I don’t think anyone gets it. The first team is full of attacking players (bought by Pellegrini) and has little to offer in terms of toughness, commitment, defensive savvy, etc. I think Pellegrini’s recent strategy is bound to fail because we don’t have enough quality grafters to make it work. We all saw what happened today when Cresswell was replaced by Masuaku.
I think we’d be better off if Pelle went balls-to-the-wall attacking in hopes we’ll outscore our opposition often enough rather than this current strategy which seems doomed to fail (Chelsea result noted).
14 of West Ham’s 22 first team players (let’s leave academy players out of the reckoning) have been brought in during Pellegrini’s 1 1/2 seasons in charge. Amazingly, though, of the 7 healthy players who were in the team before Pellegrini arrived, 6 of them started the game today (many believe the Fredericks transfer had already been arranged before Pelle was hired, which would make it 7 of 8) with only Pablo Zabaleta NOT starting.
Its crazy, really. I say die by the sword, Manuel. Play the players you spent soooo much money on, play the style of football you’ve (apparently) been building towards, and at least if you go down in flames you’ll have done it on your terms. This, though, this is just sad to watch.