Blueandtrue ... MM spent a lot of money on players at Sunderland and Wolves to achieve promotion and both were poor sides when they got there . I still find it strange that a forward is rated on how he can do the dirty stuff or defend at set pieces above how good he is at scoring or attacking . We play 2 defensive midfielders for home games Mick let the strikers attack. Ando probably wont start against Fulham as he isn't 6ft or over like the rest of the team !!
We need a passing midfielder who can take the pace out of the game when we are ahead by keeping the ball , last season we threw away so many points because we could not do this . Hyam and Skuse have pace in the midfield alongside Garvan . Pirlo is a prime example of not needing pace as he took England apart again in the summer and was the slowest player on the field , as a country we need to move away from our 100 mile an hour football
I can't see Mr McCarthy starting with two wingers and two centre forwards against Fulham as it leaves us too light in midfield. Either Anderson will be told to tuck in, or we will play one winger, or just one centre forward.
Presumably Mick is aware of new signings then? Surely we will have of signed a jonny Williams type player for the start of the season? After all we have the Cresswell money and considering we have FEWER permanent players than that which ended last season, plus fewer bodies without the loans who returned to parent clubs, there are surely more signings to come. Without the Cresswell money last season we funded more players and loans. I obviously wrongly expected the Cresswell money would be used to ensure we had more players ... Not fewer.
Wages aren't a problem. I know for a fact that palace will pay him up his contract 2000 percent. Which means he will be able to take a big cut in money. He has no car and wears normal clothing. Nothing flashy and is a very down to eearth guy. This means it is 100 percent down to mick to decide if he is the right man. The only thing is it is abundantly clear that he is in fact not a mccarthy player. I for one would love to see him playing in the cm position however think thats a bit if a ddream rather than anything else
Gerken Hewitt berra chambers mings (I think he will stop playing a cb at full back this season, which I know means he will be leaving out a top cb whichever one it is. However I feel there is something else going to happen there. Maybe he will sell one) ando skuse hyam Henshall Mcgoldricj Murphy (as I believe didz will get half hour at Gillingham and 70 mins at orient
If Jack Marriott keeps putting the ball in the net that would do for me no one else does that consistently apart form mcgoldrick of coarse,and Mick still doesn't rate Taylor it seems but big Franks a world beater nothing changes also Veseli has had football lessons in the summer it seems but hay.
It will be as near as damn to last seasons starting 11. The narrative is interesting. 'Marriot and Henshall are good at this and that but need to do the dirty stuff' In other words a grafter will always get in MM's team ahead of flair. That my friends says it all. Its why his teams never progress. Top ten beckons once more.
Stewart to start on the right ahead of Ando however with Fulham up 1st MM might go for a more defensive minded winger, but I think down south has called it. Personally I would play Marriot with Murph but I suspect he will be an impact sub at least at 1st
Defence Solid. Wings Reasonable CM weakfish. Attack who knows weak on paper but......
Defence is looking excellent..arguably the best outside the premier league..Mick's going to have a headache on who to leave out from any of our Gk's & defenders.
Still think we need another central midfielder..not that fussed on Skuse tbh,he's ok as cover in front of the defence but doesn't seem to offer anything going forward..hopefully Garvan will do enough to get into the first team.