Should ‘the Future’ become ‘the Now’?
Sorry Guys, but my pessimism is increasing after the NLD for a number of reasons, and after all the improvements Mikel has started to make that game was a massive, stinky set-back.
Where to begin? Well first and foremost Emile Martinez was magnificent and deserves to be the #1 GK in any team at the moment. I have always wondered why he has not been given a chance to show us what he can do, and as a result of our Brighton bashing, where Leno was injured, Martinez has been given his chance and he has taken it superbly. Terrific display — again.
That is pretty much where the the good bit started — and ended.
The defence was a disgrace, and we will get to that, but sloppy passing by all our players did not help, and several mistimed tackles in midfield, or crazy passes from pretty much everywhere, allowed the Spuds to counter-attack our slow moving and gumption-less back line.
I would not be sorry to see the back of all of them, from Kola thru Mustafi and Luiz to the inept fast fading Bellerin.
There is a lesson to be learned by Mikel, and that is to “GIVE YOUTH A CHANCE” — do not stop at giving Saka, Eddie and the Archangel Gabriel their first team chances, where they have already shown they are the NOW and the FUTURE of the team, and are ably supported by Willock, Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson, and Tierney who have shown they are also able to take permanent and effective midfield roles.
BUT — what has happened with refreshing the defence??
There are also other young cubs itching to be given a chance in defence. Tolaji Bola cannot help but improve the left back role, leaving the impressive Tierney to continue as an attacking midfielder, whose crosses are wonderful by comparison to the ‘hit-the-first-derfender’ rubbish crosses doled out by Bellerin. Harry Clarke or Zak Swanson would also make fine back ups to Soares (though I have reservations about him).
But let’s cut to the chase. The major failings in defence are the insipid, disorganised CBs, Mustafi and Luiz You know it, I know it, but sadly Mikel does not seem to know it.
Let them go!! That would be the start.
Who to promote to the first team if Mikel wanted more of the same youthful skill, grit and hunger for success?
The answer seems to be so obvious I just cannot understand why we have not already started this change, in what is now a dead season for us.
Holding has impressed many of us following his long-term injury. — START HIM.
There is a youngster, Medley, in the youth ranks who is tall, skilful and pacey. Yes, that’s right — tall – skilful and pacey — START HIM.
To back them up we have Ballard and Omole and waiting in the wings Joel Lopez, who will be special in a couple of seasons
So the team back line would look like:
Bola – Holding – Medley – Soares
Willock – Ceballos – Saka – Tierney
Auba – Laca
[With a whole host of youngsters ready to fill the gaps.]
An adventurous choice? Undoubtedly. But what was it some genius said about Manure, years ago, “you won’t win anything with kids”? Well, they then went on and won many trophies — and that makes me flinch at the memories. But those kids did it — why not ours?
And to see the backs of Luiz, Mustafi, Bellerin, Kola, Xhaka, and Ôzil would make it worth it – whatever happened.
I would love to see something like the above — and after 15 dreadful years of bollocks just waiting for money to buy a new Thierry, or Vieira or Bergkamp – which we know is not coming — just let’s change the mood and GIVE THE KIDS A CHANCE.