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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 10 Feb 19 12.30pm Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

Watch that chance in the first half. Good strikers keep the ball rolling towards goal with a slight touch to keep it in their control. Not Benteke. He doesnít know what heís going to do, traps it, takes it in the direction heís facing or the ball is moving in after heís Ďcontrolled ití (has he even controlled it?), and then takes a few touches away from goal, making the angle narrower. Heís done this so many times since heís been with us itís criminal.

He is absolutely pony imo. I saw glimpses of showing purpose at the start of the season in the opposition half when running towards goal (even if he did take the ball or was jockeyed towards the corner flag) and last week, but Iím sorry, vs West Ham, and for £130k per week?

We really are lumbered with a bad striker and player on the deck. Really bad actually. Never reads anything, is never even in the box when the ball flashes past and what annoys me more is when he chests the ball down for someone in the box and it isnít near them. He then moans with his arms pointing out as if to say it was there for them when in reality it was several yards away from them (theyíre possibly both to blame tbf)

The one case he did have yesterday was when someone on the left didnít square the ball to Benteke in the 6 yard box and instead missed. Was it MacArthur or Wilf? Canít remember but Benteke is stealing a living. Good for one season but not worth a quarter of the money since. And I was wanting him back not long ago because Ayew is no central striker. What a sh1t show weíll be struggling with again next season. Too many eggs in one basket because we didnít scout anyone for the several seasons we knew striker was going to be an issue.


Edited by Rudi Hedman (10 Feb 2019 12.35pm)

 


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Another thing with him is that when he does get an opportunity, he always hits it where the goalkeeper is, not where he's not. I.e. straight at him! Absolute rubbish.

Edited by southnorwoodhill (10 Feb 2019 12.38pm)

 

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View Petereagle's Profile Petereagle Flag Brockley 10 Feb 19 12.42pm Send a Private Message to Petereagle Add Petereagle as a friend

Originally posted by southnorwoodhill

Another thing with him is that when he does get an opportunity, he always hits it where the goalkeeper is, not where he's not. I.e. straight at him! Absolute rubbish.

Edited by southnorwoodhill (10 Feb 2019 12.38pm)

It does look like he canít steal a goal, and when he does get a shot off, straight at the gk

 

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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 10 Feb 19 12.44pm Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

Originally posted by Username


The two are very different strikers.

As soon as Bats came on we were playing to his strengths and looking for the ball over the top and in behind.

Benteke spends the whole game isolated and competing for the ball with no support near him. If we continue with Wilf on the left and Andros on the right, you'll never get the best out of him, because the ball doesn't get into the box quick enough. He's always having to stop and wait for it, and then deal with a centre half.

Also worth pointing out that in terms of his movement, if McArthur had squared the ball properly on two occassions Benteke had got himself in position for a tap in.

Maybe the two together would work, but I do worry it would leave us exposed in the middle.

This is a decent post. Although Townend cuts inside, gets a cross in. Wilf never gets a cross in than him being further out than 6 yards from the near post. His left foot is too weak to cross balls with flight or at pace.

But then there are the surprising balls flashed across goal or the ones where a full back surprisingly makes the goal line and, surprise surprise, Benteke is in the wrong place. He cannot read the bodies of his teammates or where they can or might get the ball to. He just takes up the position that heís more likely to score from.

Zero football intelligence. I remember the squared floor passes he received at Liverpool and chipped into the nearby terraced houses from 6 yards out. I donít know what it takes to get through to him but if we havenít so far, well.

 


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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 10 Feb 19 12.48pm Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

Originally posted by Dangermouse

Think it's safe to say that Benteke has a real problem playing in Roy's system. His job is to win high balls and then wait in the penalty box while our wingers and midfielders run around endlessly or pass the ball incessantly trying to thread a needle or get to the byeline. Benteke is a back post forward, but nearly all our crosses are low from the byeline and are cut out by the three defenders standing in front of him as they should be and he's just left waiting there. When Bats came on that approach looked more dangerous, but we also started hitting more long balls as we were desperate and actually hit in some decent earlier crosses. Thing is then there was no Benteke in the box and Bats showed that he cannot challenge a centre half for a long punt up the field. He clearly doesn't like playing with his back to a big centre half. Not a criticism, it's a genuine skill and one he doesn't possess.
As for Benteke he generally gets one chance a game in this system. Last week he hit the bar, this week Fabianski made a good save. We need the feet that Bats showed against Fulham in the box, but we also need the physical prescence up front. Roy's conundrum IMO is to somehow get them both on the pitch without giving up midfield. Can Bats play as a wide forward, but who do you drop in a 4-3-3. In a 4-4-2 who plays with Luka and do we play more direct. I personally have no problem with a bit of hoofball till the end of the season.


Yep. I donít think Wilf can cross on his left anyway and thatís why he dribbles loads nearer to goal.

 


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View Fatherken's Profile Fatherken Flag 10 Feb 19 1.36pm Send a Private Message to Fatherken Add Fatherken as a friend

I wonder if Benteke would have missed the open goal chance that Bats did

 

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View Maine Eagle's Profile Maine Eagle Flag USA 10 Feb 19 2.26pm Send a Private Message to Maine Eagle Add Maine Eagle as a friend

Benteke was utter sh*te last year in terms of finishing. Not just for a spell, but the entire season. He was utterly devoid of confidence and must have missed 15 to 20 glorious chances, and many more half chances.

He scored in preseason, then went back to the norm, then got injured.

Expecting season 1 benteke to suddenly appear is a bit of a tall order.

 


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View Booted Eagle's Profile Booted Eagle Flag Bristol 10 Feb 19 2.50pm Send a Private Message to Booted Eagle Add Booted Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Rudi Hedman

Watch that chance in the first half. Good strikers keep the ball rolling towards goal with a slight touch to keep it in their control. Not Benteke. He doesnít know what heís going to do, traps it, takes it in the direction heís facing or the ball is moving in after heís Ďcontrolled ití (has he even controlled it?), and then takes a few touches away from goal, making the angle narrower. Heís done this so many times since heís been with us itís criminal.

He is absolutely pony imo. I saw glimpses of showing purpose at the start of the season in the opposition half when running towards goal (even if he did take the ball or was jockeyed towards the corner flag) and last week, but Iím sorry, vs West Ham, and for £130k per week?

We really are lumbered with a bad striker and player on the deck. Really bad actually. Never reads anything, is never even in the box when the ball flashes past and what annoys me more is when he chests the ball down for someone in the box and it isnít near them. He then moans with his arms pointing out as if to say it was there for them when in reality it was several yards away from them (theyíre possibly both to blame tbf)

The one case he did have yesterday was when someone on the left didnít square the ball to Benteke in the 6 yard box and instead missed. Was it MacArthur or Wilf? Canít remember but Benteke is stealing a living. Good for one season but not worth a quarter of the money since. And I was wanting him back not long ago because Ayew is no central striker. What a sh1t show weíll be struggling with again next season. Too many eggs in one basket because we didnít scout anyone for the several seasons we knew striker was going to be an issue.


Edited by Rudi Hedman (10 Feb 2019 12.35pm)

Wrighty noted on MOTD why he needed the touch that makes his job more difficult, suggesting he would of taken it earlier giving the goalkeeper less chance to react. Looks like he is overthinking and not moving the ball fast enough where it should go for a goal.

 


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Originally posted by Username


The two are very different strikers.

As soon as Bats came on we were playing to his strengths and looking for the ball over the top and in behind.

Benteke spends the whole game isolated and competing for the ball with no support near him. If we continue with Wilf on the left and Andros on the right, you'll never get the best out of him, because the ball doesn't get into the box quick enough. He's always having to stop and wait for it, and then deal with a centre half.

Also worth pointing out that in terms of his movement, if McArthur had squared the ball properly on two occassions Benteke had got himself in position for a tap in.

Maybe the two together would work, but I do worry it would leave us exposed in the middle.

You have to question whether these 2 have actually worked together on the training ground, particularly as these issues are recurring all this season ? These 2 are not the only ones, as the wingers and attackers look out of sync as well. In fact Wilf and Meyer look like the only 2 which could potentially have a partnership going but that might be limited because of game time for the latter.

 


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Originally posted by Fatherken

I wonder if Benteke would have missed the open goal chance that Bats did

He wouldn't have been in the same place to have the chance.

 

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It's insanity to compare Bats and Benteke. One is a player that any team would take, the other is a player we could not give away.

We're stuck with Benteke, so I do hope a miracle occurs, and he regains some level of basic competence, but I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, I want Bats to start every game to give us the best chance to avoid relegation. I'm fine with Benteke off the bench if we're losing late and need an extra forward, and Wickham and Ayew both have the flu.

 

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Even RH must have lost all confidence in Benteke now! He's just like Bambi on slippery ice.....

 

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