5 questions Tony Adams must answer at Granada

5 questions Tony Adams must answer at Granada

Arsenal legend, Tony Adams, was on Monday confirmed as the new manager of struggling Spanish side, Granada until the end of the season. Will he be able to achieve the improbable by clutching the club in the top flight? Or will he thrust them back into the second tier after five years?

Adam's appointment was largely overshadowed by his bizarre choice of attire. The 50-year-old wore a tweed suit in a shouty checkboard design of the sort usually worn by the member of a stag party heading to Cheltenham races who has just lost a bet. And this ensemble oversight somewhat took people's minds off the major task which lies ahead for the ex-Portsmouth coach.

El Grana are second bottom of La Liga with 20 points from 31 games and needs something close to a miracle to avoid going down. Adams, whose last managerial post was in charge of the Azerbaijani club Gabala FC in 2011, will be expected to perform that wonder; else he might become the third manager to exit the hot seat in three seasons. With seven games left to the end of the season, here are five puzzles that need to be unravelled by Adams for the club to avoid relegation.

1 - Dreadful defence

One major dilemma that awaits Adams at Los Cármenes is the team's awful defence. Granada has the second poorest defence in the La Liga after shipping in a shocking 65 goals in 31 games. This is about three times the tally conceded by Atletico Madrid, the team with the best defence in the league and only five less than Osasuna, who are rock-bottom with the weakest defence. Putting this into perspective, Granada has conceded an average of more than two goals in every game; no wonder they have the joint-worst goal difference in the La Liga. Adams who was a no-nonsense defender during his playing days will have loads of work on his hands to instill character and discipline into his defenders.

2 - Misfiring attack

Even with their terrible defence, Granada would have still been around mid-table had their attackers been firing on all cylinders. But no, the team's forward players has been as dreadful as the defenders. With 27 goals thus far, Adams' new team parades the second worst front-line in the league; which is the same tally notched by Lionel Messi alone for Barcelona in the league. Granada's return is only superior to Leganes who have one-goal less, yet, are two places above them on the log. Shockingly, Artem Kravets who is the club's leading goalscorer has scored just five goals in all competitions this season.

3 - Bunch of indiscipline players

Another tough task in waiting for Adams is his new side's appalling disciplinary record. As a team, Granada has been one of the most undisciplined in the division. The Nazaríes with 97 yellow cards are third when it comes to overall cautions garnered this season. Individually, their players also lead the forth. Nigeria defender, Uche Agbo, is the league's most nasty player after being sent off three times as well as receiving 13 yellow cards thus far. Others are Pereira Andreas (9 yellow cards, 1 red), Lobman David (6 yellow cards), Silva Gaston (5 yellow cards), Saunier Matthieu and Inagson Sverrir Ingi (4 apiece).

4 - Over-reliance on goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa

It's not all doom and gloom for Adams at Granada. In Guillermo Ochoa, the Englishman has a reliable shot-stopper who has amassed the most saves in the La Liga. The 31-year-old with 130 has notched 32 more than second-placed Adan of Real Betis and far ahead of Real Madrid's Keylor Navas and Marc-André ter Stegen of Barcelona. However, his indispensability has over time become a problem to the team who rely solely on his superb goalkeeping proficiency for points. Adams obviously needs to fix the other aspects of his team to ease the burden and pressure on the Mexican goalkeeper.

5 - Language barrier

Adams might possess all the experience, expertise and exposure in the world but all will amount to nothing if he's unable to directly pass messages across to his players. It is very unlikely that the ex-Arsenal can converse in Spanish which could pose a major obstacle to his quest. Adams had only spent one week in the capacity as sporting director of the club which obviously isn't enough for him to master the language, The 50-year-old must swiftly get this resolved to save the club from relegation.

About the Author Toby Prince

An unrepentant soccer freak other freaks call geek.

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