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BW, November 5, 2011 in Main Discussion - Norwich City
[quote user="BW"]What you reckon guys?[/quote]
Yes, but at right back where Naughton has been roasted again. Yes, Barnett was poor today but he spent most of his time covering right back. Russell Martin was also poor. Tierney wasn''t - for the second game running our defence was rubbish apart from Tierney, who is class.
Villa barely put a ball in the air up front, everything came on the deck through the middle and wide, and we should have gone narrower and stopped the flow but we had nothing in midfield once Johnson was off.
Very reminiscent of Blackpool last year. Lambert was out manouevred by his opposite number - hasn''t happened very often though. We should ahve started with Crofts instead of Bennett if he wanted to play Holt with Morison.
If you want size (6''4"), strength and experience - look no further than Martin Taylor at Watford. He has Premiership experience and has already demonstrated he''s hungry to play when he came to Norwich on loan rather than sit in Birmingham reserves.
He started all 46 league games last season for Watford and scored 6 goals. If we simply want someone with a calm head and authority to play January to May he would do a great job. He''d be within budget and ideal for the Championship should the worst happen.
De Laet alongside him would be a different proposition; Taylor as the big guy to clear the aerial danger and the Man Utd man as a fast-across the ground defender to sweep up the bits...
Think it''s a bit unfair that Barnett is taking so much stick today for his costly error whereas Russell Martin didn''t get the same treatment when his error gave Liverpool their goal.
Martin has had a lot of praise recently because he has switched positions. However, if you were to look back over the last few games you''ll probably notice that Barnett does the bigger chunk of defending. Yeah, Martin plays the position fairly well and he makes the odd burst forward but if you look at who makes the big tackles, big blocks and big headers I think you''ll see that Barnett is the main man in that department overall.
If nothing else, Leon Barnett is the natural centreback and Russell Martin isn''t. In my opinion, in the way they play, it tends to show.
I''d be surprised if Martin survived longer in the centre of defence than Barnett does.
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