Has our midfield created our striking problems?
Looking at our chances for next season and the depth of our squad makes you question what went wrong last season, and why did everyone have such a downer on the team`s performance last time out?
Our revolving defensive issues and list of injuries in the early part of the season was somewhat of a nightmare for the stability of the team to get us started, and this can't have been helped by the huge amount of pre-season friendlies and CL early start to the season that we had. (Suspect something to do with Levy's money spinning road show in US before CL?) Never the less, looking at our chances last year and squad compared to the rest of our rivals it would suggest that with the likes of Modric, Bale, Huddlestone, Pienaar, Kranjcar, Jenas, Lennon, Sandro, Rose, Townsend, O`Hara, Bentley, Dos Santos and Van der Vaart might have created the problem for Harry last time out?
We have the best midfield squad in the Premiership, and Harry didn't know what to do with them all except drop a striker? It was the first time in a good few years that our strike force hadn't clocked around 100 goals between them, but we generally look stronger defensively. The team reminds me of Chelski a few years back with the appearance of Drogba, and the strong 5 in midfield.
I think that strong front man who can push defenders around will be our defining difference next time out. (Last season unfortunately this was Crouchie?) V.Vaart was our Lamps, Sandro = Makalele, and Modric = Deco, Hudd's = Essien, and even the inconsistent Lennon = Cole?
I'm not so sure that Aguero would do the job, but a strong physical and intelligent player. Possibly a Llorente, Hulk, Eto, Milito or even Drogba himself would make us contenders for a top three rather than a top five. I don't enjoy comparing us to Chelski by the way, but do see striking similarities to that team that became very successful in our current squad. Hopefully the signing of our marquee, tough nut and intelligent striker, along with rotating the squad will bring a smile back to our faces next time out!
Written by aspurnorthernboy