Here we go again. We couldn't possibly have followed up last weeks victory over Sunderland with a result against Birmingham could we ? The shining light that surrounded Martinez when he joined in the summer has certainly dulled. Hopefully the man can start to sort this out.
I think in a lot of ways, Saturdays loss to Birmingham actually hurt more then the 9-1 defeat by Spurs. We were up against a team that, yes, were in a good spot of form, but a team nonetheless we should have been expected to beat. Especially having gone 1-0 up. Having had so many chances in the first half, defeat is especially hard to take.
Some fans may point at our defence and say that's where the problem is. I'm not inclined to agree with that though. In the past 12 months we've sold Palacios and Cattermole, two of the best ball winning midfielders in the league and that’s where the problem lies. Who have we replaced these guys with ? I think the short answer is ....we haven’t. Just look at the difference Palacios has made to Spurs since he joined them - they were shipping goals all over the place this time last year. Someone like Palacios takes the heat off the defence and that is exactly what we need.
People often forget that although we have sold quite a few players, we have made virtually no changes to the defence which almost got us into Europe last season. So in my eyes we need a tough tackling midfielder, preferably with a bit of experience to help our defence out. I think our fans mentioned the need for a defensively minded player at the start of the season but maybe some of our better results so far has made us sweep these thoughts under the carpet to some extent but now this needs to be addressed.
We definitely need some steel added to our team and the sooner the better. I hope Martinez recognises this fact - this looks like the first sticky spell of his management career and we are going to see what the man is made of in the next month or two. What do you all think ? ...Who would you like to see added during the January window ?...and is Martinez going downhill in your estimations ?
Until next time, thanks for reading.