Wing-Backs – Way Forward For Pardew
In the lead-up to the Villa match I was hoping that Alan Pardew would be brave and go for a formation that meant he could play the best players he had available.
He went most of the way but stuck to a back four that meant Perch played in midfield while Mapou sat on the bench.
What it also means is that two of our best attacking threats are not used to their best effect. If we had two honest trier Danny Simpson/James Perch type full-backs then there would be little point in trying to get them into advanced positions. However, when you have Santon (60/1 to score first! or 19/1 to score any time – remember he almost scored the first early on at Villa) and Debuchy at your disposal you need to get them as far up the pitch as possible.
Playing with wing-backs would let them express themselves going forward and more than any full-back partnership in the Premier league that is where they can bring most value to the team. Of course they have to do their share of defending as well but especially when we have such limited creativity on the wings in Ben Arfa’s absence, I don’t believe there is any choice but to base much of our attack on getting the ball wide to Santon & Debuchy (and help NUFC to win – great bet at 3/1 today).
It is not only finding the best way to use the two full-backs/wing-backs, we now have three very capable centre-backs available and maybe the easy way to put the question is whether you want Mapou on the pitch, or James Perch playing in midfield? Great squad player but not a midfielder, having Perch in the team and a player of Mapou’s quality sitting on the bench is just plain daft to me.
In fact Alan Pardew’s hand may be forced because Mapou has already stated that he came because he would get time on the pitch and if Taylor and Coloccini keep playing like they did at Villa then the manager is faced with a dilemma of how to get Mapou into the team, which to me had an obvious answer.
With Cisse up front and Sissoko & Cabaye (17/1 to score first) creating behind, having the option of putting the ball wide to Santon and Debuchy should be an essential part of our game going forward.
Let’s hope it starts today.
What do you think?
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