Shak Posted May 1, 2007 Share Posted May 1, 2007 Been thinking this for a long time, and with Owen hopefully ready to go for next season I really think it would be for the best. As organised as teams have become at the back these days, a basic 4-4-2 is generally pretty easy to shut down. Teams need to be more flexible going forward if they're to cause problems consistently, and 4-4-2 is just a bit too rigid for me. Building a team to play 4-4-2 with the players we've currently got is going to take near total overhaul. - Martins and Owen may be successful as a partnership, but I'd be truly shocked if they were. One of your strikers must be the link man, who drops deep and gets on the ball. Owen would be wasted in this role, while Martins isn't technically good enough on the ball. - Dyer isn't a orthodox winger, and Duff I don't believe will ever be effective again playing as deep as a 4-4-2 makes him as he's lost the ability to beat two or three men at a time. - Parker, Butt, Emre, Sidwell (if he joins). Pick me an effective partnership from those four. It's not possible. Of the players we have in midfield, only Milner really fits a 4-4-2 (To save me going on an angry tangent, I'm excluding N'Zogbia from this, as he's on his way in the summer tbh). Even still, Milner would be even more suited to being one of the wingers in a 4-3-3, particularly if his crossing and shooting continues to improve as it has this year. Switching to a 4-3-3/4-5-1 would immediately help a lot of our problems in center midfield. Any two of the four I've mentioned above would be well suited to playing in a 4-3-3, as two of the CM's generally form an engine room and aren't really expected to get beyond the front men. Essien and Makelele at Chelsea or Xavi and Iniesta are good examples of this. As poorly suited to playing together as they are at the moment, I actually believe Parker and Emre could work here. Emre is born to play in a 3 man center midfield IMO, as he doesn't track back well enough to be a top DM, while he doesn't get forward enough to be an AM. But he's a neat little player who would really flourish playing balls from deeper if he had a genuine target drifting round in space in front of the opposition back 4. Duff, Milner and Dyer would be quite well suited to playing as wingers in the system, as playing further forward would allow them to get at the full-backs 1 on 1 more often. Owen would be the central striker, obviously, and I think he'd be suited to it as long as we added some players at the back with at least some degree of quality on the ball. If we resort to hoofing long balls at Owen all day we're fucked, no question. But we'd be looking to get the ball to our wingers moreso than Owen when building attacks. Obviously, for this to work we badly need a playmaker, someone to be our Deco. Dyer could play the role at a push, but he's not reliable due to injury and doesn't pick his momenst breaking forward very well either. I think he'd be better as an option on the wing anyway. We'd also need to invest in full-backs, particularly on the left, as they'd have to have quality on the ball so they can find our wingers/playmaker or else we'll end up belting long balls all day. Solano could get away with it for another year I reckon, but a LB and CB to play with Taylor are essential. The potential odd man out would be Martins, but I'd think he would have at least a shot of playing as one of our "wingers". In the 4-3-3 your wingers can drift inside ala Messi or Joe Cole. Even Rooney has been used as one of the wingers along with Ronaldo at Man U. As long as one of your wingers gives a genuine threat of width, which Milner can do, then the other can play a bit more tucked in. So I'd think Martins could have a shot at playing on the right with Milner on the left, just off Owen. Thoughts? Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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