I agree Langford hasn’t come on, and been disappointing in his energy and engagement levels. In his first few games he looked to be a very promising HFF lead up forward and I thought that was his place. The club has more midfield plans for him and while I’m not convinced of this, this elevation to #4 indicates the club are more convinced than me, given they’ve invested and sacrificed a year in his midfield growth. You need to be a farking bull to play inside mid and the lack of “get the fark out of my way” attitude is the intrinsic attitude gap for me. However … I have faith that the club has more knowledge than I could ever attest to in this area and I also appreciate Langford never asked to be a midfield bull and I can’t begrudge him.
With all of that said, I will watch our new #4 will interest in 2018.
I am very happy McGrath is holding #1 rather than moving to #5. He looks awesome in #1 and it’s obvious it’s his now, for a loooooooong, beautifully long time.
Stringer #25 is the most interesting. My best guess as to how this was arrived at was the club suggesting that Jake “start again” and go back to the pack. This would remove pressure and provide motivation. I’d guess as further reasoning and motivation, the club told him that if he is as his word, of focusing and working his butt off, he will earn his place again as #9 when Goddard retires. So the low ball number would be used as motivation and a pressure release to reach his innate potential.