MIKE McKINLEY: No doubt about it, we're in deep trouble
PUBLISHED: 12:37 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:28 07 September 2010
Well, I think we can finally say without any doubt that we are bang in trouble. It s not that we played poorly, even against Hull, which was probably our best performance of the season. But the simple truth is we just haven t got enough up front to get
Well, I think we can finally say without any doubt that we are bang in trouble.
It's not that we played poorly, even against Hull, which was probably our best performance of the season.
But the simple truth is we just haven't got enough up front to get ourselves out of trouble.
This time last year we had four strikers, yet now we're left with the guy who was fourth choice among them.
On top of that we have pinned our hopes on the gamble of an overseas striker coming in from a weaker league, and an on-loan youngster with a handful of Premier League games to his name. Is it any wonder that we're struggling?
Over the summer I'm sure plenty of us thought things would be OK. The £20 million for Robbie Keane was good business.
All our new creative midfielders would lay chances galore on a plate for whoever was up front. Not quite worked out that way, has it?
Possession doesn't seem to be a problem, except in the part of the pitch where you actually have to do something with the ball.
For all the time we keep the ball, and all the supposed ability we have to get in passes and crosses in particular, it is regularly Heurelho Gomes working harder than his counterpart.
And that is what makes our position so perilous now. We've started badly in recent seasons, but scored our way out of it. Can't see that this time around.
That means the £50m we acquired for our two front men - deals which Daniel Levy was no doubt proud of at the time - may actually turn out to be the most disastrous bit of business in THFC's history.