With DM adopting the familiar 4-5-1 formation at the moment, and it doing quite well with us winning the last 4 games in all competitions, where should he look to improve the squad? I believe a left winger/midfielder is a must. I've never been a big fan of his, but someone like Stuart Downing would be a good addition. As would Matt Taylor of Portsmouth.
With a quality left footed midfielder (as opposed to Leighton Baines filling in there when Lescott plays left back), a midfield five of Piennar and Downing/Taylor on the flanks, Carsley holding and Arteta and Cahill in the centre sounds mouth-watering to me.
Simon Gemine, Posted 04/11/2007 at 14:34:18
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1 Posted 04/11/2007 at 17:31:33
He has been excellent on the left this season so hopefully we wont dither around and have someone come in and swipe him off us with a better offer!!
2 Posted 04/11/2007 at 17:41:22
Arteta is a right midfielder in Moyes’s eyes so people just have to get used to it. If Moyes seen him as a centre midfielder then he would be playing there instead of Osman but he doesn’t. Osman is more disciplined, tracks back more and doesn’t take as many risks on the ball. If anything you give Arteta a free role in a five man midfield but that is the position Cahill operates and he operates it well.
To be honest I’m a fan of Mikel out wide. Being in the middle limits him. He gets less of a free role, is involved in all the physicality and cannot use his dribbling and technique to drift past players. But thats just my opinion.
I dont think we need a winger and if we did get one I’d want a pacy, byline hitting winger and Downing and Taylor are not in that mold. Downing is average at best and has nothing on Arteta and Pienaar out wide. The only reason he plays for England is because he is left footed. He’s not skillful and doesn’t have the pace to go past the full back. He’s more of a Kilbane than a Giggs in my opinion.
Matty Taylor is the better option but even he would struggle to get into our team. He’s more of a wing back than a winger anyway and the only thing he offers is a left foot. He reminds me of Riise at Liverpool as he has a good engine, good left foot but no pace or trickery.
Lets see what Moyes goes for but I doubt we’ll get someone in January.
3 Posted 04/11/2007 at 17:56:43
Buying him is essential - not only because he offers a good addition to the team, but its inevitable that at some point arteta wont be available (injured, rested, poached) - which will leave piennar as the main catalyst for attack.
So Pienaar I’d like to see be our first buy (unless fernandes is somehow available now....)
We seem to have 3 players around the holding midfield, and right back, position, but none excel.
Holding midfield: neville, carsley, jagielka. Carsley is the one, but not for next season. The other two have not really delivered in that role. Although Neville is fine there as long as there are no other defensive midfielders in the team.
Right back: hibbert, neville, jagielka. Hibbert is last, neville or jagielka should make it there own, thus leaving us short in the holding role.
Therefore, I think we should buy either a holding midfielder, or a right back, depending on the above.
4 Posted 04/11/2007 at 18:21:27
Team him with Yobo in the centre and have lescott on the left.
5 Posted 04/11/2007 at 18:42:06
I like the shout on Nelson but he wouldn’t join us. He is a quality player though.
6 Posted 04/11/2007 at 18:30:01
This will allow us to revert sucessfully to a 4-4-2, and not get out muscled and out played in midfield.
Moyes obviously wanted fernandes for this role, and since that went down the pan, there have been rumours of Stephen Appiah who would be a good choice(although our exposure to ANC withdrawls would be increased).
For all his goals and technical ability, I dont believe that leon osman has enough to make it in a successful midfield 4. Likewise, carsley and (in particular)neville are both too limited in their ability.
Maybe Thomas Kahlenberg from Auxerre? I believe he can also play on the left, although he is not a out and out left winger.
7 Posted 04/11/2007 at 21:01:25
He looks a great prospect.On the same note Downing has been shite for the last 12 months and looks to have been a flash in the pan.
I really feel we need to look abroad at the likes of Appiah or another Fernandes type, strong on the ball with good technical ability.
8 Posted 04/11/2007 at 21:32:05
Would we be interested? Moyes wanted him before, and I’m not sure whether there was bad blood when he went to the Reds at the last minute. He would certainly provide the defensive steel and presence we need in midfield, especially given that Carsley will not go on for ever. Fit perfectly into the emerging 4-5-1, freeing up Arteta, Pienaar and Cahill. Would he want to come to us? Was linked with Juventus in the summer. But at least he would know he’d get regular play with us. Thoughts?
9 Posted 04/11/2007 at 23:06:49
10 Posted 04/11/2007 at 23:53:48
I’d much rather have Diaby at Arsenal. Standing at 6ft 3 he has the presence aswell as the physicality but he also possesses great skill, vision and technical ability. Believe me he’s a more attacking version of Viera and Sissoko has nothing on him. He had a great battle with Manny Fernandes last season when we won 1-0 and he’s not getting regular games at Arsenal.
11 Posted 05/11/2007 at 01:57:37
Downing is a predictable, uninspired, lazy bastard. Taylor is his cousin!
Appiah, Fernandes... I like where this is going!
12 Posted 05/11/2007 at 10:17:54
13 Posted 05/11/2007 at 17:34:53
Arteta (CM - re: ball for Piennar this weekend for the Yak’s goal)
Cahill (CM/supporting striker)
Which still leaves us Johnson as first sub for Baines or Piennar - moving Arteta wide and going 4-4-2, or Vaughan or the Yak and Osman on the bench - wow an embarassment of riches! It has been sometime since we have said that.
Don’t forget Hibbert!!
14 Posted 05/11/2007 at 17:39:31