What team would you pick for the new season?

Two key men for the new season?
This is a very hypothetical article as we can only truly know what the starting line up will be once all our transfer activity has been concluded.

However, as yet another striker turns us down and Neil Taylor’s situation at an impasse I fear that our transfer activity has stagnated somewhat. So then if we didn’t get any players inbetween now and the start of the season for our first game against Arsenal on the 16th of August would it be a disaster? Would the team represent anything that could challenge in the cups and for a top ten finish?

We all have differing opinions on the current squad members and the first team as it stands could be subject to a number of questions…

Goalkeeper – Steve Harper, Fraser Forster or Tim Krul? Personally I think Forster will leave the club. Krul had an outstanding debut for Holland and was competent when he played last season. I feel he will get the nod with the experienced yet wise Harper knowing he has a lot to offer even from the bench.

Defence – Starting with the right-back, I think it’s fairly obvious that Danny Simpson, while young and sometimes nervy is a far better option, than the likes of James Perch and Ryan Taylor. In the middle of defence you’d guess that it will be our new captain, Fabricio Coloccini, but between Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson it really is a hard call. I personally thought that Williamson was superb last season and is a competent player who reads the game very well. Unfortunately for him Taylor came into a great run of form and scored goals which Willo couldn’t manage. For me that would be the deciding factor. Left-back all depends on whether or not Jose Enrique stays and to be honest… I think he will … The lack of interest in him that is concrete speaks volumes.

Midfield – I am relishing next season purely because our strength in depth in midfield will draw envious glances from elsewhere. For me it’s going to be Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye in the middle. The power and presence of Tiote combined with calm and technical Cabaye is something that will hopefully compliment each other.

Now this is the hardest call – Wingers. I really think that Joey Barton should be on the right as he is most effective there and will provide great service for the attackers. I’d then put Marveaux on the left. This wasn’t an easy choice as I think Jonas is underrated. He really is a maverick and can be a power tool on the wing. With the likes of Dan Gosling, Danny Guthrie and Shane Ferguson all on the bench we will have a lot more flair and pace in this midfield.

Strikers– As Hatem Ben Arfa’s shirt would suggest he seems destined to play the No10 role. I think he will be superb there. He played there at Lyon and was so dangerous with Karim Benzema and with him playing off Demba Ba it would be clinical partnership! With Shola Ameobi, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands on the bench we haven’t got any game changers… Which I admit is a major worry

So my team is a sort of 4-2-2-1-1

Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique; Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote; Joey Barton, Sylvain Marveaux; Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba.

Which would give us a potential bench of: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi.

I think that is a force to be reckoned with… However it becomes painstakingly obvious we need a striker or two and cover at right back.

What do you think?

Thanks to Liam Southern Toon for giving us something that isn’t related to money or transfer activity to ponder!

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128 thoughts on “What team would you pick for the new season?

  1. Cheers toonsy – to be fair even if we got in Taylor and long they still wouldn’t get in the first team IMO πŸ˜‰


  2. No probs with the defence or GK there. We may however be looking at 4-3-3 with Tiote, Baton & Cabaye in the midfield and HBA, Ba & Jonas up front with Marveaux on the bench to start with. although personally I’d still love to go all out with 3-3-1-3 al la Chile & El Loco.


  3. Krul

    Simpson Taylor Colo Jose

    Barton Tiote Cabaye Marveaux

    Ben Arfa


    That would be my team as things stand πŸ™‚


  4. haha mint thread toonsy lad , right ….. this is me tam thats gana smash the gunners πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


    simpson collo taylor enrique


    barton cabaye gutierez or marveaux ( i cant decide )

    ben arfa

    new striker or demba ba


    gutierez or marveaux
    new striker or demba ba

    thats a canny subs bench!!! 😎


  5. I would have a very similar setup but with Jonas starting over marveaux. He has the experience in this league and tracks back while definitely being able to offer something in attack.

    At least for the arsenal game, that is what I would prefer


  6. Keeper… Krul

    Back Four… Simpson… Taylor… Coloccini… Enrique

    Centre Mid… Tiote… Cabaye

    Wingers… Barton… Gutierrez (Marveaux an unknown)

    AM… Ben Arfa

    Up Front… Ba

    If Marveaux comes good, definitely should replace Jonas, likeable lad, workhorse, but end product is shocking at times


  7. have yous all noticed ameobi hasnt been mentioned once in a team πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† think weve had enuf of him like πŸ˜†


  8. I would have Krul, Simmo, Willo, Collo, Jose, Tiote, Joey, Marveaux Lm Gutti Rm, Benny Am and Ba st .
    Cabaye and joey can rotate and play together when Tiote is suspended/off to anc Marvy and Gutti can swap depending on opponents and Ba can be replaced with Best when injured or away Anc.
    Were not too far from having a decent side but need cover up front and fullbacks (both) I would rather have another dedicated rightback and another dedicated leftback for competition rather than someone who can play either but half as well.
    Just my opinions though….HWTL


  9. Just for Fun


    Saylor – Colo – Jose

    Barton – Tiote – Cabaye


    Jonas – Ba – Marveaux

    no depth up front


  10. I agree with Premandup and think we should go 3-1-3-3 Chile style, its really one intriguing formation.

    Simpson Taylor Coloccini Enrique
    Tiote Cabaye
    Barton Ben Arfa Gutierrez

    Harper Williamson Gosling Guthrie Ferguson Marvueax Best


  11. Premandup @ 14 – Only problem with that is Barton/Cabaye doesnt fit those positions. Other than that it looks real tasty!


  12. Krul

    Don’t know a lot about marveaux and he’ll be lacking match practice as he hasn’t played since last year


  13. I agree with pretty much all of that bar Williamson, for me there is no doubt that Taylor is a much better choice than Mike. He has played excellently in the last 3 games, whilst every time Williamson got the ball my heart was in my mouth…


  14. 4-3-3 in the style of England since the world cup with Marveaux and Ben Arfa In free roles behind the main striker.


    Simpson S Taylor Colloccini Enrique

    Barton Cabaye

    Ben Arfa Marveaux


    Subs – Harper (GK), Williamson (DF), Gosling (RB,CM,AM), Gutierrez (RM,LM), Ferguson (LB, LM), Shola Ameobi (FW), Lovenkrands (RM, LM, FW)


  15. As the squad is today I would pick this starting line-up: 4-2-3-1
    Gutierrez-Ben Arfa-Marveaux

    Bench: Cabaye (he need time I think), Ferguson, Forster, Gosling, Guthrie, Best, Williamson

    And we also has Lovenkrands, Ranger and good young guys to get their chances.

    If we can keep the players we have and get a new striker (Sturridge, please!), Nzogbia and a competitiorer for the RB I would be more than happy with our squad. And probably we can say goodbye to Smith, Perch, Ameobi and Xisco:)


  16. All things considered…not a bad looking squad if you ask me. A left back & another striker & we’re golden πŸ˜€


  17. AlanPardewProject. We don’t have the right squad for 3-3-1-3

    I’d rather have Matudi in there with Selezneyov up front, but we haven’t got them yet.


  18. Jay Jay @ 25, i like that squad, except that I am still a Williamson fan…so Mike vs. Saylor. But I absolutely want to keep Jonas in the starting XI and like the idea of moving him to the right.


  19. I would probably go for something like this against Arsenal:



    Barton – Tiote
    Jonas Ferguson

    Ben Arfa

    Just think that gives good balance to the team, for a match where we should probably field a few attacking players that know how to defend, and also have the character to stand up and fight. I don’t know much about Cabaye and Marveaux yet, so might swap Cabaye for Barton, and Marveaux for Ferguson.


  20. I think it will be:

    Simpson Taylor Colo Jose
    Barton Tiote Cabaye Jonas
    Ben Arfa

    subs: Krul, Williamson, Marvaeux, Gosling, Best, Fergusen, Ameobi


  21. giimps says:
    July 12, 2011 at 18:28
    Were not too far from having a decent side but need cover up front and fullbacks (both) I would rather have another dedicated rightback and another dedicated leftback for competition rather than someone who can play either but half as well.
    Sort of agree- my team is calling out for another FB or two. Pehaps they are still hopeful on NTaylor and think Tavernier could do a job at RB. Another ST is needed so I can leave Shola off my bench πŸ˜‰


  22. off thread for a mo they are saying somewhere else πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ that B.A.and Marvaeux cost 4 mil each to sign up,sounds more like a P.R. stunt from ashley and owl heed to me if true good job they were free πŸ™„ πŸ™„


  23. WITTERS i read every bloody thing mate never buy rags so got to find crap elsewhere πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


  24. 4-3-3

    GK – Tim Krul
    RB – Danny Simpson
    CB – Steven Taylor
    CB – Fabrico Coloccini
    LB – Jose Enrique
    CM – Joey Barton
    CM – Cheick Tiote
    CM – Yohan Cabaye
    RW – Hatem Ben Arfa
    ST – Demba Ba
    LW – Sylivan Marveaux


  25. What,s the point in running down your contact if you don,t get a big signing on fee. I imagine they got a few million each.


  26. I reckon we’ll play 4-2-3-1 this year.
    marveaux—cabaye—ben arfa


  27. Notts, that looks good as well. I think a 4-3-3 could be very possible when all our players are fit. I might try out Jonas as one of the wings over marveaux. Although chances are that the sylvan has a better and more regular shot on him compared to jonas


  28. Agree with Toons on the line-up, but can’t see Enrique being here. For me, he is already a Liverpool player, but the club are just dragging it out to save face. I don’t see why Phil ‘Big Nose’ Thompson would say it was a done deal otherwise.


  29. Yeah icedog we could play loads of formations next year πŸ™‚ 4-3-3/4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1/4-4-2


  30. ‘For me, he is already a Liverpool player, but the club are just dragging it out to save face. I don’t see why Phil β€˜Big Nose’ Thompson would say it was a done deal otherwise.’

    Not sure about that, if a deal was in place we would just the money asap, we wouldn’t wait around.


  31. I see us playing more of a 4-3-3 like when Keegan was in charge. That got the most out of Barton and Geremi, and works best if you have midfielders who can play long angled balls into the box (think Geremi’s ball into Owen against the Mackems).

    Cabaye is also supposed to be able to play intelligent long balls, and they are Barton’s specialty. Ba looks like a great header of the ball, and Best seems like he can find gaps in the defense… that will be created by Ben Arfa’s brilliance.

    Chelsea have shown that you can have a good record in defense with three attacking player if you play 3 good defensive midfielders.

    Our strongest 11:

    Simpson – Taylor – Colo – Enquique
    —Barton —- Tiote —- Cabaye
    Ben Arfa———————————-
    ———————– Best —————–
    —-Ba ————————————

    Marveax/Jonas bring something different from the bench.
    Gosling provides excellent cover for MF 3


  32. I’m not sold on Enrique to Liverpool either

    No CL football there next year and, though they are improving, who would they knock out of the top 4 next year? It sounds as if we have offered him a lot of money so can’t really see him going there for money either.


  33. GK – Krul
    RB – Simmo
    CB – Colo
    CB – Saylor
    LB – Enrique
    DM – Tiote
    RM – Jonas
    CM – Cabaye
    LM – Marveaux
    FWD – Ben Arfa
    CF – Ba


    Cabaye will play a Fabregas-esque roll this season, no doubt.


  34. From the current squad:
    Simpson S. Taylor Coloccini Enrique
    Cabaye Tiote
    Jonas Ben Arfa Marveaux

    Bench: Harper, Williamson, Kadar/Tavernier, Gosling, Barton, Vuckic/Ferguson, Sh. Ameobi


  35. This team would be awesome:
    GK – Harper
    RB – Perch
    LB – Tavernier
    CB – Williamson
    CB – Kadar
    CM – Guthrie
    CM – Smith
    RM – Raylor
    LM – Loverman
    ST – Ameobi
    ST – Ameobi
    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†


  36. Oblong’s formation nails it for me. We need pacey players on the wings, meaning Barton should be kept in the middle of the park. He can play to his strenghts from there, distributing balls left and right, and going forward when possible ..


  37. I Agree with your starting line up… Mostly…

    Simpson| S.Taylor| Coloccini| Ferguson
    Ben Arfa| Cabaye| Tiote| Marveaux
    Ba| Lovenkrands

    until Barton is definetally staying… I choose this otherwise… I’d pick Ben Arfa + Ba getting Crosses and passes from Marveaux and Barton

    Just If Ben Arfa played on the wing and Cabaye the closest midfielder to him… Cabaye could produce Quality passes to Ben Arfa who could set up or use skill to get past defenders to score a goal…

    Makes sense eh?


  38. storey going on that erdinc will sign,not twitter but could be just as bad some guy on eds πŸ˜€


  39. TGS…fly back in the morning….just as I’m starting to get a tan, I’ll be back to square one by the time I come back…..unless I get a spray on one at that beauty parlour bobby uses πŸ˜†


  40. I agree with IBY, but have jose, if he is still here, but I can see why you left him out.


  41. β€”β€”β€”β€”Krulβ€”β€”β€”β€”
    Jonasβ€”cabayeβ€”ben arfa

    Main subs: Harper, Williamson, Ferguson, Gosling, Marveaux, Vuckic, Best…


  42. Lots of rumours we are in talks with someone, lukaku πŸ™„ benzema πŸ˜† N’zogbia…again 😐
    But I just have a feeling Upson might sign πŸ˜₯


  43. Definately says we need to impress quality at RB, cover at LB and a pacey winger/striker type to play on the right…

    Get that, keep what we got, and its a quality squad…


  44. RT, dont forget to have a chat mate, you could maybe say I used to play for Barcalona acdemy? πŸ˜†


  45. Talking about Matthew Upson, I was looking at the relegated clubs today wondering if there was any players i’d take for competition/back up defenders.

    it wasn’t exactly rich pickings but the two players I thought might be worth a look were James Tomkins from West Ham or Liam Ridgewell from Birmingham.

    Both are capable of playing in a few positions and both are decent if not brilliant players that wont cost the earth.


  46. JAY JAY you got it wrong erdinc to sign by week-end all agreeed,ranger ganning to b/pool on loan,pardew whats to keep him,toon wont allow rout to go to swansea over taylor carry on,any more useless imfo ill be sure to tell you πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


  47. RT- I was just reminding you because you drink that much like, you must suffer from memory loss and that? πŸ˜†


  48. I dont give a shyte what big dave says,

    But cheers anyway ice, got nothing against you :mrgreen:


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