It was with great sadness that I saw that Cilla Black had died. She was a lorra lorra fun. It was with equal sadness that I see dear old Roberto has gone. If anyone who had a heart – it was him. He huffed and he puffed but, unfortunately for us and him, he blew no-one’s house down. “Good luck Bobby” is the general sentiment from the Yids.
So what other business needs to be done. Well here we go :
Get rid of the deadwood – Lennon and Ade have already been consigned to the bin – so they need to go ASAP.
Get rid of the driftwood – Fazio, Dembele and A Dross Life’s End are all rumoured to be in others plans – namely WBA, Sunderland and Villa. That suits me except I am happy if Fazio stays as I believe that a player needs at least one season in the EPL to adapt. But really I don’t see what Life’s End nor Dembele bring to our team. No assists hardly ever any goals. Lots of movement to the left though !
Bring in the Cavalry. Clearly we have already signed Clinton N’Jie – which is great – especially for the future – but I hesitate to suggest his first season might be all about settling in – let’s hope not.
Bring in more Cavalry ! Saido Berahino looks odds on to come to the Lane as does Austin – wouldn’t it be great to get both ! Both seasoned EPL players that will be available and useful – nearly immediately.
So given we will get at least two strikers maybe three, I believe that we look dodgy at three very important areas : play maker, defensive midfield and attacking midfield.
We played nearly all of last season with a core midfield of Benteleb and Mason…. but neither offer very much going forward. Who will anchor the midfield if Benteleb gets injured (or continues to gift the ball to all and sundry) ? Veljkovic has gone out on loan and Eric Dier, who is a willing participant, is clearly not up to the job. As we can’t get Mascherano or Matic how about Lucas from Liverpool ? Or Ramirez from Chelski ? Or Poch might be playing Dier as a DM so that we have a back 3 when we are attacking with the full backs pushing forward and Eric drops in beside Verts and Tony – which sounds like a good idea but really isn’t as we see with United’s gifted goal. We are moving into attacking mode but get caught (in this case Benteleb gifts the ball), the counter attack by United is so deep into our half that neither full back recovers and Dier is nowhere to be seen !
As an attacking force our midfield feels a little lame. Out wide we seem to have matters covered with Lamela, Chadli, N’Jie, Berahino (perhaps) and Pritchard (who deserves a chance) but that leaves us with Eriksen and who ? Well, Mason plays the majority of games but I think Dele Alli will be an interesting one to watch this season just to change it up when Eriksen starts to struggle. Tom Carroll and Henry Winks both of which show promise …….will enjoy the Europa League greatly (as will young Pritchard) but not get many EPL minutes ! I still feel that our midfield lacks cleverness… Yohan Cabaye would have fit the bill ! We need someone who makes our attack click…. like Coutinhio for Liverpool, Hazard and Full-of-gas at Chelski, Silva at the Blue Moonies, like Rooney or Mata should be doing at Man Ure.
I guess Poch could side step the issue by playing with two forwards but it does not seem to be in his plans…. ever ! If we buy Berahino, Poch has to play them together upfront when we are at home to non top opposition or whenever we are losing with 25 or less minutes to go !
As there is no-one on the radar (playmaker) let’s hope that someone has a break out season or that our transfer management team (?) have an epiphany.
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