Writer: craig spur
Date:Monday January 28 2013
Recently I've noticed looking at stats after games that we seem to be having at least 20 shots a game, but then I think back to the match and try to remember when these clear cut chances were.
We are controlling games, even against United we had most of the ball, but there's definitely a lack of final ball. We'll have 20 or so shots on goal but only 3 or 4 are very real good opportunities. First reason I'd argue is down to our 'superstar' Gareth Bale. Don't get me wrong, I rate the guy and when he's on form we normally perform and win. I just think he needs to get his head out of his backside.
So often now he will just drift inside and shoot and more often than not it doesn't go in. It's as if now he only comes inside, and that maybe because he's shown inside but something against United last week really proves my pointRemember his outside of the boot curling effort? The Bale from a couple of years ago would've seen the space behind Rafael and just darted into it before flashing a ball across the 6 yard box. But not anymore, he decided to go for glory in what I believe was a stupid attempt.
I think recently its shown how we are missing Van der Vaart or Luka, just someone who can spot that pass, and that's why I'm hoping the Holtby deal is done before the deadline. Just so that we have that bit of creativity. Another way this can be done is if Bale and Lennon stay wide. I know Bale would hate playing this way, because when he doesn't get the ball much he comes wandering in to get involved, but often this just cramps up our midfield.
Even if he is double marked, if he just stays wide he takes 2 of their players out the game and we can just work either down the middle or with Lennon. If Lennon stays wide as well then we might actually have a space in the middle for somebody to find the killer ball. Which makes me wonder if Sigurdsson could be that man? I mean currently when he plays he gets barely any space because of how teams defend against us, but i just wonder that if our wingers stayed wide, teams would be more worried about Bale and Lennon that Siggy and he could finally have room to operate in and prove his worth. That's if the Holtby deal doesn't go through.
My final frustration is this striker issue. I can't understand why Levy will set all these high targets of champions league if he doesn't give the manager the players he needs. Selling VdV I think has turned out to be a mistake so he must now know he has to make up for it? I think if a striker does come in, then it will be someone like Hooper, not a world class striker who we all desire, but someone to come in when needed and be the back up striker, rather than making Defoe the back up. Which could be good as it doesn't upset the team, plus I think Hooper could be a decent signing so long as we don't stupidly over pay for him and I think Celtic will realise that we wouldn't pay over the odds for him, because if they ask for to much then we'd just look at more proven players, which leads me to believe the deal would be a reasonable fee and I think it will go through.
70 points is what we'll need for Champions league football next season, so hopefully our players can forget about the other teams and just keep going until we get to that magic mark. Arsenal have only just crossed the half way mark (35 points) which does suggest that they will struggle to get 70 points so we have to keep working to get there. We just need that something extra to give us that push and that's all down to levy, and hopefully losing to Leeds will spark him into action.
Written by craig spur
Date:Monday January 28 2013
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