Date:Tuesday January 22 2013
After watching Lewis Holtby have an excellent game at the weekend, I am more excited than before about his signing. However is there really an urgent need to have him now?
As things stand, Holtby is a player who seems to have been used more for his attacking prowess and certainly his ability to link midfield and attack and supply that killer ball looked impressive last Friday, however his supposedly urgent need at WHL this month does surprise me a little and makes me wonder what is to become of Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson should he arrive?
In reality, it is probably fair that neither have that creative edge to dictate play and pick the lock of an organised defence, however both have looked good and certainly in the case of Dempsey, you would feel it harsh to see him back on the bench, but looking at the whole teams deficiencies, would the addition of Holtby playing off of a main striker make us a better unit?
That is perhaps a question that we wont know the answer too, until he arrives and gets a few games under his belt, but I do wonder if talk of the urgent need to sign him early is more about an inability to bring in another creative player such as Willian, as opposed to the loss of Sandro to our midfield? It seems clear to anyone that Holtby isn't a like for like replacement for our Brazilian, but perhaps he is better cover for Dembele, or even that they would offer a decent mix in the middle, with Mousa offering the steel and Lewis the more creative edge, either alongside to in the more advanced role, but again where does that leave the other two?
I know and accept that we are in a squad based era, but this signing, whether now or in the summer indicates that one of Sigurdsson, Dempsey or a more established player such as Bale will be departing in the summer. But if we are to lose someone in the summer, would we really need to spend money now for a player we will get for nothing in six months? Looking at the squad, I still feel we will be looking at another striker and also an additional play-maker, regardless of Holtby signing. Based on that and the number of attacking midfielders already at the club, I wonder where Holtby really fits in and who will have to make way for his arrival...
Date:Tuesday January 22 2013
The Likely Leavers? (Tuesday January 27 2015)
Lamela is Ready to Shine! (Monday January 26 2015)
One Week and Counting! (Monday January 26 2015)
Blessing in Disguise or Missed Opportunity? (Sunday January 25 2015)
The Shape OF Things To Come? (Friday January 23 2015)
FA Cup 4th Rd: Spurs vs Leicester. (Friday January 23 2015)
Spurs Injury Table + Other PL Teams Compared (Friday January 23 2015)
Sane or Sentimental? (Friday January 23 2015)
Is it Digital or Analogue? (Friday January 23 2015)
Big Deal for Ryan Mason! (Thursday January 22 2015)
|4. Man Utd||22||11||7||4||15||40|
|7. West Ham||22||10||6||6||10||36|
|Newcastle Striker Incoming
» Newcastle : 27/01/2015 23:02:00
|Stoke ease past Rochdale in the cup
» Stoke : 27/01/2015 23:00:00
|Down To Fate?
» Man City : 27/01/2015 21:08:00
|Sissoko Sale Talk Rears It's Head.
» Newcastle : 27/01/2015 20:55:00
|Lees Isn't For Sale
» Hull City : 27/01/2015 20:47:00