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  • Old Fan Old Fan Feb 22, 2008 09:07 Flag

    We looked a little shaky

    Not sure how long some players are going to be out, but I think the long term back line (with back-ups in parenthesis) is going to be Hutton (Chimbonda) - Dawson (Rocha) - Woodgate (Kaboul) - Bale (Gilberto) - when everyone is fit - lots of competition at the back!). In the meantime, Gilberto (as soon as he's fit) will I think play on the left at the back. I think Ledley will be used as a holding midfielder with Huddlestone backing him up and maybe pushing him out of first choice (with the time Ledley has been out I wonder just how well and how long he will be able to deal with the rigors of the schedule - just how reliably fit and healthy he will be in the future?). Ohara's developing as a reasonable left side midfielder with tons of potential, with Malbranque behind him, and Lennon obviously on the right - again with Malbranque behind him. Which leaves Zokora and Jenas competing for the remaining midfield spot. Obvioudly Keano and Berbs upfront with Bent coming off the bench. And that still leaves a bunch of pretty decent players in the first team squad.
    If we ever get the full squad healthy it looks pretty good - and if we add a couple more players - plus have a couple really fulfill their potential we will be competitive for the top four. Left midfield is still a little weak, and we could do with someone with experience who can really take control in the middle of the park - I really don't know if Ledley is that person or not - I like him, but he seems to break really easily!

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