szola wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:00 pm
You can do much, much better, bubbles....
That's why he got sacked, mate...BOOM!BOOM!
Seriously though, I understand what you are saying but how grounded it is seems problematic to me.
It's undeniably noble and grand sounding but this Pellegrini/Zola style ethos just doesn't seem to survive long when it comes into contact with our reality. We just seem to end up with a bunch of players who don't seem overly suited to the PL when we follow this path. In Zola's case, many (all ?)were cheap and useless; in Pellegrini's case lots have been old, unfit or useless .
Slaven is an exception - he probably signed the two best players we've had this decade in Payet and Arnie - but even at his best in 15/16 he was perfectly happy having crosses slung into the box for Antonio and Carroll, or spending the middle third of the season grinding out really tight results with 2 DMs ahead of his back 4. The football wasn't of the tippy-tappy variety championed by Pellegrini or Zola.
Allardyce's team with Song at the base, Downing at the tip and Sakho and Valencia up top played some cracking stuff for a while as well.
What you advocate feels like trying to put the icing on a cake that hasn't been baked when it's tried with us.
Good players tend to go to good teams - an accolade we rarely receive.
No West Ham manager should ever preside over signings like Mido, Benni McCarthy, Roberto, Carlos Sanchez etc though. There has to be a core philosophy about recruitment that avoids dirt cheap, perma-crocked and doddery.
If we look at our best period under these owners - 2014 to 2016 - that's precisely what happened.
No 18 year old punts, no 32 year old fillers - the players were all in the right age bracket and came fit. And we didn't play tika-taka. We played a blended and varied game.
The floodgates from Help the Aged have re-opened in recent times. That's a big reason why we have gone backwards - the owners have reverted to their pre-2014 MO, and managers have played along.