Friday, 6 January 2012

Foster out, Reynolds in....

Wow, after only posting my 1st blog on Wednesday stating the removal of Foster from the back four, Bristol City have swooped in and will sign Foster for a sum believed to be in the region of £250,000.00. I can only conclude that Derek McInnes is buying him for his pace and athleticism and will utilise him in wide areas. If he plays in defence then troubled times are ahead for Bristol City (see previous blog).

So one goes but another arrives. Former Motherwell defender and Scotland B International Mark Reynolds arrives on a loan deal until the end of the season. Reynolds arrives from Sheffield Wednesday where he appears to have been on the fringe for most of the season.
Reynolds can play in the middle or left side and on paper this appears a smart move by manager Craig Brown. Reynolds captained Motherwell and made near 200 appearances. He was also a past transfer target for Rangers and Swansea so he must have something to offer.

Since the departure of the impressive loanee Steven Smith at the end of last season, left side has been occupied by Foster and I always felt this unbalanced the Dons. When Clark Robertson played he give us balance although he is young and had been used sparingly. Therefore, Reynolds natural left sided game plus Fosters departure (see previous blog) could work wonders for the Dons defence and team as a whole. Oh and he is a natural defender!


  1. Agree that Foster isn't great in defence, but his pace and acceleration went a long way to offsettings his deficiencies. What I'm most worried about is how potent we'll be going forward without him. Him and Milsom have been far and away our best attacking combination this season (in my opinion) with significantly more and significantly better crosses coming in from the left than Fyvie (who's had a stinker so far this season)+Jack have managed on the right.

  2. Yes, agree Foster's pace in the attacking third was useful as was his delivery. Fyvie I agree with too, he should be utilised in the middle of the park, he's not a wide man.

    I would suspect with Pawlett now injured again and Foster's departure, buying or loaning a natural wide man is a must.

    Milsom and Fyvie in the middle of the park, with Arnason in behind is for me a good mix.