When does Pards change it?
Two home games coming up. Oh, we've been here before haven't we? But if we'd not lost those two games, would we have won the next four? Pards switched to 4-5-1 for the Southampton
game and has stuck with it since with wonderful results.
The positives have been well documented elsewhere but in particular Iwelumo's presence as the sole striker, even if he is not entirely suited to the role, Sam's burgeoning season, Thomas finally exerting his energies on the pitch, Reid doing damage in the middle, the formation fuelling ZZ's energy and Semedo fast becoming the find of the season have all been huge plusses since those back to back defeats.
However perfection is still a long way off and in my mind we still need to be more cut-throat in front of goal. Conversely the back five in recent weeks have been outstanding. Weaver, rightly so, revelling behind a more solid and assured defence. Mills has indeed been a revelation and Basey looks every bit as good as Scott Parker and Lee Bowyer when they first broke in the team, albeit in a less high-profile position.
Nonetheless it is the omnipresence of Sam Sodje that to me has made the difference. His impact on Fortune has been amazing and his mannerisms show us how much he is enjoying himself. Signing Sodje after the new year must be top of Pards' Christmas list.
I've mentioned every player but the question is when does Pards change it? Does he change it? Is he tempted to rest Reid for Ambrose or fit-again Holland for Semedo? When does Varney get another chance? Or Racon. What happens when Thatcher is fit and how does he find a way back into the team for the talented and popular Moo2Kil? And what role does the boss have in mind for the returning Dickson?
More questions than answers but if nothing else it proves the depth and flexibility of the squad that we have. If you're going tonight, don't underestimate Sheffield United and give them a homecoming the side deserves. Come on you reds.