A tale of two blogs. The great debate. 7500toHolte and Under A Gaslit Lamp.
Following every match day, the editors of the two blogs, Regan and James, will debate a hot, and hopefully interesting topic regarding the game.
For this game, the topic of conversation was:
After a poor game against Tottenham Hotspur, should Anwar El Ghazi be dropped against Bournemouth?
James Rushton: I’d say yes. I think it freshens up the team and gives us some opportunities to try new things on the wing.
El Ghazi does have the quality, but I think rotation is key here.
Sometimes a 6/10 performance isn’t going to cut it.
Regan Foy: I disagree.
JR: I think the players who were shown some loyalty by Dean Smith – Elmohamady and Taylor – stepped up a bit.
Did El Ghazi? It’s questionable.
RF: I agree, he didn’t step up. His performance was poor and I was shocked that he stayed on the pitch for the full 90. But as we’ve seen, he’s a confidence player – and after a run of games last season he was on fire.
Is it not too early to drop him after a bad performance against Champions League level opposition? Perhaps if he performed that way against Bournemouth, I’d agree.
You run the risk of acting too early and potentially a return to the Anwar we’re used to.
JR: Here’s the thing. Do we trust him for another game or rotate?
Anwar is a great player and he’s going to do big things for us – but I really think we’ll be opting for Jota and Trézéguet against Bournemouth.
As for it being too early – I think you’ve got a point but we’ve got fewer games this season and thus changes will happen far more often and far more brutally.
That being said, I wouldn’t at all be upset to see El Ghazi on that wing against Bournemouth.
RF: Jota makes sense – but in the same breath, he also performed poorly against Tottenham, albeit over a shorter period of time and after being thrown from the frying pan into the fire as it were.
I think brutal changes will be there for all to see, but I think in both Trézéguet and El Ghazi, we’ve got two players who thrive on confidence and nothing but.
For me, it would be counter-intuitive to drop on the basis of one game – perhaps a 45 minute change if he’s not performing?
JR: Yeah. The line-up and formation isn’t that important.
It’s how the team plays as a unit and how the roles gel. This team will evolve and the catalyst for that could be half time changes.
RF: I think we’ll see more of El Ghazi this season than Jota or Trézéguet, for one reason or another.
But then again, we’ve had a whole year to gather thoughts on Anwar.
JR: My mind isn’t completely made up, but I know one thing – he can come up with some magic.
RF: That’s for certain. Moments of magic can be few and far between for newly promoted sides in the Premier League.
He’ll know he can do better, and we’ll see it soon enough.
What do you think, though? Does Anwar El Ghazi’s poor performance against Tottenham Hotspur merit a change ahead of Bournemouth? Or does he start for you?
Let us know in the comments below.