East Fife

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2021/2022

East Fife

In


Scott Mercer (def) (Falkirk); Connor McManus (mid) (Stranraer); Scott Gallacher (gk) (Arbroath); Sean Brown (att) (East Stirling); Aaron Steele (def) (St Johnstone); Michael Cunningham (att) (Dundee);

Out


Craig Watson (r)(def) (Aidrie); Brett Long (sp)(gk) (Peterhead); Kyle Bell (mid) (Glenrothes); Scott Agnew (k)(mid) (Aidrie); Thomas Collins (att) (Kilwinning); Josh McConville (mid), Jordan Hart (sp)(gk), Aiden McLaughlin (mid) (all released)

East Fife have endured some tough weeks in the summer as they have sought to improve a squad that has narrowly missed out on the promotion playoffs in each of the last three seasons. Performances over this time have largely followed a similar trajectory. East Fife have got themselves into position to achieve a top-four finish only to collapse at critical moments. Nevertheless, this is arguably a strong outcome for a club of this size – but season 2021-22 is shaping up to be an altogether more testing challenge. While East Fife’s squad has not bee overhauled, they have lost a handful of important players. It was the club’s decision to release both goalkeepers, but losing creative midfielder Scott Agnew, their best player in recent seasons, and keystone centre-back Craig Watson to Airdrie has been a significant blow. Scott Gallacher should prove an upgrade in goal, but while Connor McManus has been successful in the heart of East Fife’s midfield before, he does not offer the same offensive qualities as Agnew. Meanwhile, the addition of Aaron Steele in defence is something of a risk given his relative lack of pedigree. Right-back Scott Mercer is a solid arrival, though. The League Cup, though, has not gone well for East Fife. They have lost their opening three matches without finding the net even once. This is perhaps a reflection of a lack of creativity in the midfield, but also a lack of quality in attack. Kevin Smith is now well into his 30s, while Ryan Wallace is also getting on, though should be a good player still at this standard. Michael Cunningham and Sean Brown are unproven. In midfield, there is a responsibility for the likes of Liam Watt and Danny Denholm to show more creativity, while Danny Swanson will need to put a very disappointing debut season with the club behind him. East Fife’s defence, meanwhile, is highly experienced but lacking in pace and a little in depth. Nevertheless, if Gallacher solves their goalkeeping issues, it would be a boost. The squad, overall, still looks a couple of players light, and two or three good loan additions – something manager Darren Young has been typically good at securing in the past – will make a dramatic difference.

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East Fife have been pushing for the playoffs in recent years, but survival this season must be the goal with the squad in its current state.

Season Review
2020/2021

№6: East Fife

East Fife suffered another frustrating season in which they missed out on the League One playoffs, despite being well in the running throughout the campaign. Ultimately, it was a combination of a poor start to the season and dreadful away form that ultimately cost Darren Young’s side a place in the top four. Indeed, no club in the whole league had a worse record than the Fifers on their travels. It was so poor that even the division’s best home record was unable to make up for it. Certainly, things looked rather bleak after four points from the first five matches, but they quickly turned a corner and, even when the fixture list piled up in the second half of the season, they were largely able to cope with the rigours of it well. Injuries, however, hit East Fife at key moments, with attackers Kevin Smith and Ryan Wallace missing key games late in the campaign, while they were unable to add quality to their attacking line on loan. Furthermore, Danny Swanson was expected to be a classy performer in the midfield but spent much of the season injured. Instead, Scott Agnew continued to star. East Fife were unable to get the best out of Aaron Dunsmore on the right. A key player in the past, he was a shadow of his former self this season, which had a significantly adverse effect on the team. The other area in which they struggled was in goal. Jordan Hart and Brett Long vied for the No.1 spot throughout the season without either really able to make it their own. It was an area that served to undermine their challenge. Ultimately, this was a frustrating campaign and one in which they did not necessarily make significant strides forward. The stop-start nature of the campaign cost them, though.


Player of the Season: Scott Agnew

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