That Winning Mentality
Well,it’s that time of the week again,and my normal levels of enthusiasm and optimism have returned! A lunchtime kick-off in Perth will hopefully set us up for a good week,with home games against RB Leipzig and Hibs on the horizon.
We go into it,of course,without our captain and most consistent player,as CalMac is serving a suspension caused by taking one for the team last weekend. Which no doubt gave Beaton the perfect chance to set his sex life up for the weekend via the changing rooms. Hopefully Aaron Mooy will be fit again to take his place,as Abilgaard didn’t inspire me much when he replaced him on Wednesday. That is probably a bit unfair on the player as he has been starved of game time this season,and he did show some flashes of knowing what he was doing. I’d be loathe to write him off just yet.
One player that we have definitely been missing recently though is CCV,and our displays in his absence show his importance to the team. I am hopeful that we will see him tomorrow,and I would also like to have his partner from last season,Carl Starfelt,back in the side along with him. Failing that-which is very likely-it would be nice to have an update on his progress.
Surely he hasn’t fallen down the Kommper-Jullien Black Hole in our medical room,never to be seen again?
Without the return of CCV,the defence will pick itself. In the absence of CalMac,the only doubt in midfield is who replaces him,with Mooy a certainty if fit. Since it is worth remembering that CalMac went off injured on Wednesday,it might not be wise,with Tuesday in mind,to risk Mooy if he is less than 100%. We might get away with Abilgaard for 90 minutes against StJohnstone,but Tuesday night is likely to be too much too soon for him.
Up front is a conundrum though. The three first choices are just not firing at the moment. Maeda will still run all day,but I struggle to remember the last time he did anything with the ball. We have tried to play him through his bad spell,but maybe it is time to give him a rest,maybe bring him off the bench for the last twenty. Abada is champing at the bit for that place wide right anyway,and is my preferred option at the moment.
Kyogo too could probably do with a breather. It’s not so much that he is off form,just that he is finding out the hard way how much of a difference those fractions make when you are trying to score. Because he has been close so often recently,and certainly is getting into the positions to score. Other times,the service to him has been poor,and if I’m honest,a lot of that is down to Jota not releasing the ball fast enough-or accurately enough! That surprises me,as last season we definitely saw the best of those two when they played alongside each other.
Problem is,I don’t think that we should be replacing the entire front three in one hit,so I would keep Jota but tell him to get back to his old game,and let G-Mak loose on what will doubtless be a packed Saints defence. He is markedly short of game time this season too,and he is the type of player who thrives on it-as we know. That lack of game time reflects the simple fact that Ange regards him as the back-up striker behind Kyogo,and I have no problem with that. But we have seen how deadly G-Mak can be when he gets a head of steam up. And there’s a rather apt description of how fearsome a striker he is!
Now,it is good to have these options of course. But it is also worth remembering that we lost badly against St Mirren the last time we played away from home in the league,and that it was on the back of many changes. This threw up the question of whether we do indeed have a great squad-or simply a good starting eleven with decent substitute replacements. It might well be that the St Mirren match will affect AP’s team selection tomorrow,and that he sticks with the same team as Tuesday,injuries and suspension aside.
Ah well,we will know soon enough…
And besides,I don’t care who plays,as long as we win!
Above article by BMCUWP