Can young Matt be the new Wycombe hero? (©PAphotos)
by Mark White
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There is much debate amongst Wycombe fans about how their team can spring out of their current rut. Four draws, and only two goals, have left the fans a little dumbstruck.
There are various schools of thought as to why the goals have dried up and how the situation can be addressed.
The cracks are starting to appear in the midst of the Wycombe faithful as they quarrel over the club’s direction.
Some deem the pre-season hype has cost the team; with an over-confidence lurking at the start of the campaign. Others believe the contrary, insisting the constant stream of goals was refreshing and of huge encouragement to all, showing the full potential of Gary Waddock’s squad.
Another angled debate is that this heartening pre-season has ultimately led to a false hope.
As some insist the competition they faced were nothing but non-league hopefuls or youth team products lacking first team credentials; teams that were not nearly challenging enough preparation for the tough league they faced.
The truth will lie somewhere in between these bright optimistic skies and murky pessimistic waters, but there is one constant in the debate that all seem to agree, and that’s the future. With the departure of Matty Phillips to Blackpool they are dreaming of the next Prince of Adams Park.
There are many candidates, including Kadeem Harris and Jerome Federico, who both had a taste of league football last term, but the name rolling off the tongue, and whistling round the ground is McClure. Matt McClure.
The Ireland Under 19 international found himself in the match day squad last weekend and has since shone for the reserves, scoring a brace in a 4-0 win over Bristol Rovers.
So could he be the answer to the Chairboys goal scoring prayers? Or will the loan market prove, once again, it is king when times are hard?
Having built his squad early in the close season, the clichéd deadline day panic was not on the Wycombe boss’ mind.
He knows things must improve on the pitch but insists he will only delve into the loan market if the right player becomes available.
“You are looking to bring in players who are better than what you have or who will improve what you have in the squad…it would need to be a very good player to come in,” Waddock said.
"We have got a decent crop coming through so I am very keen to promote the younger players if they are good enough."
Comments such as these will give the youth products a huge dollop of hope, as they have the opportunity to impress and make a name for themselves, following in the footsteps of Phillips.
The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.