Mr Dyche, Do Us All a Favour and Put Captain Fantastic in the Team... at Right Midfield

by   |   06/03/2024  6 Comments  [Jump to last]

The team needs an injection of inspiration from somewhere. And we need to immediately pick ourselves up and go again.

I am sure Seamus Coleman is one of the few players we have who can provide the inspiration the team needs, who will also make a difference performance-wise. He is the captain and he will provide fight and a bit of class too.

And I am not even talking about playing him at right-back.

If Sean Dyche is happy with Ben Godfrey at right-back, play Seamus right midfield in front of him. It is a position he has played in before and excelled in. Going back a few years, Phil Neville was struggling at right-back and Moyes played Seamus wide right in front of him. Not only did Seamus play well in that position, he helped to improve Neville's game so much that, in an away game against Spurs, Gareth Bale when he was at his best was kept quiet.

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Playing Seamus wide right would enable Dyche to rest Harrison, who could be brought on later in the game when there is more space for him to exploit. We need some inspiration from somewhere and Seamus is the man to provide it.

I don't think it's a negative move either. In my opinion, it will tighten up the right side defensively and Seamus will also give us an attacking boost.

He can use his attacking instincts without having to track back all the way to the full-back position. And by the way, Patterson could do this job too. No need for Young, he can be held back for left-sided cover.

There is also a case for Seamus and Patterson to be paired up on the right side too.

We also need Gueye back in the team as soon as possible because, despite what some people say, he is absolutely essential. It is quite reasonable to think that the Brighton equaliser would never have happened if Gueye had been on the pitch (with Doucoure) and, without any doubt,t he would have been better suited to stop West Ham scoring on the counter last Saturday. His work rate is phenomenal and he is always there putting in challenges.

Onana just can't do it. He is someone for when the going is good.

I did think he did well in the Palace game but he actually contributed to their goal when he came on. His attitude after that did impress me. But he is not Gueye who is more busy with his constant challenges.

Dyche got it wrong on Saturday. His substitutions were reckless. He disjointed an already disjointed team further. And with no Gueye to do the moping up of any counter-attack by West Ham, it was far too risky. It gave me the feeling that the pressure of our current situation is now getting to Dyche too. I am sure he will be now thinking "I wish I had seetled for a point."

Taking Beto off after he had scored was baffling too. Beto was growing into the game, had scored and was up for it. The only changes I would have considered were bringing on Dobbin and/or Coleman in that wide right position.

Against Man Utd we must keep it tight, keep a strong midfield but somehow conjure up a slightly more attacking intent. I feel Seamus would give us this. We also need to be on the front foot more and go after our opponents from the kick off and not let them settle.

It is also time to have Onyango on the bench to give the team some fresh alternatives and enthusiasm. He is old enough and should be given the chance to show us what he can do.

Not winning in 11 is worrying but the fixtures have not been kind. I would have given anything to have played Palace and West Ham at home in the immediate weeks after our 4 wins on the bounce and I can't understand how we can play Spurs (we deserved something out that game) and Man City and, after 3 more games, we play City and Spurs again. Just another Premier League question mark.

But let us go to Old Trafford and give a disciplined but positive performance right from the off. They have ridden their luck against us in many a game recently so we are due something, surely.

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Shane Corcoran
1 Posted 07/03/2024 at 22:31:39
I'd actually move Godfrey to the left and leave Mykolenko out until he learns to block the shot again.

But yes, get Seamus in there.

Barry Rathbone
2 Posted 14/03/2024 at 13:45:13
The fact Coleman is still considered vital here is symbolic of the malaise that permeates this club.

Lovely fella and clearly devoted to the cause but would he get a game at any other Premier League club?

Not his fault he gets picked but he should have been replaced years ago.

Jim Wilson
3 Posted 15/03/2024 at 14:01:04
Agree Barry. And he is vital to the team cause without any doubt in my opinion, as is Gueye!
Ashley Roberts
4 Posted 16/03/2024 at 20:33:59
Harrison has been struggling since Godfrey replaced Coleman at right-back. Godfrey provides nothing going forward and is also a dubious right-back, being more of a central defensive player.

While Seamus is obviously past his prime, I am sure bringing him back into the fold will help the team all around, including Harrison, who gets no support from Godfrey at the moment.

If not Seamus, please give Patterson a chance as he is better with the ball than Godfrey.

Charles Ward
5 Posted 22/03/2024 at 16:17:25
Has Seamus the legs to play a whole match in midfield though?

You look at other older players like Milner or Eriksen who come on to slow a game down and provide game management and that role may suit Coleman.

Neil Carter
6 Posted 29/03/2024 at 09:55:44
If Dyche wants to win games he needs to be braver going forward-Coleman adds a hell of a lot more than Godfrey who's a natural cntre-back.

Without support from Coleman or Patterson, Harrison is made ineffective and the quality of creating chances suffers.

I fear for us if we continue the long ball from Pickford and the cross-balls from Tarkowski with little else invention and just wait and expect it to come good.

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