I think this is the formation we need. It will allow Bily and Mikel, arguably our two most creative players, to lose their shackles and attack and make things happen.
It also gives Baines and Coleman the licence to get forward on the overlap ? knowing they have Fellaini and/or Osman ahead of them to drop in and cover.
Fellaini and Osman can drive us out ? I think Ossie has played well and done a job in central mid when played there. He works hard and can pick a pass.
It allows us to get tight when we need to, with Rodwell dropping in and supporting when we are defending. He should have enough energy to do that role while supporting Jermaine, who surely has to be given a run in the team.
I personally think it would give us enough to combat Chelsea, as well as having the ability to open them up as well.
Howard Coleman Jagielka Distin Baines Osman Fellaini Arteta Rodwell Bily Beckford
Brian Price, Posted 24/01/2011 at 13:09:12
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1 Posted 24/01/2011 at 21:57:20
If Cahill was back maybe but the present squad would have to seriously raise their game to win this match.
However, it is the F.A.Cup and
anything can happen as form usually goes out of the window.
Brian your team looks good but Saha should play at the expense of Osman.
It is a cup game and we should go for the win by starting 2 forwards.
Rodwell should be given the start as he has shown he is up for the big teams and Ossie lacks height and strength against the taller Chelski team. Still, you know Moyes will play him anyway.
2 Posted 24/01/2011 at 22:04:55
3 Posted 24/01/2011 at 22:12:59
I remember how Chelsea were playing a few seasons ago with Lampard leading the midfield, and plenty of options up front.
How about Everton playing a 4-2-1-3 type system, with...
Howard ? golakeeper
Coleman ? right back
Jagielka ? central defender
Distin ? central defender
Baines ? left back
Fellaini ? holding midfielder
Arteta ? support midfielder
Cahill ? advanced midfielder
Billy ? inside left
Saha ? inside right
Beckford ? centre-forward
...or somehting along these lines?
I think the players available should dictate the system, and I would like to see Saha as a creative focus, along with Bily, who I believe are our most dynamic players at the moment.
4 Posted 24/01/2011 at 22:11:09
5 Posted 24/01/2011 at 22:11:12
4-2-3-1 is definitely the way to go if you want to avoid being hustled out of the game in midfield. As I think I?ve mentioned before, it can encourage more penetrative back and forth passing, rather the side to side stuff we?ve become used to. Additionally, any formation that doesn?t require wingers seems to be a natural fit for a squad that doesn?t have any genuine wide-men.
As for personnel, despite missing his leadership, I?d be happy to rest Neville and drop Coleman back, because the formation you?ve suggested needs skilful attacking fullbacks to provide the width, which is a role that Seamus plays far more effectively. Saha vs Beckford was a tougher call for me but, as I?m sceptical of Saha's ability to last a whole match, it makes sense for him to come on as a sub once somebody has tired the opposition defence a little.
6 Posted 24/01/2011 at 22:37:45
But a front four of Arteta, Osman, Bily plus one striker and the overlapping fullbacks makes good use of our available (!) and fit (!) resources, with both Fellaini and Rodwell potentially dangerous coming forward and of course on set pieces too.
If Saha is fit, you could replace/ sub Osman with Saha.
I don't see a lot of alternatives tbh, but that team should be able to play some good footy ... it's just lacking the well documented pace / firepower to reliably make it count ...
7 Posted 24/01/2011 at 22:40:54
8 Posted 24/01/2011 at 22:28:22
9 Posted 25/01/2011 at 00:14:01
10 Posted 25/01/2011 at 01:13:38
Moyes comments after the West Ham game would suggest this is the way he will go.
11 Posted 25/01/2011 at 01:47:16
There are far more important issues which need to be dealt with, and this is an opportunity for readers of Toffeeweb to try and make a difference.
12 Posted 25/01/2011 at 07:15:31
13 Posted 25/01/2011 at 09:39:09
14 Posted 25/01/2011 at 09:57:57
15 Posted 25/01/2011 at 10:01:08
I dont think he should be first choice, but he is a tidy little player and gets bad press because Moyes plays him out of position.
Last Saturday our football improved a bit when he was moved inside and started doing what Arteta should have been doing by looking forward and running at people and not playing like a nervous crab.
16 Posted 25/01/2011 at 10:13:37
Neville Jags Distin baines
Coleman Rodwell Fellaini Arteta
17 Posted 25/01/2011 at 11:53:17
18 Posted 25/01/2011 at 12:37:22
19 Posted 25/01/2011 at 14:48:52
There's a good reason he was playing for Leeds.
20 Posted 25/01/2011 at 14:50:13
21 Posted 25/01/2011 at 15:03:33
22 Posted 25/01/2011 at 15:50:29
23 Posted 25/01/2011 at 16:23:39
24 Posted 25/01/2011 at 17:38:04
Go on slaughter me for dropping Arteta!
25 Posted 25/01/2011 at 17:45:00
I too would drop Saha and play Beckford who actually puts in a shift, Mr Sadwell and Mr Parshall.....
Let's play Bily behind Beckford and Rodwell and Fellaini in the middle. Good shout to on giving Gueye a run out....... Let's be bold, Mr Moyes!!!
26 Posted 25/01/2011 at 19:06:23
Arteta is a key player but has not shone this season but looked better against the Hammers as did Saha when he came on. Coleman could have won the game late on with a little bit of luck. These 3 must start against Chelski in my book.
Probably Becks should start also in the absence of Timmie with Big Vic and Vaughan on the bench. Fellaini for his height should play but the last midfield is a toss-up between Bily, Ossie and Gueye but an alternative is to push Fellaini forward more and bring in Hietinga as the last line midfielder if Jags is ready.
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