Dave Sutton's barnet wrote:
Needs three in midfield 'cos neither Mavies, Pratley, Vela or Eagles can survive in the middle of a 4-4-2.
Vela might but who can say.With the squad we have he cant make 442 work unless vela is up to it or maybe even ricketts could go in there but there are two problems
A Coyle believes 442 is the only formation in the game
B Coyle hasnt signed anyone able to play effectively in the centre of that formation.
ironically he seems to have signed players more suited to 451 but without a decent holding player.I still think Alonso might be able to play that old campo role but you wont find out while coyle is still here. He'll play left back and get done for pace everytime.
A 5 man midfield might provide bodies but they're all too similar and ineffective. 451 still needs players capable of defending and we dont have any apart from possibly Andrews and Vela.Even with 451 I still think those two should start.
The squad coyle has put together is totally unbalanced.Loads of Indians and no chiefs.Lots of runners with the ball who cant pass tackle or postion themselves defensively. 3 right backs and no left backs and 3 players(eagles/Pratley/Mavis) who are best in the hole which isnt a system coyle wants to use. Oh and 4 wingers who dont want to track back.Not forgetting unless there is a major change this year strikers who refuse to attack the crosses our wide men occasionally put in and defenders who refuse to attack the crosses opposition wingers put in.
All looks a bit silly to me.