I thought it about bloody time I posted a proper, serious article about the Albion, and in particular, some of Sir Gus Poyet's recent decisions. There is no doubt he is still the greatest manager we've ever seen but his squad selection and tactical line-ups in the games when our play-off dreams died were slightly odd. There are a few questions to ponder this summer break (when it finally arrives). Don't get us wrong, it has been an incredible season but we did seem to just sort of run out of steam a few weeks out from the finish line.
2) Should CMS and Berti Vokes have played together more? Off the top of my head, I think they only started together once - at Burnley - where they were given no service by the aforementioned lack of wingers. But they could and maybe would have done well playing as a front two. Especially considering we have failed to create many chances this season.
4) Has he underused Romain Vincelot? Not only does the former Dagger have a massive cock, but he's also been rather good when playing in the first team this season. Actually - judging by his second half performance against Watford on Tuesday - Vince could have played the role of full back / winger as per the Burnley match - a bit like how Elliott Bennett did every time we had a sending off last season.
5) Has Gus given us the greatest gift of all life ever in signing Vicente Rodders? Yes. No doubt the greatest player to grace the famous blue and white in the past twenty years (or the editing duos lifetime of watching the usual turgidity that is Brighton and Hove Albion FC). And we thought that before he stripped off for us following his goal against Portsmouth. Unanimously agreed to be the sexiest moment of the season.
7) Did Gus set us up wrong against West Ham because he'd given up on the play-offs? Well it certainly looked that way.
8) Will we keep hold of Mr Poyet? We really really really hope so. I personally think he will only leave for one of his former clubs but there are two schools of thought on this one. One is that he is ready to embark upon a wholesale squad upgrade with us, to take aim on promotion next year. The other is that he'll join someone else, feeling he has done all he can do. Gus must still represent a risk for a more senior team but who knows? The summer will be an annoying constant worry that he'll join some mugs a la Wigan. But he should stay with us. If only for TSLR. Simply because, who on earth could follow his genius-like footballing brain? Not making the play-offs helps, as does getting tonked by a team that can't win at home. But if I were a top flight chairman, I think he's a risk worth taking.
12) Which of the current squad would you oust? Other than the four keepers, there are probably a number that have struggled to make the step up to the second tier. I could rant about this now but I'll save it for the end of the season. But in Gus we trust...