Shocking result against West Ham but no complaints, West Ham came with a game plan and it worked, they deserved their win.
The problem for me is that there is a lack of a plan b when things go wrong, AVB seems to make the same predictable subs like Harry did and in my opinion he makes them too late. Nobody would have argued if AVB made a change or two at half time yesterday but by the time the subs came on it was too late.
Yesterday we had most of our new talent sitting on the bench, the team we had last year wasn’t good enough for 4th place so it’s time to give the new guys a run and stick by them, it won’t do Soldado’s confidence any good if he’s now dropped. Defoe has scored a few goals but against poor opposition and even Soldado managed that in the Europa qualifier.
Do we always have to play the same formation? would playing 2 strikers have been more beneficial yesterday to help the ball stick rather than playing Paulinho and Dembele together in midfield and invite pressure on when Defoe is not a hold up player? We also miss Danny Rose, he pins the opposition in their own half with his ability to get forward, Naughton doesn’t give us that outlet.
Also if we are playing only one striker then he will need some creativity, why not let Holtby and Eriksen play in the same team? Chelsea do it with Oscar and Hazard. We finally started getting some crosses in yesterday but why now when Defoe is the only man in the box and is never going to win a header, Soldado must have been thinking “why don’t they cross it when I’m on the pitch?”
I am looking forward to the return of Capoue as he would have been ideal yesterday, even Sandro would have been an option and allow Paulinho to push on more. Dembele is the best player at running around with the ball but with no purpose, he doesn’t create and doesn’t score.
90% of you lot could have predicted our starting XI yesterday and the formation we’d play, another 90% of you could have predicted the substitutions that would have been made regardless of who was playing bad or not. Holtby, Lamela and Soldado were always going to be the ones that came on at some point. We were very predictable and Big Sam knew that. he knew exactly how we’d play and how to counteract it but unfortunately AVB didn’t have an answer for it.
I’m not just blaming AVB, the team put in a below average performance however someone should have made the decision to bring off Kyle Walker, the guy was struggling but they made him carry on and West Ham picked up on that and tried to exploit it.
I know we will bounce back, the players will bounce back but in future I think AVB needs more than just one formation, he needs to do to other teams sometimes what West Ham done to us, turn up and ruin their game plan and most importantly when it’s done to us as it was yesterday, he must have a proper plan b.