As we approach our date with destiny in the form of Wigan in the FA cup, everyone is eagerly awaiting the return of Aaron Ramsey to the starting line up. He has been a big loss considering the number of goals he has already scored for us this season. Apart from Ramsey, there are the usual suspects including Carzola, Podolski and Mertesacker who are most likely assured of a place in the starting line up. It looks like we will have a full squad in a couple of weeks.
However there are three players that I am really hoping to get a chance to see as I believe they can have a big impact on the game in one capacity or another. The first and most likely starter is Yaya Sanogo. He is strong, powerful in the air, and is a handful for any defender. His only problem is his lack of shooting prowess. He just cannot shoot to save his life but he can definitely lay off passes for midfielders to shoot. Expect Ramsey to lap up the chances that come his way assuming he won’t be rusty. Besides I am sure most fans will be happy to see Giroud on the bench.
Another player I am looking forward to watching and who will probably come on as a substitute is Kim Kallstrom. I cannot wait to see what he can do when presented with set pieces. From what I have had, he is up there with Leighton Baines, and Rooney. Who knows, we might be pleasantly surprised and find he is at Beckham’s level…or that’s wishful thinking? Either way, he should provide an attacking impetus that has been lacking in our play recently. His lack of playing time suggests that we should not expect him to take the rest of the premier league by storm but the FA cup should provide an insight into what we should expect from him.
One player I would be pleasantly surprised to see is Thomas Eisfeld. I really like this kid after watching him against Reading last season. We were losing that game at the time and watching him come and actually steady the ship…that was impressive. I didn’t see defence splitting passes that day although there was more than a hint that he definitely has that attribute in his armory. What stood out was his assurance on the ball. He could up the tempo and slow down the pace of the game with just a simple pass. I have heard from certain quarters that he can go missing in a game. He most likely might only get a chance to play if the game is already won. It would be nice for him to prove what an asset he is.