Let me start off by saying Sheriff played amazing last night. They gave us a tough fight and it’ll only help us to not underestimate the competition at the Europa League.
It’s been eight game weeks played now at the Barclay’s Premier League and the competition is ever so tight. You can never know what to expect each week since all the teams are performing at their best. The points reflect that too with only a 10 points different between Arsenal and Fulham who are 1st and 14th in the table. Alot of teams are beginning to find their form and for us, we are almost there.
22 games and just two defeats. That is a really, really good overlook. The fact that we were getting players in from Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Romania was just frightening for me at first because this season is like a new beginning for us. We stepped a step behind what he had established last season and with new players coming in it could take a wrong step. Luck has played a vital factor for the first few weeks and now we are getting in there.
I think from the new signings, Capoue took the earliest to adjust and played so comfortably. He bossed around the defensive midfield as if he had been with us for ages. I hope he stays the same once he recovers from his injury because he is Sandro v2.0.
Eriksen showed that quality too in the first two games but then it slowly faded away. He has some lovely skills and passes but he reminds me of Holtby when he just joined in for us. Still trying to fit in to his perfect form and trying ever so hard to get it. I would love to see him play a game along with Holtby. It’ll be great creativity produced within the central midfield!
Chadli is a good cup player for us. I wouldn’t select him for League games because of inconsistency. His confidence is fly high during all the cup games and sometimes, he produces his best football in those games. He is good, not great.
Soldado is almost set for banging in goals now. You can sense his movement has improved since the first game at Palace and now he gets more involved in the play than rather just waiting for the perfect ball which he barely used to get. But, I can see more crosses coming in and this will be perfect of him.
Paulinho is our Frank Lampard. His movement is exquisite, he gets in the box around the right time and you can see him back around our half for his defensive duty. He has been a top signing for us and probably the only new player who has fitted in to his perfect form.
Chiriches, boy has he improved since his first game. The confidence he showed yesterday was magnificent. I feel he did a really good job against Villa too although, he lacked pace. It’ll take time for him to adjust to the pace of the game, but as of his confidence level, right now its sky high!
I still can’t comment on Lamela. Although he had a really good game yesterday as well, I WANT TO SEE HIM PLAY MORE! We are not making full use of him. He is technically gifted, he has a good sense of the game and has quality. The fact that we have so many talented wingers has increased competition for him. But, without seeing him play a complete game, we can not judge whether to bench him or not.
If you noticed the West Ham game, we only played Eriksen and Paulinho. All the other players were NOT new signings. This only shows how influential these players are to us. Once they get their best form, they will take us to the next level.
I am hoping to see this happen immediately because its time for us to start challenging for the title before it’s too late. I know that I am being a little bit optimistic about it, but this is our chance. We are contenders and we’re almost there in terms of form and that’s what can make us champions! With players of this quality, we can make it! If not this year, then next. We’ve got the quality now, let’s just hope they provide us with the best football this club has ever seen.
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