This is the first and only time I will ever say this, but I cant wait for the International break which will immediately follow this fixture. The absolute, head-fuck, of a campaign that we’re making a complete arse of, is already getting on my tits.
The “joke” that Ashley played on Pardew, the team, the press and the fans backfired totally. The extra pressure it brought on the team, did us no favours as we buckled in the Potteries. It increased the scrutiny on Pardew, and created a new test for him….. Naturally, he failed, and we find ourselves with another defeat in the bag, the same manager and coaching set up, and ultimately, the same misfiring pool of players to pick from.
We know exactly how we got here…….. After a decent start to the transfer window, our “crack” team of transfer negotiators (I think that means our team of negotiators are on crack) got the squad’s priorities completely wrong, and went shopping for next season when a Premier League standard centre forward was a must.
It absolutely does not help that in effect, we have replaced Yohan Cabaye with the 2014 version of Kevin Dillon. Whoever’s idea that was, wants shooting with shite.
In contrast to our shocking start, Swansea have made a good one. They swapped Michu for Gomis in the summer and retained Bony. But if ever there was a reason to suggest Pardew may not quite have the eye for a Premier League player, like he makes out, it’s in Swansea’s team. Wayne Routledge, was pushed out of United as Pardew tried to convince us he wasn’t good enough……….. When I look at Smmy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko underperforming in the wide areas, it’s obviously an extra kick in the stones, to see Routledge’s stock on the rise and Swansea sitting 5th top!!!
Gary Monk’s side have some steady home form, having beaten both Burnley (1-0) and WBA (3-0) in Wales. Everton and Rotherham were both dispatched in the league cup on home soil too.
Nathan Dyer has 4 goals to his name so far this season. Leon Britton misses out with a knee injury.
It became quite apparent as the Stoke match wore on, that Gabriel Obertan is easily our best option on the right wing at this moment in time. That says as much about the lack of quality available as it does about any meteoric rise in the former Man Utd winger’s ability.
It was back to the slim pickings up top again. Now seeing as there’s a growing number of our support who appear desperately keen to see how 2 under-performing centre forwards would work together, presumably on the basis that merely having 2 men up front must be better than having 1, well then, maybe it’s time to give them what they want….. If nothing else, it gives people 1 less thing to whinge about……… As far as Im concerned, it’s got fuck all to do with formations, it’s combination of some absolutely, shit, players, some out of form players, a manager who is out of his depth, a coaching team that are showing no tangible signs of improving areas through coaching and a board that fucked up, desperately.
By all means, sack the manager, but that won’t fix this mess.
In goal, meh, stick with Krul.
At the back, Williamson or Steven Taylor? Seriously, who gives a fuck? Is it really worth moaning on twitter about it? One is truly out of his depth (and some of you wanted the cunt to go to Brazil!!) and the other hasn’t improved since Sir Bobby Robson left the club. The captain, just isn’t reaching previous heights. Janmaat, is the only right back available. Dummett is a better defender than Haidara, Haidara is better going forward. I’d take a wild guess that on some football manager game, from when you first start it to within 3 years, Haidara goes to Juventus for £12m whilst Dummett goes to Swindon, so naturally, there’s a huge clamour for the Frenchman. It makes no odds really because as soon as Santon is fit, he’ll be playing anyway.
Midfield…… Obertan may as well be given a chance, Tiote will hopefully play better than Monday, Dillon is the exactly Pardew’s type of player. He’s our Hayden Mullins without Mullins’s ability.
Cabella, needs more time, but, I cant wait to see him playing when it gets a bit, cold.
Up front, lets try the 2 strikers
Our corner kicks and free kicks should wither be scrapped or, a raffle ticket winner from the away end, should take them
Ryan Taylor – Knee –
Davide Santon – Knee – November
Siem De Jong – Groin – December
Rolando Aarons – Hamstring – November
Possible Team (4-4-2)
1.Tim Krul: 2. Daryl Janmaat, 5. Steven Taylor, 6. Fabricio Coloccini (Capt), 3. Paul Dummett: 7. Gabriel Obertan, 8. Moussa Sissoko, 4. Cheick Tiote, 11. Remy Cabella: 9. Emmanuel Riviere, 10. Papiss Cisse:
Rob Elliot, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Kevin Dillon, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez
Referee: Lee Mason
League History at Swansea
1983/84 United won 2-1 at the Vetch Field as we visited Wales twice in a week. On a day when United fielded Beardsley, Keegan and Waddle the goals came from Blakelaw’s finest, Kenny Wharton and sub, David Mills. Attendance, 9,807.
2009/10 drew 1-1 Andy Carroll did the business with a late equaliser after Cotterill had put the hosts ahead. Unattractive, but a point along the way to promotion. Attendance, 15,188.
2011/12 won 2-0 With Papiss Cisse hitting 2. The second one was outstanding. Attendance, 19,874
Cisse’s goals around the 4 minute mark.
2012/13 Lost 0-1. A weird game that we could have got completely stuffed in, could also have won but actually managed to lose with one of the scrappiest, shittiest goals ever. Attendance was 20,405.
2013/14 Lost 0-3. Scudded. Nathan Dyer, an OG and a Shelvey goal sent us home with nowt. Some good fortune for the home side too.
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2-1 to the home side and some reshuffling of deck chairs, of titanic levels during the international break.
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