We’re six games into the 2017-18 season, and Southend United haven’t had the start they would’ve hoped for, after narrowly missing out on a play-off spot finish to Millwall last season. The Shrimpers have so far managed to win one of their first six league games. So, where have they been going wrong?

It’s clear to see that manager Phil Brown hasn’t had a problem with his attacking options. The Blues have scored seven league goals so far this season. Plus with star-man Nile Ranger returning to the squad after his time in prison, and players like Marc-Antoine Fortuné, Michael Kightly and Jermaine McGlashan in top form, Southend obviously don’t have too much trouble with their attacking play.

However, Phil Brown’s side have had a few issues with defending in the opening few games. With the likes of Ben Coker and Jason Demetriou have suffered injuries so far this season, Brown has looked to some of his youth options to fill the boots of regular first-team starters. For example, players such as Elvis Bwomono and Dru Yearwood have both come into the senior squad since the start of September. These two especially are making a very good impression amongst the fans. In the recent  0-0 home draw to Rochdale, Bwomono made his first start for the senior squad. He put in an outstanding performance and earned Man of the Match.

It would seem therefore that Phil Brown giving playing opportunities to young players such as Bwomono, Yearwood and Kyprianou could pay off and could be the making of Southend’s season. One thing that’s for sure is something will need to change, especially if they hope to achieve promotion to the Championship. After their 7th place finish last season, promotion will definitely be a target.

Let us know if you think introducing young players will be beneficial in Southend United’s bid for promotion.

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