funky chicken wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:44 pm
how we lack creativity, pace, goals and are poor defensively.
Creativity - We have Lanzini, Fornals and Felipe Anderson. Creativity should not be a problem. These are 3 very good players.
Pace - Has been a problem for a while, though I actually think some of this could be due to fitness. Since last season Masuaku has played less and Arnautovic isn’t here and the replacements (Cresswell and Haller) are not pacey options.
Goals - We lost 21 goals from last season in Arnautovic, Hernandez and Pérez and have replaced it with 5 goals. Haller can only seem to function if he can be bothered and if someone else does all the running and Ajeti doesn’t play.
Defensively - I think our CB’s are less of a problem and we have a top DM in Rice. The FB’s and lack of a midfield presence/energy puts too much pressure on.
Basically our Summer recruitment has been a mess. We’ve downgraded on goalkeeping options, midfield options and goalscorers and have taken what little pace we had out of the side. Who’s to blame for this? Probably all of them (Owners, Pellegrini, Husillos).
At the end of the day this is the team we have. Some very good talent and some utter ****, but the tactics leave us completely disjointed. Zabaleta and Snodgrass started on our right hand side against Van Aanholt and Zaha...what were we expecting to happen? Zaha completed more dribbles in a Premier League game this season than anyone.