Kevin Keegan has already announced that he will field the same team against Sunderland that played at Fratton Park last weekend.
Kevin Keegan – working his players in training
Kevin justifiably believes the new strike-force of Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka is working so well so heâ€™s taking the old adage, if it aint broke donâ€™t fix it.
By playing the same team each week itâ€™s also giving the players time to meld into a good team, and itâ€™s certainly paying dividends.
Keegan told the Evening Chronicle:
â€œWe’ll leave it alone, and let the other players wait for the opportunity,’ ‘Let’s see when they get that, whether they can really take it.â€â€œWe’re going forward. We’re a work in progress, and hopefully we’ll learn from the things we didn’t do so well.â€
â€œThe 4-3-3 formation is still working, and still creating. We’re still causing other teams problems, and I think that will continue to be the case as long as every player puts in a shift.â€
â€œThat’s what is happening at the moment, and it’s very hard to change it when these 11 players are so determined to win games, and do things right for the club.â€
Kevin has resisted the chance to change the team to give fringe players a chance to shine. But with the squad already small we think most of them will get their chance in the close season.
We only expect 3-4 players to leave the club in the summer with Ameobi, Carr and Rozehnal seeming to be the firm favorites to move on.
With Kevin planning to bring in 4-5 top players and at least 2-3 top youngsters, weâ€™ll still have a bigger squad next season, which we will need if we are to challenge for a European place.
What do you think?
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