Can Wycombe Wanderers survive in the Championship?

Can Wycombe Wanderers survive in the Championship?

Last update: 14 July 2020 Tags: Play-offs, Wycombe Wanderers, Sky Bet Championship, League 1, Akinfenwa. Categories: Championship, League One.

Wycombe Wanderers made history last night by beating Oxford United 2-1 in the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final, to secure promotion to the Sky Bet Championship for the first time in the club’s 133-year history.

Its been an incredible season for Wycombe having gone from only having 9 players turn up for preseason a year ago and being favourites to be relegated, to lifting the Play-Off Final trophy. The big question now being asked is will Wycombe survive in the Championship?

It will definitely be a massive challenge for the club and the odds will be stacked against them once again but Gareth Ainsworth’s men have shown all season long that they can prove the doubters wrong.

One crucial factor in their survival bid next season will be to keep the key members of the squad together and keep up the squad moral that has helped to push them all season. Too many times before have teams gone up a division and tried to rebuild the entire squad only for the team spirit to be destroyed, the players fail to gel and they go straight back down again. Wycombe must not fall into this trap.

Ainsworth needs to keep his best players at the club and to add a couple of players with Championship experience to ensure they have the best possible chance of survival.

Out of the teams that finished in the top six in League One this season, Wycombe scored the least (45 goals) and conceded the most amount of goals (40 goals). If they are to survive next season, they will need to bring in some extra fire power and sure up the defence.

Wycombe’s top scorers this season were 33-year-old Left Back Joe Jacobson (11 goals) and 38-year-old Adebayo Akinfenwa (10 goals). The Chairboy’s cannot continue to heavily rely on their older players to get their goals and should be looking to bring in a younger goal scorer.

Wycombe should look to sign James Collins from Luton Town, with Luton looking likely to drop back down to League One. Collins has scored 12 goals and assisted a further 3 this season and the 29-year-old would give Wycombe’s frontline some much needed Championship experience as well as firepower. While the club have 24-year-old Alex Samuel as an option up top, Samuel has only scored 4 goals in all competitions this season which is not nearly enough.

Defence wise Wycombe need to build their defence around Anthony Stewart, the 27-year-old put out a Man of The Match performance in the final and proved that he will be a crucial factor in their fight to establish themselves.

As well as this, Ainsworth should look to retain Bournemouth loanee Nnamdi Ofoborh at least on another season long loan, if not on a permanent deal. The 20-year-old has been class in midfield all season and scored a cracking goal in the first leg of the semi-finals against Fleetwood Town. Getting him back in the club for another season long loan could make all the difference.

If Wycombe Wanderers stay loyal to the players that have made their Championship dream come true and keep playing football their way, then there is no reason why the Chairboy’s can’t surprise the football league again and stay in the Championship.

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