A team for everyone
It’s funny how we all wear the green tinted specs, but see different things. There hasn’t been serious team dissection mostly due to the results, but it strikes me the team are currently providing ammunition for almost every point of view.
The pragmatist will be happy, knowing at this stage the three points take precedence for the opening few fixtures, realizing a team that hits the ground running immediately can run out of form and steam. There’s plenty of football remaining, and lots of time to click.
The pessimist won’t like the fact we conceded, and were about ten minutes from dropping points. After a lacklustre opening fixture, some might have expected a strong reaction and more fluidity. That once again a defender netted when a goal was needed, not a midfielder or attacker, may be taken as a sign we aren’t playing the correct personnel or system.
The realist will see five goals over two victories, a new goal threat in defense, and notice this team doesn’t stop until the whistle blows. Our strength in depth is paying off, and if those selected don’t impress they can expect to see the bench.
The team will hit form, and later rather than sooner suits us, as long as we are collecting the points. We hit great form around Christmas last year and never looked back. Heading into the finishing straight with momentum is better than bursting out of the blocks and fading.
The nervous might tell you our midfield is suspect, unbalanced and at the heart of the team’s problems. They might explain our defense (2goals) and our wingers (2goals) are outscoring our two strikers who have a solitary goal between them.
Joe’s positioning could come back to bite.
Too dependant on Jota (1 goal and 1 assist in two shows he’s our main man) could become their mantra,
The op-TIM-est will be happy goals are coming from everywhere, and big Jenz adds a new attacking angle.
Our two most impressive players (Jota and Taylor) are fully owned and going nowhere in January to derail a second title bid.
We’ve scored five and our strikers haven’t really got going yet, taken two decent scalps straight off the bat, and our bench is very very strong.
Others would love their lack of form to play out so well.
The analyst will notice Greg Taylor isn’t overlapping on the outside as much, but rather bolstering the midfield with timely tackles and interceptions, which plays to his strengths and is at the heart of his current renaissance. They could speculate our late goal fetish is a result of the opposition facing a tireless work rate from kickoff, mostly via Maeda. Successive headed goals from central defenders might suggest they’ve been pushed to offer more in the way of goals, showing (just like the above) we are evolving as a team.
The blogger understands that perfection on the park doesn’t necessarily translate off it. When we watch it go swimmingly well, there’s very little to be said.
Plaudits get handed out.
When it’s not going so swimmingly, most believe they can pinpoint why, and a lot put those thoughts into type sparking debate, which usually means a busier blog.
180 minutes into the new season and so far it’s an open book. If you’re looking for something, you’ll probably find it.
Until things settle down, I expect we shall remain a team for everyone.