One thing that would seem to me to be reasonably easy to improve is to make Gueye / McCarthy realise that they’re actually ok dribbling the ball forward.
They’re not going to become passers at this stage but they should learn / be taught that they can still help get the ball up the other end by carrying it into gaps that appear.
One of the forward players would need to make themselves available for a short pass when they get there but it’d at least be some attempt at makin what we have more effective.
Yeah not ideal but either could be come more competent ball carriers - or Tom Davies is able to - then we’d be able to get up the pitch that way.
I was looking at squawka comparisons between N’didi Gueye and Kante today when replying to @TheRam
elsewhere and one thing that really stood out was how much better Kante was at take-ons than the other two. In that position it’s just going to be a drop of the shoulder and avoid a tackle and move up the pitch 5 yards. Gueye had the fewest.
Wouldn’t be against Holgate having an occasional foray into midfield if he can avoid the first challenge. Not convinced he’s a great long passer (not seen the stats tho) but he looks capable over short distances to me, and is quite good at evading onrushing attackers. Would push the whole side up wards.
Has to avoid that ball into kennys feet that is on all the time however and pass vertically into sig/rooney/Tosun’s feet. Looks like a dead end to me more often than not that full back area. No support and no options leading to a lump or a tackle.