joey_big_nose Posted October 11, 2007 Share Posted October 11, 2007 I was idly thinking today that I guess in the longer term - hopefully to be realised in the next few weeks - Sparky will be aiming to be putting out a team that looks like this: ------------Cruz-----McCarthy Pedersen---Reid------Dunn---Bentley Warnock---Samba---Nelsen--Emerton -----------------Freidal My question is- do we really have a weak link? All these players I consider to be the required standard for our 4th-6th challenge: Santa- Proved himself to be world class. Best striker of his type at Ewood since Shearer? Only Bellamy in recent years has perhgaps shown more alround quality although he is a different sort of forward. McCarthy- Looked a lot hungrier last Saturday. Akways a aquality finisher but if he gets more involved allround definately deserving of a polace and capable of producing skills Ronaldo would be proud of. Bentley- Started hitting a rich vein of goalscoring form after a relatively poor start. Looks close to an England start and a key player for us. Warnock- Best left back since Le Saux? Emerton- Adapted and impoved in the right back slot to the point where he is defensively quite solid and often sensational going forward. Hughes was looking for a more defensive minded replacement ove the summer but the former scapegoat has recieved little criticism and much praise this season. Nelsen and Samba- What can you say? What a unit. Easily a best centre back combination I have seen at Rovers and I would say a match for any of the great Premier league defences (Henchoz and Hyppia, Adams and Keown, Ferdinand and Vidic). Freidal- Still the best player. These are the guys who have a small question marks over them: Dunn- Still stuggles over 90 minutes, but has had a very good start to the season. I feel he could come into his own when allied with Reid in the middle. Reid- Coming back from injury, our only real viable option in midifield to partner Dunn in the longer term (unless we buy of course). Before injury he was proving himself to be a power player in the Gerrard mould (if not quite on th esame plane as the England star). The main issue is whether he can recapture that sort of form. Until his return we have Savage who can still do the business but seems on a bit of a downward trajectory to be expected as he gets older. Pedersen- There was a period last season from Christmas to April-ish where the Ped was superb. But before that he was terrible, and the pre christass slump seems to have happend again this year. Covers the ground well, but seems to lack enthusiasm at the moment. Not sure turning on him is the best thing to do though as if he can find that top gear he does just about everything- tackle, pass, score, cross. Getting him playing well should be an infinitely easier option than selling and trying to find a decent left winger. So I guess imo if Hughes can achieve a few things- 1) Make Benni's renewed enthusaism a permanent feature of the team 2) Get Pedersen back to his best 3) Rehabillitate Reid 4) Improve Dunn's already vastly improved fitness - we will be laughing. As far as January goes- as long as everyone stays fit - the only real addition we seem to need is a Tugay replacement. Emre, Mendes or Huddlestone would all be worthy in my opinion. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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