Eric's What I Want For Christmas List
1. A strong head coach that can implement the changes we will need to make to adjust to the growth in the league. Regardless of what KP thinks.
2. Consistent wing play. Hopefully Castillo is the answer on the left.
3. Faster transition from back to front. The glacial pace we displayed last season (and historically) was and is unacceptable.
4. A nasty streak for Clyde Simms.
5. A stadium resolution. The situation is sapping all the positive energy from the supporters.
Excellent list. There's not much there I can argue with, and #5 I think goes even deeper than the supporters. What I would like to highlight and expand on here is #4...
I'm sure I haven't been completely alone in recognizing that sheer number of minutes played and the lack of too many terrible mistakes do not make a player great. Simms is a decent player, but that seems like all he'll ever be. He's reasonable athletic, though he doesn't have the fire to really make it count in a midfield battle. His positioning is often suspect. He seemed to be developing a threat from distance with low, grass-cutter drives (the Clydewinder Missile!), but hasn't really progressed beyond that early promise. Similarly, I think we'll see that the handful of really nice through balls he managed this year will turn out to be an aberration--the promise of a false dawn in Clyde actually getting the ball forward, rather than back or lateral.
While we're busy worrying over wingers, center backs, keepers, and forwards, somebody should take a long hard look at how much better this team would have been with a really effective d-mid.