Monday, 1 February 2010
How unprofessional are Parker, Noble and Behrami?
OK, I know that at first glance the headline may sound odd but stay with me. Unprofessional? Parker, Noble and Behrami? The guys run themselves into the ground every match, how the bloody hell can you call them unprofessional? Easy.
What is our biggest problem at the moment? Finding a balanced team. We can play Stanislas, Collison, Franco (or McCarthy), Cole and Diamanti and we will probably score two goals every game; the trouble is we will also concede three or four! We can play Parker, Kovac, Noble and Behrami and we will be as solid at the back as a guy fed exclusively on hard boiled eggs; but what hope is there of scoring goals?
The trouble is, Parker, Noble and Behrami are not chipping in with the 5 or 6 goals each that a midfielder should be contributing over the course of a season. Without goals from midfield, you need two highly prolific strikers just to average a goal a game, as each striker would need a return of a goal every two games to reach even this meagre total. So far this season, the "big three" in our midfield have mustered just two goals between them, both netted by the junior member of the triumverate, Mark Noble. Is it any wonder that we struggle to put away Pompey and Blackburn with this sort of return from three of our first choice midfield?
So why the unprofessional charge? Because they don't seem to be doing anything about it! Parker wants to play for England and yet he can't manage a single goal in 21 Premiership games! His technique when shooting is awful. He leans back every time as if he is trying to score a conversion in rugby and, without fail, manages to blast high and wide! Now this is disgraceful for a professional footballer. Why isn't Parker sorting this out in training for pity's sake? Get your head over the ball and hit through it, it aint rocket engineering is it? Parker should be staying behind for an hour every day, just drilling shots into the bottom corner over and over again until he cracks it. And the same goes for Behrami and Noble too. If each of these chip in with three goals between now and the end of the season, that will go a long way to keeping us up. Zola should be saying, stay out there on the training pitch and sort out your technique - our Premiership survival depends upon it.
Meanwhile, Diamanti can practice bending shots around a wall. Just stand Mido in front of the D and say to the Italian, try to bend it around that!
Posted by Hammersfan at 18:14