albeit comfortably in the end. He’s an ambitious young manager, with the backing of their support, who knows how far he can take them.
Josh Lillis is a very good, experienced goalkeeper. Jim McNulty provides strength and leadership at the heart of the defence. Rhys Norrington-Davies looks a great find from Sheffield United, the defender has provided a goal and assist already.
Matt Done is a quality player in that league, guarantees creativity and goals from midfield, but the outcome of their season rests on Henderson I feel. If they can keep creating him chances, defend solidly, they’ll be challenging at the right end of the table.
Henderson has two goals in the first two matches. It’s no fluke, he’s done it time and time again. I’m amazed a Portsmouth or Sunderland didn’t sign him this summer. Ok, he’s not a glamorous name, but with service, he’ll get you out of this division. Sunderland took a £4 million punt on Will Grigg which is looking like failing, Henderson would’ve been peanuts considering his age. A guaranteed goal scorer.
It’s very early days, however, Rochdale has started the season brightly, exciting times for the fans.