Monday, 22 June 2009
Should we get the Christmas Tree out in August?
We played 4-4-2 for most of last season, but that was because Zola realised that he did not have the personnel to play his preferred 4-3-2-1. As he now has the opportunity to mould the squad in his own image, will we go back to this system?
I felt that when we tried to play this way we lacked width, whether it was because the backs were not breaking forward enough or that the two behind Cole were not breaking out wide I don't know, but I often found myself expecting to see a ball played wide into space only for the short passing to eventually break down.
With new players arriving, this or even a 4-3-3 may be on the agenda. Stanislas and Savio look to have the sort of game that would suit this system and with Mancini being touted as a loan signing, perhaps we will see a slightly different style this year. The diamond midfield is effective but we often seemed to concede the wide areas to the opposition last year.
The short passing, one touch play is good to watch, but one of its strengths is that it makes the opposition ball watch, the space this creates is just begging for a player who can play a killer pass, someone who can see the bigger picture, someone in fact like Gianfranco Zola.
Posted by Hammersfan at 20:14