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  • dsteer_lfc_68 dsteer_lfc_68 Apr 8, 2013 21:30 Flag

    The Ashley Williams debate

    Colin not sure we'll ever see the flair of those Brazilian teams as teams at all level have emphasized organization over flair. But got to understand there is for a reason for that change. One getting that much talent packed into one squad is not likely ever again, and second, dogged organization (as we saw yesterday, or Barca found out against Chelsea last year) can negate all the talented flair in the world.

    But I do agree with you that at times we have been over reliant on Suarez for that little bit of magic to unlock teams. However I think steps like bringing in the likes of Coutinho is the prescription to bring a more multifaceted attack. Some may have doubted him earlier in the season (including BR) but think putting Downing on the opposite wing and encouraging him to cut in was also an effort to add a poor man (not that he was cheap) flair option. In fact I wonder if that was the point of Borini if we'd ever got a chance to see a real run of games from him, and if some will give him a chance whether we'll see that next season.

    But I also think you have to look at this as a work in progress. Right or wrong we just don't have the funds to buy every player for every position we want, or need in a single transfer window even if every ideal player was available. So far BR has only had two windows to work with, and imo made progress, but what he does in his third will imo decide whether we are a real threat for the top 4. It took a while for both Chelsea and City to build up their squads despite almost unlimited funding, so to expect us to do it in one season is a little ambitious.