With news breaking yesterday that Bolton Wanderers’ ex-Sheffield Wednesday centre half Mark Beevers looking as though his time at the club is coming to an end, I have been wrestling with how I feel about it.
Whilst undoubtedly one of the better performers during our League One promotion campaign last time, I think there can also be little doubt that the player hasn’t performed anywhere near to the same standard since.
Let’s not forget that during our time in League One - and mainly at the Reebok - opponents rarely played with two up top against Beevers and Wheater which gave the pair chance to cover one another and have the time they needed to work their magic. We have seen that both players have struggled with the step up to the Championship and have had issues with their form ever since.
Beevers has, at times, looked out of depth at the higher level. We’ve seen time after time that his lack of ability on the ball has contributed to us becoming an incredibly one-dimensional side. His lack of ability on the ball is well documented and has become a long-standing joke. We certainly won’t miss this part of his game.
So, going forward, will we miss Beevers? I’m sure there will be elements of his game that we will certainly miss - but it’s two years since his last decent spell of form and two years since he was really that sort of dominant centre half. The fact that he is leaving to a club that some fans believe to be ‘lesser’ than Bolton speaks volumes.
Are there better defenders out there? Course. Are there better ones that we can attract? Maybe. Either way, it appears as though a parting of the ways is inevitable.
Personally, I’m happy to get rid of every single player who took part in the disgraceful strike action at the end of last season. Beevers included.