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Pellegrino Praises Long ! But Call For Better Quality In The Final Third !
Friday, 29th Sep 2017 09:04

Maurcio Pellegrino has praised Shane Long but has cautioned that he needs all of his strikers to start scoring goals.


Praising Long he said.

“Shane is always a hard worker and improving,”

“It’s something really important when you are deep, he is the type of player that can keep the ball and challenge in aerial play and can give this two or three seconds you need to go forward."

“I know for a striker to score goals is something that completes the job."

“I would like that from all of them because we need [Manolo] Gabbiadini, we need Charlie [Austin], we need Sofiane [Boufal], Nathan [Redmond], Dusan [Tadic] and all our offensive players, and even defensive players, to be better in the final third.”

Pellegrino is spot on, he knows that strikers need goals, once they get them then more usually follow, but strikers can only score if they have the chances, he has always maintained that the issue is about the quality of the chances created and he is right, a number of fans think that playing an extra striker will automatically solve the problem, it won't not unless the ball into the box is of better quality.

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mgprobert added 09:30 - Sep 29
Its hard to imagine that his players will suddenly say "ah, yes, thats it, I need to be better" ....you'd like to think that they're trying their hardest already. Either they need more confidence, or the tactics aren't producing the required chances, or they're not good enough. Hopefully MP will have time to work on the tactics and the results and confidence will come - or he'll have to make changes to the team.
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bstokesaint added 12:54 - Sep 29
I know Shane Long take some stick for his finishing (although arguably it's not much worse than anyone else's in the final third) but for me he really is an inspirational character. It's a joy to watch any player who works their socks off for the cause. It'd be nice to see a few others doing the same. With players like Shane generally chances will be created for others around hm. He needs to be utilized correctly.
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SaintBrock added 13:10 - Sep 29
Long is past his best, anno domini and all that. His sharpness has gone and he is not as fast he he once was. That's why he keeps getting whistled for offside and is a yard off when it comes to finishing.
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SaintPaulVW added 13:16 - Sep 29
He's probably the best fit in the current system. However he needs to get or make goals or the system will have to change.
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IanRC added 10:08 - Sep 30
Should be playing Shane Long and Gabbi together.
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