Alan Smith: Tottenham should turn to Carlos Vinicius as West Ham search for biggest win of David Moyes reign
It is far from ideal. In fact, I ‘d go as far to state it’s downright fretting.
Losing Harry Kane, as looks likely for this one and most likely beyond, is never good news as he brings a lot to the team. However if Tottenham fans are looking for crumbs of convenience at a time when optimism is permeating away, they can rely on Carlos Vinicius with a lot more confidence than previous replacements.
It has actually been a long-standing issue finding somebody sufficient to substitute Kane and who wants to spend most of his time on the bench. Fernando Llorente didn’t come up to scratch, neither did Vincent Janssen.
But in Vinicius, Jose Mourinho seems to have hired a centre-forward who can come straight into the group and use a goalscoring risk. That would, at least, soften the blow.
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Chelsea vs Burnley
If the opening night fell a bit flat, Thomas Tuchel will be hoping that the Stamford Bridge phase sees his performers turn it on this time. Mind you, I was truly surprised by the cast list for Wednesday’s see of Wolves.
Mason Mount as an understudy? I couldn’t see the logic in excluding Chelsea’s finest gamer this season. Possibly Tuchel was just expecting this one, wishing to keep Mount fresh for a difficulty needing great deals of physical effort.
Chelsea’s brand-new coach will, naturally, have actually done his research, viewing countless video games on video. But there’s nothing like experiencing the difficulty first-hand, absolutely nothing like basing on the touchline to see it on your own. Burnley’s sincere technique provides an early taste of the varied needs waiting ahead.
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. West Ham vs Liverpool.
4th against 5th. Who would have anticipated that at the start of the season? Who would have believed, passing the midway mark, Liverpool would be trailing Leicester and Manchester United? Mind you, that might not last long, evaluating by their renewed display against Tottenham last night.
The Reds get here on Sunday in buoyant mood, figured out to go on another storming run in defence of their title. In attempting to counter that, though, West Ham could not actually remain in better form. They couldn’t be a lot more organised or strong, not to state confident, ahead of a video game that will test them to the full.
So I wonder how David Moyes will approach the job. Will he go mindful to attempt to irritate? Whatever the methods, a win would mark the acme yet of this impressive project.
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Crystal Palace vs Wolves.
No pity in getting beaten by West Ham these days, but Roy Hodgson can possibly stick to some positives following Tuesday’s defeat. For a start, Wilfried Zaha continues to discover the internet. At this rate, he should quickly beat his previous best goal tally by winding up well into double figures, befitting of somebody with such capability.
Michy Batshuayi also scored. Hodgson should hope his late consolation goal will spruce up the striker to offer the group another assaulting choice. Batshuayi has hardly contributed this season. That requires to alter.
Mind you, the genuine issues lie at the other end. Just West Brom have conceded more goals, a truly unexpected stat for a Hodgson side. This might be a possibility, then, to turn the tide, what with Wolves finding life so hard without Raul Jimenez.
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West Brom vs Fulham.
After going nine League video games without, Fulham needs to hope they can find another win. Scott Parker has done remarkably to figure out his defence however, as constantly, the hardest part is producing and scoring, qualities doing not have in the group all season.
In Ademola Lookman, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, they have potential, however that guarantee requires assistance from other locations of the pitch, support which requires to get here soon. And if absolutely nothing occurs at the Hawthorns, Parker may actually start to fret, as the Baggies are dripping goals at a frightening rate.
Sam Allardyce hasn’t been able to stem the circulation and his proud record of dragging teams to security now looks seriously under threat. So, can the visitors revenue at a time when home advantage has virtually vanished?
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