Cardiff City were able to call upon the undoubted talents of mercurial midfielder Jason Koumas to come from the bench and earn City the three points against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday. Socring goals has not been our problem this season, and the Bluebirds possess a fearsome strikeforce which should, arguably, have been too strong for many at this level.
However, despite our wealth of attacking talent in the squad – City did not name a single striker on the bench against Doncaster with only Koumas providing any sort of attacking prowess. Gavin Rae is a more defensive midfielder while Gyepes, Blake, Naylor and Matthews are all defenders!
Credit to Jones, the inclusion of Koumas was clearly a masterstroke – but to leave out Jay Emmanuel-Thomas seems bizarre to say the least with no cover for Bothroyd (who has struggled with hamstring problems) and Craig Bellamy (knee I say more?!?).
Jones was unfortunate to have Michael Chopra and Jon Parkin unavailable through injury but Emmanuel_thomas’ added versatility, coupled with Koumas lack of input so far, would surely have meant the Arsenal youngster was a shoe-in!
JET has featured on either wing, and in attack for City. His pace and trickerfy have caused problems but he also has a powerful physique, and while he will never be a target man – he would certainly have been able to play alongside either Bothroyd or Bellamy. Koumas can play along the midfield, but not in attack.
Emmanuel-Thomas was certainly unlucky to be left out of the Bluebirds squad and surely one of the other loan players (Brown, Samuel, Olofinjana, Koumas but not Bellamy) should be left out of tomorrow’s squad should Parking not be fit – we need attacking options, especially with a second outing in three days for Craig Bellamy’s knees!
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