First of all I would like to say you will of probably noticed I haven’t wrote an article for quite a while now for one reason or another but I’m back now and will be writing a lot more articles now and in the future!
Enough about me though, as you can tell by the title that this article is going to be about what players we currently have at the club than what we unfortunately don’t have.
Like it or not the transfer window has gone and no amount of anger or frustration is going to bring it back so all we can do is look ahead and hope that the team can continue with their good start to the season.
So with that in mind I’m just going to get straight into it and tell you what, in my opinion, I think our best team is. A 4-2-3-1 formation consisting of;
Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba
Now the usual suspects are in there, the likes of Coloccini, Tiote, Cabaye, Ben Arfa etc but I do feel there is one or two ‘controversial’ calls in there.
Firstly, I’ve gone for Ryan Taylor over Danny Simpson. Now at the start of this season I was looking for Simpson to push on and become the right-back that some pundits were saying he already was. He was a player on the brink on of the England squad according to some.
For me though this season he seems to of gone backwards if anything. I’m not saying Ryan Taylor is the greatest defender in the world but considering the obvious threat he holds going forward he sneaks it ahead of Simpson for me.
Another one a few people might of raised an eyebrow at is Sylvain Marveaux ahead of Gabriel Obertan, especially considering he hasn’t figured in our Premier League campaign as of yet.
Now he is fully fit though we should start seeing a lot more of him and I’ve seen a fair bit of him when he used to play for Rennes and he is the real deal, pace to burn, lethal left foot, great cross, everything you would want from a winger. Let’s not forget as well that Obertan is still only 22 so we haven’t just bought him for the present.
Last but not least is Demba Ba. Some people might be shocked by that, others will see him as a regular starter like myself. Now I know he hasn’t exactly started well but as I’m sure a lot of you are aware Ba was participating in Ramadan so he should be cut a bit of slack and now that’s finished we will start to see the real Ba – the one who has scored goals where ever he has been.
It’s also worth pointing out that Cheik Tiote is reportedly also taking part in Ramadan, coincidence that he and Ba have been singled out by fans and rightly so for having poor starts to the season? I think not especially as we know they can both play a lot better and we saw signs of that against Fulham in our last game.
So that is what my team would be, what’s yours?