At times this season we’ve been accused of being, well, pretty awful to watch, even though we’ve still managed to pick up results along the way.
However in these last few games things have changed and we’re now starting to see a different approach in how we play the game.
Against West Brom we played the best attacking football I’ve seen in a long long time, and against Liverpool we pretty much blew them away after a shaky start. It’s early days, but I’m liking what I’m seeing from the players in the run in.
Of course this change in style of play coincides with a change in formation from the more conventional 4-4-2 to a more advanced 4-3-3, which is great as it gives us the opportunity to play our strongest attackers in positions they can cause damage in, with some entertaining results!
I’m not saying that we’ll ever replicate what the previous entertainers managed, but speaking personally what we’ve seen in these last few weeks has been infinitely more enjoyable to watch than, well, anything we’ve seen in the last few years.
We have an attacking trio who on their day can cause anyone problems, behind them we have a hard working trio who will help support bot attack and defence, with players who have qualities to do both, plus we have a solid back four, even at the moment with Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini out injured, plus a fantastic young international goalkeeper to fall back on.
In short we have good players all over the park, exciting players no less, and it’s only now we are starting to see the type of football many people believed they would be capable of producing based on their reputation prior to joining us.
When you look deeper there are similarities between some of the players of then and now also. Hatem Ben Afa and David Ginola for example, Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye with Rob Lee, Cheik Tiote with David Batty, even Philipe Albert and Fabricio Coloccini. They may not be identical matches or be a prolific, but they give us some kind of similarity between then and now.
So what do you reckon? The new entertainers?
P.S – Thanks to Raffo for the inspiration for this. I think I’ve just about covered all of his points.