These cup games have been fun. Few of the "bigger" teams subject to upsets have actually fielded significantly weakened teams either. God knows what it all means. Motivation, management? Rodgers' selection at least seems to have been fairly ill advised. Quite rich that he should complain about squad depth, too.
Excited about this Lewis Holtby, although I'm mainly going by online articles and goal/assist stats and ratings. Haven't even bothered with the near compulsory watching of YouTube compilations of him scoring 5 goals in a minute.
Aside from a striker, an attacking midfield-playmaker is precisely what Spurs have lacked. Could take Modric's role in his latter stages at Spurs where he played further forward. Sigurdsson obviously hasn't been the solution, though hopefully he will compete for the role.
I dislike Scott Parker. He's an average player and I can't see that he's the model professional commentator-pundits like to make him out to be. He does tuck his shirt in though. Tucks it in with consummate ease. What a pro. It's going to pain me, watching him frolic about in Sandro's place, with half the skill and twice the capriciousness. I'd probably rather see Huddlestone play, provided he's advised to stop taking shots from outside the box if he's not able to get it past any of the players chasing him down.
Desperately need a forward though. Soldado would seem pretty ideal, given Valencia's position. I've been speculating unsuccessfully about which strikers might be bought for years, though.
Aston Villa 1 v 2 Newcastle
QPR 0 v 2 Man City
Stoke 1 v 1 Wigan
Sunderland 1 v 3 Swansea
Arsenal 1 v 1 Liverpool
Everton 2 v 0 West Brom
Norwich 0 v 1 Tottenham
Fulham 2 v 0 West Ham
Man Utd 3 v 1 Southampton
Reading 1 v 1 Chelsea