The first of the dreaded international breaks for this season is in full flow. Just days after the transfer window has closed we are still being linked with players by sites desperate for hits. That highlights the lack of real news. It isn’t entirely barren out there, however, with Steve Stammers in the Mirror, and James Orr in the Independent, declaring a potential North London derby return to action for Theo Walcott in three weeks time.
Now it is harsh to expect Theo to hit the ground running. Quite whether the level of work he is able to put in now equates to a full pre-season is open to doubt, but with recent additions to the squad there is a delicious prospect of him lining up alongside Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez in a totally interchangeable front three that could cause opposition defenders nightmares.
It isn’t just the fact that the three have blistering pace, the thing that defenders hate most, and it is not just that they can all finish as they have all proven, but it also means that opposing teams may not be allowed the luxury of playing out from the back as all have the ability to press defenders and deny them the time they like to have.
That isn’t to say that those three should be our first choice until Olivier Giroud returns. There are options, particularly on the flanks, and Theo may have to be nursed back to full match fitness, but I don’t mind admitting I am excited about the possibilty of those three striking up an understanding and switching positions every few minutes with devastating effect.
Tactically it adds something to our options as well. If we are to survive the season (well, until January at least) with relatively few defensive options then the more time we can keep the ball in the opposition half can only be advantageous. That defence is an area in which we will need a degree of good fortune if we are to turn promise into a serious title challenge.
For now though let’s just enjoy the horizon, and a mouthwatering opportunity to burn teams with raw attacking power.