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Dstter_lfc agreed with you that our past managers bought the players considering the reputation of players and not as per our tactics or style of play. KK did the job differently but TBH he bought in-form players rather than class and result is in front of us. These players never recover after blip in their form though Downie & Hendo lately improved a lot. Still, what a mess of 70 milion for the likes of AC, Hendo & Downing (I think these three combined should not be valued for more than 30 milion)
What I like about BR is that he knows what sort of players he need and he is buying players with patience and do not make any rush to buy silly players at inflated price. True, it cost him a striker because of this in the beginning of the season, but still he managed to implement his tiki-taka football and with the inclusion of DS & Coutinho we are getting the results. In summer also I believe BR will go for 3 players only but with those players, I still believe we will defo be in CL in 14-15.
Regarding our first half of the season, we were short of a striker and hence could not convert ample chances, that resulted in so many draw games which we should have won with current inclusion.
LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING STATS
Before December P14 W3 L4 D7
After December P17 W10 L5 D2
Because we were short of a striker at the start, we had as many as 7 draw in 14 games. But afterwards we are doing better than expected.
To be fair to managers, while they rightly take responsibility for failure in recruiting the right players it’s not likely many if any managers these days can really be held to account for the prices paid for transfers or wages. Most clubs identify transfer targets by committee these days, and while the manager may have the loudest voice in this process, his is not the only voice. Additionally I doubt it’s BR, KK or any manager at any club who is on the phone with agents or other clubs' chairman haggling over money.
So by that logic it may be unfair to have a go at KK for the price paid for Carroll, Henderson and Downing, but it would be fair to say whether they were the right players to fit the squad. Now obviously KK was building a very different style of team than BR, but in the case of Carroll I think it may be fair game to ask was he the perfect foil for Suarez, and considering how well we've seen Suarez interchange with more mobile players like Sterling, Coutinho or even Stevie, I think it may be fair criticism. But on Hendo and Dowie I actually think time has proven them to be good fits. It maybe debatable whether we paid over the odds for them, but as I said before that is criticism I think that should be aimed just as much if not more at the likes of Damion Comolli, Ian Ayre, and maybe even Mr. Henry himself.
On the first half versus the second half I tend to agree with you, and do think the lack of a major attacking threat beyond Suarez may have caused many of those draws. But I'd also point to some issues at the back being part of the cause also. A number of those draws resulted from games we had the lead in but lost after silly mistakes at the back. So that combined with both the lack of belief and experience to come back into games, and possibly the lack of a quality impact player available on the bench in the first half took its toll.