Written by Tinpot Club
So far we have no real indication of what Jason Tindall’s “own ideas” are yet. The first pre-season friendly is often just a case of throwing 11 players on the pitch to build up their match fitness but were there any clues?
What should be JT's priority?
In Danjuma’s interview, he talked of a new style for this season that they all agreed on. In the 2nd half, we made a planned tactical switch to 3 at the back. Tindall’s most successful season as a player for us was in a back 3 in 2000/01.
Looking at our squad we have a shortage of wingers. In a 3-5-2 we wouldn’t need them. David Brooks or Junior Stanislas could both play centrally as part of a 3. Danjuma looked good at Benfica as a centre forward.
There’s been little speculation on incomings but it appears Matt Ritchie is our top target. A replacement for Brooks you would think, but where has he played for most of the past few years? Left wing-back!
So I think it’s possible we might line up something like this:-
Mark Travers, Chris Mepham, Steve Cook, Lloyd Kelly, Adam Smith, Philip Billing, David Brooks, Jefferson Lerma, Matt Ritchie, Dominic Solanke, Danjuma.
This would also be very easy to switch to a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 in-game as Kelly would just need to shift to Left Back and Ritchie move forward.
Whether this swap deal actually goes ahead is probably for a different thread!
Whatever setup we go with, it has to be flexible enough to allow for some interchangeability of players, and not overly-reliant on any one player.
Brooks is fairly injury-prone and can’t be expected to start every game this season (assuming he stays).
On the one hand, you need to tailor your system to the strengths of the players you have, but not so much that one injury throws you into a tailspin because it forces a system change.
To sum up, I like the idea of utilizing Brooks’ creativity, but I wouldn’t “build the team around him” because he’s not going to be fit enough for that. – Join the conversation, click here.