Slightly off topic, but as quite a few have mentioned fatigue as a factor in some of our slow pace, lethargic play.Mods, feel free to shift this elsewhere if needed. Quite along post, but bear with me.I wonder if the fact that our pre season was the shortest of any, and by the end of last season they were playing on empty having made a magnificent effort to get promotion explains our current “ jaded” look. I would also Chuck into the equation the mental fatigue occasioned by failure to secure promotion both automatically or via the playoffs.
You may consider that these are just excuses however personally I feel that combined with the sterile world of football it is having an effect on a predominately young squad
I've done a quick comparison. I chose Swansea - for three reasons. Firstly, it's widely accepted they looked more energetic than us and secondly, their previous season lasted almost as long as ours and thirdly, they also lost one of their best players (Brewster). I looked at Swansea's 11 league fixtures to see how much rotation of squad is going on there compared to at BFC. Below is how many of their players have started each of those games.
And for our own 11 starts:
Daniels : 4/11
Raya : 7/11
Dalsgaard : 11/11
Da Silva 11/11
Bech Sorensen 4/11
-They've started with 16 different players, we've also started with 16.
-7 of their players started at least 10/11 games, whereas it's 6 of ours.
Clearly, I don't know who their 'key' players are (other than Ayew) or what injuries they've encountered. However, from the basic data above, there seems to be no physical reason why we should look more knackered than Swansea. I put our start more down to some of our key players not being at their best, a lack of leadership on the pitch and TF not being clear how best to use Ghoddos and/or Marcondes. Losing Norgaard and an over-reliance on Josh DS must affect us too.