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Do new signings hint at this change of formation for Rafa Benitez?

5 years ago

Change is very much of the essence at Newcastle United – this summer there have been countless changes to the playing and backroom staff. The question is, however, just what impact could this have on the side this season?

In recent years, one of many criticisms of Newcastle United is that there has been a tactical ineptitude at the club. An inability to change has led to the team becoming stagnant, predictable and easier to read as the seasons go on, causing periods of major struggle.

This summer there has seemingly been an emphasis on ensuring that this would no longer be a problem. Players with a range of qualities have been purchased.

For example, in relation to the full-backs at the club, there are options to both shore up defensively and to give us something more going forward.

All central defenders at the club seem to be being coached to be comfortable when receiving the ball, as are the goalkeepers.

Forwards and Midfielders continue to offer a range of talents, which is obviously equally as important for the side, but there is a reason why the different qualities from our defenders are so important.

One option that is now for Newcastle is the option to play a 3-5-2 formation. A formation that was last prominent for Franz Beckenbaur’s successful West Germany side, although that was some years ago now.

Since then, a few sides have tried to play this way, most notably Manchester United under Louis Van Gaal, admittedly with very limited success. That is not to say that this formation could not be successful again.

There are still many things about this formation that are increasingly important in the modern game.

For example, the extra man at the back – who is unburdened by marking duties, can play on the ball, come forward, step into midfield and help his side control the possession of the ball during the game.

We will have to see if we choose to line up that way, but defenders; Mbemba, Yedlin and Lazaar. certainly fit the bill to play and be comfortable in this formation.

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