Vital Football

Latest Blackpool FC News

Sylvestre The Premiership Kaspars Gorkss?

Sylvestre The Premiership Kaspars Gorkss?
Jack Gaughan tries to uncover whether the rise of Kaspars Gorkss at Bloomfield Road could be replicated by Ludovic Sylvestre.




Asking whether Ludovic Sylvestre could become the new Kaspars Gorkss is a potentially interesting question.

The Blackpool career paths which both players went through in their first six months are strikingly similar.

Gorkss, who joined the Seasiders in January 2007, found it difficult to break into the side - just as Sylvestre has since he signed this pre-season.

The similarities exist (for me anyway) in their calibre and quality. Gorkss right from the start looked a quality defender, who had a turn of pace, brilliant in the air and in the tackle, whilst also possessing decent ball control for a centre half.

Sylvestre, formerly of Barcelona, also has tremendous ability. His short and long distance passing is certainly Premiership class, with his intercepting mind and intelligence also key attributes.

Just as Gorkss was in '07, it looks that Ludo is better than the current players in his position - or could at least have a role in the starting eleven.

Gorkss when he replaced Michael Jackson at the heart of the defence was able to push the backline up five to ten yards because he possessed more pace - enabling Pool to dominate games by pressurising attacking teams who would normally overawed them.

That used to be the biggest problem but now we see the reason for not taking hold of games as the inability to keep possession, especially in the middle of the park.

Against Aston Villa on Saturday we saw 100 unsuccessful passes, a large proportion of which are in the middle of the pitch by David Vaughan, Charlie Adam and either Elliot Grandin or Jason Puncheon.










 by Guardian Chalkboards


Sylvestre when playing in the first fixture against Villa in November was my man of the match with his incisive, but not naive, passing. His ability to keep it short is evident in the chalkboard below from Villa Park where Pool made 362 successful passes - the majority of which coming in the middle third of the pitch.










 by Guardian Chalkboards

Just as with Gorkss, it has possibly taken Ludo a while to get used to English training methods and the like. However, now he has had almost seven months, I propose that perhaps it is time for him to have a proper run in the team.

At the minute, Charlie Adam plays in the quarterback role as a deep playmaker but opposition teams have got wise to this and pressurise the midfield more.

Playing Sylvestre alongside Vaughan in the deeper role and allowing Adam to head the triangle could have a profound effect on results. It would give Adam the freedom to bomb on alongside the leading striker and dictate proceedings - being able to score more goals from open play.

And judging by the amount of Aston Villa blocks put in on Saturday (a total of five in their own penalty area), we could do with Charlie Adam taking hold of the ball in and around that box.

Gorkss was able to change our defensive positioning for the better and it could now be time for Sylvestre to change our midfield balance, ball retention and ultimately attacking prowess.
Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Editor
Date:Wednesday February 16 2011
Time: 2:08PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackpool Articles

Match Day Officials v Peterborough (8/5/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Peterborough United this weekend.

A Vital Challenge - Ben Nevis To Face The Fear

Vitalfootball.co.uk co-owner Jonathan Fear is pushing himself to the limit in order to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

Who Will Blackpool Face In 2016/17 (3/5/16)

With less than a handful of games remaining in the 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

McDonald & McAlister On Wigan Loss

Manager Neil McDonald and Jim McAlister have reflected on the heavy defeat to Wigan Athletic at the weekend.

Archived Vital Blackpool Articles

Vital Blackpool articles from
As featured on NewsNow: Real Madrid news
Real Madrid News 24/7  

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Blackpool
Write For Vital Blackpool
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Wigan MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Doyle0%
White0%
Aldred20%
Robertson0%
Higham0%
Philliskirk0%
Potts20%
Smith0%
McAlister20%
Cullen0%
Redshaw20%
Sub - Blyth0%
Sub - Paterson20%
Sub - Ikpeazu0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Wigan 45 24 15 6 87 40
2 Burton 45 25 9 11 84 20
3 Walsall 45 23 12 10 81 17
4 Millwall 45 23 9 13 78 23
5 Bradford 45 22 11 12 77 13
6 Barnsley 45 21 8 16 71 13
7 Scunthorpe 45 20 11 14 71 11
8 Gillingham 45 19 12 14 69 16
9 Coventry 45 18 12 15 66 16
10 Sheff Utd 45 18 12 15 66 7
11 Rochdale 45 18 12 15 66 6
12 Port Vale 45 18 11 16 65 3
13 Peterborough 45 18 6 21 60 5
14 Southend 45 16 11 18 59 -5
15 Bury 45 15 12 18 57 -18
16 Swindon 45 15 11 19 56 -10
17 Oldham 45 12 18 15 54 -12
18 Chesterfield 45 15 8 22 53 -10
19 Shrewsbury 45 13 11 21 50 -18
20 Fleetwood 45 11 15 19 48 -6
21 Blackpool 45 12 10 23 46 -19
22 Doncaster 45 11 12 22 45 -16
R Colchester 45 9 13 23 40 -41
R Crewe 45 7 13 25 34 -35
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Blackpool Results (view all)

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

May 8 2016 12:30PM : Peterborough United (a)
Sky Bet League One

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.premier 135
2.Layton_Seasider24
3.Bear195120
4.BobHatton17
5.DEVONLAD16
6.whitey194215
7.Hastings13
8.SeasideEssexXile13
9.Albert Ramsbottom12
10.bfcpete7