Slaven Bilic’s tactics have been quite confusing to most fans recently with the most confusing obviously playing Javier Hernandez out of position by playing him at left or right wing. Many fans including myself thought it was bizarre how when Michail Antonio got injured against Tottenham last Saturday he brought on Andy Carroll instead of the straight position swap for Andre Ayew who later made an appearance.
At the early stage of the game when Antonio pulled up injured, it was predominantly us making chances against Tottenham. Ayew should’ve come on for Antonio for the straight swap to keep pressuring them back and towards their own goal. Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic were linking up well down the left-hand side. As soon as Carroll got substituted on we tended to play the ball more direct to Carroll who ended up being at fault for the second goal for losing the ball from another long ball. This could have meant we would have gone into half time only one goal down which would have helped the team’s confidence, even helped the fans have more faith in the team and even Bilic if he had done something right.
If we had left the tactics and even formation the same until around the 70th minute when Serge Aurier did end up getting sent off and then brought Carroll on and gone 4-4-2 to try to utilise the weakness in Tottenham’s defence, which could have made us go on to potentially score an equalizer or even a winner.
For me, this was one of the last straws to realize that maybe he isn’t the right manager going forward past this season. I’m not Bilic out I can appreciate what he did the final season of the Boleyn and I would like to thank him for such a tremendous last season, but at the end of the season, I think we should look for a new manager.
I worry about whether Bilic will rush both Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini back in the squad after him announcing in his press conference earlier that both are in the squad for the upcoming game against Swansea City on Saturday. However, I worry that they both might get rushed into action too quickly after a few bad results. If this was me I personally would make them both wait until after the international break so they have another two weeks of fitness under their belts.