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  • Ricky Y Ricky Y Oct 3, 2008 16:25 Flag

    Agger to Real?

    Agreed. Agger was recruited to play alongside Carra and nothing should change that, especailly when there is still plenty of mileage left in Carra (well, at least 2 more years I reckon).

    On the other hand, Skrtel has proven to be a surprise package. His no-nonsense tackling is also an ideal back-up, and his partnership with Carra has been proven when Agger was absent through injuries.

    Ideally, in 2 years' time, Agger and Skrtel should be the backbone of our defense. The problem is how to keep Agger happy. There is only one solution, sacrify Skrtel, play him in cup ties and let Agger take back his leading role in EPL games.

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    • Ricky, agree with your diagnosis, but not the remedy. To put Agger back in now would break up a proven partnership, and a good understanding between center backs is as important, if not important as a good understanding between strikers. Like the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

      Agger will get his chances, and then it will be either Carra's or Skrtel's time to prove they should be put back into the squad. He'll play in domestic cup matches, and likely European games as well, assuming we can get a decent result in Madrid. But in the prem, until either form drops, or injury hits, I'd stick to a proven formula. Hopefully risks for dropped form, or injury can be identified on the training ground, and rotation is done just when its needed, but why rotate when you don't need to?

    • Wing backs is a complete no no. If we were blessed in wide positions with fast, skilful players who could also defend when needed then fine. BUT we aren't.

      We are doing just fine 4-4-2, or 4-2-3-1.

      The problem is one area where you need stability is at the back. Skrtel has formed and excellent partnership with Carra. The meanest in fact in the PL. Our style of play though needs to develop and the way to take this on is with a CB stepping out with the ball, creating more space further up the pitch. We are harldy the most free scoring or creative team in the PL, and at times this will cost us.

      I certainly think Agger should be playing in the games like Stoke, Hull, West Brom, and home games vs West Ham etc etc, where traditionally we are on the front foot and they pack their defences for a batten down the hatches afternoon.

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      • the big trouble here is when Rafa decides he dont like you....then he dont like you ...period... and it dont seem to matter how good you are......and make no mistake Dan Agger is good and will be for a long time to come.......much longer than Carra on whom the sun is now starting to set. Rafa however (cos his man management skills are rubbish) will continue to keep Agger as a bench-warmer or small time participant in small insignificant competitions and piss him off completely. Make no mistake the way things go we will lose Agger come the New Year, and that will be shameful.