Saturday, 20 March 2010
Zola Taking Two Games At A Time
Reading Zola's comments, it is clear that he has all but given up on the game at the Emirates today. Parker has some "tightness" in his legs and so misses the match and, as Zola admits, Parker is crucial to his team. Who doesn't feel some tightness in the legs between games? That goes with the turf. Zola is not shy to explain that we have an important game on Tuesday - which is the real reason behind Parker's absence. In addition to his comments published on the Official Site, Zola is believed to have said: "I have to ensure that we put on a good show for the mini season ticket holders on Tuesday night against Wolves. They are discerning customers and have invested their earnings in supporting the team and will not buy tickets again in a hurry if we serve up any more performances like the one against Bolton."
If reports are to be believed, Zola's plans are also in tatters because of shock injuries to Dyer and Gabbidon, both of whom have been ruled out by muscle problems. Two games in eight days is clearly asking too much for these two supreme athletes. But is Zola really keeping them back for the Wolves game?
Ilunga is back in training but surely will not play. That would destroy the Zola masterplan for developing Daprela by starting his career with games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Arsenal again. If the boy's confidence isn't shot to pieces after that, then he must be special! We have already seen a false start or two from Ilunga this season; Daprela is probably the better bet anyway.
Will Noble start? Will Cole and Franco return? What about McCarthy? Will Ilan be started on the right of midfield again after his epic performance at Chelsea? Will Spector's nightmare continue?
Questions, questions. But Zola just wants to say "Pass" and get to the next big question, the one that matters, the performance before the Fanno, that 36 pointer at home to Wolves!
Posted by Hammersfan at 09:49