todays performance was extremly dissapointing and abysmal,like others feel really cheesed off. FWIW this is my take on the current team/squad and position we are in.:
starting with green,he is a talented keeper but after his world cup blooper the spotlight is very much on him to makes hes next blooper.he made 1 excellent save today but looked very edgy and nervous and could have caught the ball for their 1st goal instead of punching it.hopefully he will settle down.i would like to see him converse more with our back four and be more vocal.
right back: sad to say but we have not replaced neill in over a year.we have had faubert,spector,tomkins in pre-season,and reid today who had a very hard time(tho unfair to judge on 1 game).i presume either he or ben haim will end up playing there this season.we should have aquired a specialist RB in a year and def in the summer.
left back: iilunga does not look the player he was 2 years ago,whilst daprela is talented and IMO should be given his chance,
centre back: upson da costa the best 2 we have got,but upson is not playing at the top of his game and with his contract situation is not ideal.he is no leader and nowhere near vocal enough for my liking and not skipper material.i think this lack of leadership and poor communication in the defence is a big problem to us and accountable for poor defensive displays.
in midfield we have parker our outstanding player and should be captain.noble is ok and hitz when fit again will be a good signing,as i think barrera will be when he settles in..LBM should never have been given a new contract,faubert does not produce enough.kovac should have been sold in the week instead of being called back and behrami must be sold if hes refusing to play asap.its a real shame we never got sulejmani as he would have offered us pace and width on the left hand side.we need a player with pace and creativity in midfield its all to slow and predictable in our build up play.
up front: cole is a decent striker but needs more support either from a strike partner or from the midfield.we got picuionne and caicedo but i feel we need a striker with good pace to give us variety and more of a goal threat.it also stops teams defending high up the pitch and compressing/squeezing the play as we saw today.
lets hope AG can identify these weaknesses and put them right asap,otherwise it will be a very long and hard season. heres hoping