Is it time for Gekas?
So far we have not seen anything from Theofanis Gekas and despite the words of Guy Whittingham ringing in our ears, words that many expected would see the Greek striker named on the bench against Chelski on Tuesday, he was not...
Today he has told The News how he is desperate to be given his chance to show what he can do, and hopes this comes even if he appreciates why more 'familiar faces' are being given the nod at the moment.
Still for the majority of us, if not most of us, all we know of Theo is little snippets we have seen of him playing in European competition or for his country, not to mention the 'wonderful world of YouTube', a fantastic place but more often than not a very one-sided place to be fair where even the biggest donkey can be made to look a world beater, mentioning no names!
If we cannot score goals we will not win games it is that simple - we are starting to create enough opportunities now to make you think we can win games, but we simple are not getting in the positions to take them or when we are we are missing them. You cannot afford to miss chances at this level can you...
Would Theo have converted the chance that Dave Nugent had when one-one-one with Petr Cech, would he have made more of the chance that is still haunting me now that Niko Kranjcar missed?
We may never know, unless similar opportunities present themselves to him down the line.
He is known as a 'goal hanger', a player that will be in positions to take chances - one thing that is known is unless we do see something of him we will never know what he can do. If he is not good enough fair enough, but we need to be told this - if he is then as much as 'waiting for the right moment' is something that we might feel we need, we cannot wait forever as we are running out of time...
I had said we should stick with what we have, but we now have a tough call coming up the weekend after this when we go to Boro - do we drop Peter Crouch and go with Theo or do we again carry on as we are and hope that the England man finally gets that breakthrough that he is so desperate for, and for me is all he needs to fire on all cylinders again...
Some might say 'how come you are not mentioning Nugent is being the one to step aside?'
Well, for me that is quite simple really, he is not playing as an out and out forward is he, he is playing right or left side in an advanced midfield role, left at the moment, getting forward as well as working his nuts off defensively - I am not at all convinced that Theo would, or even could do that job like he is?
The former Preston man is looking more and more the player we wanted him to be when we signed him - although to be honest I did not think he has the work rate that he does in him and his first touch is really coming on, it was fantastic on Tuesday in awful conditions - so how could he be left out! Granted I would still prefer to see him right up alongside Crouch but an orthodox 4-4-2 is not something we look like seeing much of for the foreseeable future is it...then again 'needs must' and all that.
I am a big fan of Crouch, and would have him in my side more often than not and do still feel that he offers far more than some credit him, but we need goals, we desperately need goals, if Theo is up to it then potentially putting a more mobile and more out and out striker in him up top against Boro might be the way we need to go?
To be honest I suspect that it will be pretty much 'as you were' again, not that I am knocking this of course as can we really fault what we have seen from the guys in the last 3 games!
For me Crouch would not respond by throwing his toys out of the pram, like some do, but he would of course not take to kindly to sitting out regularly - although sitting out regularly is not something that I would expect to be the case anyway.
So, Crouch or Gekas - you decide!
PLAY UP POMPEY!