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Lack Of Control or Lack Of Pardew Foresight?

8 years ago

Pards has come out today and said his biggest worry this season is the lack of influence his team have been able to exert on the opposition, with possession and control his major concerns!

WOW, what a revelation, 10 games into the season and he’s worked out we give the ball away too easily and without the ball we’re not in control. Sounds like the stuff I hear every weekend watching amateur football with the lads down the rec!

I’m no wannabe manager and I don’t have any coaching certificates and I don’t pretend I really know what I’m talking about…I’m just a passionate toon fan who wants to see them do well. However, the above problems are in my opinion down to the way Pardew has set up his team this year.

Using 4-4-2 doesn’t work anymore in modern day football, the Spanish national team have developed a system based on 4-5-1. Or as shown in the Euros this year 4-6-0, without having an out-an-out striker on the park because as far as they’re concerned control of the middle of the park is absolutely key.

The way that Spain maintain possession is by ensuring they always have a cluster of players around the ball to enable short crisp passing as they move towards the opposition’s goal. As all our wonderful pundits keep on saying when watching the Spanish National team, “You can’t score if you haven’t got the ball!”. Then when they do lose control they have that same cluster of players who will close you down in an instant.

Whenever a Spanish national team player is on the ball, he has at least 5 options to pass the ball to a team mate no more than 15 yards away. They’re like bees around a honey pot and they swarm around the ball maintaining possession as it moves around the park and then pick the pass that splits the defence, or opens up a goal scoring opportunity.

Whilst I fully appreciate it’s not always as easy as that, we do have the players that can play this style of football and we can replicate the model.

Cabaye, Anita, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Captain Colo, Jonas and Ba can all play this style of football because they all possess the skills to do so, so how about giving it a go Pards – it’s the future!

What do you think, is 4-3-3 going forward then reverting to 4-5-1 when defending, the better option???

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