Bobby G Posted December 27, 2009 Share Posted December 27, 2009 We have played 19 games so fittingly right on the half-way point of the season, it may be good to assess things right now, point by point. Overall, we are more solid than last season's Ince form, but on paper, only just. However, one has to keep in mind that the league is very tight this season and everyone is beating each other (virtually). But that is no excuse for the poor return in front of goal. I believe I heard the commentator say that we have the worse goal-scoring record in the league. Coupled to that our atrocious away record and that is a recipe for disaster. But all is definitely not lost, as I feel just a little tweaking is needed, in midfield to find that creative spark that is missing when Dunn is out. Robinson 6.5 - He has been decent. I dont agree with some who have been bigging him up over the top. He makes good saves, but his judgment is still off in many circumstances. The reason he doesnt get a 7 in my book is I cant recall too many games where you could say he has won us the game or saved us a point. I believe he was going through a golden patch of form earlier in the season but he is currently at an "average" phases. Jacobsen 7 - Very solid right back, both defensively and surprisingly going forward. However, we have conceded (relatively) our most goals when he has been playing and considering that he has missed quite a few games, something might be in that. Chimbonda 7 - Again like Jacobsen he has been solid, except for his sometimes suicidal wayward passing in defence. I somehow prefer him playing at left back for some reason. Givet 6.5 - He has been decent this season, but again I have to stress he isnt a left back. That means that a number of wingers use their pace to go past him. And that is no fault of his. His reading of the game is incredible. Nelsen 6.5 - I thought he was finished, but he recovered some rocky early season form. However, I have seen a few instances when he has been powered off the ball or beaten in the air, when the legs seem heavy, like yesterday. I still personally believe Givet and Samba in the center would improve our team, but as club captain he gets extra protection. Samba 7.5 - Possibly one of our best performers of the first half of the season. Solid, doesnt get pushed off the ball, and he has eradicated the mistakes which he would be making last season, especially in the first half. Possibly our last sell-able asset. Salgado 5 - Has barely been on the pitch but is a disappointment largely due to the big expectations. Has been a defensive winger during the last couple of games, and he hasnt done too badly when you compare him to the performances of Diouf and MGP this season. Nzonzi 7.5 - Surprise revelation. I had my reservations about him early in the season when I thought he was just a side-ways and back-wards midfield passer. But he has improved game by game, gets stuck in all the time, and comes away with the ball more often than not lately. Still has a long way to go but for someone who is 20, the sky is the limit. Grella 6.5 - He has been excellent when he has played this season, but that is less than half of our games, and that's why I wouldnt give him a higher rating. We look a different side with him in it, alongside Nzonzi. Shame that he is always crocked. Andrews 5 - Rubbish all season long. Possibly worse than last season. His wayward passing drives me mad. Thank God he isnt an automatic starter anymore. Dunn 8 - Best player this season. Not put a foot wrong although he has been out all month long and it has showed. We have no creativity without him in the side, and lets hope when he is back he is fit for a long period. I have to say no one expected his injury to keep him out this long and that makes you wonder. Emerton 7 - Mr. Consistent. I didnt rate him as a right winger before, as he is more a right sided midfielder cause he doesnt take on his man, but this season he has made that position his own. We could do better there for sure, but Id always find a place for Emo in the line-up, wherever it may be. MGP 5.5 - Poor poor poor. So disappointing and surely on his way out. However, he has looked decent when coming off the bench. At least his set pieces look better when he comes off the bench. I had grown sick of him hitting the first man all the time. Diouf 5.5 - His legs are gone. He cant be 29 can he? I remember him in 2002 and the way he was skinning opponents all the time. He is a shadow of his former self. He was much better last season. Junior 6.5 - Has made an impact but he gets pushed off the ball too easily and his selection of passes is usually not right but he has the potential to be a good player for us and lets hope we can keep him at the club for a long time. He is a getting a run right now and deservedly so. Roberts 6 - He doesnt look as driven as he has been in the past and he failed to take advantage of the early season run he was given in the side. In his defence, which of our strikers has really taken their opportunity? Benni 7 - Has made an impact. He looks like he wants to play, to win, and to prove a point. Something he failed to do in the whole of last season. We havent really appreciated what a talent this guy is. I do hope he stays at all costs. Di Santo 7 - For his overall contribution to the front line he gets this mark but only just. If only someone was next to him to take advantage of it. I dont think his partnership with Benni works cause they are not all that close to each other, unlike Dunn who had a great understanding with him. His form has dipped at the same time Dunn has gotten injured and I think its related. Kalinic 6.5 - Ive seen enough of him in the little time he has played to think that its a 50-50 whether he will be a big success or failure. It will depend on luck, the bounce of the ball, and his confidence. He is a poacher, and can be a pest to the opposition. If he had gotten the minutes on the pitch which Roberts, or Di Santo have had then I am very very confident that he would have had more goals than either this season. Allardyce 6.5 - He has done well with the resources but I think this season was a wide open league and we could have done better if we look closely at where and how some of the points were lost. I project about 42-44 points for us and that should be enough to stay up. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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