That’s a great post Shropshire because your post and Geordie’s posts absolutely gets to the hub of the issue.
We’ve got all these players, all the potential permutations that having all these players brings and all it adds is muddle and confusion.
It feels like he’s nowhere near a best eleven or best formation. Any half decent side from any era you can virtually go through numbers one to eleven and say who was playing in what position. From say Liverpool or even Ipswich of the early 80’s through to our own successful sides at the end of the last millennium you could go through the team.
I have no idea who plays in this team if everybody is fit. I know who our number one and our number nine are. Everything else, with maybe the exception of Jarvis, is a variable, a maybe, a “what if”.
We could all have a pop at guessing this weekend’s outfield ten and even on here, nobody could say with any certainty what looked likely or unlikely and there’s every chance we would all ultimately get it wrong as Keates is prone to the odd “hero to zero” and vice versa moment.
I’m not sure it does our preparation any good either. I’m sure professional sports people can prepare better if they are absolutely certain of their role at an upcoming fixture. Some of our players must go through the week wondering “am I starting, on the bench or in the stands?” which must be a psychological drag that impacts their performance.
It feels like there are the ingredients of a formula that can drag us out but I’m not sure any of us, most worryingly the manager, really knows what that formula is.