Following the drubbing at White Hart Lane, Alan Pardew has been talking to the Chronicle about his choice of formations in recent matches;

“Papiss isn’t going to win you the game when you’re 2-0 down after five minutes. We need to be able to cope with having two strikers.

The Press and the fans have criticised us when we have played 4-5-1 at times this year. Now they understand why”.

I think the manager has performed miracles at times getting results from the personnel available but against Tottenham we were found out in terms of ability rather than formations, to be honest that was even more the case when we played Blackburn and got  a very lucky win.

Leaving out Papiss Cissé or Demba Ba from our current squad would just be crazy. When Alan Pardew says, “We need to be able to cope with having two strikers”, it is a clear message to me that to provide the right platform for our star strikers they need the class and composure of players like Cabaye and Tiote behind them.

Pardew has been asked to do an impossible job at times, there is no formation on earth that would turn some of our players into top half Premier League players.

With Cabaye and Tiote back on the scene we have the possibility of seeing performances like the Man.U. one again…whatever the formation.



  • Johnlogan8

    I think at home against weaker teams we can play this formation:
    Simmo colo williamson santon
             Cabaye Tiote Jonas
                     Ben Arfa
                   Cisse   Ba
    3 very capable players defensively in midfield, all very box to box so not leaving us short in midfield, whilst accommodating HBA in a position where he will see plenty of the ball, rather than stuck out wide where he has gone missing in recent games, he can also act as a much needed link between the midfield and attack, making us more dynamic in the process and hopefully we can keep the ball a lot better in the final third.