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The 7 Wonders Of Tranmere's World

Rovers' key men for 2019-20

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Posted: 27/07/19

By | Matthew Evans | @M_R_Evans1



Hello and welcome to Deadly Submarine's 2019-20 League One countdown. Twelve months ago, we launched our inaugural countdown feature in preparation for Tranmere's return to the EFL. The response was incredible, and so we are delighted to be able to bring the feature back as we look ahead to Rovers' third-tier return.

With just one week until Rochdale visit Prenton Park for the opening fixture of the League One calendar, we will bring you a new piece every day until 2nd August, with each related to the number of days remaining in some manner.

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And if you do miss an instalment, you will find links at the bottom of each day's entry to take you back to any that may have escaped your attention.

Please find below our content for day four in the 2019-20 countdown.

So far in our countdown, we've focused on the Tranmere's ability to cope in a post-Norwood era, influential players from the past and the trials and tribulations of signing new players in a revised transfer window.

Well, here on day four, it's time to focus on those players who are members of the current squad and will be available to Micky Mellon for the 2019-20 League One campaign. It&##39;s likely to be a tough adjustment for Tranmere, whose accelerated ascent through the divisions has seen them jump from the fifth to the third tiers in twelve months.

If the Club are to achieve their goals this season, they will be reliant upon an entire squad effort. Notwithstanding, there are a select group of players who could be key to Tranmere's League One fortunes — the 7 wonders of Tranmere's world.

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Scott Davies

The first of these players is goalkeeper Scott Davies. Signed in 2015, he has been a virtual ever-present since arriving at Prenton Park. He has provided a consistent base from which to build for four seasons and he continues to get better every year.

The best goalkeeper in League Two last term, he was the Golden Glove winner with 19 clean sheets in the regular season. He kept 21 in total, aided by an incredible save from a Jamille Matt header in the League Two play-off final against Newport County that proved to be a game-changing moment.

A leader on the pitch, he skippered the side in Stephen McNulty's absence in the second half of 2018-19 and, with the centre-back's transfer to York City, Davies has been named the permanent Club captain for the upcoming campaign.

An inspirational figure who has put his heart and soul into the Tranmere 'project', he will have to organise his teammates and lead them through some potentially rough waters. Handles everything that is thrown at him and will doubtless thrive on the responsibility of the armband.

You can read more about Davies in his profile here.

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Connor Jennings

If Davies is the official leader of the group, perhaps Jennings is the new 'face' of Tranmere Rovers? Statistically the Club's second-top scorer from 2018-19, Jennings has become the living embodiment of the new Club spirit.

He rises to the big occasion, on every occasion; Scored in the 2017 play-off final against Forest Green. Provided the assist for the winning goal in the 2018 play-off final after being severely unwell just days before the match. Scored a 119th-minute winner in the 2019 play-off final.

Connor consistently produces what matters, when it matters. A key component of Rovers' creative output, he will once again be expected to create goals for both himself and others.

Having signed in 2016, the former Wrexham captain is a senior member of Mellon's squad and can help the new faces and younger players adapt to the Tranmere way.

Also, never gives the ball away.

You can read more about Jennings in his profile here.

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Manny Monthé

A physical and metaphorical colossus at the heart of the defence, Manny has developed at a frightening pace since his arrival at Prenton Park. He is a serial winner, having earned promotion via the play-offs in three successive campaigns, one with Forest Green Rovers in 2017 (against Tranmere) and twice with Rovers in 2018 and 2019.

It's really not surprising, as Manny is blessed with a plethora of attributes that make him an exceptional defender; height, physique, pace, fearlessness — he has the lot.

At just 24 years old, the scary thing about Monthé is that he is potentially years away from his footballing peak and his new 2-year contract — which is arguably Rovers' best summer deal — will see his development continue with the Super Whites.

As the standard of opposition improves next term, Rovers will need Manny to take his own performances to the next level to help keep them out, but he had all of the tools necessary to do exactly that.

You can read more about Manny in his profile here.

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David Perkins

A January 2019 signing, the vastly experienced midfielder made an immediate impact on the SWA.

At 37 years old, his performances belie his years. As fit as anyone in League Two last term, he brings a tenacity and drive to the middle of the park, whist his commitment to advancing the Tranmere cause can be seen from the passion he exudes on the pitch.

It could be argued it was his signing that enabled Rovers to make that final step in gaining a second successive promotion, Tranmere winning 12 and drawing 5 of their 21 games following his arrival.

A two-time League One champion with Wigan Athletic, the second as recently as 2017-18, Perkins will also be vital in helping the team make the step up to playing at a third-tier standard.

You can read more about David in his profile here.

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Ishmael Miller

At 32, Miller is by far the most experienced EFL player of the Tranmere front line. Having played most of his career at League One level or above, his understanding of the upper echelons of the English pyramid could be key for a Rovers squad containing many players who have little third-tier playing time.

His size and physical attributes mean he is different from the other forwards at Prenton Park and he should provide versatility to Rovers' attacking play. A powerful centre-forward who can also play with the ball at his feet, he could be the main man at Prenton Park this campaign — if he stays fit.

Further to his on-field contributions, Miller appears to have adopted the Tranmere mentality. After just 2 senior appearances for the Club, he asked for his wages to be cut following a season-ending injury — proof that Ishmael is willing to put the Club before himself. This selfless attitude will be of paramount importance to Tranmere as they tackle League One's challenges.

You can read more about Ishmael in his profile here.

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Darren Potter

The only summer signing to go straight into this list of 'wonders', Darren has made a career of playing in successful sides.

With a 2005 UEFA Champions League win from his time at Liverpool, Potter has played the bulk of his career in League One and the Championship, excelling at both levels. Indeed, he was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year 2011-12 whilst at Milton Keynes Dons and has gained promotion from the third tier with both the Dons (2014-15) and Rotherham United (2017-18) in recent seasons.

At 34, he brings another element of experience and quality from which the team can benefit as they return to the level after a 5-year absence.

You can read more about Darren in his profile here.

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Liam Ridehalgh

The seventh and final entry in the list is left-back Liam Ridehalgh.

The Club's longest-serving player, Liam has been with Tranmere since 2013 and has lived the entire journey from League One to non-League and back again.

A player capable of brilliant delivery, Ridehalgh can be a true asset up and down the left wing. In addition to his playing attributes, Liam is the last link between the current Rovers squad and their pre-2014 counterparts.

With plenty of experience in the third tier with both Tranmere and Huddersfield Town, Ridehalgh has developed into a senior member of the Prenton Park fold. The only player to have been relegated with the Club in 2014, he, alongside the Club, has unfinished business at this level and could be a massive motivating factor during any potential difficult patches.

You can read more about Liam in his profile here.

Squad Game

Although we have highlighted just seven of Rovers' players, as of writing there are 25 members of the 2019-20 squad, each with their own assets and roles within the team. People such as Ollie Banks, Paul Mullin, Jake Caprice, Sid Nelson and a host of others will also have a part to play in the overall picture, which is achieving results for Tranmere Rovers.

Hopefully we have conveyed our reasoning for our selections sufficiently.

Ultimately, every member of the SWA can form their own opinion of the squad, and if asked to compile similar lists, the Tranmere fans would likely produce a multitude of different combinations. In that spirit, why not share your thoughts across our various social media profiles? We'd be really interested in hearing who you feel will be Rovers' key men this term.

Thanks for reading today's entry, we’ll be back again tomorrow for day five of our countdown to 2019-20.


Remember: Check back tomorrow for day five of our ten-day countdown to the 2019-20 season.