Right Back – Neal Eardley
I wanted to exercise real caution when choosing my right back, because there were a couple of pitfalls to fall into and a big call to make. Had he achieved his potential, I suspect Paul Green might have got the nod here, but he struggled at the start of the last decade and just missed out.
There was also a big shout for Bradley Wood. I’m not going to shy away from the fact he brought trouble and strife to the club, but for a couple of seasons, he was a top player for us, rugged and committed and a Player of the Year winner. If only he hadn’t got himself into trouble, he might have been getting this shout.
He’s not though, Neal is. When I did the Stacey West all-time XI, he got the nod at right back. It’s not possible for him to get that and then be pipped by anyone here. I’m thinking 2017/18 Neal, the rampaging full back who came as a last-ditch trialist and ended up being one of our best players as we stormed to Wembley. He was key again last year and has to get the nod.