We can dress it up all we want and in truth, we often do. Looking for prettier football, more possession, skilful ball-playing individuals and fresh young faces is all well and good.
However, the reality is, without being overly critical after just a few games, that the end product has to be lethal finishing. It simply must be executed if we are to play a decent part in this division.
It appears that whilst certain positions within the squad have been improved upon, the crucial ‘goal-getter’ is not standing out. A Kevin Philips or a Billy Sharp type is the missing piece. We all know it and we all want it. Easier said than done, but Clotet must be wary as to who he lets go during the remainder of this loan window.
Mrabti is an example along with Maghoma, with both players capable of causing defences problems on their day. Maghoma, in particular, is a player I would be reluctant to offload. Wingers are crucial to Blues this season and if the likes of Jutkiewicz and Gimenez are to benefit we simply need the tried and trusted until better come along. Mrabti simply hasn’t had much of a chance if truth be told. Had Monk stayed then I am sure he would have played a part this season. We have good young players and the season start looks decent but these new players are not battle-hardened with the likes of Crowley and Villalba.
Threats from Roberts long throws, Seddon crosses and Pedersen’s is good to have but before the wide men of Marabti and Maghoma are mentioned as possible departures in certain quarters, just think again. We need first and foremost 44 points to survive (approximately) and that requires goals to win games and secure the three points.
As we stand it looks gettable but only if good build ups result in lethal finishing. Maghoma and Mrabti have a part to play.