Lots of varying views in this thread, including the bewildering idea that we have gone to early on koeman.
Personally would have binned him at half time in the atalanta match. I donít know whether it was a lack of skill or a lack of will but not being prepared for a massive game is totally unacceptable.
There is also the argument that the transfer window was a shambles. Personally I donít buy that. Replacing lukaku was never going to happen, but itís worth remembering that with or without his goals we would still have finished 7th. The fact is we have options at center forward, not great ones but options all the same. Between Calvert lewin, niasse and even the likes of mirralas he had players capable of playing that role if they had sufficient support or supply.
We have conceded 22 goals in 10 games the argument that a lack of striker is our main issue lacks credibility.
Just because he had 3 number 10s in the squad doesnít mean he had to play more than 1 at a time. Rooney is 32. He should be playing cup games and on the bench or as cover in the league. The only real disaster was martina who was definitely a koeman signing.
Steve Walshís job, as far as Iím aware, covers more than just the first team and he has pulled in a some good players at academy level. I think there is room for improvement but given koemans aloofness and apparent disinterest the question should be asked how supportive koeman was in the transfer process. As a player I imagine you want to know the manager or head coach wants you and is going to put you in the team. If Ronnie either neglected that or participated reluctantly and or sullenly I can see why giroud or whoever else we went for might have decided to stay put.
Iím excited to see what happens now. I think we will see an instant improvement. Chelsea will not have out a first choice team and we should be bang up for it. The fact the next three games are away might be a help rather than a hinderence. Apart from the Chelsea match (if they did put a strong team out) we should win both of those games. A couple of wins breeds confidence and then if can put a decent run together. Squeeze through in the EL thecseason suddenly looks a lot rosier.