Friday, 4 December 2009
Diamanti Must Play - But Where?
With Cole's injury, Zola faces a more than tricky selection problem. Nouble is surely too young and raw to be drafted in as a straight swap for Carlton whilst the Everton game suggested that Franco and Hines as a combination might not be good enough to unlock Premiership defences without Diamanti on the pitch to pull the strings and create the openings. Parker has looked superb in the last two games ranging forward and so it would be disappointing to see him constrained by defensive duties again but Stanislas has looked worthy of a place offensively too. Meanwhile, defensively we are a mess with our full backs desperately in need of protection. The dilemma, again, is how to mix the ingredients to come up with a perfect dish.
It doesn't matter what combination I come up with, I see major problems. Against a team as strong as Manchester United, the logical thing to do is to offer protection to the back four. That means picking Faubert in front of Spector to try to cut off the supply route down the right hand side of our defence and Collison on the left ahead of Stanislas, with Jack told to protect Ilunga as his first priority. But if we do that, who will score? Stick with a centre midfield of Parker and Kovac and I can't see us creating enough openings. Who will run beyond Franco? It would only be Hines, and Ferguson is savvy enough to combat that!
Somehow we have to get Diamanti into the team in my opinion. Then we can seek freekicks outside the box and hope to net in this way. That means pressing Parker back into the anchor role in midfield again in my opinion. My side would actually revert to 4-1-4-1 and would set up as follows: Green - Spector, Da Costa, Gabbidon, Ilunga - Parker - Faubert, Diamanti, Collison, Stanislas - Franco. The idea would be to use Stanislas and Collison to spring beyond Franco, with Diamanti pinging the passes. Faubert's main job would be to screen Spector. I would then have Dyer and Hines on the bench ready to input pace when the Manchester defence tires.
Will it work? You tell me!
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:29