Thursday, 15 September 2011

Three Things We Learned This Weekend

Yes, we know. Slightly late. But here goes!

Swansea Lack The Firepower to Stay Up

0 goals in 3 games makes the headline above seem like the understatement of the season.  But after watching Swansea score goals for fun last season we at The Urbanite had high hopes that Swansea would become the Blackpool of the 2011/2012 season and entertain us with free flowing, high scoring football.  Sadly, that has not been the case.

The signing of Championship top scorer Danny Graham by Swansea seemed like shrewd business in the summer, with the former Watford man coming to the Premiership with something to prove.  In every game this season for the Swans the big man has failed to find the net, with his miss in the last minute against the Gooners on Saturday excruciatingly bad.

In the premier league it goes without saying that you need to be able to score lots and lots of goals in order to stay up. Just ask Birmingham.  Danny Graham is going to need to find those goalscoring boots again, otherwise Swansea are in real trouble this season.

Torres Needs to Worry Less About The Lack of Pace in Midfield, And More About the Pace Sturridge Offers Up Front

Whether the quotes attributed to Torres last week, where he reportedly blamed his poor form on everyone but himself, were true or not it is clear that Chelsea aren't the fastest team in the Premier League.  This, however, is not the reason as to why the Spaniard has now only scored once in 24 games for Chelsea.

Just ask Daniel Sturrdge.  The young forward was in immense form at the Stadium of Light, moving in and out of the channels like, well like Torres did when he used to know how to play football.  Whereas Torres has struggled to find space or pace, Sturridge has Wes Brown in his pocket and took his goal with such confidence Villa Boas is going to find it hard to leave him out of the starting line up.

Torres may claim that more pace is needed in midfield for him to score.  Maybe if he just got his head down and tried to improve his game, he would be playing like the young Englishman that has kept him out of the team.

Adebayor Is The Man to Keep Spurs Challenging For Fourth Place

This time last year, if you had asked a Spurs fan whether they would like Emmanuel Adebayor to lead their front line, they would have laughed you off.  Just ask them what they were singing about him when he played against them in the Champions League.

Despite this hostility, it is clear that even the most anti-Arsenal Spurs fan would admit that a striker in the mould of Samuel Etoo and Didier Drogba is needed in their squad, and say what you want to say about the Tongolese striker, but he does fit into that mould.  Oh, and he scores goals for fun.

So getting rid of Crouch and signing Ade on loan is great business by 'Arry, and may make the race for fourth place very, very tight.

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