There’s a new dawn breaking at Swindon Town. After a couple of years of decline, there’s early signs that the Richie Wellens era might be one that sees them get back into League One.
The former Oldham boss has made a strong start to his tenure at the County Ground, turning their fortunes around after Phil Brown’s spell in charge. His team look more focused and organised with a team spirit beginning to form.
Wellens needs a summer to bring his own players in and to instil his beliefs and ethos on the squad, but if they don’t sneak into the top seven this season, they should be amongst the favourites next time out.
One player who might be feeling a little left out is former QPR man Michael Doughty. The 26-year-old has found himself marginalised in recent weeks, coming off the bench but struggling for a start.
It’s been harsh on Doughty who has shown he has the ability to turn a game. He earned them a point against nine-man Lincoln in January with a two-goal salvo from the bench, with his creativity and guile the difference after his introduction.
It just seems as though his face doesn’t fit at the moment. Swindon are playing a 4-2-1-3 formation and the role Doughty would be best suited to is behind the front three. Kyle Bennet has been preferred in that role, with Doughty making cameos from the bench.
Bennett is on loan from Bristol Rovers and has three goals from nine starts for the club and he’s keeping Doughty out of the side. Doughty has 11 league goals from 21 starts, but could be considering his future.
He has been injured, picking up a knock in February which ruled him out for a month, but now he’s struggling to get back into the side. It could be a sign that he expendable in the summer as Wellens build his own team with his own players.
It’s set to be a nervous few months for the schemer, but there wouldn’t be a shortage of takers if he were made available.