Central midfield is horrendous. How can anybody say otherwise? You will struggle to find a squad with such a lack of creativity, goals or even attacking intent from that area.
Bannan has scored a handful of goals in 5 years and now seems to want to play centre half, his performances get worse by the week, silly passes and hopeful long balls from deep instead of getting up the field and running the show, that's not down to Monk, Bannan has been guilty of this for years. Been a decent signing of course but we can't run things through him any more, we're arguably better when he doesn't play.
Lee is finished, he's a very talented player, perhaps the best all round footballer we've had since the PL days, was worth a 1 year gamble due to the embargo this season but he's done, needs to go.
Hutchinson is still capable of doing a job if and when he's available, which is still too rare due to injuries but there are clearly other issues with him aswell. Needs replacing.
Luongo is clearly a tidy player and looks capable of getting a few goals and supporting the attack, but again, never available.
Joey is, as we all know, simply miles away from the standard we need.
This area of the field is non existent, its half the reason the forwards are useless, because all they get is long balls from the defence, if they can't get the ball down, the midfield is nowhere to be seen in terms of support and the opposing team deal with us far too easily, theres never a 2nd wave to our "attacks" its bang a long ball and retreat.
Its also why the defence is under so much pressure, because the midfield is so effortlessly overrun.
Every week we "lose the midfield battle" and as a result we lose games.