Where would Blaise Matuidi fit in?

Blaise Matuidi is someone who we’ve been linked with for a while, but only now it seems that the interest is genuine.

I’ve heard a few people say that if we were get him where would he play, or that Cheik Tiote would be sold if we bought him. However, if it did come off I personally think that he would be one of shrewdest signings of the summer. The fee that’s been banded around is £11.2 million with and an extra £2 million in add ons which for me is fair price for the French international and of course if we pay that kind of fee, he’s going to start. So where will we he fit in?

Well for me he would slot in nicely along side Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye to form a three man midfield with Cabaye on the right of it, Tiote in middle and Matuidi on the left. That midfield has everything you need to be the basis of a successful team in the Premier League.

Cabaye is and would be the one we will be reliant on to pick a pass and be the creative one and with Tiote and Matuidi sitting and protecting the back four it would make for a solid yet creative midfield.

That isn’t Matuidi’s limit though as he also likes to get up field and get involved with the play higher up the pitch. He doesn’t have the guile of a Cabaye or a Ben Arfa, but he makes up for that with his determination, pace and powerful left foot.

So whether we’re playing at home or away that midfield can adapt to any given situation put to them, not just because they have too but because they have to skill and ability to do so. That’s why I think it would be worth it to pay the sum St Etienne are asking for Matuidi.

I believe, if we are to get Matuidi, and make that our midfield, then we would have one of the best midfields outside the top five or six, and the scary thing is that it’s entirely possible as well! Who would of thought we would have a midfield like this two year ago?!

So with the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheik Tiote, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Fabricio Coloccini already on board, and then more to follow hopefully, could next season be the season where we push on to bigger and better things?

Lets hope so!

41 thoughts on “Where would Blaise Matuidi fit in?

  1. He’s a warrior, I’d love it if we get him but I’m not going to get my hopes up. We need to spend money on a striker not a cm.

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  2. I think pardew has stated he will be using HBA in the hole behind the striker, so that suggests we are going to have a 4 man midfield or 3 in defence and 5 in mid (highly unlikey).

    I think if he were to come there would be a good rotation in the midfield maybe Tiote and Matuidi as a brick wall in the tougher games and Tiote/Matuidi and Cabaye for the games against the teams that get men behind the ball.

    I have no idea how Pards would use them but that sort of depth would be very welcome imo.

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  3. On that link they seem to be valuing the players we brought in slightly lower than what was paid. I know it said they took the most reliable figure but from what a can remember they’ve got;

    Enrique, Coloccini, Ben Arfa, Best all lower than what was reported and with the ones they’ve missed off it’s probably about £5 million closer than what it says.

    But regardless of that it just it was about even until we sold Carroll and obviously we have to wait to see how that will be spent….

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  4. The only reasons I see for this move would be to sell on Tiote, or to have two defensive midfielders who can rack up yellow cards. but avoid the suspensions.

    IMHO, it is striker and defender buying time.

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  5. Don’t know loads about him, but from what I’ve heard he’d be a great signing-would give us a very combative midfield which should put away fears that our new frenchies won’t be up for the tackle/tracking back, and it also means we can rotate and have a real stand in for when Tiote gets booked. Guthrie is better when he’s free to roam, and Smith…well, he’s just Smith. Even if they both pick up a fair share of bookings we should be able to juggle the team around to keep things fresh..

    I guess the only thing is we’d be playing very narrow with that midfield? With Ben arfa ahead and two strikers? Or Ben arfa and another playing off the main one

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  6. Newkie, the latter would be my guess. Ben Arfa and Marveaux playing off Ba with that midfield three would be great.

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  7. Would definitely be a good move by the club. Gives us more flexibility in the centre of the park and good competition for places.

    Time to press on to make Erding and Matuidi our next signings and then bring on the new season!

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  8. During the world cup some of the more succesful teams (Germany for one) played a -4-2-3-1formation (I think!) and two holding midfielders were used giving the rest of the midfield feeedom to attack at will. I have a feeling this is why we are also looking at so many wide men/playmakers and still only looking to bring another target man/striker in. We could still go back to good old 4-4-2 in the event but it would give us options.

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  9. ———-Ba
    —–Arfa—Marveux/Jonas
    ——–Cabaye—
    —-Tiote—–Matuidi
    Enrique-Colo-Taylor-Simo

    Presumably would allow Cabaye to show his creativity.

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  10. 😆
    Yeah, classic football manager-tie up all your transfers within the first week of the market, then skip the two months into the next season…if only 😥

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  11. Hendy at 16. those have been my thoughts exactly.

    I’ve been watching my country’s national team begin to switch towards a 4-2-3-1 in the past months. From the positive/negatives I have seen, you need versatile wingers who can cut inside, FBs who can bomb forward and deliver a cross, and a stand in in front of the back four CM along side of a bit of a box to box CM. We do seem to be building that team

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  12. I think he would fit in as being like two continental DM’s infront of the defense and then a CM and then 3 forwards. That would be good.

    Marveux—BA——-Benny
    ————Cabaye———–
    ——Maduidi—–Tiote—–
    LB—-Collo—Saylor—–RB
    ————–Krul—————

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  13. I blogged on Tiote just this morning – I wouldn’t be surprised if we sold him for £20m+ and replaced him with Matuidi for about £10m. Matuidi is a good, strong midfielder who is at his best in the holding role that Tiote plays so well for us. I’d love to see them both at the club but don’t personally think they could play effectively in the same side and certainly don’t see either being happy to sit on the bench.

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  14. europe hee we come , but a bad thought is about people such as ryan taylor dan gosling ect we r getting good quality players in but midfielders were will they all go ? tiotie, jonas, barton ben arfa , gosling, cabaye , mavuex and not forgetting our youth tam sammy amiobie fergison and alot more, we have far to many midfielders and unless pardew is going to play 4-5-1 with ba upfront then i suggest we play a good player jsut behind ba such as ben arfa or mavue a fast skill full long range shooter

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  15. Good read, Dan. I think all this talk of Matuidi being an expensive backup for Tiote is nonsense. If the club were to sign him, it would be with the intention of playing him. I also don’t believe, that he would be brought in as a direct replacement for Tiote, as Tiote is one of the players that fit the new structure perfectly and he looks certain to be one, the club wants to build around. I think Matuidi would be an excellent addition to our team, as he would give us even more options in the middle of the park. Yes, we have a lot of central midfielders, but with Nolan already gone and Barton seemingly getting closer to the exit door, are you really in favour of being dependent on Danny Guthrie again next season? Matuidi and Tiote could easily be played together with Cabaye in front of them. You don’t have to look any further than Chelsea to see a midfield containing of three central midfielders, with two of them being strong, ball-winning players and the third one pulling the strings going forward. Add to that Ben Arfa and Marveaux as the roaming wing players behind Ba or another striker, we are looking at a 4-3-3, a 4-5-1 or a 4-2-3-1 formation, depending on how you prefer to define it. It would make for a quite flexible system, as our triangle in the middle of the park could be reversed depending on the opposition. When we play against weaker opposition at home, either Matuidi or Tiote could be sacrificed to put on another flair player behind the lone striker, or we could even play with two strikers. When we play away against strong oppostion, these two players would act as valuable cover for our back four, and with the pacey flair players in front of them, we could play an effective counter attacking game when needed .. I for one would be very positive, if this was indeed what Pardew and Carr had in mind for us ..

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  16. so no transfers going thru 2day then?? gutted!! thought friday was transfer day for us 😆

    can any1 help? what number is ben arfa gonna be this season!! ive just got the new toon shirt and was gonna get ben arfa 37 but ive been told it might be 10 ??? 😕

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  17. Army….no one know’s the squad numbers yet, my guess would be Benny will be number 10, the safest bet to have is Shola 23 😆

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  18. two defensive midfielders, does not make for good attacking, go getting in the box football, batty and speed stiffled each other in the same team, speed was great after batty left, what i’m saying is are they ae too alike to be in the same team? batty and speed were two great footballers, but it did not work them in the same team. I wish footballers of todays generation had the same ethics and put in the same effort as those two did in their career, howay the mags

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  19. It’s great to be linked with all these quality players, plus we still should have at least 34mil to spend … Personaly I’d like to see erdling and n’zogbia come in next then we would have the pace and trickery of marveaux, jonas, nzog and Ben arfa.. Also a lb and cb would be nice .. Blaise matoudi is an awesome talent but I would prioitise in them other areas first

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