Well the season should be upon us and we have managed to improve our squad by Brad Friedel.
On the face of it we look to be guilty of standing still, which everyone including Harry will tell you means we’ve gone backwards. I’m not as worried as I could be by this, we can’t forget that we’ve got a crop of really talented players, many of whom are the envy of the league.
We have got two ‘problem’ areas though and boy are they big ones, centre half and forward. I’m bored of the striker talk and so I’m going to look at the stoppers and ask, what are we going to do?
Everyone assumes we go outside of the club to solve this but let’s presume we do nothing and stick with what we’ve got.
Woodgate has been sent off to the glue factory (or Stoke as it’s more commonly known) and it’s welcome we don’t have him on the payroll anymore. His move along with the ever less deadly Ledley does leave a gap, I’d bring in an extra body, why we haven’t is a mystery but could we make do with what we’ve got in the squad?
With the emergence of Kyle Walker, we have essentially got a new player and we have Hutton as cover, could this see Corluka move infield? I’ve always thought he looks a more likely centre half and think he should be made to concentrate on this, he’s never going to have pace but he does read the game well and his height and build is that of a centre half.
Another option in the middle is Tom Huddlestone. Again he isn’t blessed with speed but like Corluka he reads the game very well and he has the look of a centre half. He would be a miss in midfield but we could cope, Modric and Sandro in the middle are not a bad first choice combination. The ability for a centre half to step out with the ball and play it with accuracy both long and short is much sought after and rarely found, we’d have that with Tom.
Of course converting players doesn’t always work but the two mentioned have the attributes to be successful at centre half but now this has got me thinking, could the tall, quick, cool finishing Gareth Bale play centre forward?
It’s time for a lie down. COYS!
By Scott Francis
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