I think the re-signing of Nuno Valente for a further year indicates that Jolean Lescott will be used primarily as a centre half next season. If Lescott was to continue at left back, then Leighton Baines would be enough cover, with the youngsters as extra cover. I now see Baines being first choice LB next season.
As we know, the main reason for Lescotts presence at LB this season was to add height to the team for set pieces. Therefore we can deduce (I'm taking this way too far....) that Moyes plans to bring in height elsewhere in the team this summer. Possibly centre mid.
On Valente, it is interesting that he played in our 6-1 and 7-1 wins this season. No coincedence there as I think he is very good going forward, better than the other two LB's we have. Unfortunately he's not quite as dependable defensively, otherwise he would still be a cracking player.
It's good to retain him though.
Phil Hamer, Posted 14/05/2008 at 17:30:11
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1 Posted 14/05/2008 at 23:53:32
Just a thought.
2 Posted 15/05/2008 at 06:35:11
Where trying to build a squad and someone on his experience will be useful. He always plays around 15 games a season which is useful.
3 Posted 15/05/2008 at 07:52:06
He is the best passer in our team, has the best positional sense of all our left backs, but is made of glass :-(
Is a great guy and never complains, I just wish we got a few more games out of him as he is always involved whenever we play our best football.
Full-back is the most important position when defining your style of play.
4 Posted 15/05/2008 at 08:51:31
5 Posted 15/05/2008 at 08:55:49
6 Posted 15/05/2008 at 09:01:37
7 Posted 15/05/2008 at 09:16:52
8 Posted 15/05/2008 at 12:26:21
9 Posted 15/05/2008 at 12:35:26
Baines is class.
10 Posted 15/05/2008 at 13:00:10
I think the release of Boyle meant we really had to keep him and look to start Baines at LB next season - with Yobo and Lescott at CB. That?s being very hard on Jags, who despite his excellent season is still 3rd choice.
11 Posted 15/05/2008 at 13:53:34
Boyle was released on a free yesterday. So you are right!
12 Posted 15/05/2008 at 14:49:52
13 Posted 15/05/2008 at 16:35:27