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Alan Pardew’s Wizard Of Oz Defensive Dilemma

8 years ago

Alan Pardew’s options continue to grow, barring any accidents on the international front.

The question is though, has he really got a positive choice to make?

Shola has announced he is fully fit again but didn’t even make the bench at Cardiff, though it is at centre-back where the manager now has a number of options.

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Steven Taylor has now also been declared fit and Pardew can now throw him into the mix with Mapou and Williamson.

I am reminded of the classic Wizard Of Oz film though, where on their journey you had the Scarecrow looking for a brain, the Lion hoping to find courage and the Tin Man searching for a heart.

While I wouldn’t want to exactly match them up and for example accuse any of our players of lacking courage, I do think there are parallels and all 3 have fatal flaws;

Steven Taylor obviously lacks a brain at times, Mapou is finding it tough handling the physical side of the game in England as well as looking totally lost at times, while unfortunately Mike Williamson cannot play football – in terms of passing the ball to a teammate more than 3 yards away type of football.

Coloccini picks himself but I can see times in the season ahead where the manager will end up switching centre-back partners any number of times – all three have had games already and shown their deficiencies in various ways and variable extents.

The mind boggles as to which two of the three Alan Pardew would choose if anything happened to Colo, I honestly think that secretly he would pick two of the three names out of the hat.

Whether any of the three will ever find the answer to their deficiencies is doubtful and we continue to pay the price for not buying the ‘dominant centre-half who will also add goals’ that Alan Pardew stated as fact we were buying in summer 2012, only for Ashley to refuse to sanction the spending.

The shame is that such a player could make the whole team and not only the defence a much better unit, in the process making better players out of so many of our team.

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