Kira did nothing wrong
- Jan 27, 2013
Yeah, Rodri's definitely key to their midfield moreso than Partey. It's why I'm only claiming Rodri has the ability to control the game out of them two even though Partey's done well whenever I've seen him. Take Rodri out and they'll struggle as I don't think anyone else in the team is as good as him at this.In their last 5 matches they've had the majority of the ball 3 times. Only 1 of those matches was a Partey and Rodri CM duo - a match they lose 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao.
The other 2 were Saul & Rodri vs. Rayo Vallecano and, Koke & Rodri Vs. Villarreal.
A month ago they did beat Juventus 2-0 at home in the champions league with Rodri & Partey starting at CM, but they had 36.9% of the ball. So once again theres nothing to suggest that Partey & Rodri control the midfield more than combinations including Koke or Saul.
I think you can control the midfield despite having less of the posssession, too. One of the best CM performances I've seen against us in recent years was Cazorla's in a 3-0 defeat away to Arsenal. I think it was in van Gaal's second season. I recall us having over 60% possession at the Emirates but, regardless, he completely bossed Carrick and Schweinsteiger.
I agree with you on Eriksen. I've never been a big fan myself, but I wouldn't be against the signing as he'd bring some much needed creativity, and plays on the right area. Not that it's likely!I am not as high on Eriksen to be honest, but he'd definitely be a good signing. Don't think there's any chance there though. I am also not sure whether Isco would work with Pogba. Fantastic player obviously, but I think he operates in similar spaces compared to Pogba. The last season he played regularly on the right was at Malaga, if I remember it correctly. If we could convince him of a role that is more to the right, then I'd be all for it. Joao Felix I need to see more of, but the glimpses I've seen, he looks brilliant. If we are talking purely tip of the diamond, then it's: 1. Dybala, 2. Fekir, 3. Havertz, 4. James, for me.
As for Isco, I think he'd work well with Pogba. His passing isn't great, but with his dribbling, close control and shielding of the ball he'd help greatly in the build up, and it'd allow Pogba to get further forwards without us being stumped on how to get it upfield without him. I believe he works hard defensively, too, though I don't watch much of Madrid so I'm basing that off my memories of him at Malaga and the odd game. In regards to his Malaga days, in his final season he played pretty much every game on the left. That was one of my favourite teams to watch in recent years!
Out of those 4 names you mentioned in your last sentence, Fekir would be my first choice without a doubt. We need someone who can keep the ball under pressure and play in tight spaces.