Rafa was a big admirer of Alan Shearer when he played at Newcastle and the Spanish manager thinks Alan is the best striker ever to play in the Premier League.
Our current number 9 Salomon Rondon has shown some glimpses of Alan’s skill but he is not getting enough good chances – according to Rafa.
Of course, Shearer and Andy Cole often needed just one chance to put the ball away – lesser strikers need a lot more chances to score.
Rafa wants to see the team give better service to the 29-year-old Venezuelan striker and Rafa has talked about the great Alan Shearer.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:
“Then you are talking about the best players in the Premier League and Alan Shearer was here and was the best ever.”
“We just have to make sure we create more chances for Rondon to do well.”
“Also, it depends on your team – Manchester United (Andy Cole) would create more chances than anyone.”
“It is also the type of chances you create.”
“For a striker, it’s not just about making a cross or a pass and it’s easy, we have to make sure we do something more for offensive players to get better chances.”
“For us, it is always the same – the short blanket.”
“We have to defend well first, then do both things at the same time (defend and attack).” “Some games we can do it but not every game.”
“We try to focus on different things.” “Against Crystal Palace we were attacking, we played five at the back but it can look like three.”
“At Leicester, we knew they would be pushing and have pace and ability.”
“When they have a player like Jamie Vardy that has pace and can run behind your defenders you can’t be too high.”
“You have to manage space.” “You need bodies back and if you do that how can you be a threat in the final third?”
“This is the balance we look for.”
“Miguel Almiron gives us runs behind defenders and we defend and link with him.”
“That makes a big difference for a game plan for a while.”
If only we had Alan Shearer in the side now we’d be a lot higher in the league table.
Alan is the top goalscorer ever in the Premier League with 260 goals in 441 Premier League games.
That’s a scoring ratio of 0.59 goal for each league game – |59 goals in every 100 appearances on average – unbelievable!.
Rafa wants to keep Rondon this summer and sign another striker so we can score a lot more goals in the Premier League.
Last season we averaged just over one goal a game (39 goals in 38 games) and this season it’s worse than that with 32 goals scored in 34 goals.
What do you think?