Player Valuation: £8m
I’ve never figured out why when we play a back three with Wing Backs we get overrun in midfield and eventually switch back to a four, yet when we play against a back three their midfield dominates ours with extra numbers. Hopefully Carlo won’t go there again.
Because formations are only one half of it. The other half is instructions for the player and how well he executes them. Three at the back still meant we were light at the back, teams still caught us on the counter with Digne and Coleman out of position. Most of the time 3 CBs meant we were playing 1 more up front anyway, so it wasn't like we added to the midfield. It wasn't like we played 3-6-1, it was 3-4-3. And I always felt like opposition still attacked the full back positions which caused problems once the defence had to react and start moving around.
Its about whether the balance of the team outweighs that though. There’s no reason Coleman and Digne can’t do what Godfrey and Holgate are doing but time after time they seem to leave gaps in the channels open, get caught up the pitch, or lose the ball trying for one twos up the line. Keane and Mina then find themselves strung out across the pitch and we concede goals.
When Holgate and Godfrey play, every time we lose the ball you look at our shape and the back 4 are in perfect position across the penalty area. Mina and Keane are just focusing on who they are marking and the cross coming in and both fullbacks cover their back post areas properly.
They’re not great going forward but unless a new fullback can come on and first and foremost defend as well as Holgate and Godfrey are doing then I’m not sure it’s a worthwhile trade off for the odd assist they might get at the other end.
Yep I agree with this! The only thing we're losing at the moment is crossing into the box with the fullbacks, but Digne LM helps with this. On the RHS, really need Iwobi to do more with his crosses.