There was nothing midweek to suggest that Chris Coleman got his team selection on the money, with the winger experiment flopping harder than Ashley Fletcher in a 1 v 1.
Aston Villa didn't have to try a great deal to mark Aiden McGeady and Callum McManaman out of the match as they sauntered to a comfortable victory. And, when things aren't going their way, the wide duo are insufferable to watch. McManaman turns into a UFC fighter whilst McGeady acts like a bored kid in the schoolyard. Their roles for the majority of the remainder of this season looks to be no more than impact substitutions, though injuries could save them today.
Who's spot is safe?
Ty Browning and John O'Shea now join Marc Wilson as defensive absentees with Jake Clarke-Salter serving the last of his three ban. This almost certain means that we get to enjoy Billy Jones as centre back once more - betcha can't wait for that! Adam Matthews also remains a doubt.
With a five man defence difficult to envisage unless Coleman recalls Brendan Galloway, which seems extremely unlikely, it means we'll get our hands on a five man midfield. Ovie Ejaria is one of the first names on the team sheet these days being the only midfielder we have with a bit about him, he'll be joined in the middle by Lee Cattermole. In a half-offensive half-not approach, I think we'll play a fairly central 4-4-2, with George Honeyman coming back in one of McGeady and McManaman keeping their place.
I don't expect Coleman to drop Jason Steele so quickly, making the safe list;
Yep, Fletcher is still in there. I really think the kid can do no wrong in Coleman's eyes and, especially away from home, will start the majority of games.
Love would probably be in this list after having a pretty torrid time against Villa, however, Matthews is unlikely to be fit and Jones is needed in the middle - so he survives.
Obviously we know why Browning and O'Shea are here. Browning won't play again for Sunderland whilst O'Shea won't recover in time. Jones is the only viable replacement for O'Shea, whilst a tactical change means we could see Honeyman come in for Browning.
I've touched upon why I think both McManaman and McGeady could be dropped, but I think one will survive and it makes sense for that to be McGeady given he is the better of the two. One of them has to go, for nothing else than to make room for Joel Asoro who is our best player right now.