London Wasps' Woes Continue: What's the Problem?

Sean KellyAnalyst ISeptember 23, 2008

Obviously it is too early in the season to cast away a team like London Wasps as possible champions, considering being in a 10th placed abyss at christmas last season, but still having the guts and determination to come back to steal the show.

But surely, after slumping to their third consecutive defeat of the new season. Alarm bells must be ringing at Adams Park. Complacency has settled in, a run of bad luck and a lack of determination has seen Wasps fall a victim to London Irish, Worcester and Northampton Saints.

Ex players and commentators alike have jumped on the bandwagon with the critics hitting out at the departures that have plagued the side, and have labeled the old heads for not stepping up to the plate.

Danny Cipriani has been named one of the causes for Wasps demise in form. The England golden is having a speedy recovery but it could still be mid-November till we see him lace up his boots again. However I still think this problems roots are deeper than just the vacancy of a World Class 10.

Another apparent problem is that the backs have no platform to play off. The pack is not currently the problem, Wasps have a strong forward drive, with a back row that most clubs would get on their knees for.

Players form is now dropping, and players in key positions are losing focus and consistency.

Josh Lewsey is one.

the ex-England full back suffered a nightmare on Saturday gifting the Saints two tries. Lewsey also an "old head" is a key member of the Wasps squad, and they need him to perform and lead the youngsters into the tough game wasps play.

I truly believe one of the main problems in the departure of their motivating captain Lawrence Dallaglio. Big 'Lol' was an inspiration to everyone that donned the Wasps shirt.

I do not believe it is his on-field expertese they truely miss.

 It is the true grit and determination that Dallaglio played with. The way he spoke to his team. His desire to win any way possible. His influence over his team was obviously doubted as a true leader is really needed at Adams Park, and I don't see anyone emerging to take his throne.