Pretty grim to lose again, overall it just feels like big gaping holes in the squad right now are stopping us competing consistently. Hopefully we made a step toward that with Cenk, but clearly it's a bit of a risk. However, the timing itself underlines the differences once again. We complete our first signing and announce it at half time. They complete theirs, and not only have him in the game but have him score the winner...I mean it just kinda underlines the difference in fortunes right now to me that rubs more salt in the wounds.
There were some positives here and there, Holgate was good, I'm not going to say anything about the penalty as it wasn't one so I can't really blame him for that but the biggest worry would be we looked kinda week at the back on corners. We need another commanding CB though as much as I appreciate Jagielka and even Williams at times, they're not longer term choices. LB we need sorting ASAP and I'm slightly concerned we didn't try and get someone in January 1st given our makeshift options. We might have to wait for the summer for a longer term solution.
Midfield...I just don't know. We're just not there as a creative force. I think we need a much higher calibre of player for the LW. Rooney can be good in the middle, but he can also be pretty anonymous and we lack drive from that position. I'd love to see a more powerful option in the center who was willing to pick up and run forward with a ball.
As for striker, we shall see. I think we need 2 (at least) good options though.