Salford City’s biggest ever season is just around the corner. And here is what we hope Graham Alexander is doing in training.
Salford City was promoted to the National League at the end of 2018. One season later, they were promoted to the EFL League Two, the highest tier of football the club has found themselves in since their formation in 1940.
Alexander has lost his last two games of pre-season. Suffering a 3-1 defeat to Woking and a 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough. Despite being friendlies, there is cause for concern for Salford City.
They have shown weaknesses in defence, particularly when defending set-pieces. Therefore, defensive strategies against the dead ball need to be drilled into the side going into their new season and throughout. This will prevent the majorities of goals that Salford concede.
New signing Richie Towell has been a stand-out player for Salford City in pre-season. Against Woking, I had the pleasure of seeing the link-up between himself and Danny Lloyd, where the two confidently turned midfield possession into a quick attack.
This fairly new partnership needs to develop quickly. There have been glimpses of the service they can off the Salford attack, but rigorous training and a set method of attack can give the lads a routine to follow and perfect.
Alexander cannot expect the same run of success as recent years as they step into their biggest challenge yet. His team need to be ready for a high-intensity season, with 46 league games and a potential cup run, or two.
Salford needs fitness and depth in order to cope with the demands of the EFL. If the squad can remain fit, work on aerial dominance in defence, and find a suitable style for Lloyd and Towell to run the game, we could see Salford City soar high in League Two next season.