At this rate, Allardyce is going to be sacked before the season kicks off! We played pretty close to a first pick 11, given the players unavailable due to injury or Olympics duties, and we were thumped. I suppose it was progress on last season when we shipped five at Ipswich.
The Hear No Evil merchants will argue that results in friendlies are irrelevant and will point to Avram's success in games that didn't matter, but there is a depressing pattern emerging - including the shipping of three goals each game we play. The defence is woeful at the moment and we will be torn apart in the Prem without new signings. Demel isn't good enough, Reid was found wanting when we were last in the Prem and Potts / McCartney are not going to keep Premiership players at bay.
Yes Diame will help, and so hopefully will Tomkins, but when you are weak on the flanks, you will get beaten seven times out of ten. Zola and Grant both tried to play with inadequate full backs and we were punished so I'm amazed that Allardyce has not smashed down Sullivan's door and demanded action by now.
Any further delays will be disastrous. A defence has to play as a unit and time is running out for an understanding to be developed. If we don't announce the signing of decent right and left backs next week, I predict we will go down.