Football League Expert & Columnist
Beags blogs on Boro's promotion hopes, Watford's transfer policy and the qualities of Tom Ince.
Last Updated: 22/08/12 9:57pm
Peter Beagrie is here every week on skysports.com answering YOUR Football League questions.
The former winger, who enjoyed successful spells at the likes of Everton, Bradford and Scunthorpe, forms part of the Sky Sports punditry for all the big games in the Championship, League One and League Two.
So if you have a poser for Peter, whether it's about your team, a player, match or incident that has caught your eye, or a wider point on the Football League, make sure you send it in.
Read below for this week's column where Beags gives his take on Middlesbrough's promotion hopes, Blackpool trickster Tom Ince, and more...
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Hi Peter, Where do you think Leeds need to strengthen if they are to be automatic promotion contenders? Also, what do you make of the controversial signing of El-Hadji Diouf? Jon Rosten and Mike Edwards
BEAGS SAYS: Leeds need to strengthen in the wide areas. I know they've got Ross McCormack, who provided a wonderful cross for Luciano Becchio's headed winner against Wolves on Saturday, but he is primarily a striker. They have options but I still think they need a genuine wideman to get at teams when the games are tight away from home and moments of magic are needed to unlock sides. I know Neil Warncok is working hard to bring someone of that ilk in. Neil has already acquired El-Hadji Diouf, which is maybe a bit surprising considering he has been less than complimentary about the Senegalese in the past! Neil has previous when it comes to brining in 'characters' but I'm sure that he wouldn't have taken Diouf if he didn't think he would fit into the team dynamic. Diouf has not always seemed like the nicest individual but he is a very accomplished footballer and this is a chance for him to prove those who have had negative words to say about him wrong.
BORO TO BOOM?
Hi Beags, There have been a lot of changes at my beloved Middlesbrough over the summer and I really expect some entertaining footie. Do you think there is a realistic chance of a promotion push?Jarkko Lehtinen
BEAGS SAYS: I definitely think Middlesbrough are one of the candidates for the play-off places - at the very least. In Jonathan Woodgate and Stuart Parnaby, Tony Mowbray has brought players back who have an affinity with the club and played for them during their Premier League days, while he is also blooding the youngsters, with Adam Reach scoring a fantastic goal against Burnley in midweek. I still think Boro need another striker, despite last season's arrival of Lukas Jutkiewicz, the continued presence of Marvin Emnes and the emergence of Curtis Main, but they have cut their cloth accordingly, got some of the high earners out and everything is now back on an even keel. If the Boro fans are patient and the side can improve their home form, which was their downfall last year, they can certainly make inroads into the top six.
ON THE UP
Hi Peter, I was wondering how you see Rochdale doing this season and what you think our assets are? Elliott Brown
BEAGS SAYS: I know Rochdale got relegated last term but things are looking up. The club is on a sound financial footing and that will stand them in good stead, ensuring that they won't go the way of some other clubs at that level who overstretched themselves and ended up regretting it. The Dale are also in the Greater Manchester area which is a real footballing hotbed and I imagine that their manager, John Coleman, will use all his contacts to bring in some loan players from the bigger clubs in the region. Rochdale got a draw against one of the promotion favourites Chesterfield in midweek and were only denied victory by a goal in the 90th minute. That would suggest they can challenge towards the top of the division and the signing of Dele Adebola could be very shrewd; the burly striker is 37-years-old now but will always be a big threat in League Two.
Hi Peter, Which player in the Championship are you most looking forward to seeing this season? Ben Banks
BEAGS SAYS: There are two and one of them, Blackpool's Thomas Ince, has been the star of the first two games of the Championship season. I thought his craft and creativity, along with that of fellow wideman Matty Phillips, could tip last year's Play-Off Final against West Ham in the Tangerines' favour, and while that wasn't to be, the former Liverpool youngster has hit the ground running this term, netting both goals in Blackpool's win win at Millwall on Saturday. Ince looks more accomplished every time I watch him, has a level of consistency you don't always see from young wingers and is getting to grips with the physical side as well; his signing looks a bit of a masterstroke from Ian Holloway. The other guy I love seeing in action is Huddersfield right-back Jack Hunt. He was the best attacking full-back in League One last year and has taken to the Championship already, winning a penalty for his side against Nottingham Forest and producing some trademark lung-busting runs. He has also worked on his defending and marked Craig Bellamy out of Friday night's game with Cardiff.
A FORMULA TO FOLLOW?
Hi Peter, What do you think of the current transfer system at Watford under our new owners and do you think it may be the start of an new era in player trading? Daniel Finill
BEAGS SAYS: I think the Watford transfer model, drafting in young overseas players on loan, could catch on because you get short-term gain without the long-term investment, something that will interest a lot of clubs in these austere times. These players are unlikely to come for nothing - their wages will have to be paid in part - but the method ensures you don't have to pay transfer fees and don't get players who are not in your plans on lengthy contracts. We all knew the arrival of Gianfranco Zola and the Pozzo family would mean there was going to be a bit of a revolving-door policy at Watford, and there would have been a few questions asked when they went 2-0 down against Crystal Palace. But a couple of the new boys - on-loan Udinese pair Almen Abdi and Matej Vydra - got on the scoresheet to help the Hornets turn the game around.
Hi Beags, What is your opinion on Paolo Di Canio's choice to remove the Swindon captaincy from Paul Caddis due to his 'attitude' change? Could this affect Swindon's season? Liam Franklin
BEAGS SAYS: It doesn't seem to have been an issue as the Robins have taken four points from their opening two League One matches, while they also mauled Brighton 3-0 in the Capital One Cup. It probably isn't something most managers would do but Paolo is a one off and can probably get away with it. The man is a maverick but you cannot argue with what he has achieved so far at the County Ground. I don't see the Caddis situation being a problem and if it is the players have been very professional in not broadcasting it to the public or letting it affect their performances.
BACK THE BOSS
Hi Beags, Hi Peter, I was wondering what you think is the right way to appoint a manager at a smaller club these days? I think a young boss is better as they have new ideas and understand the modern game a little better, like Richie Barker did when he was at my club Bury. Surely that is better than picking someone who last played 20 years ago? Ben Howarth
Make sure you check out this weekend's Sky Live Football League games as Bolton and Nottingham Forest (7.30pm, Friday, Sky Sports 1 HD) and Watford and Birmingham (5pm, Saturday, Sky Sports 2 HD) lock horns.