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Posted by WB
on August 13, 2022, 3:11 pm, in reply to "Thoughts.
Agree particularly re Gray - poor - but also that Frank got it wrong with his selection of Gordon as main striker.
Hat doffed to Iwobi.
Injuries not helping. Hoping desperately for a new midfielder and TWO strikers.
Rio just made a point about the strikers - it hasnít worked.
COYB. Get some in!
That initial setup was all wrong. Second time in a row Lampard tried that front three with zero result. Just ditch it already. Gordon is useless up front. Move him to left. And what did we try? Let them come to 40 yards from our goal. Hopefully win the ball back. Then what? Our players were crowded so usually it ended with a long (and mostly poor) kick from Pickford to Gordon. No wonder we had zero threat.
Not sure what McNeil's issue is. Not at the races again today.
Iwobi again our best player. Only one who looked to have a clue what to do with the ball.
Patterson showing promising signs. Got tired towards the end which is expected from such a young lad playing wing-back. Mykolenko ditto was active and had some good moments.
Tarkowski was defensively solid but what happened to his passing? Some shockers there.
Holgate seems to have continued his good run from tail end of last season. Second most improved player in the squad since Lampard took over.
A half-fit Rondon improved our attack that much? Imagine what a decent forward could do. Onana is also a tank. Yes, their second goal came from his mistake but that's probably why he wasn't on from the beginning. PL is a totally different league to Ligue 1. He has to relearn when he has time on the ball.
Gray shouldn't start. He's just not very good. Impact sub.