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Mails: Van Dijk brave to choose to play for Klopp

Send your innermost thoughts to Spending cap What Ross THFC set out in his mail on alternatives to FFP is basically the system that was used in Rugby League for a few years. Clubs were allowed to spend a maximum 50% of income. Breaches were dealt with by points deductions. The was some difficulty in determining a club’s income, but generally it did work. I think 55% of income is generally regarded as a safe limit in football. It has since switched to become a fixed cap on total player wages, currently £1.825m a year with some leeway for home grown and marquee players making it more like £2m. Yes, that is for an entire playing squad for a year, which gives some idea of the wage inflation in football. The result has been a much more competitive league, but with the major clubs still at the top, and fewer clubs in financial difficulty. The fixed cap has (rightly) come in for a lot of criticism for levelling down the playing field, allowing the worst run clubs to bob along while handicapping those with bigger crowds and more ambition. It is also dwarfed by the cap in Australia, meaning leading players routinely now go to play for cash-rich clubs in Sydney and Queensland. I guess the two main arguments against a cap of any kind are that it still means the richest clubs still have far more spending power, and it would handicap English clubs against the European elite. But as English football becomes more gorged on wealth and less interesting to watch, I personally think it would be a great move. And a quick one in reply to Dave in Macclesfield – since Busby United has always been near impossible to manage. See Frank O’Farrell, Tommy Docherty, Dave Sexton, Ron Atkinson… Michael (Glossop)   Mourinho holding back United I’ve just about managed to refrain from mailing in about the sh*tshow that Manchester United seem to be in over the last month, but reading some of the mails at work I thought I would add my thoughts. Mourinho is not a bad manager, he’s just not right for Manchester United and this echoes the sentiments of a lot of fans before his appointment. He doesn’t get the ethos of the club and we can see this through the football we have been playing. I’ve said this before and I’m saying it again, Mourinho is holding us back. With the squad that he has we should be putting teams to the sword. In Rashford and Martial we have two very exciting, pacey wingers who are also good finishers. Mata, Mkhitaryan and Herrera are also very good footballers, good passers, intelligent players who can and will play ‘killer’ balls through the defence if they are allowed to. Pogba can literally do it all in midfield and currently too much is being asked of him to magic up a chance, which he does do, but then someone (not naming names) contrives to waste said chance. Even Lingard is showing why he’s a useful addition to the squad. In terms of attacking talent, we have the talent to take the game to any team in the league, what we lack is the attitude, direction and nous. Every time I watch us play, it’s the same story. We play in front of whoever’s defence, playing few balls behind defenders for players to run on to. We’re static on and off the ball. Too many players just pass sideways or backwards, adding nothing with their contribution. It’s easy to defend against, and what happens is that we end up lumping the ball forward to Lukaku – and it astounds me how bad Man Utd are aerially when we have a team of giants – who promptly loses the contest and we are back defending again. Watch Arsenal vs Man Utd, or Man Utd vs Man City again; it’s a story of a team having no idea what to do with the ball or how to use it. We need to use the ball more intelligently, play more adventurously, try making the key pass that will get us behind their defenders and trust in our attack to both make the run and score the chance. We need to trust that our team has the talent to retain the ball and play patiently sometimes, like under LVG, but when we are in control of the game and in the lead. We need to trust our defence to keep the other team out if an attack breaks down, and they will, or trust that De Gea will again pull off something magic. True, our defence is not good enough, Rojo and Smalling are both massive liabilities. However, I have faith that with a more reliable and experience partner, Lindelof can shine. And it’s overwhelmingly positive that Luke Shaw is playing (though sadly I suspect it’s more a case of showing him off to potential buyers) and he has been the one highlight of our recent performances (except for that pass by Pogba to Rashford against Leicester). With different direction, this is a team that could really play excellent football. Daniel (release the Kraken!), Cambridge   What Arsenal are missing Not entirely sure where Steven Chicken’s article was going, I think he wanted more goals from Laca against lower league opposition. Fair enough. I think Lacazette has started well but unspectacular at Arsenal. There is no doubt the man is a great instinctive finisher and from what I can tell, he makes good runs and positions himself well. Why isn’t he headed for the Golden Boot? My first thought was that it must be because not enough chances are created. Looking at players with the most key passes per game, Arsenal have 2 (Ozil and Sanchez), in the top 5. Digging deeper though, you have to wait until 44th for the next player, Ramsey. Loftus-Cheek and Tom Caroll, in arguably inferior teams, provide more passing creativity with worse strikers. After Ramsey you have to go as far as 70th for Kolasinac. This argument slightly falls down when you realise City have only got De Bruyne and Silva in the top 10. However, they have managed to spread this out as further down the list they have plenty of contributors inside the top 50. So Lacazette has less passing creativity behind him than Crystal Palace which could explain a lot towards his lack of goals. Looking deeper, you have to go to 29th for an Arsenal player contributing crosses (Ozil),...


Published By: Fottball 365 - Friday, 29 December, 2017

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