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My views on the U's
What an interesting, enviable life footballers lead.
As well as being in a lucrative job that keeps you fit and is hugely enjoyable, there’s also the unpredictability.
Take the whirlwind 24 hours experienced by new U’s loanee Matt Taylor, for example.
What a story.
One minute he’s donning a Bradford City tracksuit, hitting the motorway and heading south for a League One date at Gillingham.
A few hours and phone calls later, he’s being picked up and whisked to Colchester, where he played a starring role in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Crawley.
Such odd preparation might have affected or unsettled a lesser player, especially given how little he has played this season, but not Taylor.
I thought he was superb, towering in the air, quick and strong in the tackle and with rich potential for a solid defensive partnership alongside the imperious Magnus Okuonghae.
Two other loanees made their home debuts.
Full-back Luke Garbutt impressed, with the promise of more to come, while the undoubted man-of-the-match was the mercurial Jeffrey Monakana.
The Preston man looks a real find – pacey, tricky and with a low centre of gravity that makes his marauding runs exciting and pleasing on the eye.
The players deserve huge credit but so do Colchester and boss Joe Dunne.
In adverse, less-than-perfect circumstances they’ve supplemented their squad cleverly and wisely.
Dunne’s had to recruit under pressure, because of a mounting injury list, but his additions seem shrewd and astute, rather than rushed or rash.
And that's got to be a good sign for the U's faithful.
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