The problem is we've bought two strikers then tried to play them in completely different roles and integrated them into teams which can't utilise their strengths like their former teams.
Take a look at Carroll. When he was at Newcastle, I think over half his goals (or thereabouts) came from set plays - corners and free kicks. Take a look at how many aerial threats Newcastle had in that team as well as Carroll. Nolan, Taylor, Coliccini, Gutiérrez and Ameobi. I'm not saying these guys are going to batter headers in and come away with 10 goals a season but in terms of aerial threat and the ability to contest balls when marked all can do it effectively. Who do we have this season helping out at set pieces? Skrtel and that's about it. It's no wonder Andys getting no space or joy when balls are tossed into the box. Add to that our general shitness of being unable to kick a ball consistently past the first man or over four feet high and our problem becomes more apparent.
Next we move onto Suarez. I never watched him at Ajax but from all reports we have another Babel situation where he's been played in a few positions and his 'main' or 'favoured' one depends on what argument you are making. Suarez is not a striker, at least in the premier league. He is definitely not a lone striker in our system.
The most distressing thing is that simple changes which make sense are not being considered or tried. Get Henderson off the right side of midfield for fucks sake. He has potential as a decent central midfielder and if he has to wait his chance then he has to fucking wait for injuries or loss of form to other players. We have Kuyt who despite deficiencies in his game has produced from the right side season after season. We also have Maxi that plays right wing, we even have the option of trying Johnson there with Kelly behind. We've always had another option even with injuries and yet we persist with the struggle.
Suarez on the left wing makes even more sense where he can isolate his full back and beat him. Yet we stick in the middle against bruising centre backs and expect him to run through a midfielder and defence and still have enough space and time to get away a tidy shot from a decent range. He can beat the players but as a result the green is eaten up and he either finds himself at an acute angle or the keeper on top of him ready to smother the ball.
I'm dejected about the whole fucking setup right now and more worried because I can't see a way out of it without a decent bit of money thrown at it. Part of me thinks we've blown the chance we had with that £70 odd million spending spree.
The system we have which fits the players we have to me is the christmas tree, which is a pretty close approximation of 4-3-3 anyway. It might not be modern, it might not be tactical masterclass but it suits the players we have in my opinion.