Tonight’s game has given Mcleish some massive headaches for the Stoke game.
Because of the performance levels of many of the players and how well the system worked then when players return what does he do. The first major headache is that he has to decide who replaces the idiotic Hutton. If fit then Herd is the obvious one but if not, should we really play Cuellar there and bring either Collins back or play Clark there ? Given that Clark was great in DM and Herd if out means he is needed there then it can only mean Cuellar at RB ??
However the massive decision to be made is if Bent is fit. If he had played today he would have had goals, I am convinced of that. When balls came across Gabby was nowhere to be seen and it played straight into Bent’s terrority. However to fit in Bent and Gabby it is likely the fantastic Bannan would have to be dropped and he does not deserve that. It would also mean a change to a system that could work but has shown little signs of working.
I do therefore ask it is feasible of Bent is fit that either Gabby is dropped or Bent is left on the bench and the reaction to that ??
Do we play players to fit the system of fit the system to players ?
Oh and after tonight one thing for certain, HESKEY should NEVER start unless he is the last man standing, something I think we all can agree on.
UPDATE – It has been confirmed by Mcleish that Chris Herd is out for two weeks, so presume Cuellar at RB for Stoke and Collins back. Also Ireland has a calf strain so likely to be out as well.