The no clean sheet business is getting kind of annoying, unless we're going for the Galactico style of play of winning every game by scoring 3-4 goals then I guess we're going to have to get used it! I just can't put my finger on why we can't keep the CS. Howard has made a good few mistakes which cost us one here and there, defensive mix ups like against Wigan for them to just roll in to the net, Heitinga being a shell of his formerself this season.. Who knows. Anything you think we could do about it to try and keep the goals against us down?
I think I like Naismith.. He looks like he can bag a goal whenever he plays, he almost scored today but it was blocked it seemed on my stream. So he can score, it's just his all round play seems kind of, well, meh. He started well but his lack of fitness from his long term injury at Rangers has caught up to him it seems. Never want to brush somebody off in their first season, you just have to look at Fellaini to see that but the lad will have to do some big improving if he wants to be a first team starter for us.
Yeah there's been a few mistakes leading to the goals and there's not, touch wood, been a game where we've conceded an amount where you have to wonder what's gone on, but in the grand scheme of things no clean sheets in so many games is concerning. Our back 5 are usually capable, all susceptible to mistakes but none have had a run of bad games. Howard, as you say has been at fault for some but there's no way I'd risk dropping him with Mucha there and I doubt we could get anyone half as good in January. Would be nice to have someone capable pushing Howard though, would like to feel safe when we rested him. Butland would have been nice. Overall though I don't know what we could change, Distin makes a mistake but has had some great games, Jags and Baines have done very well. Maybe not having a constant right back and Jags out of position could have halted us. Would be nice to have a designated back 4 with Baines, Jags, 2011/12 season Heitinga, and bring Coleman back to his natural right back. Would end up with Baines/Pienaar on the left, Jags and a strong centre back in the middle, and Coleman and Mirallas linking up on the right as they showed potential when Mirallas was fit. Still wouldn't explain why we can't keep a clean sheet but would maybe improve things with a constant solid back 5 all fighting for position.
Yeah Naisy looks like he has injuries catching up with him, is he played out of position? He seems to be on the right a lot but I thought he was better suited through the middle? For a freebie he's sound like, just think he has a poor touch at times and can remember a few games where he's been clear cut and missed a chance to score or released a bad pass to set Jela through. He's a surplus player if we're fully fit, especially keeping Mirallas fully fit and with Anichebe doing the business, but maybe he needs a full season to adapt. As an impact sub thought I sometimes get lost looking for his impact, haha.