With Walsall in the hunt for a lot of players, should Walsall be looking to a loanee from last season who could fit the bill?
A good start and remained consistent
Max Melbourne started life as a Saddler with a bang! His debut saw him score Walsall’s only goal that day and got the fans excited for what he could offer the team. He looked bright for the Saddlers, and was fairly consistent throughout his 20 appearances for the club. He was a player that would give a certain level of performance, not dipping below a 6 or 7 out of 10. This consistency is something that can build a side. Having a few players that will give that performance each week would serve the team well, and stand them in good stead in looking to push up the table.
His level of performance didn’t drop significantly, but he also didn’t give as many showings like that of his debut. However, the side themselves didn’t put in the performances either, and this has to have had a knock on effect to Melbourne. The fresh outlook at Walsall may see Melbourne slip off the radar, or if Fullarton was impressed, could see him as a high target.
Melbourne is available. It was reported last week that Lincoln have told him that he can leave in search of first team football. This may be for free, or a nominal fee. It would serve Lincoln well to remove his wages and allow him to go, rather than holding on for no reason.
Melbourne knew when he signed for the club that there was the chance of a contract at the end of the season if he impressed. He was one of the better players in the second half of the season, so the question is whether Matt Taylor will see him as a player he wants, and whether Melbourne would like to return.
Melbourne would sign knowing he could be playing 30+ games in the season to come. He played more league games for Walsall than any other club, and this will be in his thoughts for next season. He showed that he has enough about him to be the first choice left-back, and working in a new look defence, and team, he may thrive and develop well.
Melbourne would be a good signing for most League Two teams. Walsall know the player, and with a large portion of the squad being new players, a little bit of consistency would be nice, especially from the players that could come away from last season with some respect.