By Tony Alvarez
Following avoiding relegation from the Football League’s on the last day of last season thanks to a 1-0 victory over Port Vale at Underhill, many are wondering if Barnet will find themselves in a similar predicament this time round.
The Bees are a much changed side from the squad who flirted with relegation last term this includes the summer appointment of manager Lawrie Sanchez.
In my opinion the club done well this summer in the transfer market, but for me the most impressive feat was keeping hold of Izale McLeod and Mark Marshall, McLeod despite his lack of work rate and a lot of the time effort if guaranteed goals in this division which is something Barnet need.
Every time I have seenMarshallplay he has been highly impressive and possibly the best player on the pitch, I spoke to a player of a rival club and they said “He is unbelievable for tricky and is always a danger, with players like him I don’t know how Barnet struggled at the bottom end of the table”
I was at the game against Port Vale where Barnet won to stay up thanks to a McLeod penalty and for the life of me I could not tell you why they struggled so bad throughout the season, the quality of the Football was capable of fighting for a play off position in League 2 not fighting to stay in it.
The club was hoping for a new era under yet another new manager after relegation fears and so far this term the club have performed well, having played three league games they have won one lost one and on Tuesday a 90th Izale McLeod earned them a 2-2 draw with Gillingham. The club also had an impressive victory in the Carling Cup over Championship side and recent FA Cup winners Portsmouth.
Next up for Barnet is a tough looking trip to Rotherham who are firing on all cylinders and up until now have managed to hold on to the free scoring Adam Le Fondre.
The club will expect defeat away to a strong Rotherham side but judging by the clubs form so far this season and the calibre of players they have in their squad and of course the experience of Sanchez in the dugout they need not worry about a relegation battle this term.
For me Barnet are set for mid table finish and with a bit of luck they could push for the play off places, mid table obscurity may seem boring to me and you, but after the fears and panic the club have been through in the past years this will do the Barnet fans just fine.
What are your thoughts? Will Barnet stay clear of a relegation battle this term? Can Sanchez really turn the sides fortunes around that much? Where do you see them finishing in the table? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts