With the permanent signing of Marvin Sordell, we have clearly invested in the kind of player that Coyle has stated he wants at the club, young, promising and exciting. Sordell is a speedy striker that has bagged 27 goals in 82 appearances for Watford, and has also seen his form rewarded with a number of call-ups for the England under-21 side, including one spectacular strike against Israel. It will be interesting to see if the 20 year-old will be in Coyle’s first team plans right from the off, or if he is seen as more of a back-up player for the future. I would like to think he has been brought in to do the business now as in our situation, we need someone to fire us into safety sooner rather than later.
Ryo Miyachi is a 19-year-old Japanese midfielder who seems to be mainly dispatched as a winger, which of course is a position we know Owen has always deemed an important one. He was loaned out to Dutch outfit Feyenoord last season and by all accounts had a successful spell. Coyle tells us “he’s a very talented young player who is quick and exciting”. He certainly looks to have the potential, let’s just hope he can do a “Wilshere” and show us all what he can do by helping us beat the drop. Let us also hope that he gets a chance to prove himself, unlike the recently departed Gael Kakuta who came with the “young and exciting” label, but never really got the chance to show what he was capable of. It’s good that were getting these young exciting players in, like Rodrigo and Weiss in previous seasons, they are players that can bring the Reebok crowd to their feet and let’s hope that Ryo will prove the same. Miyachi of course won’t be available against Arsenal, not that you needed this obvious snippet of information, but POW, I only went and delivered it anyway.
Speaking of Arsenal, today we face them in an undoubtedly Baltic evening match. There is a lady that sits in front of me that has some sheep design winter attire that seem to warm her entire soul, I shall be jealous, I have got this far through winter without investing in gloves, I feel it would be wrong of me to give in now. Anyway, for some strange reason I sniff a whiff of optimism in the Horwich air for the first time in a while. Well, around my house I can only smell the whiff of the Armstrongs “environmental services” but that’s a whole different cauldron of protest. Anyway, this optimism has been stirred up by our recent run of pretty good form, noticeably since out fantastic win at Everton, and with our last three results a winning streak has begun, a win against Macclesfield, a superb performance against Liverpool, and a victory over Swansea that has seen us through to the last 16 of the FA cup, where we will travel to either Millwall or Southampton (don’t say it Neil….. only two wins till a Wembley return).
Coyle’s decision to play N’Gog as a loan striker in a 4-5-1 formation has allowed us to boost our possession in the midfield areas a little more, and with N’Gog himself holding things up well, our midfielders has been able to chip in with some valuable strikes. Also, with Mark Davies being moved back into a central position, Sparky has been able to show his abilities in a creative way, something that our other central midfielders lacked earlier in the season. The inclusion of Ricketts and Steinsson in the full back positions has clearly done wonders too.
Another recent change that has also proved fruitful is the inclusion of Adam Bogdan to the team. Bogdan has put down a strong marker in the last few games with some good performances covering the injured Jaaskelainen and many Wanderers fans would perhaps say it’s time the ginger keeper (no need to mention his hair colour) got his chance as our numero uno, I know I would. He seems to have a good control of his area, especially when defending set plays, which is something that Jussi has struggled with in recent times. As Bogdan himself put it, “I want to make Coyle’s job more difficult so that he has to decide which goalkeeper will have the place in the team.” I love the fact he calls his boss “Coyle”.
Arsenal have been a little hit and miss form wise this season, they have looked weak defensively and this could be something we can exploit. They gave away some silly goals against Villa at the weekend and hopefully they will allow our attackers the same joys, what happened in the second half Villa? With the recent regular inclusion of fan favourite Alex Oxlaid-Chamberlain to the team, they have looked a little more exciting in the attack department, let’s just hope the kid needs the night off this evening or that our defence is up for the ride. Last season we had a great result (tonic) against the Arsenal at the Reebok, let’s make it another!
Enjoy your day; don’t handcuff yourself to anything you shouldn’t.