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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1 Posted 03/12/2017 at 10:03:12
(Although I think Sandro is a tidy player. Shame if he goes back to Spain in January.)
2 Posted 03/12/2017 at 10:17:22
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.
3 Posted 04/12/2017 at 17:35:16
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!
4 Posted 06/12/2017 at 06:50:55
Kenny Holgate Williams Martina
Davies Idrissa Rooney
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.
5 Posted 06/12/2017 at 06:58:43
In the formation that Man City play:
Coleman Keane Funes Mori Baines
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!
6 Posted 06/12/2017 at 07:16:25
Coleman Holgate Williams Robinson
Sigurdsson Barkley Bolasie
Like many, more choice at LCB and up top please.
7 Posted 06/12/2017 at 07:51:51
Kenny Holgate Williams Baines
Rooney Gueye Davies
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.
8 Posted 06/12/2017 at 07:58:13
It absolutely has to be a five man midfield. In a 4-5-1.
9 Posted 06/12/2017 at 18:07:25
Coleman Keane Funes Mori Baines
Bolasie Rooney Sigurdsson
Subs: Robles, Holgate, Kenny, Davies, Vlasic, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin
10 Posted 07/12/2017 at 04:37:34
11 Posted 11/12/2017 at 11:37:06
Coleman (or Kenny), Keane, Jagielka, Baines.
Bolasie (or Lookman), Sigurdsson, Davies.
Subs: Robles, Holgate, Williams, Niasse, Sandro, Baningime, Mirallas.
Barkley, if he commits to the club, comes right back into contention.
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