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Should Keane and Torres start against Everton? by lfctalk
January 16, 2009, 13:22
Filed under: Opinion | Tags: ,

Ian Rush has recently stated that he believes that the potential partnership of Fernando Torres and Robbie Keane holds the key for the club’s title challenge. But is he right?


The team have struggled to break down several sides this season and have drawn five games 0-0. Were Keane and Torres paired together more often, these goalless draws would be less frequent. Despite Torres not being available for some of these fixtures, he has been available for most – and Keane for all. Each scored a very healthy amount of goals last season (Keane for Spurs) and has proven himself capable of hitting the net consistently at the top level. Is this not reason enough to play them both?

If Robbie Keane was signed without a partnership with Torres in mind – why was he signed at all? Could the £20m not have been better used elsewhere in the side?

Manchester United have got goals coming from Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez. Whereas we can only rely on Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres – and heavily at that.

Should we not give a proven goalscorer and provider more opportunities and time?


Last season a shift from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1 clearly improved our fortunes, and we’ve played our best football with this system again this season.

Steven Gerrard playing in behind Fernando Torres has produced plenty of goals and opportunities and should be the setup we use to make a title push.

The extra security of having two holding midfielders give us a tighter backline and more chance of keeping a cleansheet. Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso provide a good balance in the depths of midfield with a nice combination of the Argentine’s tackling and breakup play with the Spaniard’s tempo control and classy passing.

Fernando Torres and Robbie Keane have not looked like hitting it off so far, albeit in nine games, and with the title run-in approaching we cannot afford to give them more time when this system clearly works.


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