Blog » Adam and Steve
Working at The Redmen TV has its perks, such as getting to meet living legends like
Rafael Benitez and Didi Hamann, but there are some drawbacks too. For instance
sitting behind the camera listening to the furious and passionate debate
unfolding out in front of me, it takes a lot to resist the urge to chime in with
my own two cents worth, so Iím grateful that I can vent it all here and
hopefully spark some debate amongst the red family.
This week one of the topics I dearly wanted to jump in on was the discussion of Charlie Adamís season so far, and whether he really has what it takes to make it at such a big club, whether he is really what we need to take us to the next level. Iíll be honest I wasnít the biggest campaigner for Adamís signature. Despite two fantastic seasons, one of which was in the Championship I had questions marks about his age and his quality, plus why was he wanted? Without knowing the story behind the scenes we had two arguably better players in Raul Meireles and Alberto Aquilani at the club, Jay Spearing had just come off the back of season where the tide of opinion had drifted in his favour, Jonjo Shelvey was still highly rated and weíd just spent £20m on Jordan Henderson. Lucas Leiva had established himself as a mainstay of the first team and as yet hadnít had his season prematurely cut short. Finally we had Christian Poulsen, though everyone had forgotten about him, and those who hadnít were doing their utmost to, he was still a Liverpool player at the time, although most anticipated he wouldnít be here by the time the 2011-2012 campaign kicked off.
I know some of you are thinking that Iíve forgotten about a certain lad from Huyton who could probably put in a shift should we become desperate, but Iíll explain why havenít included him in the above role call a bit later. Getting back to Adam though, my view was that he was someone we didnít need, and who at best would be a squad player, the price tag only confirmed it. The only thing I could see the Scotsman bringing to the side was set pieces, which whilst the star for Blackpool appeared to be a big feature of his game and accounted for a good portion of his assists, but this was something our resident Italian showed with each pre-season performance that we had a player who had that in his locker already, whatís more he was younger (still is :P ) and had more to offer.
Ironically one of the biggest criticisms Iíve heard of Charlie Adam this season is that his set pieces are woeful, while one of the biggest excuses trotted out is heís not being played in as advanced a role as he should be. This goes against the main reason we were told that Aquilani was leaving on loan in the first place, that he played in the role that our captain occupies, a role which many fans seem to be insisting Adam should be playing now in order to get the best out of him.
Now itís unfair to simply lambast Adam as not good enough to wear the shirt. After all we have had a fair number of circumstances conspire against us this season. Youíd have to consider that a fully fit squad may not have seen Adam as a regular starter, but then where does the creativity come from? as sad as it is to say outside of our captain who I donít believe is the central midfielder certain sports pundits claim him to be, Adam is our most visionary player in the centre of the park. What that says about the amount of genuine creativity in our side is quite damning but the performance against Sunderland only reinforces the idea we desperately need someone to come in and unlock opposition defences, and it also highlighted the weaknesses in Adamís game; his erratic passing, mainly short range which is sloppy, and while we know the man can pick out a long range pass his ball retention as a whole is detrimental to the team.
Iím not the type of person to write off a players career so soon, and as a squad player he may have something to offer, but for me he certainly isnít a first teamer on present form. I would rather have our skipper in central midfield ahead of Adam, and anyone that knows me is under no illusions of my opinion that Stevie is no longer a central midfielder, and I think the stats bare this out, when we havenít won a league match in which Stevie has started this year. Please let me know what you think, and keep it civil, the man still wears our shirt.