Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Kermorgant injury an opportunity?

News that Yann the Man has broken his ankle in training is obviously not good news and we are going to have to cope for up to three months without his physicality and aerial presence. 

At this point I will upset the masses by suggesting that this might prove to be a blessing in disguise and that we might learn more about our other three strikers and who is best with whom upfront. The acquisition of Ricardo Fuller now looks a particularly wise decision and as long as we don't lose another striker, Ricardo, BWP and Danny Haynes should get the chance to really show us if they have more to their games playing with someone other than Yann as their foil.

Whilst Yann is the archetypal target man who has exceptional awareness of where the goal frame is at what seems like all times, his delivery of aerial balls he wins is nowhere near as good and too often he and Bradders play too far apart.

Danny Haynes and Wright-Phillips are both chasers whose game is primarily based on running onto balls, fashioning shooting opportunities and beating the keeper, although Haynes has a prodigious leap for a shorter man. Their game is probably not best suited to a struggling centre-midfield where no-one appears to have the time or ability to thread passes. They might need earlier delivery from the flanks and may have to win and play more diagonal balls than they might like. Then we have Fuller, who appears to have a lot more in his bag. He is much bigger and stronger than the other pair and his running on the ball around the box is much better.

I may live to regret these words but I think we might just find a more effective pairing upfront without Yann Kermorgant.

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