Interesting thought Paul re the selfishness of some of our forwards. Whilst I might believe this of Thomas I tend to think that GVK doesn't have a footballing brain and is more of a head down player whojust doesn't see what is happening around him. Pity the Ox mail video highlights didnt show his miss at the start as we might get a better idea. Payne is definitely a lost soul out on the flanks offering no chance whatsoever of a whipped in cross. He does get bullied off the ball which considering their similar roles in the team is something that McGuire never did. In fact t was one of McGuire's strengths. Many on this forum are hankering after getting him back but I seem to recall that on his bad days he was often criticised for being greedy and slowing the game down. On balance and Payne's current form though I would probably favour McGuire out there - which of course isnt going to happen.
Good read as ever Paul. But could you expand on why you think GVK was the biggest culprit of the attackers who failed to pass, when there were two similar instances in the second half (at least one was Thomas, the other may have been Obika)? Agree the whole thing is pathetic and needs Pep to nip in the bud, but isn’t the bigger culprit the one who doesn’t pass in retaliation to not receiving a pass. Add to that, GVK did create the chance himself out of his own charge down (not something commonly associated a lazy player, as some fans have labelled him).
GVK is far from a complete player and certainly not worth the 900k option at the end of the loan, but he does offer pace and strength, and we look more of an attacking threat with him in the team. And IMO he was probably MOM against MK in our previous game, so deserves some leeway.