Our top scorer this season is a player who hasn't netted since the Betfred Cup group stage and is currently playing as a defensive midfielder and struggling for form. Team captain Andy Geggan led Dunfermline to the League 1 title last season and, had it not been for the phenomenal season enjoyed by Faissal El Bakhtaoui, would have been a favourite for many player of the year awards within the club. He began this season in an attacking midfield role in the opening competitive fixtures in the Betfred Cup, scoring 4 goals. Playing in the middle of 3 attacking midfielders in a 4-1-3-2 formation, Geggan was free to push forward with the insurance of having Nat Wedderburn as a defensive midfielder playing in front of the back 4.
Wedderburn's absence through injury since those early season games has caused Geggan to revert back to a less attacking role, and - not helped by poor displays from some of his team mates - he has failed to reach the performance levels that he showed last season, which included games in cup competitions against Premiership teams. A flurry of bookings in August and September indicated that he was frustrated and off the pace in most games, often covering too much ground, and having little positive influence on games.
Following Wedderburn's injury, instead of being the middle of 3 mainly attacking midfielders, Geggan found himself part of a midfield pairing, usually with Rhys McCabe. Geggan flourished in a similar system last season, playing beside Josh Falkingham. Unfortunately, the same formula hasn't succeeded with McCabe.
There were encouraging signs, however, in the recent game against St Mirren. John Herron made his first start for the club, playing alongside Geggan in central midfield. The 2 players combined well and although Herron was injured the following week at Ayr, it can only be hoped that his return to the team will see Geggan regaining his best form once again.
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