(17-04-2017 08:25 PM)Ciatmol Wrote: I honestly don't now where to start on that match. I think Blue is right about his exceptions and his evaluation of the teams performance it was just awful from everyone save those three.
I do wonder what we do going forward. We have defensive options so we can switch those around our midfield though is looking bereft of ideas. Certainly Hanley being back made a huge difference in the leeds match but i think the knocks he took today limited his impact. Shelvey seemed possessed by the spirit of Sissoko and couldn't pass a ball all game long. Ritchie is probably suffering from burn out at this point and was off the pace today, Atsu just isn't good enough, though he is better slightly than Gouff on the wing and Diamé is... well is he sissoko's less arrogant brother? He has all the same flaws as Sissoko in his game. The problem is though... who do we replace them with? who plays to give Ritchie a break? Sammeobi? who do we have that can create like Shelvey? our left wing option is Gouffran and Perez is our only other player for the number ten spot (I would play him ahead of Diame but i understand in some games Rafa thinks having a more natural midfielder in there gives better defensive cover). We may get Aarons back for a game or two and he would offer an option at least but that in itself is a risky unknown. I think the sad truth is we're going to have to get by with those same players and that is going to make it a struggle. What i'd give to be able to recall De Jong at this point.
Bravo Alan.... this is exactly as it is... we can tamper slightly with the defence, have limited and poor alternative's in midfield and without Gayle firing on all cylinders up front we struggle to score enough.
We needed a bit of quality strengthening in January and it wasn't done...... Ashley's poxy little gamble may turn out to be his biggest mistake to date.
If we can't hold on to 2nd then i fear the worst for play-off's simply because we don't seem to have any fight left in this team.
Hopefully we'll see this through otherwise i can see a lot of disgruntled fans turning their backs.... especially if Rafa walks because of Ashley's lack of investment and leaving Rafa with no option but to play idiots or play tired players ffs.