I thought Spearing played well tonight. I think few can deny that he played with passion which is probably 70% of a good performance. Look at Ballotelli, Diouf etc ... all players you'd probably say are more talented but do you really want to have them in your squad? In no way am I suggesting that he should be a midfield main stay but he's great to have in the squad as back-up.
In reality it means we don't need to go out and spend 5-7mn and significant wages on a squad player (like what we did with Poulsen and Konchesky) which I see as being great news. E.g. It means we can go and spend 20mn on a winger and hopefully get a bit more quality for a starting 11 position rather than go and spend 14mn on either sommeone who's lower quality, or someone who's a bit more of a risk. Great news!!
I just think it's so important to remember you don't need a squad (or even a first team of superstars) to win the league. Look at United this year, as much as it pains me to say, in reality they're probably going to win the league with a mixed bunch of players. Looking through the teams they've put out in the last 3 or 4 games, the first 11 has included players such O'Shea, Gibson, Kuszczak, Brown, Fletcher. I personally wouldn't want to see Liverpool go out and buy any of those players but there's a time and place for playing them, and developing our own is going to free up much needed cash.
I also recognise that the UTD players in general are a lot more experinced than the stop-gaps that LFC are using (Kelly, Wilson, Spearing, Shelvey, Flanagan etc.), but I think most would agree that the emergence of Kelly was the highlight of the first half of the season and I'd even be so bold as to suggest that most fans would rather see this group of players (along with Pacheco, Ince and Sterling) given chances ahead of the likes of Poulsen. Hopefully we can see these players emerge over the next two years to provide the cement to the likes of the new bricks of Carroll, Suarez et al that we bring in over the next 18 months.
Bottom line, praise where it's due, i thought the lad played well yesterday so well done. More where that came from please!
Good post. Exactly how I see the emergence of Spearing into the first team. Its taken players like Fletcher a fair few years to become regulars in the Untd team, but his value to the squad has always been decent. Spearing and Shelvey could now mean that we don't need to sign a CM at all (although I suspect that we still will). I hope that the same happens in defence with Kelly, Wilson, Ayala (possibly) and now Flanagan all contributing to the point that signing a new CB isn't as imperative as it has been.
Its still all about patience with the younger players. Spearing is still relatively young and this has been the first proper season that he has made his mark, he will still improve. How good could he be in three years time considering the performance he gave last night? He might not go on to be a world beater, but is Fletcher? And his value to Untd is massive.
Midfield options next season could read like Gerrard, Lucas, Raul, Spearing, Shelvey and one more. Even with a 20 million CM added to that list, it would be a relatively small outlay for the set of six CM's.
I've got a good feeling about next season. Not because all of our players are worldclass (as they obviously all aren't) but because I've seen enough quality (albeit inconsistantly) from some of the squad to realise that with a few quality additions and Kenny's style of football where we attack and defend with numbers and constantly move and play with a quick tempo, we will have the beating of most teams.