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Not City, Spurs, United or Arsenal

Written by on January 22, 2012 | 3 Comments »
Posted in Chelsea, English Premier League, Liverpool

There will be sufficient time dedicated to City against Spurs and Arsenal versus Manchester United on Monday’s Fox Soccer and the Soccer Report Extra podcast so instead here is a graphic look at how Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres did over the weekend.

Both players are strikers who are not striking and the transfers fees that exchanged hands to acquire these players only adds to the ever-increasing weight of expectation carried by both.

While Torres and Chelsea left Carrow Road with a point after a scoreless draw Liverpool lost 3-1 at Bolton.

First to Andy Carroll. The dashboard represents Carroll’s overall involvement in the game and the areas of the field he played in.

Not unexpectedly when we look at his positioning when receiving passes it is very central. Carroll played alongside Craig Bellamy although there did seem to be a change in roles part of the way through the first half.

The game was played in blustery conditions and  Liverpool played against the wind in the first half. As the first half progressed it appeared that Carroll dropped deeper and took on the role of provider to Bellamy who was asked to use his pace through the centre.

It was the link up of Carroll and Bellamy that resulted in Liverpool’s only goal.

Carroll was limited to two attempts on goal but failed to hit the target.

Fernando Torres’ dashboard shows  he played further up the park.

 

You can see that Torres was more mobile receiving passes in a wider variety of areas.

When it came down to attempts on goal Torres recorded one more and had one of his three attempts hit the target.

All-in-all it was a case of more of the same with neither player showing any clear indication that he is about to break out of a slump in form.

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3 responses to “Not City, Spurs, United or Arsenal”

  1. Soccerlogical says:

    Redknapp tax trial begins

    Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp went on trial on Monday accused of taking tax-free offshore bungs in an account named after his pet dog. Redknapp failed to tell investigators about the Monaco account – named Rosie 47

    * Arsene Wenger’s savior may just be the tax man.

  2. J Rob says:

    Would imagine he is feeling unlucky as it was such a common practice until recently (and might still be for all I know) that countless others could be in the same place as him just now.

  3. Ed Gomes says:

    I never believed in Harry, and have always felt the Spurs should be better.
    And yes SL, Harry and Dalglish will save Wengers hide.

    As for the article, Carroll was always a question mark. I believe more pundits scoffed at the fee and wages than embraced it.

    Torres for me is such a head scratcher. Even if it went bad, he should be doing better. I wonder if he’s actually saving AVB with his poor performances.

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