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  1. Jeff Leopard
    December 23, 2011

    Tiote was a shadow of himself the other day but I think it’d be a bold move by Mr Pardew to drop him. Vuckic is an exciting prospect but sometimes (like you said) more boring thoughts of positional awareness will probably take precedent and Haris will be dropped.

    Maybes a new argument now is, who is the first to come off the bench to play an an attacking midfield/no.10 role…Ben Arfa or Vuckic?

  2. CLiNT FLiCK
    December 23, 2011

    Top work all year lads, thanx!

    I’d play HBA & Tiote & Cabaye, even though Tiote wasn’t that good v wba.
    Vuckic had some good shots the other night but there were massive holes in our midfield & play was not joined up. We were bypassing midfield way too much.
    I know most fans just want goals, so shots etc. seem like great play, but without an effective midfield with an already depleted back 4 we’re on a hiding to nothing if we don’t play regulars for this game & start experimenting.
    Bring Vuckic on for HBA later, he seems more like a second striker than natural midfielder at this point. Less responsibility!

    All the best for 2012 lads!

    Howay the Lads!

  3. angelswithdirtyfaces
    December 24, 2011

    Excellent and informative reviews and previews as always. Unlike other bloggers there is calm analysis on this site. I always look to it for sense and sensibility.

  4. Petras LTU
    December 26, 2011

    Maybe now, then we have a really good prospect and future nr.10 (Vukčič), Mr Alan Pardew will rethink his ideas not to play HBA on the wing. Personally i have nothing against Hatem playing in the hole, but i just want to see as strong team on the field as plausible. p.s What about this formation (i konw it’s not going to happen, but anyway):
    Our wingers do not produce, pardew like 4-4-2, i have a solution! :D

    ————————————-Krul———————————-

    Simpson———–Williamson—Coloccini———R.Taylor

    —————————–Cabaye———-Tiote——————–

    ——————-Ben Arfa——————–Vukcic—————-

    ——————————-Best———Demba———————

    Best is imnase in the air, he wins very high percentage of air battles.
    Ben Afra is geting sharper every time, and in this formation he would have more space to dribble (Right flank, as he tends to do..) and cross the ball to the box, or fire a long shot, so could do Haris. And if Benny is tracinkg right Cabaye takes the center with Tiote behind. Also in Defence Demba Ba could track back, meaning we have 5 midfielders in the centre of the park.

    But if AP wants to play two wingers i would like to see this formation (assuming Santon is fit):

    —————————————–Krul——————————————-

    Santon—————–Williamson———Colloccini————R.Taylor

    —————————————Tiote——————————————-

    ———————–Ben Arfa—————-Cabaye————————–

    Obertan—————————Demba——————————–Jonas

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