Having watched the last few games, something became very evident; Arteta or Pienaar should be moved to central midfield. Nothing against our current midfield, but watching the two of them putting brilliant passes made me realize what could happen if we are to play those two next to each other! I know the both of these players can play in the center of the park.
Pienaar?s preferred position is in the middle, cause that is where he played most of the time in Ajax?s diamond formation. As soon as Pienaar or Arteta moves infield and interchange passes with the other, defense splitting moves always materialize. Surely Moyes should start exploring avenues?
Ricardo Humphries, Posted 09/12/2007 at 15:42:25
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1 Posted 09/12/2007 at 17:19:00
Well thats what I think......
If its not broke dont fix it!!!
2 Posted 09/12/2007 at 17:19:05
3 Posted 09/12/2007 at 17:34:40
4 Posted 09/12/2007 at 17:40:57
Arteta would be better suited to the middle as its his natural position whereas Pienaar is more of an attacking central midfielder. Someone who plays behind the front one or two. Arteta’s passing range long range is better and he also has the ability to dictate the play of a game. Pienaar’s not that sort of player. He revels in the one touch passing game and is best suited out wide. He came inside against Nuremberg for 10-15 minutes and was invisible. Even in Dortmund he played centrally and struggled due to the physicality.
Anyway Osman is doing a great job. People have been giving the likes of Arteta and Pienaar the praise when Osman has been just as good. Has he found his place in the team? I hope so because we are starting to see the Leon Osman of the 04/05 season. The quick feet, great first touch and simple but effective passing. I been really impressed with Little Leon.
5 Posted 09/12/2007 at 18:00:25
6 Posted 09/12/2007 at 17:33:33
Moyes got results with 4-5-1 when Marcus Bent did his best to carry the attack. Calls for 4-4-2 and a more ’attacking’ team were understandable.
Because the quality of the players (that includes Lee C ) has improved, and team play gets into the classy level, 4-5-1 becomes our best attacking formation. A player with Tim’s abilities makes a huge difference, but as Jonny B says above, the fluid movement of players of the class of Arteta, Pienaar and Osman can make the whole thing work. So as we’re all picking the team this week, let’s leave them where they are, shall we.
A concern for me would be losing Lee. That holding / ball winning role is crucial. Some people call it midfield enforcer. Who else can do this for us?
7 Posted 09/12/2007 at 18:16:59
8 Posted 09/12/2007 at 18:28:51
9 Posted 09/12/2007 at 20:36:45
IMHO our most important signing in January is a top class defensive midfielder. Without one, Arteta, Cahill, Pienaar and Osman can’t create the havoc they are currently doing. These defensive mid guys are worth their weight in gold. I hope the club gets all its pennies together for the right guy!
10 Posted 09/12/2007 at 20:02:06
11 Posted 09/12/2007 at 20:40:24
12 Posted 09/12/2007 at 21:17:22
Lescott in centre midfield?? Are you for real? He has played at the back all his life and therefore that is where he is comfortable. Take him out of his comfort zone into an alien position and we will ruin him. Can you recall previous attempts to play Joseph Yobo as a holding midfielder? Painful memories indeed.
I share your concerns however over what would happen if Carsley were to pick up an injury. His return to the team is as much the key to our recent upturn in fortunes as the return of Cahill from injury. I’m sure that Davey will already be working on the acquisition of a defensive minded central midfielder as a priority in January or next summer.
13 Posted 09/12/2007 at 21:44:23
14 Posted 10/12/2007 at 02:18:37
15 Posted 10/12/2007 at 16:42:11
I don’t think it will happen because we probably need someone who can already play this role (not to replace Lee but to shadow him). And maybe more importantly, Lecott should be one day spoken of in the same breath as Ratcliffe, Lyons and Labone.