The Rejuvenation Of Wycombe Wanderers – Opinion

In all competitions, Wycombe Wanderers have lost just once in their previous 10 games. That single defeat came against Wigan Athletic in the middle of January, with the winning goal coming in the 20th minute of added-on time.

Wanderers sit in 15th position in the third tier of English football, with 37 points. They are 16 points off the play-offs, but the recent wins against Peterborough United and Cheltenham Town have helped to ease fears of relegation. However, they do sit just six points above the drop zone at the moment.

Long-standing manager Gareth Ainsworth moved to Queens Park Rangers in February 2023 following 11 years with the Buckinghamshire club. Former midfielder Matt Bloomfield was named as his successor, coming in from League Two side Colchester United.

His reign began with just two wins from his first six matches, but he managed to guide the club to a ninth-place finish, just eight points away from the top six.

With players with the experience of Sam Vokes, David Wheeler and Ryan Tafazolli, it’s a mystery that the Chairboys have found themselves where they currently are.

Wanderers struggled in the FA Cup, Morecambe shocking the Blues in the second round with a 2-0 at Adams Park. In the Carabao Cup League Two Strugglers Sutton United caused a mini-shock with a 1-0 win.

Success has come in the EFL Trophy though. They’ve reached the semi-finals, knocking out Fulham, West Ham and Brighton and Hove Albion’s under 21’s along the way.

Bradford City await in the semi-finals and a shot at Wembley Stadium. The Bantams sit in 14th in League Two but had a great win against high-flying Wrexham at the weekend. However, Wycombe must be the favourites. Could their cup fortunes be about to change? The winner will then play Blackpool or Peterborough in the final for the trophy.

Wycombe host third-placed Bolton Wanderers tonight before a trip to seventh-placed Oxford United on Saturday. This week could prove pivotal to their season, Six points against teams such as these two would help their cause massively.

Could a shock be on the cards against the Trotters? If that’s to happen they will need their strikers to turn up, Vokes has just four goals this season and Beryly Lubala is still hoping to open his account for his new club after joining in late January. Captain Luke Leahy is the top scorer at the club with just seven goals.

The Blues could finish as high as sixth but they’d have to go on a good run, and most importantly beat the teams around them such as local rival Reading and Shrewsbury Town. It’s unlikely though, but a strong end to the season could see them finish in the top half.

Could they gain enough momentum and sneak into the play-offs? Or will they hit a bad patch at the wrong time? Plenty of questions are still to be answered as we approach the run-in to the end of the season.

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