Date:Monday January 2 2012
I was wrong, (so was Mr. McLeish), but Bent has to go!
As a leading and complete doom and gloom merchant, even snapping up 16/1 about us going down, the recent performances have proved me wrong. Whilst many have commented that the better performances of late, have occurred without Heskey, I would point out that they have also occurred without Darren Bent.
I was partly right when I posted an article at the start of the season asking whether we should play Ireland or Agbonlahor? I felt that if we played Ireland it would have to be in a 4-5-1, and if we did that where would we play Gabby? Mr. McLeish briefly dabbled with Ireland early doors, but chose a more defensive approach, going 4-5-1 with more defensive players in midfield, and playing Gabby out of position on the wing. Now there is nothing wrong with 4-5-1, but you need the right players in the key roles. The most important role is the one up front.
I was wrong in my article because I thought Gabby would be sacrificed. The choice shouldn't have been Gabby or Ireland, but Gabby or Bent. Mr. McLeish has been wrong all season because he believed the one should be Darren Bent.
Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong! Darren Bent can't play up front on his own.
The defensive pass/punt forward is never won by Bent. The ball always comes straight back, and we are under the cosh again. The front man in a 4-5-1 has to be Gabby. Gabby is the one. Mr. McLeish has to convince Gabby and boost his confidence at all times. He puts fear into even the best defenders, and when he plays up front on his own he will often be able to chase down hopeful passes and stop the ball coming straight back. Gabby remains Villa through and through, and is our best player. Bent must be sold in January before his value drops further, and the money used to buy a couple of hungry young players. That lad Redmond from the Blues might not be a bad shout before he gets snapped up by one of the big four.
So I admit it I was wrong, and I apologise to all the optimists who kept telling me so. (Especially Mr Fear). There are even signs that Mr. McLeish is discovering what his best side is. Shame it's taken injuries to certain players for him to find it. Still being lucky can be better than being good sometimes. Now do the right thing Mr. McLeish, sell Bent while we can still get a good price. And yes I am referring to him as Mr. McLeish because after yesterday he deserves some respect.
Date:Monday January 2 2012
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