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  • DEREK W DEREK W Jun 14, 2009 17:30 Flag

    huddlestone

    it makes me confused....martin o'neill....a superb manager who knows a good player when he sees one wants hud...keane lusted after dos santos....capello rates hud highly....and yet neither figures in 'arrys plans.....they could probably leave...(and come back to haunt us)
    ....who knows best?

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    • You mentioned O'Neill there, Derek---apparently Bentley's in advanced talks with Villa---could be the right move for him.

      • 1 Reply to Alan H
      • He'll do really well at Villa if he can get regular action; they're the exact right team for him.

        Considering our strength in midfield with the likes of Hudd & O'Hara, perhaps we should experiment with a 3-5-2 against some less attacking (I'm absolutely refusing to say easier!) teams? Say:

        A-E - King/Woody - Corluka
        Palacios - King/Hudd
        O'Hara/Modric - Modric/Jenas - Lennon
        Striker a - Striker b

        (I've put King & Modric in twice, I expect them to be a first choice in one of the two positions I've put them in, and the other player to play in the other spot)

        Means we can fit around the players we've got, and with the additional anchoring of Palacios & a good DM we should be ok to cover the defence.

    • Tom Huddlestone is a good player and has lots of potential - I saw him play for the England U21 side and thought that this could be a great box-to-box midfielder in the Lampard/Gerrard mould. However, it looks like he is not getting the chances to up his confidence and shine. Maybe a move away to Villa is the best thing?

    • I'va always liked Hudd, and would like to see more of Dos Santos - but where do you play 'em? In the middle we have Palacios and Modric, Lennon on the right, which leaves a need for a left sided player - which isn't Hudd - although I think he deserves a place backing up Modric. I do think that Dos Santos could play back up up front, as well as the kid from the youth team (forget his name), - which would then give us 6 strikers to pull from - interesting juggling act for 'arry to manage. And while I hope that Pav shows what he's capable of (now that he's actually had a rest after 3 back to back seasons), and I hope that Bent ups his stroke rate, and I hope that Keano regains his form, ... that's a lot to hope for ... so I wouldn't be adverse to bringing in a top level striker - which is unlikely to occur as we do not have European footie this year. So the best we can hope for is someone that has potential (something that my teachers used to use to describe me when I was younger .... i.e. the lazy bugger doesn't apply himself!). Bottom line - is that unless we can find a diamond in the rough that 'arry can work his magic on, let's stick with what we've got and get them all playing up to potential with some youngsters snapping at their heels - I think that's more realistic.