The Beardsley Role?

There is no doubt now, that with regards to Demba Ba and Cisse, two into one won’t go.

It is becoming more obvious the longer the season goes on. The question is, how will our manager deal with it?

Playing them as a 2 does not work.

Playing a front 3 works as long as the players buy into it (how about it Demba?).

If not it means we use one or the other but in what system?

My take on it would be to play one up front (either one, I think they both can do this) then bring Ben Arfa into a central role high up the pitch, as in my opinion he is wasted out wide, especially in a 4-4-2 system. He is not a player who should be dropping off and doubling up on the opposition’s winger. Let him play the Beardsley role and as per the Keegan era, start dropping little bombs in dangerous places.

Then a midfield 3 of Anita on the right, Cabaye centre and Jonas on the left. I think this would make the best use of Anita as for me he is a little lightweight for Full Back or Centre Midfield. This would leave Cheick Tiote to be free to patrol just in front of the defence.  A job we know he is suited for and very good at.

With the back four I would play Santon at right back, Taylor and Coloccini in the centre, with an eye on strengthening here in the January window. I would also give Ferguson a run at Left Back, either until Perch is fit or we try and get Debuchy in, and move Santon across.

This is just my take on it and I do not think there is a snowball in hell’s chance of us lining up in this 4-1-3-1-1 formation but if the Euro lottery were to reach say £500 million and there was only one winner from Wallsend…!!!!

Well we can all dream.

So Alan if you do happen to read this, just pause for a moment and think about it….to everybody else, how would you set the team up?

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9 comments
DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

I've said it before, Colo does not play well with Williamson.  but that is all we are left with thanks to selling anyone and everything that wasn't nailed down.  With so many players out of contract or deemed not good enough as well as those I expect a number of offers for, it really does worry most fans what the club will do for next season....at this rate imploding seems the most likely outcome.

Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

Something we all know Williamson and Colo don't play well. Williamson is by far the liability.

PhilYare
PhilYare

an accurate and fair comment. I thought Bramble and Boumsong were bad but these 2 clowns are the worst I've ever seen. You can count about 5 mistakes by williamson in a single brief piece of footage. James Tavernier (even championship standard) was surely a far better prospect than playing this useless gonk.


coloccini looked good in the championship... in the premiership he can look all over the place 

ratboy1
ratboy1

Hate to say this but last time we got relegated we had proven premier league quality players (viduka, Owen, jb, Nolan, a younger Colo/ spiderman, duff) not doing it - now we have bargain basement (Anita, gouff, Taylor, Willi, riviere) players not doing it. Unless de jong pulls up a few trees we are doomed.




Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

Doesn't matter what you have if you have a rudderless manager.

Harry Todd
Harry Todd

Yes defence not at it's best need two new center backs but would keep Steve Taylor as got bottle.

Mister Tee
Mister Tee

@Harry Todd

We've needed 2 new centre backs for about 2 seasons now.

Williamson was never good enough for the Premier League. He has had some good games but he is simply just not good enough.

Steven Taylor has never managed to get through a season without missing a chunk of it due to injury. Plus he has not fulfilled the potential shown in his early years.

Coloccini wanted out 2 years ago and has never been the same player since 2011/12, in my opinion he is simply going through the motions. He is not a great captain, his head drops too easy and his senses can leave him at the drop of a hat.

We signed an up and coming French international but the manager at the time didnt really like to play him in his preferred position and, to be fair in the brief times he played, he didnt really look up to the Premier League. So we cut our losses but didnt replace him.

Why is it that you can see we need new players at CB and I can see we need new players at CB but the club seem to think we can get by with the same CB we had when we were promoted?

Answers on a postcard please......

amacdee
amacdee

Congratulations to Hartlepool, 12 points adrift of safety before Ronnie Moore arrived. Now that's what I call crisis management !

Alsteads
Alsteads

It's took this clown 34 games to suss that? Sky are getting their money's worth then. How about something constructive whether it be against FCB and it's fall out or actual analysis of the game and how players/we could play better if we done this or that. To sit there and say we are shxte just makes you another bell end so called pundit.

Ps he must have been watching a different janmaat over last few weeks???