I'm not seeing the positives here. We've seen us without Niasse (as strange as that is to say) and we're pretty listless up top without him. We barely looked like scoring or threatening a goal with either DCL or Rooney up top, plus it's just so slooooow. Maybe we don't lose possession in the same way but usually after we if retain the ball we played it back and sideways enough until we gave the ball away in a dangerous position in the midfield instead. So if anything I'd rather we lost the ball to a punt upfield as at least it's going to be higher up the pitch.
We were getting a tiny bit of momentum attacking wise. It'd really be pretty crappy to lose that now.
Would have preferred him to be available to play with Rooney as I wouldn’t say we had any particular momentum attacking since our 5 goals have been 2 forced errors, a set piece and 1 pen where the defender slipped and 1 “debatable” decision.
Created 1 decent and chance second half vs Palace and had no spells of pressure.
We need to find some way of increasing our possession in the opposition’s half.
Having more players who can pass the ball (plus move from their starting position) would be a start.
We of course need some “runners” to balance this out.
The only time we did that was second half vs Chelsea.