Sunday, December 16, 2007
Blunders for the Boss
In both the games that Pim Verbeek has attended so far, certain players who have been widely tipped to gain a place in what amounts to an A-League all-stars side for February 6 have faltered.
Although John Aloisi - everyone's choice for the frontman role against Qatar - scored a good goal against Adelaide on Friday night, his finishing was frankly dismal at other times. He did, of course, regularly manage to get into scoring positions, which counts for a great deal, but this was not the predatory Aloisi of the last couple of months. It was somewhat amusing, in fact, to hear Simon Hill and Robbie Slater continually talk up Aloisi as he missed chance after chance.
If Graham Arnold can manage to get a few words in Verbeek's ear, Kristian Sarkies will surely be one of the players the Dutchman will be keeping an eye on. And Sarkies, too, had quite a poor game against the Mariners, offering little penetration throughout.
Then to Sydney, and a player who features in nearly everyone's A-League eleven: Mark Milligan. So, a trivial turnover in the back third, followed by a maladroit attempt at a tackle, and then a badly-judged vertical short pass to a closely-covered Terry McFlynn only a minute later...both indiscretions costing a goal. Two of the worst mistakes that Milligan has made this season.
Alex Brosque, at the other end, must surely be pushing for a place in the squad for Qatar after a prolific, effective A-League season. Last night, the finishing touch that has served him so well of late deserted him; three good chances were squandered, although one could say, as with Aloisi, that at least he was there to make them.
Milligan can at least console himself with the thought that he wasn't the only defender to make a costly error in possession, with the habitually over-elaborate Hayden Foxe gifting Sydney FC a consolation goal in typical fashion.
Billy Celeski couldn't have scored his hat-trick at a better time, though.
This is perhaps one time I'd like some of the Arnold favourites to still get the nod. Celeski of all players actually playing for the Socceroos (at the minute) is one step too far.
Might be Necevski time methinks.
Sydney are quite dissapointing.
To be honest Brosque should have had a hatrick. He is over-rated.
Aloisi is good against lowly rated opponents but like he showed against Italy is poor value agaist decent opposition. ( Why didn't Guus try Archie and his pace !!)
the key to winning against qatar is being in camp and preparing.
Choose the squad early
With a marquee that's semi-permanently crocked, Milligan who is also flaky and temperamental and an ageing Corica...just how is Walter Bugno now viewed in the Cove
FWIW, Mark Rudan just alluded to that (very cagily) in an interview with Paul Williams on 2KY.
Yep, the recruitment in V1 was of the short-term gratification variety, I think everyone acknowledges that now. Brosque has shown this season that he's not pushed off the ball as easily as he once was, but the rest of your assessments aren't too far off.
...just how is Walter Bugno now viewed in the Cove?...
I'll let Grant or Jaza field that one.