Good Week/Bad Week

Discussion in 'Columns' started by Krafty, Aug 26, 2014.

  • by Krafty, Aug 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM
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    Back once again for the renegade master, D4 damager with the ill behaviour.

    We consider the last ten days/two weeks.

    Good Week

    Erik Lamela

    He's alive, and playing well. Pochettino's system should give him (and others) the freedom to roam and he is showing he has the technique to create chances for others. A bit anon at West Ham, not helped by us going down to ten so early, but outstanding against QPR and the spur for our recovery in Cyprus.

    Nacer Chadli

    Always thought there was some potential there, but finding a place for him in the team was difficult. Neither one thing nor another, he is another who should enjoy the fluidity in the new system. It was against Swansea (A) last season when I first realised he could be good as a second striker, getting in the box, on the end of crosses and scoring. His heading is very good and he took his first goal on sunday with great composure.

    Eric Dier

    Why weren't other teams in for him? Tall, strong, very mobile with good technique, Dier has potential to become a top, top player. Goals on his full and home debut, and crucial ones at that, he looks accomplished at right back as well as centre half.

    Etienne Capoue

    Certainly back with some ill behaviour, innit.

    Harry Kane

    Promoted to second choice striker behind Adebayor, the HarriKane has a goal and an assist from three games and I for one am glad he is going to get plenty of game time for us this season as I think he can really come on and thrive under Pochettino's management.

    Alex Pritchard

    Straight into the Brentford line up and making the step up to the Championship with ease.. A loan move that looks to be working very well.

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Three games, three wins, including two London derbies and getting some revenge against West Ham for the losses last season. On sunday we played the best football seen at the Lane in a long time.

    Bad Week

    Roberto Soldado, Sandro, Vlad Chiriches

    All look to be out the door or on the outskirts. In a way its a shame that they are out of favour because they do have their qualities, but on the flip side it is good to see that Pochettino has a clear idea of the type of player he wants in his squad, and if we were being completely honest we can understand why he wants to get rid of them.

    Kyle Naughton

    The red card at West Ham was slightly unfortunate, but he did have his hands up and was very close to the goal. The bigger issue for the 'other' Kyle is that this was a make or break month or so. With Walker out injured, Naughton had the chance to impress his new manager or a new team, but now Dier has filled in so well I can see Naughton being offloaded without too much fanfare, and probably not quite to a level of club Naughton would have hoped.

    Ben Davies

    Our big summer signing (so far) and not in the starting eleven. We all expected Davies to go straight into the left back position, and most were surprised when Rose signed a new 5-year contract, so it was extremely surprising to see Rose start both leagues games and Davies to play Europa League football for the moment. I'm sure his time will come but it will have been a bit deflating to join a new team and find yourself playing second fiddle.

    Jordan Archer

    Sat on the bench at League Two Northampton, Archer must be wondering what he is doing there. With Matt Duke firmly entrenched as the Cobblers no.1, Archer is not going to learn much out on loan there, and someone at the club should take responsibility for such an obviously poor move.
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Discussion in 'Columns' started by Krafty, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. Montasura
    Good to see the column back, and hard to argue with any of the points this week.

    Feeling sorry for Soldado though and am surprised he hasn't been given more time based on what appeared to be an excellent pre-season with goals and some great link up play. If he does go then he really needs replacing and Ade and Kane just isn't enough cover IMO.
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  2. OnTheUp
    I'm not so sure Soldado is going. We need at least 3 strikers so why sell? Can't see Levy selling for the prices being quoted either, it just doesn't add up.

    I can see Sandro going though. Find it curious how Mopo doesn't get anywhere near as much flak for dropping him as his predecessor did.
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  3. Mattyboy
    I think that's fairly simple really, MoPo has a plan and knows what he's doing and so, it appears, do his players (I know it's early days) whereas Tim's watered down version of Harry's 'run around a bit' was down right depressing to watch, so opened him up to any and all kinds of criticism
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  4. JoeT
    If Ben Davies is listed on the "bad week" side when he didn't really play poorly in his E. Cup game, maybe the guy who is keeping him on the bench might have got a mention....Danny Rose?
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  5. chinaman
    So Danny should be in the good week section.
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  6. DiscoD1882
    Love that song. Love this column. Welcome back sir.
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  7. BTN1
    Surely dodging the bullit with van Gaal is a good week?
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  8. doom
    good week for the team - that's what it's about under Poch and of course we are top, not often can we say that.
  9. southgatespur40
    I think we need a special section for him, he has been nothing short of amazing. Long may it continue!

    Having said that we have just played QPR and West Ham.
  10. Krafty
    The idea of the column isn't to list everyone who has played well or badly, its to also look at the bigger picture. When one person is doing well, normally that is at the cost of someone else (and vice versa) so I pick the one with the bigger talking point. Davies is a new signing, and out most expensive so far, so it's more interesting that he hasn't got into the team than that Rose has played well.
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  11. JimmyG2
    Considering the slating that Danny Rose gets on here
    his performance against QPR was not far short of a miracle.
    Welcome back GWBW.
  12. Krafty
    If he keeps playing like it, then he'll get in there, don't worry ;)

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