What's our best team?

by   |   01/12/2017  11 Comments  [Jump to last]

Now that the dust has finally settled regarding the controversial Managerial appointment of Sam Allardyce and his backroom staff I for one welcome a return to looking at matters on the pitch.

Allardyce undoubtedly has a penchant for experience and there has already been suggestions mooted from some sections of the fan-base that the younger players are likely to be playing second fiddle in the coming weeks and months.

Given the long-term injuries to Bolasie, McCarthy, Mori, Coleman and Barkley and the prospect of the transfer window opening in just on a month and a transfer kitty quoted in the region of £70 million - does anybody know what is actually our best team and formation ?

Factoring in the returning players I have no idea what our strongest line-up actually is ? Given that we are also going to be playing domestic football following the recent exit from Europa League the size of the squad is going to be less important.

I am sure that each fan will have there own opinions and Allardyce will probably be licking his lips at the prospects ahead. Interesting times indeed.

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Steve Mink
1 Posted 03/12/2017 at 10:03:12
Assuming everyone fit and in-form:

Pickford
Coleman
Baines
Keane
Funes Mori
Gueye
Barkley
Sigurdsson
Bolasie
Niasse
Calvert-Lewin

(Although I think Sandro is a tidy player. Shame if he goes back to Spain in January.)

Paul Smith
2 Posted 03/12/2017 at 10:17:22
My team if all fit would be

Pickford
Coleman
Baines
Keane
Funes Mori
Gueye
Rooney
Lennon
Bolasie
Sigurdsson
Niasse

If we can get a centre back and striker in January to go straight into the team, things will start to look a bit rosier.

Sam Hoare
3 Posted 04/12/2017 at 17:35:16
This is the team I'd like to see playing towards the end of the year:

Pickford
Coleman Keane Holgate Kenny
Davies Gueye Sigurdsson
Bolasie Calvert-Lewin Vlasic

Quite a few assumptions such as:

a) Bolasie and Coleman come back as strong as before.

b) The likes of Keane and Vlasic settle in better and the kids continue their development.

c) Sigurdsson is able to play the deeper midfield role in the way that Rooney has the last two games. Ideally I wouldn't have them both playing due to lack of pace and hoping the Icelander improves as season continues.

d) Kenny has a decent left foot! Possibly we will buy a new left-back in January but wanted to get Jonjoe in the team!

Gareth Clark
4 Posted 06/12/2017 at 06:50:55
With our current team:

4-3-1-2

Pickford
Kenny Holgate Williams Martina
Davies Idrissa Rooney
Sigurdsson
Calvert-Lewin Niasse

Robles, Keane, Lennon, Schneiderlin, Vlasic, Lookman, Sandro

Tough to leave out Jags – but the Holgate & Williams partnership is showing really good signs & I would stick with that for now. Martina is playing very well & Kenny has been superb... just must make sure he doesn't get out of position if there is no cover.

Niasse & Calvert-Lewin have a free reign up front, and will bring both width & enough support up top.

Sandro off the bench for now, but I think he has the potential to be fantastic for us... the same goes for Klaassen, a replacement for Rooney in the coming years. They both deserve their chance.


Gareth Clark
5 Posted 06/12/2017 at 06:58:43
With our full strength team:

In the formation that Man City play:
4-1-4-1:

Pickford
Coleman Keane Funes Mori Baines
Idrissa
Sigurdsson Rooney
Bolasie Niasse Sandro

Subs: Robles, Holgate, Kenny, Schneiderlin, Barkley, Vlasic, Calvert-Lewin

Might be tempted to put Barkley in for Rooney in this formation.

McCarthy could slot into the CDM role easily too. Klaassen could fill in one of the CM spots easily too.

With Rooney dropping deeper (similar to David Silva) & Siggy pressing further up (like De Bruyne) – not saying they're the same quality, but similar role.

Onyekuru coming in next season or in January could make things very interesting!

Gary Willock
6 Posted 06/12/2017 at 07:16:25
Pickford
Coleman Holgate Williams Robinson
Rooney Davies
Sigurdsson Barkley Bolasie
Calvert-Lewin

Like many, more choice at LCB and up top please.

Steve Pugh
7 Posted 06/12/2017 at 07:51:51
Pickford

Kenny Holgate Williams Baines
Rooney Gueye Davies
Sigurdsson
Niasse Calvert-Lewin

Until Coleman is back we can't say whether he'll be as good so Kenny gets the slot. Baines keeps his place due to a lack of options, hopefully the worst case scenario for January will be Garbutt getting registered.

John G Davies
8 Posted 06/12/2017 at 07:58:13
I would be surprised if the same team is posted more than twice due to our unbalanced squad. More importantly, what's our best team for Sunday.
It absolutely has to be a five man midfield. In a 4-5-1.
Karl Graham
9 Posted 06/12/2017 at 18:07:25
If everyone was fit this is my team:

Pickford
Coleman Keane Funes Mori Baines
Gueye McCarthy
Bolasie Rooney Sigurdsson
Niasse

Subs: Robles, Holgate, Kenny, Davies, Vlasic, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin

David Ellis
10 Posted 07/12/2017 at 04:37:34
No one knows our best team. Not Koeman, not Unsworth, not Allardyce... but I sure hope Allardyce works it out fast, and can benefit from Unsworth's experimentation.
Martin Reppion
11 Posted 11/12/2017 at 11:37:06
Pickford.
Coleman (or Kenny), Keane, Jagielka, Baines.
Gueye, Rooney.
Bolasie (or Lookman), Sigurdsson, Davies.
Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Robles, Holgate, Williams, Niasse, Sandro, Baningime, Mirallas.

Barkley, if he commits to the club, comes right back into contention.

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