Does Jay McEveley have a future at Tranmere?

By Josh Roberts

Jay McEveley was announced as a Tranmere Rovers player on the 27th July with the experienced defender adding an extra layer of solidity to Micky Mellon’s squad for the 2017/18 season.

The 32-year-old joined Rovers on the back of a career which saw him play in the Premier League for Derby and even making three appearances on the international stage for Scotland.

Despite his experience playing the majority of his career in the football league and a solitary season in the Scottish league with Ross County, whom he joined Tranmere from, the centre back has found chances limited so far this season.

He has been unable to displace the favoured centre back pairing of Richie Sutton and Captain Steve McNulty resulting in making just 13 appearances in all competitions.

McEveley vs Hartlepool

During Better Times: McEveley rising highest to score the equaliser against Hartlepool

His last outing for the Super White’s came during the 5 – 0 dismantling by Peterborough in the FA Cup replay when McEveley had what is known within footballing circles as a ‘nightmare’.

At fault for the first goal with a poor pass across the face of goal, his night continued to go from bad to worse with poor positioning and decision making.

His night was curtailed as he was hauled off at half time and he hasn’t been seen since, not even making the match day squads for the games against Gateshead and Macclesfield.

In the run up to the Gateshead game, young defender Evan Gumbs was recalled from his loan spell at Warrington and has been on the bench for the subsequent two games since.

First team chances took another blow when Eddie Clarke was chosen to replace Liam Ridehalgh at left back against Macclesfield, even though McEveley has top flight experiences of playing at full back.

One bad performance doesn’t define a player, but in McEveley’s case it could be the point. It was a horrific performance against Peterborough and Micky Mellon has decided to put his trust in youth instead of experience since.

The Super White Army too weren’t impressed with the Scouser’s performance either, social media was awash with critical comments.

 

It is still early days for the veteran defender to get his Tranmere career back on track, but having signed on a one-year basis he has work to do to rectify his mistakes on the pitch.

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