They'll have no choice if he keeps this level of performance up. You just hope that it doesn't start because he gets injured or something - 'They're really missing Fred now' and all that.Pundits seem pretty reluctant to praise him. He's been fabulous for some time now.
It's coming, you know it. I've already seen a few 'he's our Kante's' floating around ... he is though isn't he?can't wait for the Fred vs. Kante thread
Yeah I agree with this, singing Bruno (so far after 2 games) and Fred's emergence this season are really helping us. With Mctominay in there could dominate a lot of midfields.
Big question marks for us to becoming a top team though for me is who we sign for RW, and both the full backs. Both full backs are good but neither really provide attacking support the way TAA and Robertson do. Top attacking full backs are crucial to modern teams. For RW, I'm a big fan of Sancho and have been since he first played for Dortmund, but I think signing a left footed player for the RW would help us more as forwards cut in mostly nowadays. Sancho being nimble footed can make up for that, but I feel long term it'd be a bit like playing Neymar on the RW.
I don't unfortunately, I think there's a big dearth of left footed fowards currently. A season or two ago there were a lot of options, I wanted Mahrez but for some baffling reason we weren't even interested. Then there were a couple of promising left footers like Thomas Lemar, Ismaili Sarr and a couple of others that I can't remember I thought looked good, but obviously those have moved on to bigger clubs now and have largely not been amazing.I agree with this & personally I think Sancho will struggle in the PL if he plays solely on the RW with the pressures of the price tag and the environment & the change in style of defensive play.
Do you have a left footed RW in mind instead? And also if we do get Sancho how would you think about fitting him in?
Exactly. I don't think we should have risked either of them though.Bruno obviously sparkled in his cameo today but I thought Fred also looked strides ahead of everyone else when he came on. Those two were like first-teamers dropping into an U21 game.
Very excited to get McT back and see them as a midfield three. Obviously in big games you might want a proper DM in there, and that should be a priority in the summer, but actually given the defensive chops and work-rate Fred and McT bring to the table I don't see that as a horribly unbalanced midfield, particularly if we stick to this three man back line. Something like this:
Lindelof Maguire Shaw
AWB McT Fred Williams
We can play Pogba with Martial at the top, with Bruno,Scott and Fred in the midfield positions with 5 at the back. Should have decent attacking strength and we can outplay most teams in midfield. Andreas and Lingard should not even make the bench.Fred, McT and Fernandes should be decent. Certainly the most dynamic midfield we’ve had in yonks!
get Pogba back and play them all with Martial and Ighalo. We’re at the business end of things now, let’s not feck around with the likes of Lingard, Pereira, James etc.
Yeah that could work. Im enjoying Shaw in a three at the back. Think that’d work best with Maguire and Bailly.We can play Pogba with Martial at the top, with Bruno,Scott and Fred in the midfield positions with 5 at the back. Should have decent attacking strength and we can outplay most teams in midfield. Andreas and Lingard should not even make the bench.
What is a right sided player my friend? I dont think i remember seeing one.Yeah that could work. Im enjoying Shaw in a three at the back. Think that’d work best with Maguire and Bailly.
personally though I’d rather ya play a more attacking formation and I’d play Pogba on the left (he likes it there), Martial in the middle and Greenwood on the right. Man we miss a right sided player so much!!