Since Steven Taylor has come back in our last two games, we have managed to pick up a valuable 4 points and Steven has looked very solid in the center of the defense.
Steven Taylor – looked good at back in last two games
We also think that Habib Beye has been playing very well in our last 3-4 games and of course was the hero on Saturday with the late winner.
Weâ€™ve liked David Rozehnal at the back too, but he was badly at fault on Saturday for Birminghamâ€™s first goal. Sam Allardyce has talked about all three players to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œHaving Steven back is very important. It gives us a more solid unit.â€ â€œItâ€™s not easy for a player to come from another country and play in the Premier League.â€
â€œHabib Beye and David Rozehnal have been doing unbelievably well for their first season.â€ â€œYes, theyâ€™ve made one or two mistakes along the way, but we have to accept that while theyâ€™re gaining Premier League experience.â€
â€œIâ€™ve said right from the start I needed as much Premier League experience as I could get. We tried to buy it, but we couldnâ€™t get it.â€ â€œWe ended up with these players who I know are quality, but need a little bit of time to come through. These two have come through really, really quickly.â€
Since the team, and particularly the defense are now seeming to gel much better, thereâ€™s a couple of things we will be looking for. We need some clean sheets that will give us a chance to pick up all 3 points in games, and weâ€™ll also have to see what best back four Sam thinks he has.
It certainly looks like Taylor should now be one of the central defenders and we still have Faye and Cacapa fighting for those central positions. Also at left back Nâ€™Zogbia is now preferred to young Enrique, but weâ€™d like to see the Spaniard get more chances at left-back in the upcoming games. From what we’ve seen of him, he has everything it takes to be successful in the Premiership.
What do you think? Let us know – comments always welcome.