The start of a new season is coming for clubs, fans and players. Rafa is gone, Hodgson has taken place in the manager’s chair. Over 4 5 1 with Torres alone in attack side, who have made him injured all year long? Over cold and rational approach of « thinking » the match? Over mainly defensive way of playing? And finally, over Gerrard’s role as « number 10 » behind Torres.
With the arrival of Roy and some new fresh players, something is really changing on the ground. After the first matches, we are able to say that now we’ll play with two players forward, two players in « wingers » roles, provoking left and right backs. But we all know that Stevie can’t play in any of those roles now, because he’s too old, and injuries had physical impact on him.
If we imagine that Torres and Kuyt will be our two forwards, the first one in a striker position, the second as a « relay ball giver » between midfield and Torres, if we imagine that Maxi is not leaving and Babel too, we could have 4 players on the wings (Stevie Heighway is missing, but we still have dreams and songs to sing :) ).
How can we imagine now a tactical plan for the two last midfielders? One the one side, defensive ones: Lucas, Spearing, and in a more offensive roles, as relay, creators, Gerrard and Aqui. With Masch leaving, Lucas has now all the place to show that his improvement is on the right way, Spearing will play in turn over matches.
So Steven will play with Lucas? That’s what i think, but on the other side, Hodgson said that Aqui will have a key role this year. In that case how can Stevie and him playing together, without sacrificing a winger or a striker? What’s you opinion my friends ?
Denis Gaudillère, France