Pre season is here, the World Cup boys are coming, but in the mean time we are getting a good look at the youngsters.
From the games I have seen so far Roy is looking for his players to hold on to the ball in Midfield and wait for the gaps in the channels. This is all good but I have one worry, and that is the gap between our back four and the midfield when we push forward. No matter how good your defence is, a good attack will pass there way through a defence like a knife through butter, as soon as they get they space!
It’s pre season and we have not seen our full capabilities yet, but seeing the kids knocking it around in midfield with pace, was refreshing to see. It has also been noticeable that are wings and full backs are being used a lot more, with the emphasis on crossing into the box. I like this, because if the opposition decide to sit behind the ball and defend, this will be the the best way of opening up those teams, rather than trying to pass our way through a congested midfield.
In all I think we look better than this stage last year, and I guess in the next couple of weeks we will start to see huge improvement as the first team come back. We will also see improvement and a few new additions to the players that we will be calling first team in the coming season!