Originally Posted by Black Star
So you think it is ok to bench your star player or a 13 M record breaker for some a player you will never get?
If the player we might not get is performing well and the team is getting good results then yes. Currently Welbeck deserves his game, he has played up front in two games and contributed a lot, even aside from his goals. That means either Bent or Gyan and, for me, Gyan currently deserves it as Bent didnt look too sharp on Monday. I would start Welbeck and Gyan, at some point Benty would come on. If in the next game one of the strikers has been average/ poor, then Benty can come on and take the place back for himself by putting in a good performance and making a difference
If you drop Welbeck despite him doing well, it will affect his confidence and possibly his motivation (might think "however well i do i'll only lose my place again")- he has been putting a shit load of effort in, chasing everything, and i wouldnt like to see him get dispirited
With 3 strikers you can have a degree of rotation whilst still giving all of them a good number of minutes on the pitch, letting the in form player keep the shirt is just good for motivation and preventing complacency
I wouldnt rotate the defenders all the time as i think a settled back 4 (5 with the keeper) is important, but we can afford to rotate the strikers depending on how they are performing. The fact that Welbeck probably wont sign for us means nothing as far as im concerned, I want us to do as well as we can this season whilst we have him and so i would keep his motivation and hunger levels high. Benty wont complain if he has to fight his way back into the side, I'm sure he will relish the challenge and appreciate that we arent completely relying on him as we were last season