eskimo joe wrote:IronsForever wrote:For me its the timing of the injuries. Sakho out after scoring on his return. He had no run time. Carroll was out from day 1. He had no runtime! Cress also and Ayew. If these came later in season we would probably have been in a position to not worry about them like we did. Those are 4 big players that we missed from day 1.
One player out here and there is not a problem.
If you go back in time to any era for us , missing 3 of our best players would be devastating! Imagine losing Brooking,, Devonshire and billy bonds together for 12 games. Or Di canio Scott Parker and Rio.
Losing Cress. Sakho and Carroll for so long forced us to change the system and we struggled.
I get your point and they also would have been down to bad luck. Our current situation is more down to poor planning.
RB position was poor before last season ended and we did nothing of worth to address it. So our injuries have now compounded the problem but are not the cause of it.
How often has Carroll had a full season, what are and were the problems concerning Sakho? All this was known last season but again we did little to address it save bring in Zaza who many of us had doubts about and Ayew who isn't really one anyway. So once again our problems are only compounded by injuries not the root of them.
With a little fore thought from Bilic and the board much could have been avoided.
There have been long-term planning issues the two Daves tried a manure type approach
(Pile it high , buy it cheap)spread it thinly , and it just did not work.
I feel sure Slaven did not get his main targets in terms of quality but
coupled with the injury situation things have not got back to even where they were last year.
The great move never was going to prove easy with the challenge of adapting to a new pitch
acoustics and the challenge presented by the misguided attempt to drum up sales
at the expense of those ST Holders who had been here years and caused even by the
nature of its handling & PR utter bloody confusion,