Dean Smith as got a selection dilemma on his hands, does he stick or twist is the question, What will Dean Smith decide ahead of Everton’s visit? More importantly, what do the fans think Smith should do?. Keep things as they are for another week, or should he tweak it a little?
There are arguments and counter-arguments for both scenarios. It might be early days, but we have zero points for our efforts thus far. You’ve seen the games, and how we conceded. And no doubt reached your conclusions on what went wrong and where we can improve.
Personally, I think a little show of faith and patience in the players would serve Smith and Villa best interests at present. We were unfortunate last week and the team that played deserves a chance to make amends. I’m not convinced that dropping a player after one home game is a smart move.
The only way I can see Smith making multiple changes for games is based on him wanting to nullify the opposition. He’s generally been pretty loyal to his players in the past. And with all the talk of continuity being important, I feel he will not want to change much unless it’s absolutely necessary. He will want to get a settled side has quickly as possible. Who features in that remains to be seen.
Stick Or Twist
Having a selection dilemma is a dream position to be in for any Manager. But if you call it wrong with a full deck of cards at your disposal, you leave yourself open to critique. Smith has to make it work sooner rather than later. These are his players now, so he has to mould a competitive team out of them. And until we have seen Marvelous, Konsa, Guilbert and Targett perform, debates on selection will continue in regards who should be the first choice and who should be cover.
For all I know, last week might have been our best team. Now there’s food for thought. Well, you wouldn’t field a weakened team other than being forced through injury. Anyway, If I’m not mistaken, we have a cup game next Tuesday. So players not featuring will have a chance to impress and stake a claim for selection against Palace.
Signs Of Things To Come?
Two weeks ago everyone was buzzing about the new season. Two games later I hear murmurings of discontent. I think everyone just saw Spurs has a free hit, but last weeks loss knocked a few for six and has caused a few to get the jitters. Me I will say it over and over, last weeks game hinged on two errors. And those sort of mistakes can be ironed out.
It’s not like they ran us ragged or Alan Hutton was out of position, which we have seen in the past. The defence looks pretty solid, yeah I know we have conceded five goals. But I don’t have my heart in my mouth every time the opposition get in the final third or take a corner.
The players have had another full week together and now have a chance to put things right on Friday night. So fingers crossed we will all be happy villans Friday evening.