I’m not Marcelo Bielsa and never will be but I’ve followed the ‘ups and downs’ for a very long time. Forty years plus and still counting.
I’ve watched every game of this fledgling season and apart from the last two games I’ve seen some fantastic football from the team in white or green and blue when away.
Leicester City, Wolves and Crystal Palace seem to have worked out how we play and beat us because their tactics nullified our natural pressing game and made it difficult for our wingers to get in quality balls to Patrick Bamford.
I’ve looked at the squad and when everybody is fit I suggest a change of formation to give the team the best possible chance to improve our latest results.
Here is my line up and formation;
Options from the bench are Raphinha, Costa and Poveda on either wing. Rodrigo could be used in the middle or on the wings.
Our midfield has Pascal Struijk a prosperous holding midfielder in waiting: who will get better with age and games. Pablo adds style and the ability to have a game changing moment and was heavily missed in the defeat to Palace.
We have also seen Jamie Shackleton moulded into a great box to box midfielder who could be used at number eight or the Klich role. He is another player who will prosper in the coming years.
In defence Bielsa could use Pascal Struijk, as well as being a potential holding midfielder he’s a decent centre half. Leif Davis has the praise of England’s Kalvin Phillips who says he could develop into a superb left sided defender.
In back up we also have Oliver Casey and Charlie Cresswell both who have great futures ahead of them if they continue to develop in the under 23’s.
Jack Jenkins was also added to the eighteen at Palace and highly regarded by Mark Jackson. Also in the under 23’s are Cody Drameh, Joe Gelhardt and the talented Sam Greenwood who one day will challenge Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo for the main strikers role.
Football is all about opinions and I thought I’d put my two pence in. Please feel free to comment in the section below the article. It will be interesting to see if you’ve different line up’s than mine.
By Keith Ingham