3 points and a balance to find…

We have scored 7 goals vs Chelsea and Man Utd and we have conceded three too…

We had loads of chances vs Southampton too but we have conceded goals easily vs all teams in the last 4 games…

It seems that our defensive solidity has left us with Tomy, Tierney and Partey’s absence but it is fair to say that Odegaard, Saka, Smith-Rowe and even Martinelli and Nketiah have helped us in creating and even scoring chances…yet we need to find the right balance. We have conceded goals in silly ways and at times, we have been sliced open like soft butter…We are too shaky at the back and with 5 games to play against teams that do create chances (West Ham, Leeds, Tottenham, Newcastle and even Everton), we do need to shore things up if we want to seriously challenge for Top 4…

I think that Tomy being back in the fold will help us tremendously for a start…

Overall, our win against Utd was well deserved but if if weren’t for a poor PK by Fernandes, we could have lost some precious points yesterday…Saka, Odegaard and Xhaka were outstanding while Nketiah and Smith-Rowe were subdued. Tavares had been both abysmal and brilliant and El Neny was his usual hard-working self. White-Gabs are not showing the same confidence as before and Ramsdale did have some good saves while Cedric was average…So in the end, we will take the 3 points with the comfort to know that we can create chances and the worry that we can also concede big chances rather easily and clumsily…

Xhaka is so far not having his worse season with us and his goal made a huge difference in the game momentum. Good for him…and for us 😛

COYG! With Spurs losing 2 points, we need to get 6 points from our next two games but it won’t be easy. The tricky game for me will be the one against the resurgent Newcastle while facing a surviving Everton may not be easy either. Get 13 points from the next 5 games and the Top 4 is with us…get less and it will be hard…

10 Responses to 3 points and a balance to find…

  1. fred1266 says:

    Yea hope Tom will be with us for the remainder of the Season cause that way Tavares can stay far away from the back

  2. RC78 says:

    If Tomy is back, do you think Cedric would be asked to play on the left?

  3. fred1266 says:

    Didn’t think of that but that can be an option

  4. RC78 says:

    Tavares sure is a pacy full-back but he gets exposed defensively time and time again…He really needs a good cover when he plays…

  5. fred1266 says:

    Yea he a liability defensive culpable for goal and also penalty at Manu and azp goal but he as also responsible for opening goal at Manu and Eddie third goal at Chelsea so he definitely helping offensively

    It just his positioning and he seems to be all watching most times hence he can’t see the opponent attacker

  6. RC78 says:

    His understanding of opposition’s runs and movement is still suspect. He will improve but he needs to do it fast…

  7. LB says:

    Can you imagine Arteta and Edu going to watch Tavares at Benfica B; he would have been impressively charging down the left wing at speed making it easy to imagine the 2 above saying to each other OH YES this is exactly what we need, lets sign, and sign him they did, the only problem is that neither bothered checking to see if he can defend because had they the answer would have come back

    He Can’t Defend To Save His Life.

  8. LB says:

    And to answer the question above: with Tomi back can you imagine Cedric playing at left wing back, the answer to that is a resounding YES

  9. fred1266 says:

    LB if you remember benfica fan base was laughing at us cause he wasn’t to good for them either also he wasn’t a starter just a player with promise

    Wasn’t it Kompany who recommend him

    I don’t mean to keep bringing it it but how things went so badly with AMN and willock I think dey would be doing wonder with the current squad

  10. fred1266 says:

    Not like Cedric is much of an upgrade any crazy buy by edu and mikel

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