If there's any truth in the Carrillo interest, particularly at that fee, that's a major concern. He would absolutely be a Pellegrino signing and surely that ship has sailed. We didn't back him in the summer and it would surely be throwing money at a lost cause to try and rectify that now. Carrillo is hardly prolific either, before joining Monaco, where it hadn't worked out, he appears to score a goal every 4 games and the occasional assist. That sort of return won't dig us out of the hole we're in.
According to Whoscored, Carrillo is good in the air and likes to try flick ons. He's never played at the pace of an EPL match and doesn't score many goals. Seeing as his assists are so low, I'd also suggest that he isn't a hold up man. We should stay well away from him. After all, who is it going to be lobbing these crosses in for him to head in as a lone striker?!?
What continually ticks me off about this whole striker situation is the reference to Manolo Gabbiadini's struggle for goals this season. How the hell is he supposed to score from the bench? If he'd been given half as much game time as the likes of Redmond, I'd put money on him scoring a few. How does Shane Long get the shout over him? I watched a game a little earlier in the season - I don't recall which one - in which Gabbiadini started. At some point in the second half, the commentator said he had seen Gabbiadini make seven or eight runs off the ball and not once did a Saints player attempt to pick him out! We've all seen what he is capable of, before he was injured towards the end of last season. Pellegrino needs to give him game time. Not fifteen or twenty minutes at the end of a match when we're chasing the game!
Absolutely right Steve_N. Why they are not practising through balls to Gabbi is beyond me as he is our only player likely to hit the back of the net. As for the 3 names mooted in the article, I would guess that they were never in the "Black Box" which must need a ctrl - alt -del by now.
tactics tactics tactics! If you have players who will get behind defences down the flanks and cross early then Gabbi will get you 20 goals a season as his movement is excellent. But he's not big or physical so if your wingers constantly cut inside and put loopy crosses into the box then you need to outmuscle, or out jump, the centre half more often than not. Gabbi will never score those goals.
This is why we end up playing Long who can mix it up a bit yet can't hit a barn door. It's just compensating for the inadequacies of messrs Tadic, Redmond and Boufal. Fix those 3 - and by that I think I mean buy replacemeants or perhaps just a bit of "hit the byline and cross" hairdryer action might work - and play Gabbi or Austin and saints will be ok.
Wish I could click more than once on the comments above! My worry is that we don't get a player(s) who can feed Gabbi, he's going to come to the conclusion that sitting on the Saints bench is damaging his career and he will be off.
Oh my god no dont let Mp chose any players We have a perfectly good striker in Gabbi but Mp is so tactically inept he cant get the best out of him so takes the easy route and picks Long, In fact after Longs goal Mp said something like he expects him to be scoring more now. NO he wont he never has and never will and only an idiot or a blind man would think that.Sack him now before he wastes money.
If we keep playing the same formation we will get the same results. Change the formation and you change the results we've been watching this all season so far. Just as the defence lets strikers unmarked in the 6 yard box which has lost us a number of points. Therefore I agree stick with the players we have rather than buy unless we have proven goalscorers on our raider or gritty PL defenders, but will they want to come to us. We also need the players to be remotivated, I've seen Brighton, Bournemouth Palace Swansea and West Ham on the box and they seem more organised and motivated than Saints I'm sad to say.