Cottee: Sakho shows Opta Stats can mislead

TCotteeTony Cottee accepts Sam Allardyce’s view it’s results against teams like Queens Park Rangers that are the most important rather than bonus wins against the likes of Liverpool.

Writting in his column he declared: “QPR were awful. It is very easy to be critical, but I just couldn’t work out what they were doing.

I know they were missing Joey Barton, but unless they improve quickly, they The Hammers were too good for them.”

He’s delighted with the new style of Irons play saying: Our diamond formation is really working at the moment.

“It allows both our full backs – Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson – to get forward and help the attack and it also gives plenty of chances for the strikers to get on the ball.

“Diafra Sakho made it five goals out of five and he seems to be an excellent goalscorer although he shows that maybe we place too much emphasis on Opta Stats where they say you haven’t played well unless you have run five miles.

“He just seems to be in the right place at the right time. I think if Opta Stats had been around when I was playing then I would have been near the bottom of the list because I only really got a sprint on if I was going to try and score a goal!

“I am not comparing myself to Sakho, but he concentrates on scoring goals and that is fine with me.

“Generally, there was no Noble or Kouyate and of course Andy Carroll is still getting fit, but what that means is that now Big Sam not only has a Plan A, but he also has a Plan B and even a Plan C which is something we simply didn’t have last season.

“At the moment, why change it though? It is working so well and I have said for a long time that two strikers is what we need.

“There will be a time in the future when we can tinker with that, but it is a glorious prospect to have some depths to come into the squad.”


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