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alanlee11 26-02-2018 11:56 AM

How do we still only have 2 fit strikers?
 
Apologies for bringing this up again, but I still can't believe the situation we are in and really am surprised more people don't seem perplexed by it.

Let's have a look at some clubs that are similar to us in size and time spent in the top flight recently:

Bournemouth = x4 fit strikers, including Wilson, King and Defoe (all capable options)

Burnley = x4 strikers (Wood has a small injury right now)

Brighton (only just promoted) = x5 fit striker, including Murray, Ulloa.

Watford = x4 fit strikers

So imagine going half a season watching your only fit striker (Benteke) get injured and then turn in a terrible first half of the campaign, low on confidence and way way out of form. Let's not forget that Campbell left in June and Wickham got injured over a year ago! So really this situation should have been dealt with six months ago.

Not a criticism of Sorloth, he may well come good, but how on earth have we not brought in at least one more striker with something to actually offer instead of Benteke?!? Just someone with experience and a certain style of play - no need to try and get someone to score 20+ goals, just someone, almost for the sake of having another option.

The same thing applies to our current situation with wingers. Sako was injured before the window closed and yet we rolled on with just Wilf and Townsend, and you know what happened next...

Staggering complacency or terrible management of FFP from the owners. I am very concerned by Steve Parish's approach to this all, which was unforgettably spelt out in his "maybe the sun won't com up" Twitter rant in autumn last year. Gambling on not getting injuries in a season when we've already had real injury problems is a ridiculous risk to take in the January window.

Jach and Rakip - wow. Two of the poorest signings we've ever made. Before you say "you've not even seen them play" - that is the whole point, THEY ARE NOT READY TO PLAY. The manager won't select them, so what's the point?!?! How complacent would you have to be to buy only the three players we bought. The poor manager was crying out for players. He explicitly said he need to bring in a goalkeeper and we messed it up, embarrassingly being exposed by another chairman for our clumsy, disrespectful last minute bid for their goalie. As for Rakip on a six month loan, what is that about?

Roy worked a miracle dragging us out of that mess from the start of the season.

After five years in the top flight and I still feel decisions are made on recruitment based on Steve Parish's hunches, which are no more intuitive than
yours or mine.

Strangely only Spurs are gambling as much as we are, with just Kane and Llorente.

bradpitt 26-02-2018 01:02 PM

Negligence

Billyd 26-02-2018 01:03 PM

Its shocking from the club and will be the major reason should we go down.

Scrumpy 26-02-2018 01:05 PM

The window is closed and there is nothing we can do about it now,

GreatGonzo 26-02-2018 01:06 PM

Partly because we have 13 first team players out injured and we cannot afford to pay the wages of 30 first team players?

Jim Cannon 26-02-2018 01:06 PM

Same reason we only have 2 keepers neither of which are good enough

If we go down it's because we threw it all away through arrogance.

JDawg 26-02-2018 01:13 PM

Hardly a new revelation. At least we now have two.

Thefunkymonk 26-02-2018 01:15 PM

We haven’t had a balanced squad since promotion

pap 26-02-2018 01:16 PM

Twice as many as we had a month ago :D

Maidstoned Eagle 26-02-2018 01:20 PM

They did it just to annoy you.

red&blue_moomin 26-02-2018 02:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alanlee11 (Post 14133359)
Apologies for bringing this up again, but I still can't believe the situation we are in and really am surprised more people don't seem perplexed by it.

Let's have a look at some clubs that are similar to us in size and time spent in the top flight recently:

Bournemouth = x4 fit strikers, including Wilson, King and Defoe (all capable options)

Burnley = x4 strikers (Wood has a small injury right now)

Brighton (only just promoted) = x5 fit striker, including Murray, Ulloa.

Watford = x4 fit strikers

So imagine going half a season watching your only fit striker (Benteke) get injured and then turn in a terrible first half of the campaign, low on confidence and way way out of form. Let's not forget that Campbell left in June and Wickham got injured over a year ago! So really this situation should have been dealt with six months ago.

Not a criticism of Sorloth, he may well come good, but how on earth have we not brought in at least one more striker with something to actually offer instead of Benteke?!? Just someone with experience and a certain style of play - no need to try and get someone to score 20+ goals, just someone, almost for the sake of having another option.

The same thing applies to our current situation with wingers. Sako was injured before the window closed and yet we rolled on with just Wilf and Townsend, and you know what happened next...

Staggering complacency or terrible management of FFP from the owners. I am very concerned by Steve Parish's approach to this all, which was unforgettably spelt out in his "maybe the sun won't com up" Twitter rant in autumn last year. Gambling on not getting injuries in a season when we've already had real injury problems is a ridiculous risk to take in the January window.

Jach and Rakip - wow. Two of the poorest signings we've ever made. Before you say "you've not even seen them play" - that is the whole point, THEY ARE NOT READY TO PLAY. The manager won't select them, so what's the point?!?! How complacent would you have to be to buy only the three players we bought. The poor manager was crying out for players. He explicitly said he need to bring in a goalkeeper and we messed it up, embarrassingly being exposed by another chairman for our clumsy, disrespectful last minute bid for their goalie. As for Rakip on a six month loan, what is that about?

Roy worked a miracle dragging us out of that mess from the start of the season.

After five years in the top flight and I still feel decisions are made on recruitment based on Steve Parish's hunches, which are no more intuitive than
yours or mine.

Strangely only Spurs are gambling as much as we are, with just Kane and Llorente.

Both Rakip and Jach have been playing reserve games. Do you want to put them in straight away then injure them too? Cos guarenteed thats what will happen. It's the last 7 or 8 games that are important these next couple of games are all about damage limitation nothing more. We 'went' for the point with a lashed together team and very nearly got it against one of the best teams in the league, the injury to Tomkins torpedoed us.

They will be needed clearly given that we have one slightly fit CB and two midfielders that Roy uses regularly an injured Cabaye and Riedewald who Roy clearly sees as backup for Luka. But they also need to learn what Roy wants them to do given that he's very prescriptive about what the team can and can't do he's said multiple times he's going to use the FA cup and International break to integrate the new players in as we don't have quite so many matches.

Penstone Eagle 26-02-2018 02:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bradpitt (Post 14133473)
Negligence

Yep

It's that simple.

wrightchipvcfc 26-02-2018 03:21 PM

It all came down to money why we got such a weak squad got to give credit to teams like burnley Brighton Huddersfield wAtford and bournmouth who all seem to have a better more balanced squad then palace also players that generally are fit to play most weeks how many injurys do we pick up in training alone.

Ruskin Old Boy 26-02-2018 03:23 PM

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Wolfnipplechips 26-02-2018 03:23 PM

I suppose threads are free.

switchboard 26-02-2018 03:30 PM

Wickham will be back soon.

Zohar's Penalty 26-02-2018 03:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by switchboard (Post 14133768)
Wickham will be back soon.

Haha :D

ebyeeckeagle 26-02-2018 03:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wolfnipplechips (Post 14133762)
I suppose threads are free.

On this occasion, I wish they weren't.

Russboy 26-02-2018 05:02 PM

Someone whispered asset stripping in another thread a la Hull. Looks that way with the pitiful lack of planning since Sam left, compounded by not backing Roy after a sterling job in raising us off the canvas.

Pinkie Brown 26-02-2018 05:23 PM

It's not asset stripping its just incompetence. To start a season with 1 striker and 2, not good enough, goalkeepers is madness. To still not put that right 5 months later is pure lunacy. On the plus side I haven't been to Shrewsbury in years (btw we will lose there guaranteed)


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