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04-08-2011, 03:55 PM #1
Ever since we signed VdV Harry has been trying to fit the guy into the team. However in a 442 the only place for Rafa to excel consistently is up top with the striker, something Harry was lured into only because of Crouch's "success" with him as a pair.
Here's my solution a.k.a how we should really be playing
Here's the pro's
+Bale gets to player much higher up and can join the striker
+VDV and MOD can interchange positions and have more freedom to roam knowing they have the shield of Sandro and Hudd behind them
+Hudd's passing can really be utilised as he becomes our deep lying playmaker
+Sandro provides much needed insurance
+Lennon is benched and has to earn his place
+5 in midfield allows us to play with more fluidity and movement.
+Can revert to 442 in a flash if required.
+much more solid core in centre mid
+Mod is unshackled
+VdV can be a real threat through centre
+the front 1 can become a front 3 on counters
+allows for quick expansive play
Here's the con's
-An extremely versatile striker is required to make this work
-Harry won't do it
-Harry still likes Jenas
-Lacking natural width on right
-Harry will have to pick between Mod and VdV if Lennon comes into form on the right.
Last edited by jokerevo; 04-08-2011 at 04:03 PM.
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04-08-2011, 03:58 PM #2
04-08-2011, 04:04 PM #3
04-08-2011, 04:08 PM #4
Why not switch Modric and VDV? Rafa was good from the right at the end of last season and Modric is a lot better in the centre.
04-08-2011, 04:11 PM #5
That's pretty much the formation we were playing, bar the advanced wingers.
I really don't think VDV ever played as a striker in a 4-4-2. He was always deployed in the hole behind Crouch, where he played the "do what the f**k you like" role.
04-08-2011, 04:12 PM #6
I remember seeing a pass VdV slotted to Defoe leaving him 1v1 against Wigan I think last season and he slapped it against the keeper....VdV can score and create and he has that extra yard of vision in his head, Sherivision or Hodvision as I like to call it lmao.
04-08-2011, 04:13 PM #7
I like the formation. Walker could bomb forward and provide width on the right with Thudd providing some cover.
04-08-2011, 04:15 PM #8
04-08-2011, 04:16 PM #9
Seriously though, yeah, exactly. Plus it's not like Hudd is fast enough to join the serious passing fireworks that would happening ahead of him. Instead he would benefit by having 3 quality runners ahead of him to pick out and I'm not even talking about the superb striker we are going to sign 10 minutes before the window shuts.
Last edited by jokerevo; 04-08-2011 at 04:18 PM.
04-08-2011, 05:28 PM #10
I like it, although I don't think that this will unshackle Modric as much as some might think, I believe his 'natural' position is a deep lying playmaker so I would rather have Lennon on the right and stick Modric in the centre where he can be the puppetmaster we all love and adore, at least against the stronger sides where we need his calm on the ball to help us out of tight situations. But it could work against weaker oppositions where Thudd's long shot is a better threat than Lennon's pace.
04-08-2011, 11:12 PM #11
I have been thinking about the 4-2-3-1 for Tottenham, and it could work.
For myself, I wouldn't mind seeing this for the 4-2-3-1:
Walker - Gallas/King - Dawson - BAE/Rose
---------Modric ----- Huddlestone ----
------------ Bale --- VdV ----- Kranjcar/Lennon
----------- Striker ?? --
I don't know how defensive that setup is really, but it could be for some interesting attacking play. I would prefer Modric in a deeper role alongside Huddlestone, who both could make passes and pull the strings from the back. Sandro would be on the bench to bring on for Huddlestone if we need someone to break up the play instead. I like Krancjar up top in place of Lennon because he has better shooting boots than Lennon.
But as you say, we really need a versatile striker to make the best of any formation we play w/one up top, whether it be the 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1.
04-08-2011, 11:18 PM #12
05-08-2011, 10:12 AM #13
Sandro gives us better balance and deals with other teams who setup with 5 in midfield (so our CB's don't feel the need to come out and meet players....I'm looking at you Daws).
This is a system similar to the scum's and is conducive towards to short intricate play; the other real purpose of this system being to rid us of Crouch syndrome. With only 1 up top he's simply not mobile enough to lead the line. So yes, please accept the Stoke deal lol.
I still don't think we've seen the best of Mod either.