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2 weeks of the transfer window left, what do Rochdale need to do

Rochdale have enjoyed a solid start to their season, taking five points from their opening three league matches, and beating Bolton 5-2 in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

The Dale won their opening day fixture at Tranmere Rovers 2-3, with striker Ian Henderson grabbing two and loanee Rhys Norrington-Davies netting on debut. In their opening game at Spotland, Rochdale drew 1-1 with Doncaster Rovers and 0-0 yesterday. It’s been a good start to the season, how far can Brian Barry-Murphy take them?

It’s a big two weeks for them into terms of the transfer window. Rochdale needs to add depth to a good starting 11, to be competing at the right end of the table come May. They have arguably the best goalscorer in the division, Henderson, however an injury to him would leave them light on goals.

Also, although they’ve scored nine goals in three matches, they’ve still conceded five which is a worry. Obviously if you sacrifice defensive thoughts to score more goals, you are likely to concede more, however Murphy may be looking to sign a central defender to help steady a leaky defence.

I think Rochdale have an exciting team, a manager that wants to succeed and is supported by the fans. They’ll have a good season, however, their lack of depth does worry me, when you look at teams like Sunderland and Portsmouth, in comparison. If Murphy can perhaps poach a couple of loan players and pick up a couple of permanent signings to bolster his options, particularly in defence, then Rochdale will be well prepared for a shot at the play-offs.

BBM should set up his Rochdale back 4 like this to frustrate Shrewsbury & take the 3 points

Rochdale have enjoyed a good start to the season, The Dale won their opening game 3-2 at newly-promoted Tranmere Rovers, before drawing against Doncaster at Spotland.

A hidden gem

Robert Sanchez joined in the summer from Brighton and Hove Albion. The youngster has started the opening three matches, and despite conceding seven goals, it’s looking like Brian Barry-Murphy has found his number one for the season. Sanchez spent time on loan at Forest Green Rovers during the 2017/18 campaign, so will be looking to impress this time around in a higher division.

Jimmy Keohane will operate at right-back again, the versatile Irishman has played a number of positions since signing for Rochdale last summer. A reliable player that will do his job pretty much anywhere on the pitch.

On the other side, Rochdale look to have found a gem in the loan signing of Rhys Norrington-Davies from Sheffield United. The left-back has already chipped in with a goal and an assist in the opening two league games and just provides an extra attacking option to Barry-Murphy. It’s important that full-backs add that width and quality into the box, particularly when you have a striker like Ian Henderson, who usually profits from opportunities.

Experience

Jim McNulty provides that experience and leadership needed in central defence. At 34, the defenders best years are probably behind him. However, his leadership skills and influence off the pitch, are priceless to The Dale. He will be partnered by new summer signing Eoghan O’Connell, who signed from Bury. The Irishman made 31 appearances last season and has headed to Rochdale hoping to continue the solid form that saw them promoted to League One.

Shrewsbury Town is one of the hardest places to go in League One, however, The Dale are the underdogs and are scoring goals, I give them a big chance of getting a result.

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.

If Rochdale start with these two and they’ll easily blow Bolton Wanderers’ youngsters away

Bolton Wanderers could be in for it after drawing Rochdale in the Carabao Cup…

The Wanderers have managed to scrape a team together by promoting youth players to regular first-team football.

Bolton sits in 23rd place after two games in League One, on -11 points. Just below is Bury is on -12, still waiting to kick off their campaign.

The shoehorned together squad of Bolton Wanderers have achieved a draw after a loss in the season so far. Rochdale have a draw and a win and proudly find themselves in 5th position on 4 points.

The two teams will face one another in the Carabao Cup at Spotland Stadium, making it all the more difficult for Bolton. Despite this, Bolton fans have been praised this season for showing immense support to their crumbling football club. Spurring their team on could inspire an upset. However, should Rochdale start either of these, it seems unlikely…

Ian Henderson

The 34-year-old striker bagged his 110th goal in League One after his double against Tranmere Rovers in a 3-2 victory. The quality he brings to the attacking play seems far beyond anything the Bolton Wanderers lineup could deal with.

Henderson has never had quite as much luck in front of goal in the Carabao Cup compared to the leagues. But towards the final stages of his career in a promising Rochdale side, we could see them go full throttle in the competition this year.

Aaron Morley

The 19-year-old midfielder has been entrusted so far this season and managed to bag himself his first goal against Doncaster, which sealed the point for his side. A game against a struggling Bolton in the Carabao Cup would be a perfect opportunity for the youngster to perform under pressure, but also allow him to build on the confidence of his goal.

Should Morley rise to the occasion, Bolton will be punished.

Blackburn Rovers will be hoping their Rochdale loanee comes back with these two qualities

Rochdale have revealed that they have signed defender, Tyler Magloire from Blackburn Rovers. The Football Manc Cave is exploring what he will bring to the Dale.

The 20-year-old has joined the Rochdale side on a loan deal from Blackburn. Magloire has stated how, when he heard of the interest that Rochdale had shown, the move was put to the top of his list.

The defender has been with Blackburn Rovers since he was 9 years old, and has worked his way up to the first team from the academy ranks. This loan should give him some experience on the pitch and we are looking at the qualities he will bring to the Dale…

League

Obviously, Blackburn Rovers are in the Championship and Magloire has had experience in that league. He should bring a different level of football experience with him and be able to keep up in League One. He’s got a long term plan with Rovers that sees his contract run until 2022, so the plan looks like it could be to send him out on loan for a year then he will be ready to step back up into the Championship. The youngster comes as a highly rated defender and Brian Barry-Murphy will help him settle into the squad.

Confidence

The product of Blackburn’s youth has pushed himself through the ranks of the club, and even managed to earn the Captain’s armband of the under 23’s squad. He’s also made a couple of first-team appearances with the Rovers which will give him the confidence he needs to join Dale. Obviously he will not be the Captain as he joins Rochdale, however, his past leadership experience will help him as he slots into the defence that will need to communicate at the back throughout the season.

Tyler will take the number 21 shirt for his season ahead. We’re sure this move will benefit not only Rochdale, as they get a new defender, but also the 20-year-old who will be able to make a name for himself and gain some recognition.

Rochdale should line up their midfield with these 4 against Doncaster

Brian Barry-Murphy got off to a good start as manager of Rochdale as his team won 3-2 at the weekend.

It should have been a 3-0 win for the Dale and was looking that way for a while until Tranmere found two goals. There was also an incident in the 94th minute of the game that didn’t get picked up by officials. Jimmy Ryan has come on for Dale making his debut only to pull a Tranmere players hair from behind. He has now been charged.

With this in mind, The Football Manc Cave have picked out four midfielders that should start against Doncaster.

Stephen Dooley

I don’t see why there should be many changes to the squad as they did perform well at the weekend. Brian Barry-Murphy is only finding his feet and might change things around to see what works, although Dooley started at the weekend and will probably start again.

Michael Jordan Williams

Another player who started at the weekend and might get another chance against Doncaster. The Dale have a large choice of midfielders, wingers and strikers who can switch positions and still be comfortable which is beneficial to their manager.

Callum Camps

A definite choice for Barry-Murphy as he went in for every ball, won challenges and free kicks and even created chances at the weekend. He will have to be picked again as the club face Doncaster at the weekend. Camps will more than likely play a massive part of the season for Rochdale.

Jimmy Keohane

There are other choices for these midfield positions like loanee, Rekeil Pyke. However, he got brought off in the second half of the game at the weekend so Keohane may favour as being Rochdale’s starting man. This will all depend on Brian Barry Murphy’s thinking behind his squad and formation.

The final touches: What BBM should be getting right in Rochdale’s training this week

It’s nearly the start of the season and as most teams come to an end of their pre-season campaign’s. The Football Manc Cave are looking at two things Brian Barry-Murphy should have his team working on before the season gets underway.

Rochdale haven’t had a bad pre-season run and it’s looking like new manager, Brian Barry-Murphy has adapted to his role well. The players are also looking as if they have been motivated by their new manager.

The Dale faced one last friendly against Hyde United before they can start their new season and there will surely be a few training sessions to come before we get to see their League campaign. With that in mind, here are two things that Brian Barry-Murphy should have his lads working on this week.

Youth

Proving that he’s a very organised man in charge, Murphy released his youthful squad that will face Hyde United a day before the game would take place. He has a very young and fresh line up which will give him the chance to see Rochdale’s youngsters in action and how they handle the pressure.

While this gives the senior squad members rest and keeps them from injury before the start of the season, it also gives Brian Barry-Murphy a chance to pick out the best. He will have the likes of 16-year-old Luke Matheson and 18-year-old Fabio Tavares aiming to impress. If any of the youth can live up to senior squad standards, they should be put through their paces in the last training sessions of the summer.

Adaptation

This summer has seen scholarship players such as Harrison Hopper, Lewis Bradley and Fabio Tavares sign professional contracts. It has also seen new players like Jimmy Ryan sign for the club. Robert Sanchez has also signed for Dale on loan from Brighton.

It seems a lot of changes have been made within the squad and there will definitely be more as the season goes on. However, this will be a test for Brian Barry-Murphy as he will have to get these new and young players to adapt to senior football and to be a part of a new team. Hopefully, he will use these next few training sessions before the season starts to get the team gelling and flowing nicely.

What 2 qualities will former Blackpool midfielder bring to Rochdale

Rochdale has completed the signing of former Blackpool captain Jimmy Ryan on a two-year deal.

The 30-year-old, who has made nearly 400 career appearances, is Brian Barry Murphy’s fourth summer signing, and first permanent one.

Ryan has played for a number of different clubs in the EFL, including Shrewsbury, Fleetwood, Scunthorpe and Chesterfield.

So, here at The Football Manc Cave, we look at what the midfielder can offer at Spotland for the next couple of seasons…

Experience

As stated above, Ryan has made almost 400 appearances in the EFL. So if you need a signing that ‘knows the league’ and what it requires to be successful, he’s your man. It’s been made clear that Murphy wanted a midfielder, and to add experience to his side this summer, Ryan ticks them two boxes for sure.

He was named in 2010/11 PFA Team of the Year while at Accrington Stanley, while picked up Fleetwood’s Club player of the Year award in 2016, which shows he’s more than good enough at this level.

Versatility

Ryan is predominantly a central midfielder, however, can operate on either wing too, which will be a big plus to Murphy later in the season. A majority of Rochdale’s midfielders are young, perhaps Ryan can be that leader in the middle that they were looking for, someone to play off and build a side around.

With Ryan in midfield, Henderson upfront and the added quality from the three loan deals, Murphy is starting to find that right balance between experience and quality. I think their squad is shaping up nicely ahead of their season opener on Saturday away at Prenton Park, against newly-promoted side Tranmere Rovers.

Three players who must impress BBM against Hyde tonight for Rochdale

As most teams pre-season campaign comes to a close, The Football Manc Cave are looking at Rochdale to see which players should look to impress in their last friendly against Hyde United.

A very organised Brian Barry-Murphy has already picked out his squad that will play against Hyde. It’s a very youthful Dale side, although he can afford to put out an inexperienced team to give himself and fans an insight into the youngsters in the team.

This also gives the senior squad a rest ahead of the start of the season. The line up picked out consists of, Wade, Matheson, Kinsella, Lee, Dunne, Clarkson, Chorlton, Gillam, Moreland, Bradley and Tavares. Before this team gets underway at Ewen Fields, here’s three of the squad members who should look to impress their manager and the fans.

Bradley Wade

Wade is a 19-year-old goalkeeper who has come through the ranks at Rochdale and has been with the club since he was 15 years old. He’s been a key member of the youth squads at Dale and now that he has become a senior squad member, he will be looking to impress.

Another factor that will influence his performance is that Rochdale has recently signed Robert Sanchez on loan from Brighton, and he has recently started a friendly for the club. This knocks Wade further down in the pecking order for Brian Barry Murphy’s choices. This should mean that Wade will be looking to put on his best performance against Hyde.

Luke Matheson

The 16-year-old has had a good career so far, as he’s had 2 senior appearances already for Dale and he has appeared for England’s Under 17’s team once. The defender is obviously very young, however, he will be looking to impress. He will want to boost his own playing experience and he will also want to get a chance at regular football.

If Matheson can show what he’s capable of, he could gain credit from his current manager, interest from other clubs with him being so young and also interest from England’s other youth teams.

Fabio Tavares

Another young player who will be looking to prove himself. He only signed his first professional contract this summer with Dale along with Harrison Hopper and Lewis Bradley. Tavares has also been with the club since he was 15 and has been a big part of the youth squads. He has bagged over 40 goals throughout his two-year scholarship.

Now that he is part of the senior squad, he will be looking to impress not only the fans but Brian Barry Murphy and the team. Lewis Bradley has also been named in the squad to face Hyde so the pair will hopefully be able to show how they can produce good football together.

Season approaching: What have Rochdale and BBM learnt from their friendlies

A mixed bag of results for Rochdale in their pre-season so far. What do these performances say about the future of the club?

Rochdale will be looking to improve on their last two seasons where the club finished 20th and 14th respectively. A big step down from finishing in the top ten consecutively in seasons before.

In their first game of pre-season, Rochdale suffered a 3-1 defeat against Championship side Huddersfield. Huddersfield only managed three wins in the Premier League last season. In perspective, it demonstrates how unequipped Rochdale is to take on teams in the highest tiers of English football.

However, Rochdale faced their other neighbours Oldham Athletic from the league below. The Dale won the game 3-2, which in fairness, shows Oldham’s ability to cope in their previous division League One. The game showed Rochdale lose a 2-0 lead, to pull ahead by 3-2 in the later minutes of the game.

At the weekend, Rochdale was losing 1-0 to Bradford City before the half time abandonment due to the weather.

The pre-season results, so far, show that Rochdale is well below the quality of Championship football. But are slightly ahead of a League Two side who should push for promotion in the upcoming season.

Rochdale needs to grow

If Rochdale fails to grow further throughout pre-season, they can expect a season that is similar to their previous two.

With that being said, ex-Dale player Brian Barry-Murphy was appointed permanent manager last season. Chairman Andrew Kilpatrick said Barry-Murphy was “without doubt the right person to take Rochdale forward”.

This tells the fans that Rochdale are looking to push the club forward, and they should not expect the same degree of failure they have been subjected to in recent years.

Barry-Murphy is likely to test his youth, new signings and possibly trialists in their game against Hyde tomorrow night.

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