Tommy wrote:Also looked fairly shite if I’m being completely honest. If there’s a player in there I’m increasingly convinced he’s a midfielder. Aside from Halme there’s also Struijk and Diaz, both of whom have their moments but also have the capacity to look lost. Out on loan are O’Connor and Kitching, both of whom have earned fairly good reports. Presumably if Pontus is injured before January we’d be looking at Halme and Phillips, which would be...uh, eventful.
I remember thinking we really needed a centre-half above anything else pre-season (and for as long as I can remember) but as has been said, it’s hard to argue with Bielsa. Of course, he couldn’t have predicted injuries on this scale but we probably should have insisted.
Agree, but it would have been a run-out to bring him up to speed rather than relying on him as any kind of bulwark. His best position may be the Phillips position, either just in front of the back two or as an occasional joiner of a three.
The defensive side, in general, was loose yesterday. With the fullbacks pushed on and seemingly everyone concerned with attacking, there didn't seem a great deal of urgency about stopping goals conceded at some points - especially immediately after we'd scored ourselves!
Hard to tell with U23s, anyway. The first teamers clearly stood out as a class above [as you'd expect], but for those on the rise it's not always easy to discern what they're going to achieve in the game.