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1 hour ago, Changing Times said:

I think you are being a little unfair here mate.  I can get with the Assombalonga isn't finishing well enough this season and all of that but some of that is just wrong.  He makes runs that any striker of his type makes and half the time doesn't get the ball because we don't have any players with a creative thought between them.  He does lose possession in the last third, the same as every other striker in the world, so what are you saying that he should somehow be different?  Statistically speaking, he has 2.7 unsuccessful touches per game and he's dispossessed 2.1 times per game.  Neither of those are even in the top 10 in the Championship and that's just looking at attackers.  Mitrovic, who I think most people would see as a superior all round player, is worse in both stats for example.   His key passes per game is comparable to the likes of Bamford, Hugill, Lyle Taylor and Puscas, which is a very different group of players but I suspect people many would prefer to see them here instead of Assombalonga.  The rest of our players being poor in front of goal can't be laid at Assombalonga's feet albeit I can accept the idea that we could use a different type of striker to try and bring them into the game more - I'm just not sure how much difference it will make with this group of midfielders etc.

Got a feeling someone has a soft spot for Britt.

By no means am i trying to start an argument but i disagree with a lot with what you said and hear me out as i know you will come back with more stats to shoot me down.

I felt to Britt at times under Pulis as he was completely isolated and just a target man, however towards the back of last season and this season he has had Fletcher who has played alongside him and things havent improved in performances as a whole.

Strikers miss chances and for that i wont be over critical because more often than not they will score, but his all round game is shocking. I actually believe PART of the reason he misses so many chances is because of fatigue and how tired he is because of needless runs and playing as a target man.

The amount of needless runs is incredible and if i was a coach i would want my striker to make runs in behind or separate the Centre halves and Britt does neither. Woody should be accountable for this as our wing backs dont press the opposite full backs and Britt ends up doing it.

Britt doesn't lay the ball off to team mates or spread the play and he constantly dwindles on the ball for far too long and slows our attacks down.

I actually think his hold up play has massively improved but he should be a poacher and not a target man.

Britt will score goals at this level but because of the reasons i have stated above i don't think he will never be prolific other than the championship.

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1 hour ago, diggerlad07 said:

Got a feeling someone has a soft spot for Britt.

By no means am i trying to start an argument but i disagree with a lot with what you said and hear me out as i know you will come back with more stats to shoot me down.

I felt to Britt at times under Pulis as he was completely isolated and just a target man, however towards the back of last season and this season he has had Fletcher who has played alongside him and things havent improved in performances as a whole.

Strikers miss chances and for that i wont be over critical because more often than not they will score, but his all round game is shocking. I actually believe PART of the reason he misses so many chances is because of fatigue and how tired he is because of needless runs and playing as a target man.

The amount of needless runs is incredible and if i was a coach i would want my striker to make runs in behind or separate the Centre halves and Britt does neither. Woody should be accountable for this as our wing backs dont press the opposite full backs and Britt ends up doing it.

Britt doesn't lay the ball off to team mates or spread the play and he constantly dwindles on the ball for far too long and slows our attacks down.

I actually think his hold up play has massively improved but he should be a poacher and not a target man.

Britt will score goals at this level but because of the reasons i have stated above i don't think he will never be prolific other than the championship.

I don't have a soft spot for him.  I wasn't convinced when we bought him unlike most on here and I rated Bamford as the better player as I also said repeatedly on the forum, preferring to keep him and sell Assombalonga if I had a choice.  But he is the best we have right now and it's not even close. 

We have a big problem with goal scoring within the rest of the team but he's the one taking the flak for that as well, which is just nonsense.  The other players aren't missing chances because of anything he does.  Wing and McNair have had almost the same number of shots as Assombalonga this season.  Assombalonga's shots and chances are better (closer to the goal) than either of them of course so quite rightly he will be expected to score more goals.  But as a team we have the worst goal scoring record in the league and Assombalonga is the joint 9th highest scorer in the Championship so how is that his fault?  Look at the league table - West Brom's top scorer has 6 goals, Swansea's top scorer has 6 goals, Bristol City's top scorer has 6 goals, Leeds top scorer has 5 goals.  There are plenty of teams who don't have a single player who has scored 6 or more goals this season, we do but it's his fault that we're struggling?

I have no idea what you mean by needless runs.  It's a strange thing that some people criticise the bloke for not working hard enough and now you appear to be saying he works too hard?   He does make runs behind the defence, he does it repeatedly and doesn't get the ball.  Because he's playing up front on his own mostly he is also having to play the role of target man as well, coming short to try and get on the ball, which clearly doesn't suit him as you say.  So he's effectively trying to be two different players and I think he's caught somewhere in between.

He doesn't spread the play well enough and he does dwell on the ball, I completely agree with that.  These things do my head in because it really should be an easy thing to fix and it hasn't been done by now, which either means they aren't working on it or he's just not improving that aspect of his game.  I don't think he's a particular intelligent footballer, which might have something to do with it.  He's missed some chances he should have scored this season but then I bet every player in the league has done the same.  It's standing out more for us because nobody else is contributing anything that's why he has scored as many goals as everyone else. 

A few more stats that are worth noting; we have the 2nd highest number of shots outside the penalty area and I believe the 3rd lowest inside the penalty area.  In other words, we're taking a lot of longer shots and we aren't scoring from them.  It's not Assombalonga who is doing that.  I suppose what I'm saying is criticise him for the things that he is responsible for rather than placing all of the failings of the team on his shoulders.  He should be doing better this season, but all of them should be, and our goal scoring issues are a team wide problem, not just his.

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9 hours ago, Will said:

I don't like people bullshitting, which is what you've been doing about Britt for over a year. You even said on the previous page that it was Pulis who wanted rid of Britt, not the other way round. At least it's now clear to everyone that you like to embellish things that you're told.

Nope, not embellishing anything. In fact I received a PM a few weeks ago from someone on here who has been ITK as recently as the summer just gone saying Britt still wants to leave.

Pulis DID want rid of Britt, that's what started the whole thing off. When Gibson blocked the transfer Britt realised he was stuck here unwanted by the manager. I don't even know why i'm bothering explaining this to you though, you'll still continue to attack me.

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