The much maligned Beattie, Johnson and now Yakubu are ploughing the same lone furrow. When opponents cottoned on to our simplistic inflexible style, goals dried up for JB and AJ and the same will inevitably happen to Yakubu.
To be successful, the loner up front desperately needs assistance from a box to box goal poacher like Tim Cahill. He draws defenders and that gives Yakubu the inch of room he needs to do the business.
Until Cahill is fit Moyes should go for broke and play two or even three up front.
Action should also be taken with a few sacred cows that are wasting space in our midfield.
Dick Fearon, Posted 01/04/2008 at 00:07:54
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1 Posted 01/04/2008 at 03:40:26
Until then the only option is the Yak by himself but with more support from Mikel and Osman.
2 Posted 01/04/2008 at 03:43:31
In Moyes we Trust!
3 Posted 01/04/2008 at 05:44:34
It went as far back as Marcus Bent.
4 Posted 01/04/2008 at 08:53:52
As said above, how can we play 2 or even 3 (Give me strength) up front when we only have one forward fit?
5 Posted 01/04/2008 at 08:50:30
It’s a shame
6 Posted 01/04/2008 at 09:05:55
The 4-5-1 is his initial formation, he reverts to 4-4-2 when it is not working, which has only been a handful of games this season.
7 Posted 01/04/2008 at 09:07:44
We should have learned enough lessons by now to understand that Neville should not be drafted in as extra cover in midfield.
My formation would have gambled with Fernandes instead from the start, Hibbert dropped and Neville slotting in.
Although even then the result would not have been guaranteed, at least we would have given some sign of endeavour.
8 Posted 01/04/2008 at 10:15:04
9 Posted 01/04/2008 at 11:45:19
With regards to our recent performances, it is clear that injuries are really playing their part now and as many of us (including myself a number of times) pointed out at the start of the season, our squad is not big enough and does not contain enough quality to get 4th and it could well be the difference in us getting a Uefa Cup spot.
I really hope Moyes has his eyes on some big players in the summer and more than that, BK will back him.
I have hummed and harred about certain players this season but enough is enough now, HIbbert, Neville, Carsley Must go!!!! They are not good enough for anymore, not if we want to keep up with the likes of Tott, Portsmouth, Villa and maybe even Newcastle and Man City next season.
As for one up front, yeah it seems to me that it only works with Cahill and I am getting worried about this 5th spot now.
10 Posted 01/04/2008 at 11:47:15
11 Posted 01/04/2008 at 12:24:26
12 Posted 01/04/2008 at 12:59:09
backline: Neville, Yobo, Jags, Lescoth.
Midfield: Carsley, Osman, Baines.
Strikers: Pienarr, Yakubu, Arteta.
If fit, Victor to replace Pienarr.
I guess it comes down to whether you are happy with the current wretched line up.
Or perhaps with a bit of radical thinking we could still aim for 4th spot.
IMO any combination could hardly do worse than what has recently been on show..
13 Posted 01/04/2008 at 13:26:23
14 Posted 01/04/2008 at 14:12:48
We know you won’t be happy untill your precious Timmy is back.
But he is out for the rest of the season. Get over it.
Give it a rest, we have what we have so let’s concentrate on that for now.
15 Posted 01/04/2008 at 14:22:04
16 Posted 01/04/2008 at 15:37:57
Pienaar isn’t a striker he’s a midfielder. Arteta isn’t a striker he’s a midfielder. They are both light weight. Moyes has thrown the big men up to add some height and weight to the front line. Not ideal, but given the luck with injuries and the lack of balls to bring through a youth player - we have no choice.
17 Posted 01/04/2008 at 16:56:23
18 Posted 01/04/2008 at 17:41:35
To all the doom mongerers I feel that the above pretty much sums up why we lost on Sunday - we can argue all day and night about Moyes tactics etc etc - how good would RS be without Torres and Gerard and with Big Bird Crouch (who I think has improved since he went to the RS) and all other strikers (Kuyt not included) injuered?
19 Posted 01/04/2008 at 20:44:37