3-7-0 – worth a shot?


Everyone agrees that our full-backs and strikers have been hopeless this season – so why not play without them? We have the centre backs and we have the midfielders…why not put out a formation that includes our 11 most in-form players?

Onto the specifics. Our defence would be Kaboul, Dawson and Vertonghen. Younes has a lot of experience playing as a right back, so he could cover when the opposition attack down their left. He would be ably supported by Lennon tracking back. Similarly, Super Jan has a lot of experience in the left back slot, so could cover there with the support of Holtby/Sigurdsson. We then have 3 dominant and powerful players to control offensive and defensive set pieces. Sandro could fill in at centre back if any of the 3 are dragged out to the wings.

The midfield would be interesting to say the least. The personnel would probably comprise Bale, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Dembele, Sandro and Carroll. The latter three of the above would sit in front of the defence, and dictate the tempo (as they do at the moment, w/o Carroll). The front 4 would have more free roles, able to drop deep and get on the ball to make chances. We would have potent goalscoring threat and a good balance throughout the team. What’s more, the average age of the aforementioned players is about 24, leaving super potential for the future.

The other option of course is to buy a striker. But Levy wouldn’t allow that! It’s a betrayal of his personal principles.

AVB is an exciting and technical manager, and he could definitely make this system work effectively. It certainly would eliminate the possibility of 0-0 draws!

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  1. Great idea. Really. Until it goes wrong for the first time and then we'll all be screaming, 'Why the hell did they do that?'

    I think buying a striker is the much more sensible answer. And, obviously unlike you, I think Levy will be jumping at the chance in the summer.

  2. I thought he was going to be jumping at the chance in 2009…and 2010…and 2011…and 2012 August…and 2013 January…

  3. It’s not April Fools day yet. When BAE has started at left back we have conceded less than he hasent. Get the ball to defoe in the box and we will see more goals.

  4. We'll see.

    Get fourth, sign a goalscorer, get Sandro fit and keep hold of Bale… and we'll have a great season next year. Without having to resort to systems with a seven in!

  5. only way forward next season is to clear out the rubbish… say goodbye to.. gallas,rose,livermore,huddlestone,dempsey,ade,bentley and also sigguerson im afraid he is to weak, bring back townsend off his loan deal sign errikson of ajax lescott or baines and levy has to spend the 20-25millon for that class striker, kaboul coming back and sandro fit for start of next season.. then we can talk about a top 4 finish!!!


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