You are right Arnie...I think Town actually have! He is a proven goalscorer at this level and a truly excellent signing. I too am a little disappointed that it is only until the end of the season but with his serious injuries and long rehabilitation I guess this is normal. Anyway, I am sure he will sign on again if we make the play-offs or dare I say it the Premier League!
You can visit the website by going to www.beingfrankonfootball.com and it is updated almost every day. The radio internet show is a first this week and depending on listenership we may continue with it. The pilot show last week was a huge success so all you true blue Town fans out there please join in the fun and come on board! Kick off is at 20.30 in the UK and we will be debating a whole range of football issues including the one I have just posted and we have some great music too supplied by programme producer and engineer Alan Terris. It will be 90 minutes of frenzied action and debate, with little room for stoppage time, as when the show ends Match Of the Day begins! Hope you can join us.
I agree with Surco 72 and many others. We have a midfield that does not score and that not only adds pressure on strikers to wade in but defenders too! Mick Mills has said that he thinks our defence will score more goals this season than our midfield and I think he will be proved right. All the more reason to believe that without a prolific goal scorer are ambitions are severely muted.
Alan Lee as a player has never let Ipswich Town down and his physical attributes, as well as his football intelligence, is just what the team need most of all in my view. I think Alan can make a difference and the least he deserves, with our strikers not striking, is a place on the bench.
As I intimated in a blog some months back Mick McCarthy is very likely to take the Irish post. He has already implied before the vacancy became available that he would "love another crack at it." Now is his chance and if he gets the nod it is good bye Ipswich Town. I was ridiculed for suggesting as much at the time I recall.
I hate to state the obvious here but once again are strikers did not strike. In fact nobody did. Mick the man harps on about it is not the way that we play that matters but the result. Sadly three of those first four results have been defeats so there is obviously something amiss and it begs the question, when is this barren patch going to end? We cannot rely on own goals and Tommy Smith all the time.
With reference to Marshall's Mullet I made the point the Fatcatevens had highlighted the weaknesses in my argument. You perhaps too but the reality is that after two games not one of our four main strikers has scored a goal. This does not bode well in my view. I know that some will see this as being overly pessimistic but it is very worrying none the less.
Listen Marshall's Mullet, I will be the happiest man on this planet if I am proved wrong and Town start scoring goals freely and from all departments and the need for a prolific goalscorer is no longer required. Sadly, in the real world this is unlikely to occur and as Ipswich24 so succinctly pointed out, we lack pace on the flanks, which hinders still further the chances of our run-of-the-mill forwards from getting on the end of things. Paul Taylor has pace yes but does he also possess guile?
Boss Man understands the basic football premise that goals win matches. I am the first to admit however that as an ex- defender, Mick the Man knows all about keeping clean sheets - although of late he has even struggled with this. The point is, we cannot rely on our strikers to score freely and with a midfield that lacks creativity and a serious goal threat, it means we will have to do things back to front and rely on Messrs Smith, Cresswell and even Chambers to boost that goal tally.
This was not a contradiction Marshall's Mullet but your inaccurate quotation made it sound as if it was.
If you recall I said,"David October was eagerly waiting in the wings and he had proved in pre-season that he had the potential to step up to the plate, so in a team of many changes why was he not used?" And I also said,"all the opposition we faced were inferior on paper to ourselves, wherever we played them." Does this mean that because all the teams we faced were inferior to ourselves we should drop the whole team on this premise?
We cannot blame the players for bad pre-season planning. Against Stevenage, we fielded a team of many changes. Some enforced and some not. To play Tommy Smith out of position and where he has clearly under-performed before, when we have a naturally gifted left back waiting in the wings (who has already marinated well within the first team squad,) is surely reason enough to give him a go.
Anyway, I was under the impression that Mick the Man was a round pegs in round holes man. I must have been seriously mistaken.
Thanks readers for your input everyone and as I have said before we are a broad church of opinions. I was delighted to see that most of you who disagreed did so in a reasoned manner and did not resort to cheap jibes. And for those of you who share my concerns, thanks for expanding on my side of the story. I know that we cannot personally change anything but you never know who reads this and whether a concerted defence in favour of a new striker might just tip the balance.