Jackett introduced Walkes as right back on Tuesday night, having said in the summer that he saw him as a defensive midfielder in a 4-4-2 set-up. I simply don't rate him as a right back and he's clearly not happy there. I would be seriously worried if he was to deputise for Thompson. I would even prefer Evans there although he's not suited to the position.
This championing of Hawkins by Jackett worries me because firstly it heralds introduction of the long-ball game. Despite his surprising display at Blackpool I am unconvinced by Hawkins in the air. He wins few headers and his timing is all over the place. I am not that convinced by his skill on the ground either.
I just hope that Jackett fixes on his best team and the set-up he wants to use as early in the season as possible and doesn't like last season chop and change the team and the formations for most of the season.