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07 Mar 2021 18:20:43
Just thinking of things we can do to arrest this slide, I don’t know if a change of formation is needed, or a change in personnel?

Maybe play ox at right back, his power and pace could really work? Goes without saying that Fabinho should be the holding player, but maybe it’s time that TAA was pushed forward into midfield? Having his passing and shooting ability from the midfield might give us something less predictable? What do others think?

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07 Mar 2021 18:35:05
We are desperate. So why not?

07 Mar 2021 18:44:07
Ox reads the game worse than Trent, defends worse than Trent, crosses worse then Trent and passes worse than Trent. He can dribble and shoot better, but he won't really be in a position to the latter. So overall as a fullback or wingback, Trent is a lot better than Ox.

Conversely, I don't see how Trent's passing ability in midfield will make a blind bit of difference at the moment. Thiago's passing is not doing anything for us, so I don't see how Trent's will.

We could try Ox in midfield if we want someone who's willing to take a shot on. I'm surprised he hasn't started any games lately.

07 Mar 2021 18:50:04
Ox has looked either lost or invisible any time he has come on. He has had zero impact but then again who has actually had an impact on the pitch.

07 Mar 2021 19:08:49
Maybe the diamond we used against West ham. Salah at the tip with mane and origi upfront. I know I'll get crucified for saying divvy upfront but Bobby isn't doing nothing so might aswell give the lad a chance.

07 Mar 2021 19:53:50
My view is that long term, TAA should be in midfield. Ox has played right back at Arsenal and was ok, certainly better than Neco Williams, given that all the order midfield options have failed miserably what do we have to lose but to try TAA right now where he should be long term.

07 Mar 2021 20:04:37
It’s a nice idea but Trent would get over run in midfield he is not at top fitness. Wingers run past him for fun, it’s not the time to try it. Ox unfortunately as has been said totally off the space when on as sub. No easy answer it’s a mess.

07 Mar 2021 20:29:08
Today was at most the second game in nearly 2 months where we tried something other than Thiago, Gini and A. N. other (usually Jones) in midfield, so I don't think our midfield options are exhausted and we need to take Trent off the right flank.

The issue is we've had to persist with Gini or Thiago trying to share the no. 6 duties, which doesn't work. Fabinho back in the 6 role and letting the fullbacks of the leash is the change we need to make. Moving Trent around, playing more midfielders in the back 4, changing to a diamond, what combinations of forwards we use etc. are secondary issues to that at best.

As for 'what do we have to lose? ', we changed 7 players today and you saw what happened. Change for its own sake doesn't necessarily get you out of a hole.

07 Mar 2021 20:33:31
Hi 6times. Ox played as a wingback in a 5, I don't think in a 4 and if it was it would have been emergency cover.

07 Mar 2021 20:58:47
6times, sorry butt TAA’s ability to pass and cross, currently is as good as his defending. it just isn’t there! So moving him to midfield is only to make matters worse!

07 Mar 2021 21:14:02
Don’t get why people thinking putting Trent into the midfield will fix anything, we have players who can pass, Thiago, Fabinho, keita, it’s more the fact that we do the same thing every week, passing slowly around the box just to pass it out wide and throw a half hearted cross in. Playing Trent in the midfield won’t help.



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