Once this striker issue dies down we can start to think about the players we do have once again. And it might make us realise that we are not as hard done by as some are making out.
Yes we needed a striker but thank goodness we didn’t go for rubbish like Peter Crouch or Caneron Jerome for over inflated prices! I wonder what strategy they will play with those two big lumps in the team? Long ball? I think we can be grateful we are not a Stoke fan and have to watch that every week.
No the type of football Alan Pardew and Co are trying to excite us with is fast, flowing football that is on the ground and easy on the eye. To make this happen you need a midfield that can play. And for the first time in a long time we have a midfield that is fast, technical and full of ability. They are not proven just yet but after a season why cant they be?
To list the midfielders we have in the first team squad currently;
Hatem Ben Arfa
That in my book is one of the best midfields in the league. Depth positions covered everywhere and real technical ability. We have potentially three midfields – one for Premier League, FA cup and the Carling Cup!
Jonas – Cabaye – Tiote – Ben Arfa – Premier League
Obertan – Gosling – Vuckic – Marveaux – FA Cup
Abeid – Guthrie – Smith – Ferguson – Carling Cup
I don’t know of any other team that has this wealth of depth in their midfield. They may have better overall quality than our midfield, like Chelsea for example, but what we do have on our side is game changers.
Looking at that full strength midfield of course some will be used to play off a lone striker (Ben Arfa, Obertan) but if that Premier League team above has Obertan, Vuckic and Marveaux on the bench, then we have three players who can all change the game.
Of the new signings Yohan Cabaye is playing with so much ease and is getting envious looks from other clubs while Obertan has shown plenty of promise and could be a great bargain. With Marveaux his quality is undoubtedly there but it will take him longer to get back to full fitness. Abeid is a skilful player who I don’t think is too far away from the first team proper whole Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa are almost new signings and we all know what they are about. I’m just hoping that Ben Arfa isn’t the new Kieron Dyer!
Add to the mix the heavyweights we already have in Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez and potentially Danny Guthrie on his day we have a blend of foreign, British, and continental talent.
The emphasis on pass and move will take time but with Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote starting to understand each others game its a relishing thought. With Ben Arfa, Jonas, Marveaux and Obertan sprinting down the wings Best and Ba will always score surely?? Even Ameobi will get a punt!
Now the reason I left Sammy Ameobi out of the winger equation is that I think he could be the man to temporarily fill that pacey striker void up front. We already know that he has potential, he is unproven and young but he already looks better than his brother and with Cabaye in the middle he has the pace to get in behind the defence.
So all in all there is a lot to happy about. Especially with our midfield. No one can argue we have so much going forward now with decent wingers, clever midfielders and even defensive minded ones; even though Smith is shocking. When we are away we have the chance to play three in the middle to dictate games with two wingers or at home conventional 4-4-2.
There is no doubting the quality, but the key is the team gelling and adjusting to life in the Premier League. Once they do we can surely look forward to eye catching fast flowing football we strive for.
Thanks to Liam Southern Toon for submitting this article.