Thursday, March 25

The Sorting Hat

Before we play Stoke Zola has to get the Harry Potter Sorting Hat out and solve the following issues:

Is Carlton Cole fit or injured? If he's injured then I think we have to rule him out and rely on the fit players we have. Remember England trying to nurse Bryan Robson's shoulder in the World Cup? It doesn't work fielding half-fit players.

Is McCarthy going to find his form after injury or should we stick with Franco? Franco made a difference on Tuesday so presumably he'll start.

Should he drop Tomkins and bring in Da Costa? Probably so.

Should he reinstate Ilunga at left back? I'd say yes, as Daprela is promising but raw.

Is Kovac worth a place in the side? Yes, he's improved, but would a more mobile player like Noble or Collison be better?

Do the flashes of brilliance from Diamanti compenesate for not tracking back a great deal and is he suited to a relegation struggle?

Is Faubert or Spector a better choice at right back or could we play Behrami there to try and make the defence more solid?

Should Stanislas keep his place as he offers some width even if he's lightweight?

Should we bring back Steve Potts?

None of us really know the answers to these problems but it's what Zola's paid for. But what we have to do is play as a unit and inject some pace into the side. Over to you, Franco.


matt said...

There are more questions than answers, as Johnny Nash so rightly said. Can I ask for my chips, beans, toast and tea in Ken's in a way that doesn't upset Carol? Should I continue with the whisky in the Central or go for a cider splurge before the duty goes up? And if I go for the whisky can I have a nicer glass? Will I ever find out what those clap-banners actually are for? And when will supporting West Ham be fun again?

TBI said...

The answer is get rid of Zola and get a man in that knows what he is doing and can quickly sort this mess out.

Pete May said...

Zola's selection has certainly been all over the place in recent weeks. No continuity and no set system... we need to field our best side and stick to it rather than cherry pick games that we lose anyway.