Writer: Oy Veh Maria
Date:Saturday August 24 2013
Will I AM Don`t Mata we got Vlad all over! Steaua Bucharest Centre Back, Vlad Chiriches has reportedly signed for Spurs if that is true then we are just about getting our box set together. All we need is a fast left wing and someone else at LB and we will be sorted.
This season, writing a pre match article has become a challenge because, for once, I have a choice about the team we can put out. Last season, and the season before that, the team almost picked itself, the same 14 players every time!
Well we have all had a chance to see our new signings in action and although Dynmo Terribley-Easy were not much opposition a win is a win and momentum is built from winning. You can`t help but think that we still need one of our midfielders to be more of a visionary, someone to unpick the lock with that defence splitting pass, but as a side that has not been together that long we look like we are beginning to gel.
Townsend is starting to look just a little bit tasty and fair competition for Lennon. Left Wing is work in Progress and we defo need some speed on that left hand side. It`s unfair to make a comparison but nothing we put out on the left at the moment has the pace that Bale brought.
Last week Swansea were coping comfortably with United last week. However, they switched off for a second and v.Persie was clinical for Manure and they then compounded their problems by letting Welbeck tap in unchallenged 2 minutes later. It was those weaknesses last week that we have to expose. Given the goals that Soldado scored on Thursday you have to say we have the goal poacher that we have sorely missed. We will never score goals if we do not get Soldado in the 6 yard box enough times.
The Swansea defence does look weak when having to defend balls in from the wing into the six yard box. Lennon/Townsend Rose and Walker will need to find space that will allow them to get around the back of the Swansea back four. The slide ball in to the channel that we used against Palace last week for Lennon to run onto looks like a signature move for us this season. We need to make utilization of the channels a larger part of our game just to keep the opposition guessing because with the midfield we have suddenly acquired we do look very much like a team that should build its attack from the back.
Last week Paulinho was solid if not spectacular and Dembele was equally professional but not really playing any game changing passes. One player for me that looks like value for money is Etienne Capoue, he has something of the Yaya Toure/Vieira potential about him. The two most interesting pairings will be Paulinho - Sandro and the Dembele - Capoue combo`s.
We definitely need to keep working out how to defend corners we were just not convincing enough against Palace and with Michu being a natural predator we cannot afford to take two attempts at clearing our lines.
Michael Laudrup admitted that Swansea`s finishing was not good enough against Manure and you can bet they will have worked on that by the time they get to WHL.
I hope Kaboom is fit enough. It was good to see him do the full 90 minutes in Georgia even though he did look a bit "leggy" toward the final third of the match. We look more positive at the back when he plays. As much as I love Dawson he is still losing his positioning under pressure and his long ball passing is bypassing about £58m worth of midfield players waiting for a pass!
It was good to get Soldado on the score sheet and that was just what we needed but we cannot afford to have him out of the box. The service to him in Georgia proved what his conversion rate will be if we can improve the supply to him. Lastt season Soldado scored 24 goals from within the box and only one outside the box. I was impressed with his appetite and willingness to come back and defend against Palace it shows he is willing to put in a shift. In truth we should have buried Palace instead we left with a contested penalty when we had enough chances to have put the result beyond doubt. We have to be more clinical in front of goal against Swansea as we did against Dynamo and we have to do it now for the next 37 games.
If we are to beat Swansea we have to take control of the midfield and move them around. Swansea like to play and will be dangerous on the break so we need that ability to play down the middle and not be forced to play out wide where they can double up on Lennon, Walker, Rose and Chadli. I hope AVB does not play Siggy. Despite his contributions last season, for me, he is not first team material.
If fit, Vertonghen and Kaboul would be interesting, with Rose and Walker either side. Paulinho and / or Sandro would be brilliant, I just hope Sandro is fit enough to play at least the last 30 minutes. A shift change with Lennon starting and then Townsend coming in to a tiring Swansea back four would be worth the entrance fee alone. Dembele should not play in the pocket, I would like to see Paulinho maybe and look at the potential of a Sandro and Dembele partnership. The service in from the left at Palace was not as good as it was from Lennon and Walker on the right and therefore we didn`t look as balanced a side as we should.
For me I am hoping a back four of Kaboul and Vertonghen, Walker and Rose with Fryers maybe getting a crack at some point for Rose. Dembele and Sandro with Paulinho in the pocket, Chadli on the Left and Lennon on the right with Soldado up front.
Written by OyVeh Maria
Date:Saturday August 24 2013
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