Former Liverpool defender-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher has decided to rename the moderately recently named false 9 position, suggesting it should be known as the ‘centre fireworks’ striker!
Previously the false9 was reserved for players that tended to begin in an attacking position, before dropping deeper, thus creating gaps around the defence, allowing the players around him to exploit the space – a la Lionel Messi (and now Luis Suarez) at Barcelona.
After watching Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud fail to trouble Thibaut Courtois during their clash with Chelsea on Sunday, Carragher suggested that Arsene Wenger needed to sign a striker, who fills that centre fireworks brief, if the Gunners wish to win the Premier League title in the future.
The 37-year-old then explained what the man who fills the centre fireworks position does…
He suggested that the role should be reserved for a forward that can produce a moment of magic out of nothing, and suggested that our former striker Luis Suarez is currently the best man in that role.
A centre fireworks is a striker who can do things out of nothing on his own. I want the term to become more popular than the ‘false 9’
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 26, 2015
We could probably do with one ourselves!