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51 minutes ago, dingles staying down 4ever said:

At the end of the season, it looked like his feet were slowing. The other thing was Tugay had usually a couple of minders in buy him time. If we have one player in the squad who could have possibly played that position it would have been Charlie Mulgrew 18 months ago.

Maybe a midfield 3 of something like this could work

               Travis       Evans

                    Downing

 Armstrong   Gallagher   Brereton

Interchanging Dack and Downing. More Dack than Downing obviously.....

Although looking at that now I sense a false 9 coming on..... uh oh  

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1 hour ago, Bigdoggsteel said:

Maybe a midfield 3 of something like this could work

               Travis       Evans

                    Downing

 Armstrong   Gallagher   Brereton

Interchanging Dack and Downing. More Dack than Downing obviously.....

Although looking at that now I sense a false 9 coming on..... uh oh  

Very narrow though, need two very good overlapping fullbacks for that to work. Id also have Dack for Brereton personally, with Holtby in the Downing role.

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19 minutes ago, dingles staying down 4ever said:

Very narrow though, need two very good overlapping fullbacks for that to work. Id also have Dack for Brereton personally, with Holtby in the Downing role.

Can Dack play there though, I don't think so. The "problem" with Dack is that he needs to play 1 of 2 similar roles, either the 10 or as a second striker. 

Ya, it is narrow, but the Dack situation means it kind of has to be, otherwise it's a straight 4-3-3 with Dack or Downing in your typical center midfield role. 

We have options in midfield and upfront, it's just how best to utilize them.... 

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No point having Brereton in a wider role. Him and Gallagher should be central players, initially backing up Dack and Armstrong.

The only player that has scope to play wide out of the 4 is Armstrong, but ideally we should have him central and only move him wide if and when Gallagher or Brereton hit some form central. 

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Posted (edited)

I like Downing but would sooner see him on a contract that includes coaching duties rather than full-on playing contract.

There'll come a point next season where he'll only be useful to come on in the last 20mins when we're already winning to settle the game down, as Tugay often did in his final year.

Edited by Mike E

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I dont understand the regular clamour to include coaching duties in the contracts of ageing players.

Players should only be given deals if they warrant them solely on the pitch. For me, finances permitting Downing does.

There is no indicator that Downing, or indeed Graham etc before him are either capable or willing coaches.

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