There is absolutely no doubt that Wilder & his blades will still be parking their bus irrespective of whoever Jürgen picks for a team,
If there was a opportunity to try something new against a opponent who are likely to be predictable it is now, so being without our main defenders and now within our main midfielders there is no other option, doing the same thing week in week out with the usual suspects hasn’t worked so it’s not going to work either with secondary choice personnel is it ?
So here’s my idea that could help us temporarily...going 4-1-4-1 yes it’s a gamble and yes it’s untried as far as I know, I’m not privy to the training practices at Axa, but anyhoo....
Trent Phillips Kabak Robbo
Thiago Keita Jones Mane
BENCH; Grabara ? , Tsimikas, Neco, Williams, Ox, Bobby, Jota, Shaqiri, Origi
I don’t think trying something like this against Sheff U is too much of a risk, doing so against Chelsea maybe, but we do need to try something because we’ve lost too many points playing our usual system, when you lose 75% of your engine you go into slave mode(am I allowed to say that) and allow us to tick over and not necessarily reach the higher gears,
Assuming now that Naby is fit I’d slot him in between Thiago and Jones, he can drop back and help Gini if Blades get too sharp, or could push up and link up when Mane pushes up too, I don’t expect him to last the 90, Ox to come on for him after a good hour or so, Gini holding isn’t ideal but he’s done it before so knows what’s expected, the two CB’s will be tested of course but again although not ideal there’s not too many choices to opt from is there ?
We still have Trent and Robbo that can push forward albeit not as much, Blades still pose a threat so we will need both more defensively in this system, I’m hopeful Jota makes the bench a good ten minutes from him late on could prove fruitful if things are tight, Shaqiri also could change mindsets and give us options late on,
I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but we really need to try something new, we know how they are going to set up we just need to find another way past it, it won’t be pretty to look at, it may be slower and take time to get used to but I think it could work, Bielsa uses it in his Leeds side and have produced some favourable results, not all the time but sufficiently, we really need to start picking up points starting from tonight, you know how it is, one or two wins we’re back in it, CL qualification is our new goal, let’s make sure we have enough points to ensure it.
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