Reading the official site and the comments from McFadden, He stated it was a wrench to leave and no doubt it must have been.
Now I was not his greatest fan, however I think it has proven wrong selling him in January; it has impacted the depth and quality of the squad.
The telling comment for me is that he stated he quickly adapted to the Alex Mcleish way of playing football, ON THE GROUND, which McFadden prefers.
Is that a dig at Moyes and our prefered style of play? And does it say a lot about our current plight, as you will all have noticed we continue from Howard to pump long balls to midgets in the main, when really all the players we have are more suited to football on the floor.
Is the style of play completely not suited to the players? Therfore why do we continue to play that way?
Paul Niklas, Posted 14/04/2008 at 09:11:18
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1 Posted 14/04/2008 at 12:50:22
Getting some of our players to try it out is another matter!
2 Posted 14/04/2008 at 13:11:58
3 Posted 14/04/2008 at 13:47:32
4 Posted 14/04/2008 at 13:48:19
Wha? Eh? Sorry, been dozin soundly since the Fiorentina game.
Who shouted "HOOOOF!"?
Noisy scrotes! Have some respect, some of us go the game to catch up on a bit of kip yer know.
5 Posted 14/04/2008 at 14:05:53
6 Posted 14/04/2008 at 14:24:37
When 2-3 are injured or 2-3 are off-form and we have no choice other than to play with Carsley and Neville as the midfield centre partnership and quess what we have no choice other than we go long ball.
I suspect that with Cahill definitely out and possibly also Arteta for the rest of the season AND with Pinnear and Osman carrying knocks then its goodbye to the McFadden way of wanting to play it on the floor, and back to defend well and deep and hope AJ or Yak can grab a goal.
The thing I totally cannot understand is Moyes saying its not a lack of quantity but quality we are missing - we need both big time for next season, at least 4 players of quality.
7 Posted 14/04/2008 at 14:51:41
Yeah we *need* both but we don’t have the money for that so he’s making it clear to everyone there won’t be a lot of signings but they’ll hopefully be good ones.
It seems like the right way to go. Yeah we’re threatened by injuries but with our budget it’s either a team which can compete for Champions League when healthy but struggles with key players out OR a team that comfortably finishes 8th-10th no matter who gets injured. I’d rather gamble we can ride a healthy squad into Europe than have more depth. Well ... I’d rather have both of course but we simply don’t have the money.
8 Posted 14/04/2008 at 15:16:14
I wish it was a case of adding a top quality midfied or two and I suspect another top quality forward, but 2-3 players wont be enough when you’ve got 5-6 out through injury and your playing Premiership at weekends and European games every midweek.
Its a case of onward improvement but I feel somehow that its almost impossible to achieve over 3-5 years as the Lescott,Arteta’s etc wont wait that long and will wont out if they dont compete at the Champs League on a season by season basis - and then you will start to loose the quality players. Its a very difficult point we’ve reached - but still better than hoping we can avoid relegation.
9 Posted 14/04/2008 at 15:51:41
Is AVDM injured at the moment? Cos if he isn’t surely it would have made sense putting him on the bench and trying to see what it would have been like putting him on the left for a bit and move Fernandes inside next to Carsley? Manny is NOT comfortable on the wings and clearly prefers playing central where he would certainly benefit AJ and Yak.
I know Moyes (and lots of other people) hate the guy but bearing in mind we are not in the best of form SURELY it is worth a try??????
10 Posted 14/04/2008 at 15:50:57
Just one other point, given the the injuries we have, would it not be wise to accept the hoofball and at least get it right, what I mean is that if we are going to hoof it we need somebody up there, why not have yak & anichebe up there with Johnson running in between for the knockdowns, I know its not pretty but at least it might be effective, and is surely better than watching Carsley and Neville trying to pass it!
11 Posted 14/04/2008 at 19:57:10
12 Posted 14/04/2008 at 23:09:38
The hoofball ’default option’ that we always revert to annoys the hell out of me. However a friend of mine pointed out that hitting it long is a British problem in general. Notice the hoofball culprits - Hibbert, Neville, Jagielka, Carsley. All British players. Moyes should stop it but it is almost ingrained into these players.
The difference in coaching abroad encourages skilful play whereas British coaches want it forward early. It’s why Arsenal NEVER go long.
13 Posted 15/04/2008 at 01:19:50
14 Posted 15/04/2008 at 05:18:21
Yak and AJ are not mighty either but when their form is gone they can fall back on their other attributes such as body strength or pace. Tis the mind of Moyes I suppose, multipurpose players.
I think simply McFadden was not content to sit on the bench. Great wildcard to play though.
15 Posted 15/04/2008 at 09:37:06
I think we should think about the way we are treating our own... We would have get so much more out of him if we would have supported him the proper way.
16 Posted 15/04/2008 at 13:14:12
Now don’t get me wrong - I quite liked McFadden but never considered him worthy of a starting place on merit. Nothing I saw on Saturday changed my mind. Yes he has good feet but far too often he was shunted up blind alleys - Lescott had him in his pocket. For much of the game Brum had two man mountains up front, in two from Jerome, Forsell and O’Connor. They hammered the ball up to them all afternoon. Don’t try to tell me they play the beautifull game. Incidentally, they only started to get the ball down and play in the last ten minutes when McFadden was replaced by Zarate!
Bottom line is we have to try to a get a result any way we can at present such is the decimation to the squad by injury. Now’s not the time to panic and throw the baby out with the bath water.