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Rochdale stalwart looks to have a big impact again next season

73 goals in his last five seasons in League One. Ian Henderson. A brilliant goalscorer. 

His 20 goals ensured Rochdale would be playing League One football again next season, without them, they would undoubtedly have been relegated. Brian Barry-Murphy will be looking to sign another striker to relieve some pressure on the striker while building a team around him that can possibly push for the playoffs.

Thankfully for Rochdale, Henderson is 34 and entering his eighth year at Spotland. If he was 10 years younger, the veteran would have a number of clubs chasing him for a sizeable fee. Pretty much any striker in the league would be happy with 20 goals in a season, never mind doing it at 34 years old.

Ethan Hamilton has returned to Man United, so The Dale will be looking to unearth some gems to provide service to Henderson. However, the hardest thing to find in football is a goalscorer – they certainly have that, it’s just about giving him chances. Jamie Walker is looking to leave Wigan, he’s a quick, tricky winger that can put quality deliveries into the right areas.

Two Returning Loan Players Rochdale Had Who Will Go On To Greater Things

Now that the retained list has been published it has been confirmed that all loanees, namely Joe Bunney, Zach Clough, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Ethan Hamilton, Rory Holden & Rekeil Pyke will be returning to their parent clubs.

All were thanked for their contributions but some will be missed more than others, as the performances they have shown at Spotland this season will surely mean they will go on to operate at a higher level in the future.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell

From the minute he signed, it was obvious that his capture, albeit temporary, was somewhat of a coup. He is a player that is easily capable of operating in a higher division.

At this stage in his career, it appears unlikely he would achieve a regular position in Wolves Premier League squad. So the natural progression for Ethan would be to be loaned out again to one of the promotion-chasing sides in League One, or would even be a suitable candidate for most sides in the Championship.

Ethan Hamilton

Hamilton was a bit of an unknown quantity coming to Spotland on loan from Man Utd in January., this was Hamilton’s first loan move away from Old Trafford. I did a little piece on Hamilton before his move in January, but with only youth team games to go off, it was hard to assess how he would be.

Hamilton proved to be a outstanding addition to the team though, scoring crucial goals and his general passion and commitment to the team shown him to be developed beyond his years. I fully expect him to be on loan at a bigger club or, even a higher level in the near future as he looks to continue his development.

As is usual for Rochdale and clubs of our size I fully expect Brian Barry-Murphy to dip into the loan market again this coming transfer window, in his bid to improve on what was a difficult season for Rochdale AFC.

Rochdale Announce Who’s Out The Door This Summer, As BBM Looks To The Future

Now that the dust has settled on another turbulent season for Rochdale in which they confirmed survival in the final weeks of the season, talk has turned to shape next seasons squad going forward under the management of Brian Barry-Murphy.

Currently, Defender, Kgosi Ntlhe, Midfielders, Matty Done, Jimmy Keohane, Aaron Morley, Ollie Rathbone, Goalkeeper, Brad Wade and Attackers, Aaron Wilbraham, Bradden Inman & Jordan Williams are out of contract this summer.

Loanees Joe Bunney, Zach Clough, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Ethan Hamilton, Rory Holden & Rekeil Pyke will be returning to their parent clubs.

Brian Barry-Murphy will be keen to re-sign as many as possible of the out of contract players, to reinforce the form and consistency Rochdale showed towards the end of this season.

What appears to be most alarming to Dale supporters is the fact the club have let Ollie Rathbone’s contract dwindle. He is an important player for the club and, now holds all the cards in regard to the decision on his future. It is imperative he is offered a new deal as soon as possible to retain his services at Spotland.

Midfielder Matty Done is likely to be offered fresh terms as he is one of the elder statesmen of the team, and has a bit more to offer yet, wages dependent of course.

I believe that Keohane, Nlthe & Wilbraham late-season form will have done enough for them to be offered new contracts, as they showed enough about them to warrant BBM’s continuing faith in their abilities.

When it comes to Brad Wade & Aaron Morley I understand that they may have contract extension options. so hopefully these will be taken up. Wade is currently the only real option BBM has as back-up to first-choice keeper Josh Lillis, so he is more likely to be offered terms than Morley who didn’t feature often under the previous regime. Morley will want assurances from the new management team about his playing time, before considering any possible renewal if the club were to offer him one. I don’t think it would be a major surprise to many at Spotland to see him move on to seek more first-team action if, he didn’t get the assurances he wanted.

This leaves us with Bradden Inman and Jordan Williams who are out of a contract and are leaving the club. Bradden started the season well, scoring twice in a 2-1 win on an opening day away at Burton Albion, but since then has shown inconsistent form leading to him drifting in and out of the team and struggling to make any real impact when he has played.

Finally, Jordan Williams was one of few Rochdale players that a fee was paid for, rumoured to be around the 100k mark to Barrow a couple of seasons ago, so there would be a reluctance to let him go on a free, but despite an extended run in the team this season, he has looked like this level is maybe beyond him at this early stage in his career.

BBM Needs These 2 Players In 6-Pointer Tonight Against Oxford

Brian Barry-Murphy had the perfect start to his caretaker managerial role with a win against Shrewsbury on Saturday. Goals coming from Kgosi Ntlhe and Jim McNulty sealed a very rare home win and a very welcome 3 points.

Barry-Murphy will need to put a string of results together to try and carry Rochdale out of the drop zone, and enhance his chances of getting the job full time. Unfortunately, Dale didn’t improve their league position as all the teams in and around them also won this weekend.

The 2 players that most deserve to be in Rochdale starting 11 are;

Kgosi Ntlhe

Playing at left back against Shrewsbury last Saturday, In his first game back following a nasty knee injury, Kgosi put in what was undoubtedly his best performance of the season so far. Playing solidly in his position from the off and then being in the right position to half volley from a corner into the Shrewsbury goal for his second league goal this season. His performance throughout the 90 minutes earned him a very much deserved man of the match award and therefore should be one of the first names on the team sheet tonight.

Ethan Hamilton

This 20 year old central midfield loanee from Manchester United was serving a one match suspension for last Saturdays game following a red card he received against Luton. The class he has shown over recent games has shown him to be, in many dale supporters opinion, the automatic choice to pair with the now fit Ollie Rathbone in midfield.

Ethan has proven to be a quality edition to the team this season and the kind of player that many Dale supporters would love to see kept on the books, although it is obvious he is already proving to be a class above this division.

Despite poor weather in Rochdale over the past few days, very heavy rain and strong winds, the clubs recent investment in an inflatable dome pitch protection system will surely see the game go ahead. The last thing Rochdale need is a back log of games at the end of the season caused by postponements, and to use a old footballing cliche, every game is a must win for Rochdale now if they hope to maintain their League One status.

What Can Keith Hill’s Winter Signings Bring To Rochdale?

Rochdale have had a busy transfer window with Joe Rafferty, Andy Cannon, David Perkins, Harrison McGahey and Brendan Moore departing the club permanently. Sam Hart, Magnus Norman & Connor Randall also returned to their parent clubs from loans.

In their place in have come; Ryan Mclaughlin permanently from Blackpool, Rory Holden from Bristol City, Ethan Ebanks-Landell from Wolves, Ethan Hamilton from Man Utd, Rekeil Pyke from Huddersfield and most recently Joe Bunney from Northampton all on loan. With such a massive overhaul mid-season, there is the risk of it having a detrimental effect on the team.

However, with how results have gone in the first half of the season Rochdale now knows that they find themselves in a relegation battle again, with arguably a much stronger squad than they had last season. It is difficult to try and understand why but over this article I will assess each of the new signings individually, and try to outline what they could bring to Rochdale as they attempt to battle bravely against relegation again.

Rory Holden

Rory signed on loan from Bristol City on the 3rd of January and has so far made 5 appearances, starting 4 games mostly from the right of midfield. I have had the pleasure of watching 2 of the matches he was involved in and he looks to have good quick feet and isn’t afraid to take a man on. Something Rochdale have in short supply.

Ethan Hamilton

Ethan joined Rochdale on loan from Manchester United on the 11th of January. He has started all 3 games for Rochdale since he signed playing in the centre of midfield. He scored against Peterborough in a 2-1 loss earlier this month. Another player I have seen play and he looks like he has a decent level of technical ability, I expect him to be a great addition if he can continue how he started.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell

The second Ethan to sign for Dale on the 11th January, joining from Wolves. He also has started every game since his arrival. Playing centre back. I think he is an excellent signing and a real solid centre back, let us just hope he can raise the game of the other defenders around him.

Ryan McLaughlin

Ryan arrived from Blackpool on the 23rd of January as a direct replacement for the departing Joe Rafferty on the same day. He made his debut at the weekend against Barnsley as a right back in a losing effort. I haven’t seen him play yet myself but, can see he looks to be a like for like replacement for Rafferty with both players coming through Liverpool’s academy

Rekeil Pyke

The newest arrival for Rochdale who signed just yesterday on loan from Huddersfield for the rest of the season and is expected to play up front. Huddersfield cut short his loan spell at Wrexham where in 14 starts and 12 sub appearances he scored 5 goals this season. Wrexham averaged 1.78 points per game he started and he has been described as “a good size, a threat aerially but having a poor work ethic.

Having known nothing about Pyke I’m reserving judgement and will give him my full support, I expect him to be a striker option to play off Henderson, and hopefully offer him support and inject a little pace into Rochdale’s attack.

Joe Bunney

Joe made a deadline day return to Dale on loan after Northampton cut short his loan at Blackpool after leaving 12 months ago in the January transfer window last season. He looks like the left back Keith Hill has been after all window and is very familiar with the club, the fans and what the manager will want. With it not been long since his departure he should slot back into the team with relative ease and, should bring another useful option in that left back position.

What Can Ethan Hamilton Bring To Rochdale?

Manchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton is apparently in talks with Rochdale ahead of a loan move for the rest of the season.

Ethan joined Man Utd from Hutchinson Vale, A renounced Scottish Youth Club in Edinburgh where Scottish player such as Leigh Griffiths, Jason Cummings and United stalwart Darren Fletcher played.

He captained the U18 squad before being fast-tracked and featuring regularly in Ricky Sbragia’s United U23 side this season, starting 11 Premier League 2 games and coming off the bench once. He primarily plays as a centre midfielder but has been known to fill in as a Left Wing Back previously.

Hamilton was also rumoured to have caught the eye of previous United manager, Jose Mourinho as he has trained several times with the first team and even was called up to replace Paul Pogba in the squad against Huddersfield last season after a late injury saw Pogba withdraw.

United coach Kieron Mckenna speaks highly of him also once saying ” with his attitude it could certainly carry him very far in his career“. He was also previously described by Mckenna as “a fantastic character around the group and another one with a great training mentality every day. He’s a hard worker who wants to get better and develop himself.”

There is rumoured interest from several Scottish clubs about taking him on loan for the rest of the season, however, United may favour keeping him local with Keith Hill famed for his development of players including ex-United youth player Oliver Rathbone who is going from strength to strength this season drawing plaudits of late despite Rochdale’s poor on-field form.

A loan move could be definitely seen as beneficial for all parties, with Rochdale taking a really talented youngster for 6 months to help them build on their poor start to the season, Ethan gets his first proper experience of real league football which will be great for his continuing development and United get to keep a close eye on his development locally.

My opinion on what Ethan can bring is increased competition for places after losing Andy Cannon from that position to Portsmouth, as he is clearly well thought of at United so he definitely has the potential to be a really talented player in the future. His versatility would help also, with nobody currently at the club consolidating the left back position in the team so far this season it would give Keith Hill another option there as well, particularly as Sam Hart has gone back to Blackburn.

I would question if centre midfield is an urgent position Dale should be looking at loaning somebody in. Due to Cannon’s departure, this could open the door for more play time for some of our own youth academy talents in that position such as Aaron Morley who I feel deserves the opportunity.