December 02, 2011

Who We Gonna Call...

BILLY'S CONTRACT looks at midfielders

A lot of fans are having a go about the defence and the forwards, but for me the real problem is staring a blind man on a galloping horse straight in the face. It is the midfield that is letting the rest of the side down, big style. It is they who are responsible for making the forwards look inept and the defence woeful, and more importantly costing us games.

The midfielders currently do not create, make the themselves available, have no pace, do not track back enough, can't tackle and when they do get the ball, do not want the responsibility and as such spend most of their time passing the ball back to the defence for them in turn to hoof it up into no- man's land for our lightweight forwards to do a job.

We do have some talented midfield players at the club, but many are of the same type. To my mind Gary Liddle and Paul Murray are a similar type of player. Defensive midfielders who both lack pace . At a pinch, they could be both played in the same team in an away fixture, but definitely not in a home match. When they do play together (I use that phrase loosely) one is no more than 6 feet away from the other, and tend to get in the way of each other. Distribution of the ball is not their strong point, and neither are their scoring records."It is the midfield that is letting the rest of the side down, big style. It is they who are responsible for making the forwards look inept and the defence woeful, and more importantly costing us games.-"

I would play Paul Murray ahead of Liddle every time. As I said in the last edition of Monkey Business, Luscombe is a trier and one for the future, but again his distribution lets him down and he needs to be bedded in gradually and stop running around needlessly like a daft Alsatian.

Nobby Solano is a luxury. There, I have said it. I know it will upset a lot of people but heigh ho. We will always need a sub to cover him as he is not a 90 minute player. He is a two trick pony.

Trick one: Once he is in possession of the ball he will at once cross the ball from that part of the pitch, mainly because he has not got the legs to run up the pitch or get past his man.

Trick two: Pass backs. When the chips are down he is a passenger. Okay to come on for cameo role when we are three nil up...so that is not going to happen is it?

As for Sweens, I do not feel that the manager is getting the best from him, as he does not know where to play him. He certainly is not a creative midfield player who can deliver a telling pass. Most of his goals come from his a la Martin Peters-type ghost runs into the box he is so good at, but it is not happening for him at the present.

To my mind we only have one creative midfield player at the club and he spends most of his time on the bench (except when he is asked to play full back) and that is Sir Ritchie. He came on as a sub for the last fifteen minutes against Yeovil playing at centre forward, and it was evident that he was the only player who could actually pass a ball. To my mind his name should be the first on the team sheet let alone within our midfield set up. Having Ritchie on the bench is like owning a Rolls Royce, keeping it locked up in a garage whilst driving around in Citroen.

Oh, while I am on about it Andy Monkhouse, God Bless him, will never in a million years make a centre forward...but I know a man who is. Who are we going to call...Sir Ritchie.