A little look back at recent posts has shown me I am getting a little OCD about the contribution (or lack thereof) that Paul Anderson is making. I have become focused on the fact that he is yet to play the full 90 minutes in a league game so far this season despite being a starter in almost every game since he broke into the team following Mick's big re-shuffle at Birmingham. Any chance you could ask Mick whether or not he is aware of this stat and why does he reckon Anderson is substituted every game yet seems a certain starter? Tough one to phrase but would help break my OCD on this issue!
Inevitable I guess given their position and the climate that gives no time to managers in this division. Only a few weeks ago, however, we were lauding his tactical changes that saw his Barnsley side batter us in the game live on Sky. Hope he gets another chance somewhere as he seemed a decent bloke. Tough to perform miracles on no cash whatsoever - ask Mick!
Just don't see him. Offers no pace or real trickery. Disappointing but Mick seems to like him doesn't he. Maybe he might even play the full 90 today - managed it just once all season in the League Cup at Stevenage. Hope he makes me eat my words though!
This kid looks like he could offer some genuine width and crucially, a willingness to attack players. With the exception of Taylor, no-one in our side has that in their locker. How will Mick use him is another question. He surely won't tolerate a luxury type of wide-man, he will expect a grafter too. For all his running, Anderson has neither the skill, pace or physique to make a real impression. For me he has been a real disappointment and Mick has recognised we need something a bit different. Having said that, can only see this kid as an impact sub, a game changer in the short time he is set to be here.
Anderson 3.5 is about right but Hyam was no worse (and no better) than anyone else in our midfield. Stop jumping on the bandwagon and genuinely watch the game. Yes there is a lack of creativity, yes Skuse and Hyam are both defensive in their general play but the lad should not be made a scapegoat. As a set of fans, we have done this sort of thing to a number of players in the past, some of whom we wish we had now (Trotter for example). He probably dies need a rest and to be taken out of the firing line but some width and penetration from the players at left and right midfield is more what is lacking. If you actually watched last night, Hyam did at least try a couple of times to make runs into the box and beyond the front two. Anderson and Tunnicliffe (one run aside) were virtually anonymous.
The expected meltdown on here has happened and hopefully the imbalance in our team, especially the midfield, might start to be rectified. However, don't forget to laugh a little ladies and gentlemen and Gerken slicing a back pass out for a corner last night near the end of the game should (in retrospect) provide that. Have to admit though, at the time I was not laughing!
A midfielder getting beyond the strikers changed the whole dynamic of the game. It worries central defenders, means midfielders sitting in front of the back four are pulled out of position and if they aren't, then they will fail to track the runner (which happened tonight in the case of O'Brien). We have TWO "sitters" and no genuine width or pace in midfield. Mick Mills has just said he just doesn't see Paul Anderson and I have to agree. He hasn't played 90 minutes in the league all season. Tunnicliffe wide left creates more imbalance as he looks uncomfortable out there. Tonight, for the first time, McGoldrick was poor for me too. Some may (and they have point) argue that the service wasn't good but the ball didn't stick with him and the fact that Mick substituted him would suggest he sees it the same. A bit of a shake up in the midfield is needed and a suspension for Cresswell (3 games?) will see a change in defence for sure.
We don't seem to have had very many for the past two seasons (if not longer). Perhaps because we haven't been very attack minded I guess but Mick has been manager for almost one year now and I'm struggling to remember any after DJ Campbell missed against Charlton at Xmas. In fact, not even sure I've got that right neither. Anyway, a nice spot kick for Town is long overdue. Who would take it? McGoldrick? Murphy?