Competition on the flanks

Matt Jarvis was a big signing for us last summer but this season he's been up and down and kind of nowhere.

Matt Jarvis was a big signing for us last summer but this season he’s been up and down and kind of nowhere.

With the signing of Downing and Joe Cole playing well, Jarvis hasn’t even been in the starting line-up that much. We signed him last year from Wolves with so much promise of being amazing and now a lot of games he’s not starting. Even when he has played, he’s not been fantastic and yes it is very hard for our wingers at the moment but for someone we paid so much for we expect better from him. He had a very good success rate at crosses last season but now he’s not.

There is, however, no doubt that he is a great player. He has got a couple of assists this season and in one of our pre-season game, I think he got three assists and that’s what we need so desperate for at the moment. He is now facing quite a bit of competition for a place from Downing and Cole. We needed a striker and got Downing which some fans weren’t happy about but I can see where Big Sam was coming from. No-one expected Carroll to be out nearly as long as this and for all the hard work Downing is putting in and the good games he’s had, I think Andy would have definitely scored a fair few of the chances he’s created.

Joey Cole when he’s fit always has a goal in him and is a very creative player that the team love. I think he needs to start more games though. So we have three very good wingers and no striker but things are difficult at the moment and all three of them need to prove themselves.

Based on performances at the moment when Andy Carroll is back, I think I’d start Downing and Cole. No fan is enjoying losing mainly because its silly mistakes like Demel’s against Chelsea and Jussi’s at Norwich that are getting us unstuck but the fans have to be behind the players, negativity won’t help.

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