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December 11, 2018, 09:50:25 PM
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I would like to see Silva do a little more experimenting with combinations in midfield.

Gana/Gomes/Davies (for matches where we need Gomes' pressure resistance and a little more bite defensively)
Gana/Gomes/Bernard (to see how we fare with a different playmaker)
Gomes/Davies/Sigurdsson or Bernard (for when we're going to have a lot of the ball)

We're in a pretty stable position overall. A little bit of tinkering could help us develop some tactical variations for dealing with different types of matches.
« Last Edit: December 11, 2018, 09:54:23 PM by kramer0 »

December 22, 2018, 12:37:09 AM
Reply #1


I like how they slid Fabregas' name in there between Fabinho and Gana like he's the same type of player.

December 22, 2018, 01:09:35 AM
Reply #2


I think hes great but would be up for selling him.

Agreed. He's having a great season since he's being used properly but we're going to have to replace him soon anyway.

If PSG make a good offer, we should take it.

January 07, 2019, 11:14:14 PM
Reply #3


I don't think it's fair to call Gana a "bad" passer.

He's limited, which can cause problems when he's asked to venture into the final third or do anything more than keep it simple, but he's generally good at nailing the passes he tries. He's also much more aggressive at showing for the ball than the more technically gifted players we have in the middle (Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Gomes).

January 15, 2019, 07:16:15 PM
Reply #4


He can pass accurately.

It's the range that's lacking.

January 15, 2019, 08:36:49 PM
Reply #5


Definitely the way to go.

January 15, 2019, 11:06:11 PM
Reply #6


Imho ...still don't understand the Gylfi shouts ...tbh hes the most prolific midfielder by a country mile will finish on double figures again...when was the last midfielder to do this in our shirt . ..yet still getting shit weekly for not being better .

Our fans are a shambles at times .

Most of that criticism is for not actually playing like a midfielder.

He spends a lot of time chasing the ball high up the pitch, doesn't show for the ball much in possession, and doesn't play many passes. All of this while our midfield is terrible and doesn't control games.

He ultimately plays more like a forward and getting into double figures (aided by penalties) is a pretty meh return for a forward. Hence, why so many of us talk about him like he's a meh player.

January 16, 2019, 01:04:54 AM
Reply #7


Cahill isn't even a fair comparison because he won headers and harassed defenders in a way that actually earned the team possession in final third.

I know Sigurdsson works his socks off without the ball but it doesn't do much for us the way he's currently being deployed because he rarely wins anything high up the pitch. When you factor in the lack of touches, he's basically a passenger who contributes the odd great goal or through ball. He either has to play deeper where we can use his work rate to greater defensive effect or he needs to be dropped. We can't keep carrying him in his current role while opponents walk through our midfield and create numerical advantages against our back line every week.

Also, six open play goals really isn't that hard to replace. I bet Lookman would get that many given 1800 minutes.

January 16, 2019, 01:49:50 AM
Reply #8


Football doesn't work like that, adding and subtracting goals scored by individual players. Individual stats help us learn about players but success is still contextual.

Obviously, there's no way Davies would score as much as Sigurdsson. But here are some things he can help with:

- Preventing the opposition from cutting through us at will. Davies is useful defensively and with a better defense, we don't need to score as much to win.
- Providing our defenders and midfielders with another option in possession so that opponents can't take Gomes out of the game and put all of the heavy lifting on Gana, the CBs, and the fullbacks (like they have been since December). Davies is one of the best in the squad at moving without the ball and making himself available to his teammates.
- Forcing the team to play a little deeper, giving the front three more space to work. Imagine how much more effective the likes of Richarlison, Bernard, Lookman, and Walcott would be if they weren't facing packed defenses all the time. Here's where you recover those "lost" goals.

Nobody can say for sure if all of those things would happen but it would be a worthwhile experiment, at least.

Silva's spent the last month tinkering around the midfield -- mixing up the attack, mixing up the defense, adding a defender, subtracting that defender, mixing up the attack again. It's time for him to try something to get a grip in the middle of the park.
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