“Play Carlton up top Sam”


coleCarlton Cole fan Tony Cottee wants the big man to play up front in the current circumstances because he doesn’t believe Enner Valencia can cope up top on his own.

Writing in his London24.com column TC commenting on the Burnley game says: “It is significant that we had so many chances, but could only score from the penalty spot.

All three games we have left have something on them, with both Aston Villa and Newcastle needing points to stay up and Everton looking to leapfrog over us.

I have been really impressed by Tim Sherwood at Villa. He seems to be a great man manager. He tells it as it is when someone has done something wrong and if they have done well he puts his arm around their shoulder.

He has turned Christian Benteke into a goalscorer again, just as he did with Emmanuel Adebayor at Spurs and this will be a tough game. I will have to go for a 1-1 draw.

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  • mattefumi el loco says:

    I don’t understand one thing: Does Cottee like the entertaining football? Why does he not suggest Nene along with Valencia instead of Cole?
    I have my reservations about this… mah…

  • Tiddy says:

    Agreed Enner needs support but BFS will still leave him isolated happen several times a day he won’t change now BFS OUT

  • StingRay Stewart says:

    Cottee was also the one who said we should have given Allardyce a new two year contract immediately back in Jan or Feb.I dont take much notice of his wise words anymore 😉

    • mattefumi el loco says:

      Yeah, and he is also the one who predicted 60 points at the end of the season… lol

      • StingRay Stewart says:

        Exactly Matte,he comes out with some real crap sometimes.But many so called pundits often do 😉

      • StingRay Stewart says:

        Clearly not as much as we do though as ignorant pigs,lets be clear about that 😉

  • navajoHAMMER says:

    Wasn’t TC part of a dynamic pairing with McAvennie? Two up top that split defenses with guile and pace. Cole is definitely not any of that, so why suggest such a duo, maybe he has now resigned to Sam not being “technically flexible”.

  • TysonM says:

    I think the way to go is to have Cole & Nolan together,Nolan supporting Cole,runing onto his headed lay off,flicks & tricks.I think it could work.Im pretty sure it will strike fear into Villas defence 😀

  • coyi1973 says:

    I’d say Cottee knows Allardyce will not play Nene and Valencia which is why he’s suggested Cole and Valencia. Still better to have two up top.

    • newtown says:

      coyi , that’s not two up top , its one up top with one lying on the ground , requring an average of about 5 mins to get to his feet each time !

  • mattefumi el loco says:

    ahahaha.. yeah, Nolan + Cole = Lethal Weapon… and if BFS adds O’Brien and Demel too, we are invincible…


    • navajoHAMMER says:

      Please stop, I am having flashbacks to last season, oh, and the season prior…

  • Sarith says:

    why not play nene with Valencia up top and go back to the diamond with downing at the tip

  • madham says:

    If this fool continues in charge the Boleyn will be empty next season!
    I would take a loss Saturday if he was to be sacked!

  • TysonM says:

    Cole will play on his own up front at villa,we will play the 9-0-1 formation 😉

    • mattefumi el loco says:

      Are you sure Ty? Remember, Sam is the king of the attacking football, I think he’ll use the 0-0-0-11 formation… lol

  • Rads says:

    Yep,i recognise that team set-up Ty,it is little used so not well know.But i googled it & apparently it is known as the ‘Respect The Point’ formation.

    • mattefumi el loco says:

      you’re right Rads, I found it too… This evening I think Guardiola and Luis Enrique will use it too… Sam is their Master, their source of inspiration… lol

      • Chickenrunner says:

        I dont trust your information anymore,i go to wetpants for all the proper info.Cant beat a couple of the pretentious jerks on there who fill my day with joy with their wise words 😀

        • mattefumi el loco says:

          ahahaha… trust me Chicken… this evening Barca vs Bayern will be the Long Ball Wars – Return of the Master…

  • bubs says:

    Playing Cole because he stayed behind with the fans last week could be the great one,s idea of getting back in the fickle fans good books,
    BFS will be using his normal procedures Friday to pick the Team Adrien in goal Nolan where ever he wants to play and captain the rest go in a hat and he plays dip dip dog mess,
    Until the teams selected then he put Nene and Alfitano,s name in the hat and draws the subs.

    • mattefumi el loco says:

      ahahaah… I’m imagining Sam as you described him… what a Genius…lol

  • Michael Miller says:

    It’s true that Valencia needs to work off someone else – the only problem is that Carlton is no longer up to it and Nene is a bit of a mystery – is he a target man I have my doubts.

    I expect BFS to go with Nolan as per usual with Carlton coming on for the last ten minutes and being given an impossible task – Villa to get the vital points they need in my book.

    • TysonM says:

      Yep,cant see anything other than a Villians win. Hippohead will set us up to respect the point & it will all go pear-shaped as usual away from home.

  • Hammerman6 says:

    I would take a 1-1 draw now and be delighted. I agree Tyson M the 9-0-1 formation looks a forgone conclusion.
    Predictable away stats will probably read;
    Possession 30%
    Shots on target 2
    Shots off target

  • Hammerman6 says:

    Shots Blocked 2
    Off sides 12
    Corners 2
    Goals conceded 3 25, 45 +1, 90+3

  • bubs says:

    Only 4 -0
    No 100 goal for Nolan ?
    What percentage of players have fatigue ?
    What percentage of players crossed the half way line without permission?
    How long before DG goes on Twitter to defend BFS ?

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