Baring Benjani Mwuauwari I would say Thierry Henry, he may not be the best of all time but he was in his prime when I was starting to really love football.
The reason I know its him is because I can still remember where I was on some of the occasions he scored wonder goals. I used to love watching him and he just oozed class. Him and Shearer were consistently the best strikers in the league around that time.
Cheers for the info, still find it a bit odd at a time in the season where they need to get some wins together, being captain at that age in tough circumstances does throw you at the deep-end somewhat.
As for Shittu, if he can't play three games in a week surely he would have been managed in a way that saved him for the game v us considering our approach.
Teenage centre half Sid Nelson was captain for Millwall on what I believe was only his fourth appearance? Also, Holloway said his side couldn't deal with the long balls and they have Shittu sitting on the bench?
They do but considering how good MM is on cheap funds I'm a little surprised he hasn't found someone who can forward and score a few more. The only one I can think who he's signed is Wordsworth and that failed in the end. Given he signed Jarvis and Kightly, and has reshaped the rest of our team so well its a bit of a shame we've not found that Lampard type player. Mick has it in him because he's sassy in the market.
Without sounding cheeky, Forte and Henderson are strikers, and Ali's far too expensive. The OP is right, its been a position of weakness for a while now but its not easy to find players who do this.
I think its partly due to MM liking a solid team and preferring quite hard nosed pros rather than more flamboyant players. Teixiera for example, ok he hasn't been banging them in as such but there's no way MM would go for a bit of unknown quantity like him.
The midfield 3 do a certain job for the team, scoring goals isn't really what they're told to do. they often have to get back and fill gaps left by the full backs who often push on. Its more down to our style of play than anything else in my view.
I thought both Noel and Stephen were excellent yesterday. They hassled constantly and both showed good link up play. I actually thought Murphy was a bit off the pace and didn't look his sharpest (understandable) that said, he played a part in the 3rd goal and was still a threat throughout. Sears came on and added a bit more of a dimension at a point where the game was getting a bit stale, lovely touch for the goal too.
Yeah I feel a bit for him in the way that he didn't exactly have many options to pass to, I think he would work better in a quicker midfield. I only realised he was at Levski Sofia(fairly established European side) before us the other day.
I'm not normally someone who bemoans the ref but I thought it was a nail on pen yesterday. It wasn't as if the ball smacked Keogh from a yard away, the ball was going into the box and Keogh's hand was out and away from his body.
It looked as if he was off balance but that doesn't make it not a penalty. For example if someone runs into the box and the defender slips but still take him down it remains a penalty even though it may have been accidental.
I agree, the stability and togetherness in the squad is a big deal but at the same time we don't want things to go too stale. Everyone's playing out of their skin at present so one or two new faces could do the club good in a way. I'm not just saying that cause of today, but when I look at our bench I struggle to see where the game changer will come from.
Agree with you about the wingers, I'd like to think Cameron Stewart could do something but doesn't seem to be in MM's plans. Maybe he will get a run out against So'ton and impress and therefore get back in MMs plans.
A striker would be useful though in my opinion, just someone to give us a bit of pace in a tight game. Noel Hunt is handy and I can see him nicking a couple here and there but that kind of change doesn't exactly inject life into the team. We don't want to rely on the fact Murphy and McGoldrick will keep their consistency going which we can't be certain of.