Player Profiles: Evaluating Carlisle’s summer recruits

A turbulent summer at Brunton Park left Carlisle with few resources, however some acquisitions had been able to make an Impact.

A summer of hell for some fans started when it took over a month to appoint a new manager after the departure of Keith Curle.

This disappointing news was followed by star names such as Nicky Adams leaving the club, alongside others, leaving a threadbare unprepared squad.

Under new leadership though Carlisle have managed to eventually put together a good squad, with manager John Sheridan delving into old resources.

One club he has raided is Fleetwood, with a number of loans and permanent signings persuaded to make the switch by their former manager.

Here’s a look at the performance of some of Carlisle’s biggest recruits:

Anthony Gerrard

This Saturday saw the controversial return for Gerrard to his old stomping ground; Boundary Park, Oldham.

The fiery defender was sacked by the club in the summer and while some may take a disliking to him and boo him, most Oldham fans in truth believe it was actually down to the club not being able to pay his wages,

Whichever way you look it the signing was more than advantageous for Josh Sheridan.

Despite a slow start, mainly down to his severe lack of fitness, Gerrard has become a solidified part of an experienced defensive line.

I think despite some weaknesses in his game Sheridan has done well with this signing and has gone some way to replacing the might of Clint Hill’s presence at Brunton Park last season.

At the back Carlisle have pretty much carried on where they left of; the potential to concede silly goals while being a concrete force away from home, much of that being because of the new Centre backs solidity.

Gary Miller

It hasn’t been easy for every signing to cement a starting birth…

Experienced full-back Gary Miller was one of Sheridan’s first signings, a like for like replacement for Tom Miller.

Nevertheless, since starting the first few games Miller has struggled for game time being replaced in the line-up by the versatile Gary Liddle.

Since signing for the League Two club, well documented Central-midfielder has been utilised in a range of positions mainly across the back, either in a four or part of Keith Curle’s illuminating “3-5-2” system.

In my eyes, despite not having a desired effect so far, the signing of Miller means there is contention and some depth in that position which Carlisle lack in some areas.

It’s not only experience United have brought in – with a number of young loanee’s coming through the door to add some flair, especially midfielder Jerry Yates.

Jerry Yates

Like many deals the Cumbrians make this is yet another that may frustrate the fans.

Like Anthony Gerrard, Yates is only penned down for half a season and the fan base will hope Sheridan can tie some of these names down for the season, otherwise its going to be another tricky transfer window in January.

The young attacker from Rotherham has added some pace and flare to a very slow and laboured Carlisle attack.

Often starting on one side of a front three, or wide midfield, Yates has added some much-needed quality on the wing, helping Richie Bennett likewise upfront who’s been heading in from a few crosses recently!

Picture Credit: Carlisle United


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