While I get what you're saying, I am hoping our attacking play isn't based around of fullbacks.
I don't agree that not using the fullbacks to be the fulcrum of supply means that we'll be playing long balls as our weapon of choice.
Not what I’m saying but I do agree with you. Like last year people blaming Cuco - ordinarily you should not lose so much and be so bad with the ball because your left back is poor in possession.
What I’m saying is - nobody in the team now passes the ball like Baines can. He doesn’t really play like a modern wingback in terms of bombing on and going 1v1 with an exposed defender, he plays like a weird LB playmaker, firing the ball inside at different angles to the strikers feet or other attackers for one-twos, or balls into the box from a variety of ranges and types.
If we lose Baines we don’t have anyone who can break lines like him and play into the strikers feet, or play passes into the box consistently and from a range of different places.
We shouldn’t have to have the attack go through Baines, but he’s been such a better player than any of our midfielders since arteta that we have done.