Ben Arfa Too Much Talk And Hype?
4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-5-1, 4-2-3-1.
Are these just mere numbers to Pardew, or does he recognise them as team formations accepted by various teams, aimed at getting the best performances out of the squads available to each individual team?
Let us be kind and give him the benefit of the doubt and accept that he does actually know them to be tactical formations adopted by football teams.
However, please note that I am not prepared to grant that he actually understands them nor that he realises that most other teams, especially those successful teams, usually adopt one formation with one and only one intention, to win football matches.
The evidence for this is clear in the manner in which Pardew has selected his teams, tactics and formations for this season’s matches. I believe, to date, that in virtually every league match and cup games, Pardew has adopted every known team formation, with the exception of one, which I will address later, and has had no success other than 4-3-3 away to Villa.
He clearly needs help in addressing this situation as he still seems to need help in other areas identified by himself as in need of improvement upon last season. Namely; fitness, set-pieces, goal threat from centre-backs. I will not labour these failings, merely pointing out that the lack of improvement in any of these areas this season indicates Pardew’s need for help.
Returning to team formations, there is at present and has been for the previous two seasons, one club who has stood out above all. Unquestionably it is Bayern Munich. This team, who play a high powered, fast passing and fast pressing game with two wide men who can score goals and track back, always play with the same formation, whoever manages the team. This, interestingly, being the only formation Pardew hasn’t tried yet!!! 4-1-4-1. I won’t go into the merits of the “ghost” striker as I think Pardew has heard of it (deploys Papisse Cisse in the Centre forward’s space, being constantly caught offside and scores no goals….maybe he hasn’t heard of it at all!).
Having helped Pardew with the formation I think I should help further by selecting the team for him. Apologies for the spellings as I seem to have the same affliction as a certain Mr Joke Kinnear;
Krul, Debuchy, Colo, Taylor (I know, but he is the only centre-back who carries a goal threat), Dummett; Anita (Tiote is always getting booked and is suspended missing far too many games); Santon (he is naturally right footed and good going forward but is no defender hence no promotion from Italy’s u21s. Also HBA is too much talk and hype and too little action), Sissoko, Cabaye, Goufran; Remy.
With this formation and team selection we should have pace, power, pressing high up the pitch and goals. Sticking to the same formation and mainly the same players will ensure that those players know where they will be playing and what is expected of them, thus removing the doubt, increasing their confidence in themselves and the ability of their team mates, which will increase their level of performance to that which is required.
I believe that Pardew understands at least one thing about numbers and that is that he really believes his number is up. Hopefully for the team, the fans and the Region, which he professes to admire, then he will do the honourable thing and resign.
NUFC could then search and appoint a young, track-suited manager, well versed in the modern game and how to get the best out of modern day players.
To use text speak “OMG,” at the Fatman’s Newcastle United that can mean only one thing. Appoint Mr Joke Kinnear!!!!
What a shambles our great club has become under the current owner, DOF and Manager.
Top Tips – NUFC To Win 21/10 – Cabaye To Score First Goal 16/1 – Remy To Score First 13/2 – NUFC To Keep Clean Sheet 5/2
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