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  • Joe Joe Feb 3, 2013 22:05 Flag

    Formation without Defoe?

    Good Thread, great rule---- no bitchin'

    I pretty much agree with Beni, but for the record:


    Walker Daws Vertonghen BAE

    Parker Dembele

    Lennon Holtby Bale


    Kaboul for Daws or Vertonghen when fit, IMO Kaboul is our best CB, Vert has been a little off form recently! we need the Unit back!

    I agree re: Bale and Holtby, have them as fluid as possible, or have Holtby and Dembele as fluid as possible. I'd rotate Gylfi in when possible as I still think he has a future with us and is yet to get a proper run of games, mainly as the players he's competing with have been in good form.

    Bale has been good through the middle, but I think he should start wide, he makes so much more room for Dembele, Holtby to play in when he stays wide, making runs infield sporadically rather than regularly.

    When is Ade due back?


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    • We may have Ade back for the Newcastle game - Togo lost to Burkhina Faso in the ACN QF this evening.

      Defoe's injury could actually be a blessing in disguise - I heard he's damaged a metatarsal so could be facing 6 weeks on the sidelines. Knowing he could be the sole out-and-out striker available may help Ade concentrate his mind and thus up his game - he simply doesn't play well alongside Defoe.

      Have to say I'm very impressed thus far with Holtby - he was a real livewire when he came on today and was unlucky not to have got a goal in the 2nd half.

      Was up at The Hawthorns today and it was great to see the team acknowledging the away support at the end of the game - Benny gave his shirt to somebody sitting at the front, though I couldn't see who. Nice gesture.

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      • I've never been so happy to hear Ade's on the losing team, well not for the last season and a half anyway!

        Holtby is superb today, He and Bale were different class, WBA couldn't cope with them at all! Our dependency on Bale is a little worrying, we need the rest to crank it up a gear.

        Defoe's injury is a real opportunity for Ade and Dempsey, one or both have to take this chance, maybe Kane can step up?

        Do you go to many away games KM? I have a close group of friends who travel almost every week. I like BAE, I know he's footballing Marmite, but IMO he's more 'real' than many footballers, plus he seems to really appreciate the fans.

    • Almost forgot,

      Parker out, Sandro in, when fit! which looks to be the rest of the season. In which case play Vert as a 'Holding' midfielder, IMO he would be better than Hudds or Livermore in that role!

      When Ade returns, he'd be my choice over Dempsey, despite his recent goal form.


      P.S. those who listen or follow Adrian Durham on Talksport, the man is a huge windup merchant and should be ignored if at all possible!