Having a son in PL3 the last years.
He's an AM and has a pretty good left peg, can score from spot kicks out of the box as a bonus now and then.
The squad has had good mids and 2 good strikers.
Under the same coach the last 2seasons it has all gone backwards so this is just one small picture.
D, you sometimes remind me of this guys mind set.
I agree a player any player who loves the game kicks and kicks plays juggles in their own time BUT training with the squad also needs attacking/oiling the kill and gaining player combinations etcetc....
This coach has drilled this squad with small sided games 90% of trainings.
The barca ticka tacka mould or whichever way you look at it - the playing from the back etc.
I whole heartedly agree on these drills and hence why we do have better technical skills BUT there is NO shooting practice - not even enough attack vs defense to at least have the attack playing set up and shots to the keeper.
He even cancelled out during games my son or any other at times in perfect free kick positions preferring a short ball to carry on with possession.
This really killed many chances when needing to take the chance and score.
I have shaken my head countless times over the 2 seasons so have others I know.
The boys want to win overall and get very frustrated being held back.
This type of coaching methods is increasing skill, infact at times I'm in awe of some plays but the plan is to get right into the 6yard box for a tap in.
This cannot happen every game as we know, some defense's are better than others etcetc so finishing is as long at its a brilliant cross across the goal mouth who needs to learn how to shoot properly but to get your in step to a coming ball angle in.
Shots from out of the box are getting less, who learns to have a good boot in the future.
grazor, you've been on the forum for sometime and not knowing how far back you go but in all my time being a passionate supporter watching our NT since early '70's we've never really had a top out and out high scoring striker that I can recall.
Yep good players up there no doubt but nothing like a true striker.
Out highest scorer Cahill god love him, sure hasn't got great ball striking technique from the ground imo - how many with the head has he scored.
Sure he's bopped some beauties but know what I mean.
So the future is, one touch football to the goal line and tap in :)
Oh hang on, the scorers need to spend time at the local oval or backyard hitting targets - but the coaching doesn't wish for long shots but to be there poke them in lol.....can't win.