You'll be aware of what I've written about the headache that Tim Sherwood has created for himself when buying all these new players and having basically two players for every position. And I think on Saturday I wrote something about how he wasn't going to get it right even if he got it right.
Well it turns out that he didn't get it right, but I didn't think it would be that most would agree with the reasons why. And it's hard to write this next part because it feels like I'm doing the I told you so line again; but it was Gabby and I think judging by what I've read since the match, many think he should be dropped.
I disagree about dropping Gabby because of that performance but I can see why people say that as the players are the ones in the firing line. But ask yourself this; why did Palace have 50% more shots than us and three times as many on target? Or put it another way, if Gabby had the opportunity to have three times as many shots on target do you think he would have scored?
Now, I don't care if you think he wouldn't score. What I care about is that you're thinking about it. The problems persist from last season and yes, they might take time to change but it hasn't taken Traoré time to make an impact and it didn't take Pedro at Chelsea time to make an impact. I think even though we're only three games in, we've got to stop making excuses and we've also got to stop blaming the players.
Excuses and blame
But we have to have someone to blame and a good excuse can run for weeks. Me, I think if you give Gabby three more chances he'll score those but I think he should be dropped and should have been dropped years ago. For the life of me I don't understand why you spend money on Gestede and Ayew and then play Gabby.
I'd understand why Sherwood would play Gabby if he had just inherited the squad, but this is his squad now. Don't get me asking why only four of his players started the match because that could get this post going on for ever.
But it's easy to point the finger or create an excuse. I've got work to do so I'm going to end the post here. That works, right, I feel good about it and I don't need to think about it any more, because everyone is happy and I've made my point. If only Aston Villa had.