How unlucky are injuries? They are inevitable. Everyone gets them; it depends on how important the player is to your team. It is more than likely that we would be in far less trouble had we had Andy Carroll from the beginning of the season. Then losing Winston Reid and Stewart Downing through injury after impressing in previous matches.
We therefore have over £20million worth of summer signings who have missed large parts and in Carroll’s case, the entire season. Last season’s rock and Hammer of the Year, Winston Reid, started the season in a strong manner and has joined the injury list for a long stay.
Among other injuries, Sam Allardyce faced West Brom in a crunch game, missing some of the most important players in the squad. I raise the question; What would (enter the best manager in world football’s name) do with our resources? Four full backs in defence. No Ravel Morrison to change the game. An unnatural wide-man. A fatiguing captain. Does the problem lie with Sam?
I appreciate all of the above and I know that we have been relatively unlucky compared to other Premier League sides; however, the lack of passion shown by Sam is something, which really gets under my skin.
We had a short while where the players and fans where fighting for the same cause. A lapse in defending stopped that momentum in its tracks. Allardyce was largely slumped in his chair, and probably noting down the statistics. The game of football is far more fluid than I believe “Big Sam” gives it credit for. You can have all the stats and all the figures, but passion and belief have to be installed internally. Knowing that Nicolas Anelka likes to shift the ball onto his right foot 76.4% of the time matters little when a ball falls to his feet 5 yards out. It’s like West Ham haven’t planned to concede with a bit of luck against them.
I thought the players had managed to break out of the “boring” statistic mind-set, and perhaps they did for the three minutes which brought two West Ham goals.
What separates the relegated sides come the end of the season, and the sides who stay up, is fight and passion. Unless Sam Allardyce can install that in the players he has available then he has to go. Get a manager in who will fire the players up, however that doesn’t mean a manager who will abandon all tactics (Paolo Di Canio).
What do you think? Time for Big Sam to go for the good of the team? OR Big Sam to stay as the unluckiness has been just that – unlucky?