By Karam Raj
I think it’s pretty clear that our main objective is to find a couple of proper wingers(its about time) who could whip those balls in for the likes of Carroll & Suarez to feed upon.
But then i hear the names of Stewart downing & Florent Malouda being associated with our club and i feel a little betrayed.
Going through the squads of some top sides in world football at this moment,i don’t think we could go against the fact that Pace & Speed on the flanks is a must.Yes,pace isn’t everything,but it does give you a massive edge.
-Barcelona,arguably the best football side in the world right now,possess Messi,Villa & Pedro..do i need to say anything more?
-Man utd. Have Nani & Valencia.
-Real Madrid got Di maria,Ronaldo etc
-Chelsea play the diamond system,their strikers usually take up the advance positions on the flanks,namely Anelka,Kalou/Drogba,Torres.
-Even Spurs got Bale & Lennon but they miss out due to their misfiring strikers.
Coming back to our club,with the current crop of players that we have,none of them are fit to be termed as proper wingers..We were all talking & raving about how Babel would succeed 3 years ago because he did have the electric Pace as well as the Trickery to go with it..Now that’s what you call a winger..Its just sad it didnt work out for him.
Stewart Downing & Florent Malouda may have godly left foots,but i think we need more than just that..You got it,Pace.
I’ll say it again,pace alone cannot do the trick..Take Mark Gonzalez for instance,He used to go off like a cannon,but could he succeed at our club? No,because speed was the only weapon he had in his armory.
Milan Jovanovic is another example.
To be honest id rather have the likes of Arda turan,Gervinho,Hazard,Young or Johnson.
A couple of such wingers are bound to have a bigger impact than players like Downing & Malouda.