Writer: Ross Molyneux
Date:Monday August 18 2008
Having watched the new signings make such an impact on Sunday, the urge to scream for Mike Ashley to open his wallet and start buying big rears its Primal Scream-eque head. Having viewed the quality of the new signings, they get the 'thumbs up`. However, never sated, you begin to look for more…
Delighted as I was there was one slight niggle all day - left back. Taggart never requires a second offering to take a stab at a weakness, very much ruthless in his way of going about things, and time after time the Mancs targeted N`Zogbia as our supposed weak link. This wasn`t exactly ably aided by the lad`s continuous attempts to dribble mazily out of defence, normally leading to a touch too much and the ball ended back up in Scholes` possession.
Colo ended up having to cover across on numerous occasions with Chuck caught stranded up field, with Jonas filling in ably as a stand in. Campbell in particular seemed to isolate that area as one where he could have a run into.
The question remains to be answered why KK didn`t play Enrique. My personal preference would be to see Enrique deployed away from home and N`Zogbia be kept either for inside left / left wing or an almost wing back position in home games. Whilst he does have a good dribble from time-to-time, his wastefulness with the ball away from home could have been punished by a Ronaldo / Wright-Phillips running at him down the right flank.
It begs the question that if Kev is willing to play a left winger at left back how much confidence does he have in the Spaniard? Not a lot by the looks of it. This again hints that the LB role remains the most likely to be filled, along with one or two strikers should Smith / Ameobi go.
Date:Monday August 18 2008
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