Formations formations formations!

Outdated 4-4-2?

Outdated 4-4-2?
There’s been quite a bit speculation over the last few weeks as to what formation were going to be playing with next season, so I thought I would take a look at what plans Alan Pardew might have in store for us next season.

Things will no doubt change over the summer and it could be then that Alan Pardew tries to put his stamp on the squad and tries to alter the way that the team plays. Most of us have already read that Pardew wants to play Hatem Ben Arfa down the middle next season in a ‘number 10 role’. If you haven’t read it, this is what Pardew had to say on the matter;

β€œHe will play a central role in our attacking line. I want to use him as a playmaker, a number 10, just behind one forward. I am convinced he is able to score between 10 and 15 goals a season.”

The big thing in there is that he says he wants Ben Arfa behind just ONE forward, and with 4-4-2 seemingly outdated these days it can only really mean a 4-4-1-1 formation is on the cards.

Now I know Toonsy for one doesn’t like the concept of playing with just one upfront because sometimes you can become narrow, like we did at times when we had Kevin Nolan off Andy Carroll, and the front man can become easy to mark which of course can happen.

For me though you just have to look at Tottenham. They play a 4-4-1-1 and their wingers are their best asset although granted they are Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. Occupying these positions for us at the minute are Jonas Gutierrez and Joey Barton, and I think it’s safe to say with these two playing on the wings playing just one up front wouldn’t work.

If we were to buy the right players for the formation in say Balazs Dzsudzsak and Jeremain Lens from PSV, both of whom are players who we will more than likely be targeting but more importantly are young, natural wide players, for me that would be a great investment at around say Β£15 million pounds.

It would mean in Dzsudzsak we’d have a pacey left-footed, left-sided winger with a superb eye for goal and who can whip a great ball in and on the other side Lens who is very pacey and probably more direct than Dzsudzsak but nonetheless effective and is one of those players that defenders hate playing against.

I am not saying that we should go copying Spurs man for man, but we could do a lot worse than follow their blueprint. With Dzsudzsak and Lens we would have our very own Bale and Lennon, and in Ben Arfa we would have our own Van der Vaart, which for me added with the likes Nolan, Barton, Tiote etc would give us some of the best midfield options in the Premier League.

So if 4-4-1-1 is the way were going to go then it can be done well, really well in fact. It just needs the right personnel to fit into it, plus we could do it all without breaking the bank which I’m sure would keep Mike Ashley happy.

All we would have to do after this is find a striker to fit into the formation….

Who said being a manager was difficult!

175 thoughts on “Formations formations formations!

  1. tgs ,didnt you once post under lady boy on ed judases

    Kna big fella, that would have been Worky πŸ˜†


  2. Toonsy,
    Are you finished with your old job yet?
    If so, best wishes for the future mate and enjoy a better quality of life πŸ˜‰


  3. Dave, nice one.

    That was the correct measured approach you used.

    Unfortunately for them, they burned their bridges with me 😈


  4. Moreno I just think they may have burnt the bridge to the Fatman, I hope not as I do think there was a place for them.
    Oh and dont be stalking me now on FB πŸ˜†


  5. Batty thats good cause I dont have time for stalkers πŸ˜†
    Fuk I wish we were playing tomorrow instaed of having to wait till tues πŸ‘Ώ


  6. Formations:
    Yeah, the thread is exhausted but it means I can say all sorts of crap and nobody will read it, and I can be long about it as well.

    None of this 442, 443 Football Mangaer straight jacket for me. Over my time of watching football, playing it and coaching kids way back when, I’ve developed my ideal formation: 21421

    2 full backs – because they are always back, except for set plays (Terry, Vidic, Ferdinand, etc)

    1 centre half – who plays in the DM role but duals as a centre back when defending (and is the game starter when moving forward) – very important position (needless to say it is how I played – it’s a bit like Beckenbauer’s sweeper role, I suppose. (Busquets is good at this – maybe Colo)

    2 wing half backs – who are full backs when you defend, wide midfielders in transition and wingers going forward (Cole, Jose, Dani Alves)

    2 midfielders, who can win tackles and do a lot of running. (Barton, Tiote, Carrick … England is full of them)

    2 inside forwards, who play off the striker and can create from midfield, probably good if they can dribble a bit. (Ben Arfa, Messi types)

    1 striker, probably a guy good in the air but can hold the ball up on the deck too (Carroll, Berbatov – preferably Shearer)

    Can’t see many at Newcastle fitting into my team.


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