The defeat on Saturday was yet another bitter pill to swallow for the travelling fans. Giving up their hard earnt money to watch the players not even turn up prompted them to let their feelings heard.
“You’re not fit to wear the shirt” rang from the terrace as the players trudged off down the nearby tunnel. You can’t blame them really, it’s a shambles. We take look at the problems at hand that Cotterill is trying to fix.
You can’t start a car without an engine
First up, the midfield. Analysing the Brentford and Barnsley games, the main problem is the middle three; although he’s dominant in the air, N’Doye simply can’t pass, Davis lacks any quality he had last season, Gardner looks past it, Maghoma looks lost and Kieftenbeld isn’t performing to his best either. As for Jota, he needs much more quality around him that he can feed off. All-in-all, the car won’t be starting anytime soon and something has to change and quick, else we could find ourselves on the Championship scrap heap.
Cotterill now has the International break to prove his worth and install much needed confidence into the side. You look at the games coming up and they don’t get any better. Forest, Boro, Wolves and Sheffield United await and with the current side I don’t see us winning any of them. We now have to win at least third of our remaining games to stay up. However, if that means dropping a number of players then so be it, no one is bigger than the badge and they shouldn’t be playing if the only reason is because they’re on higher wages. It can’t get any worse, right?
Under Rowett, the team punched above their weight. I’ve seen many posts saying ‘get rid of the deadwood’. I don’t think that’s the problem, it’s the recruitment of late. Redknapp even said Zola’s signings simply weren’t good enough for the first 11 – only Nsue featured on Saturday and that was because Colin and Jenkinson are both injured.
The real problem is this; Zola tried to make them into Barcelona, Harry tried to reverse that completely by trying to overhaul the squad, but he failed to get the deals over the line. Fast forward to now, Cotterill is trying to pick up the pieces and try and glue them together. The squad is a mess because the owners have tried to give us a fast track ticket to success, but the ride has broken down.
Buying 14 players has caused unrest in the dressing room, it’s simple as that. Those bad apples need to be dropped and put with the youth team and some of the youngsters that will actually put 110% and put their bodies on the line, need to step in to save our season. If Cotterill isn’t brave enough to implement this change, many years rebuilding in League One will be the only option. The one thing that will remain is the fans and right now, they deserve better.
There’s my take on it, but what do you think is the biggest underlying problem at Blues? Let us know in the comments below!