The way he sprinted from Matty Cash (who is fast) with the ball, was a joy to watch. Itís up Lampard not to waste him as a striker. Dele, Rondon or even Gray is a better solution than Gordon up there.
Gray, and McNeill upfront as our goal threat. Overall the recruitment has been very good, but it goes without saying that we need a goal scorer up front, and we need one NOW. A bit like last year when we were saying it will be fine once DCL is back, well the truth is they were far from fine.
Obviously still a work in progress, but so far I think it's to be applauded.
Tarkowski and Coady are exactly what we needed at the back and we'll benefit greatly from their presence, as will the younger centre halves at the club.
Vinagre is a decent if unspectacular addition and good cover / competition for Mykolenko. He's also pretty rapid and probably a little more attack-minded than Mykolenko, so a good alternative when we need to get at teams.
Onana is highly rated and will give us drive, energy and presence in the middle of the park. Essentially he's a younger version of the player that Doucoure should have been for us. Only young though, so may need time to settle properly.
McNeil - is being hung out to dry currently by some, but he's decent and once we're able to field a settled, balanced team which actually contains strikers/attackers, McNeil will have every chance to come into his own. Looking forward to seeing his increasingly positive contribution to our progress this season.
Of course, all of the above counts for nothing if we fail to bring in what arguably are the two biggest pieces of business that we had to do this summer, namely, bringing in a decent number 6 and a striker/ versatile attacking player with goals in them.
Gueye / Guirassy?
Whoever they may end up being, I assume we will pull these two pieces of business off somehow, but our season very much hinges upon this happening. I assume that these two signings are also the most difficult to get over the line, particularly given our FFP restrictions, hence the delay in them happening, to date.
I actually would like to see us bring in two attacking players with a tack record in goal getting. We're just so light up top right now.
Would be more than happy to accept offers for a number of players too:
Gomes, Gbamin, Mina, Davies, Allan, Doucoure, Gray - assuming we then brought in enough suitable cover to not leave ourselves short in any of the above areas.
We're getting there, folks. Rome wasn't built in a day, and all of that old shite.
Judge the progress once the world cup's here. It's way too early to make knee-jerk reactions at present.