First of congratulations must go out to Kyogo Furuhashi for his dream full debut for the bhoys. He looks a player, a snip at that price, and as one poster said ‘did more in ten minutes than Eduoard has done all season’.
I’m really looking forward to seeing more of this special talent we’ve bagged.We were told life under Ange would be a rollercoaster, so we really shouldn’t complain after a six goal European thriller. Well done Kyogo, keep that up and we shall make many happy memories together.
Onto the game and those who had predicted kamikaze football didnt have a special night but they got their moments. Theres no need for us to recap the events, there were many truly insightful post match comments offering analysis.
The manager has no such luxury, he must pour over past efforts, and won’t know which voices and opinions to truly value yet.
If theres one word I would not associate with the gaffer its stupid. He’s just tucked his first competitive win under his belt seeing his team hit their highest goal tally of the season, and a lot of that can be laid at his door.
The new look front three was a joy to behold at times. It had movement and pace, vision and intent, youth and experience. The two wingers are clearly allowed or instructed to hit the box when we are attacking in the final third, and its more than evident both strikers love a goal, or an assist if its on. Furuhashi showed brains and a beautiful first touch, Abada just seems to get on the end of things coming into the box and totally smashes the ball which will often bring goals in and of itself, and the question of James being happy on the left has been answered with a resounding yes because he can shoot from that right foot a lot more, and he has a good shot.
It works, or at least worked, and its on Ange now never to return to the past regarding our attackers. Its notable Odsonne wasnt busting a gut to score in the box when presented with a cameo, another playing for a contract here or elsewhere is putting him to shame in that department. Lets move Odsonne on, and use the funds to strengthen our new look attacking trident. You cant ask for more than a goal each but they will get injuries, and due to the fact we have a sieve at the back, outscoring the opposition currently becomes a very realistic game plan.
Ange’s best plan actually.
He showed pragmatism and an early ability to learn on the job by dropping playing it out from the back , something most very welcome. The experience just signed may prove a masterstroke, Joe should help mend the sieve and was unlucky his save got deflected in for their second.
Its clear Ange isnt stupid, hes actually fixing mistakes of his making and not of his making while hitting upon an exciting attacking formula that we actually have the players to carry out with deadly effect.
All within a couple of games. Thats impressive.
Yet the sieve risks throwing away all our good play up the field. Its that bad it must become a priority situation from boardroom down. Ange must show some of that pragmatism he has already displayed. Murray and Welsh without Joe Hart held a much better Danish side to two goals away from home, the second in the 94th minute, which is looking more impressive by the day. Midfielder gets placed at the heart of the defence and bada boom we ship four goals in two games with a comedy of errors highlight reel own goal from said player, who really cant be blamed and did help the cause with an assist.
A blind man can tell we need actual defenders at the rear, not stopgaps.
That experiment must end, and ending it would gain the manager some kudos, and reassure everyone involved that we are all on the same page.
Whether Murray, Welsh, a loanee, I dont really care, bring one in and stick with him for a while.
This really has become a large issue, and Ange will be heavily judged on his response to our defensive woes. Persist and he is one defeat away from big questions and confidence possibly wobbling.
Lenny stuck his head in the sand and blamed the players, never the system or the man who picked those players.
The knowledge Ange see’s the same as us when it’s not working, and so reacts to address the issue at hand, would be a breath of fresh air and see confidence in him rise.
This really should be a no brainer for the Greek Australian. There’s no defense for that same defense anymore.
With the attack working, and the extra guile of McCarthy at our disposal, its clearly time to fix that leaky sieve.
With Ibrox looming, pick Starfelts new partner and keep playing him with the immediate aim of clean sheets before the derby clash.
Nir Bitton MUST NOT start that game, or Ange risks losing more than three points that day.
By Mahe. Happy Friday folks.