In a season where disappointing signings has been a key factors to a some what disappointing campaign, I take a look at a player who’s seemed to have faded out of the team, after having so much promise.
Theo Bailey-Jones joined Wrexham after a successful trial with the reds last term and some good performances with the reserves. The young ex-Manchester City trainee looked to be a great signing.
Ever growing rumours that Polish winger Adrian Cieslewicz was soon to depart to Oldham Athletic or Grimsby Town (oh how wrong they were), Bailey-Jones looked to be an ideal replacement.
A dream debut for the ex-Crewe youth leapfrogged Bailey-Jones in to the limelight of the Wrexham faithful, after teeing up a goal for new signing Andy Bishop against Luton in front of the BT Sport cameras. With his name on the fans lips, it seemed to impress player-boss Andy Morrell, who started the pacey wide man for the next five matches. But his luck was left on the pitch on that fateful night against Luton, as the 2-0 win was followed by three losses in the next five matches.
Morrell had to make changes to salvage the dire season, and it seemed that Bailey-Jones was one of them, as he dropped to the bench for a home win against Southport. This proved to be the beginning of the end for his season as he wouldn’t start a league game again for three months, and would play just once from the beginning in the FA Trophy tie against Gresley. The game he returned in was the January tie against stragglers Aldershot Town, before dropping to the bench once again for the next three games.
But with the addition of Elliott Durrell in the side, who came on as a substitute on his debut against Dartford, he seemed to be chosen ahead of Theo Bailey-Jones. After the departure of Adrian Ciewlewicz to Kidderminster, you’d have thought Bailey-Jones would be an ideal replacement, but Durrell coming in it seems that it will be a destiny of cameo appearances from the bench for the young winger. Another trial winger is on the cards for Andy Morrell meaning Bailey-Jones could fall down the pecking order even further. Not only that but Nick Rushton is set to return from his loan at Conference North side Barrow, so there is a lot of competition for places.
It isn’t just wingers in his way, Wrexham play a 4-3-3 formation with three strikers up front, Andy Bishop, Elliott Durrell, Nick Rushton, Joe Anyinsah, Rob Ogleby and Johnny Hunt will look to take a place in the front three, with Andy Morrell and Brett Ormerod looking set to retire over the summer. Possibly a loan would be beneficial for Theo, as it seems to have helped Nick Rushton, who’s played well for Wrexham when given the chance, scoring 4 times in 21 games last season before heading out.
But his contract expires in the summer, so Bailey-Jones will be desperate to emulate Rushton and take his chances to earn an extension, and fight for a place in Wrexham’s attack, otherwise he’ll be just another forgotten man.
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