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2019/2020

St Johnstone

In


Wallace Duffy (def) Celtic; Elliot Parish (gk) Dundee; Madis Vihmann (def) Flora - on loan

Out


Tony Watt (r)(att) CSKA Sofia; Aaron Comrie (sp)(mid) Dunfermline Athletic; Blair Alston (sp)(mid) Hamilton Academical; Brian Easton (sp)(def) Hamilton Academical; Joe Shaughnessy (r)(def) free; Callum Hendry (sp)(att) free; Mark Hurst (sp)(gk) free; Sean Goss (sp)(mid) QPR - end of loan; Niall Keown (sp)(def) free

Another consistently solid performance from Tommy Wright's St Johnstone had them finish just outside the bottom six, but with more points than sixth-placed Hearts. Once again there was nothing spectacular about Saints, but they had enough experience to remain competitive. Wright has done tremendously well to hang onto many of those experienced campaigners this summer too. The likes of Liam Craig, Murray Davidson and Ricky Foster will continue to provide that core of experience in the side. But there have been some worrying departures. Tony Watt left for CSKA Sofia, and Wright has yet to replace him. With Callum Hendry being released over the summer too, finding some firepower to boost their top-six chances has been a real problem. Despite having the pace of Matthew Kennedy and Drey Wright on board for another season, Saints need to focus on finding a clinical striker to make the most of their service. Wallace Duffy and Madis Vihmann have been added to the back-line to accommodate the departures of Brian Easton and Joe Shaughnessy repsectively. Both, however, are stabs in the dark as Wallace has yet to play one senior game of football whilst Vihmann is an unknown quantity. Recruitment, overall, has been disappointing this summer from Saints. But they continue to have kept their star-men from last season, and that would suggest another season of consistently competitive performances from Saints once more. A top-six place looks a little out of their each, however, unless more is added going forward.

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The top six will always be Tommy Wright's target after tasting it on several occasions in the past. But it looks like being a big ask this year. A solid bottom-half finish wouldn't be a disaster.

Season Review
2018/2019

№7: St Johnstone

Once again St Johnstone went under the radar with another solid campaign, as the core of their team continues to impress. It's also been a season of transition in term of Saints' style. Often known for being a gritty, battling side who make the most of their rare chances - Saints have changed it up. The idea was to sign more pace down the flanks to help them play the ball on the deck with speed. This season, it's helped down the left. Matthew Kennedy has been a sensation with his drive and directness, but it hasn't all been good as both Michael O'Halloran and Drey Wright have flopped down the right. The football has been hit-and-miss. Sometimes Saints are on fire and playing fluent, passing football. Other times they're back to being dogged and trying to frustrate the opposition. Too many of Tommy Wright's signings haven't had the desired effect. Sean Goss, Ross Callachan, Wright, O'Halloran, Niall Keown, David McMillan, and Trystan Nydam all failed to impress. But it's been that same core of David Wotherspoon, Liam Craig, Richard Foster etc that has got them through. Wright will likely continue looking to change the football dynamic at McDiarmid Park. He's made a lukewarm start to it, but it's going to be a long-term process. Saints finished best of the bottom half this year, but Wright will have his eyes on a top-six finish next season as another busy summer awaits.


Player of the Season: Matthew Kennedy

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