When I've watched Chong for the u23s he can often run past several defenders with ease. That level isn't enough of a test for him but today he looked miles away from the first team, so there's really only one option. I wish he was a bit further along because we don't really have a player who can dribble like that. Not a lot of teams do.
Greenwood will get games and if he can calm down he'll start scoring goals.
Gomes looked great today. Considering how utterly useless we often are in the areas he influenced then I'd hope a good preseason will put him in the first team picture.
Garner, I don't know. The alertness to nab the ball and coolness of his finish were excellent, but it's probably too early to expect him to be pushing the established midfield players.
From the little I have seen of Gomes, it seems he is more comfortable playing on left or through the middle. He is definitely not a right winger. As for James, I think he has been more than decent, not great but he looked comfortable playing on the right wing. Still early days so we have to be patient with him.Not writing him off, but he plays better on left side, and we need someone for right.
Our depth is insanely thin right now. If we don't make the top 4, this will be the reason why IMO. I like our starters better than Arsenal's at this point, but they have more depth.Sadly at this point we're going to need a lot from them. For our front 4 positions we have...
How has it come to this?
Indeed. Not having a go at the young players at all but ideally you'd want 5 or 6 first team players in that list (and all of them be better than mata and lingard) with 2 or 3 youngsters to back them up and fill in on occasion. Relying on them like we almost certainly will isn't really fair on them.Our depth is insanely thin right now. If we don't make the top 4, this will be the reason why IMO. I like our starters better than Arsenal's at this point, but they have more depth.
We've had 2 tough games and they're both novices. Show some patience, they'll get their chance when the time is right.Gomez and Greenwood should be getting more game time. How can they possibly improve or show their worth. Gomez is a little genius and Greenwood is the extra striker that we need.
I take your point but would you say that Lingard who is allegedly a seasoned campaigner has been up to scratch in those games and worthy of almost a whole game against 'tough' opposition. We slaughtered Chelsea 4-0 and should have beaten Wolves where we were dominant for most of the game.We've had 2 tough games and they're both novices. Show some patience, they'll get their chance when the time is right.