Glue it together… quick

Time to get back into posting action.

I can’t seem to shake the feeling that we had kicked off the international break looking a bit unsettled. We’ve come a long way since our first few games of the season. Confidence and resilience, along with all other words ending with “ences” were evident. Down 1-0, no problem. We were confident enough to come back and score 2 in the matter of minutes. But where has all that resilience gone?

Top 4 blows

Obviously, not including Liverpool in this equation, simply because we handled them really well. A dominant display which was a major confidence boost for the boys. You couldn’t help but feel that the squad felt somewhat invincible leading up to our fixtures against Chelsea and Man U. We kicked off the season – first 5 matches (league & cup) to be exact – with no losses and no draws for the first time in approximately 40 years.

Then we went to Arsenal. The hardest loss to swallow simply because we didn’t show up to play. We showed up to get beat.

Modric

I miss him! I can’t say it enough! His creative input is a key component to our success. Even when subbed off (once or twice – can’t remember), he still was a handful for our opponents to deal with. Not having his creative input has definitely slowed down our attack and if we were following the methodology of “attacking is the best defense”, then we’re in trouble. Our attacking hasn’t been much of a threat in recent times.

Thankfully, Kranjcar was a steal at the price we paid and he has done well filling in for little Modders.

Player Selection

I will never know why Harry selects players the way that he does… sometimes. Nor am I a professional  analyst to justify or butcher why he would play Jenas on the left wing. But I just don’t get it.

The 3 Match Ban

Defoe cost us big. We managed to lose at home to Stoke, then went to the Emirates and were humiliated (post first 40 minutes of the match). 3 matches… 2 losses. Thanks JD!

Keane

Read my thoughts in Captain Keane… where are you?

So there you have it folks. A few reasons for our slight dip in form. Glue it together ‘Arry. And I don’t mean Super Glue it… I mean use some of that real sticky, intense industrial stuff!

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4 Responses to “Glue it together… quick”

  1. TJ Says:

    I agree, we need Modric (and Lennon) to provide creativity and pace for our attack. Without them, I don’t think we can consistently score. As for, Keane, play him up top or sit him down.

    Does anyone know when Modric and/or Lennon are expected back?

    • el wehbi Says:

      Welcome back TJ! I think Lennon should hopefully be back for the Aston Villa match (away on Nov. 28th)… we will be needing his services desperately. As for little Modric, there seems to be speculation going about that he won’t be back till after Christmas. I hope I’m wrong.

      Anyone have any news on this????

  2. TJ Says:

    The Villa match would be a good place to return to. That will be a big one! I have heard the same thing about Modric, “first game after Christmas”. I am holding out hope that it will be earlier than that.

    I hope the bad Wigan shows up on Sunday and we can get three much needed points!

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