Garth Crooks has become the new Mark Lawrenson in my eyes. I used to criticise Lawro’s BBC website predictions on a weekly basis, but it became akin to shooting fish in a barrel. Now, Crooks’ Team of the Week feature is the recipient of my rant.
A couple of weeks ago we examined Crooks’ decision to operate a team with a 4-1-5 formation, but this week the BBC football ‘expert’ goes even more attacking with his selections.
Four defenders is fairly standard (although I would advise going to the piece to see the photo of Newcastle’s Coloccini), but then Crooks loses the plot. Choosing four strikers – Sterling, Van Persie, Rooney and Dzeko (who played for only 14 minutes) – is pretty bold, so one would expect that the two midfielders would need to be holding defensive players to complete the team.
No, of course not. Crooks has gone for Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.
Finally, I love this comment on Edin Dzeko, sort of sums up the level of insight provided: “I can’t stand the term “impact player” largely because I don’t know what they do! However, Edin Dzeko is proving to have an impact on games.”
Interestingly, the BBC have removed the option to comment on the piece, presumably after some choice ‘feedback’ from readers.