Just watched this:
Interesting interview, but from 9:50ish onwards he's talking about the Lampard/Gerrard partnership and why it didn't work particularly well. Particularly focussing on the fact that while they were both forward minded players, playing in a 2 they had no freedom to break forwards, because they were constantly worrying about where the other one was.
Got me thinking that the same was true when we were playing Bannan and Lee in a 2 together. They both want to be forward, supporting the attack, Bannan just behind the forwards, switching play and Lee running beyond them. Lampard solution was to play a midfield 3, so in our case, putting Pessy or Hutch behind Bannan and Lee, letting them go forwards freely. All seems very sensible.
The problem then becomes.. how that affects the formation.
If we're playing 3 in the middle of the park, we can't really play 3 forwards. There just aren't enough players to do it.
352 is a possibility.. Something like:
Rhodes - Nuhiu
Reach - Bannan - Pessy - Lee - Hunt
Pudil - Lees - Venancio
But how to do you get Nando into that side? Nando - Nuhiu up top? Could be interesting.
Or do we end up having to go 433?
Nando - Nuhiu - Joao
Bannan - Pessy - Lee
[someone] - Pudil - Lees - Hunt
Obvious problems.. no true left back..
Joao's not great at defending against an attacking left back/wing back..
No place for Reach..
Only 1 real striking spot.
To me it's a really interesting puzzle of how can we play an effective system, one that leverages the players we have in the best way, avoiding falling into the trap that Capello seems to have done with Lampard and Gerrard.
Obviously this is hoping that Lee returns to fitness and form, but we have a handful of players you could put in there in his place..
Reach, Clare, Abdi, Boyd, even Matias (played 1 game there iirc and look alright centrally)
What are you folks' thoughts?
To me this also kind of highlights the need to ship out an awful lot of players, as there's a lot of names i've not mentioned at all.