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Does size really matter?

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It is well known that as a squad we are struggling for physical size (and numbers, but that is a different discussion). So much so we have to play Lescott at left back and exclude the exciting talent that is Baines (who incidently has excellent initials for his position).

Apart from Engelaar (who I don't rate at all) and Huddlestone the options available to us / names mentioned are hardly giants, e.g. Arshavin, Turan, Thomson, Moutinho, Annan, Saviola, Van der Vaart, Downing, Johnson, Riquelme.

(aside: Has anyone else noticed that Chelsea now have three good right backs - surely one of them could be up for grabs cut-price?)

This got me thinking, where is the height in the top teams?

Arsenal: Adebayor, Gallas, Toure Man Utd: Ronaldo, Vidic, Ferdinand Chelsea: (ok, most of this lot, bad example).

We already have Lescott, Yobo and the Yak all in the starting line-up, and I agree some height and strength in the middle of the park is required, but given that we would start to see ourselves on a par with the top 3 for physical presence.

After that it is more a luxury than a necessity to have height, especially on our budget. More importantly for me, if we are going to try and play the 'total' football seen on occasion last year at Goodison (and frequently at Old Trafford and The Emirates) maybe the focus should be on pace and agility. This brings all the players on the previous list back into the fold, and a good few more too.
Mike Smith, London     Posted 20/06/2008 at 11:01:34

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Dick Fearon
1   Posted 20/06/2008 at 23:10:39

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It is how easy they are knocked of the ball and not how short they are physically. Osman and Pienaar though marvellous ball players are bounced far too easily.
It is almost impossible to rob other small players to whom their shortness seems a definate advantage,
Ray Roche
2   Posted 21/06/2008 at 08:29:36

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Does size really matter?

ask your missus....

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