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Offline paul_e

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Re: Alan Hutton
« Reply #1800 on: November 09, 2018, 01:44:55 PM »
I think we are all agreed that we need fullbacks pushing on when there is space and players should drop in to cover them.  The problem comes when it is tight or you are into the 2nd or 3rd phase of play and the fullback is still up there at the expense of the midfield player who is covering him and who would be better offensively with the ball than the fullback. This happens so many times with our fullbacks.

Yep, there's 2 solutions, you either tell your fullbacks to stay deeper so they can quickly get back if we lose possession (this was Bruce's approach) or you find fullbacks that contribute more.  For me the 4 players who need to always be aware of their positioning (in a 433 based team) are the centre backs, the defensive midfielder and the striker. Everyone else should be able to, when we're in our attacking 3rd, start to look for space, or makes runs to create space and I include the fullbacks in that, I want them to feel they can go beyond their winger, outside or inside.

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Re: Alan Hutton
« Reply #1801 on: November 09, 2018, 04:03:00 PM »
I think we are all agreed that we need fullbacks pushing on when there is space and players should drop in to cover them.  The problem comes when it is tight or you are into the 2nd or 3rd phase of play and the fullback is still up there at the expense of the midfield player who is covering him and who would be better offensively with the ball than the fullback. This happens so many times with our fullbacks.

Yep, there's 2 solutions, you either tell your fullbacks to stay deeper so they can quickly get back if we lose possession (this was Bruce's approach) or you find fullbacks that contribute more.  For me the 4 players who need to always be aware of their positioning (in a 433 based team) are the centre backs, the defensive midfielder and the striker. Everyone else should be able to, when we're in our attacking 3rd, start to look for space, or makes runs to create space and I include the fullbacks in that, I want them to feel they can go beyond their winger, outside or inside.

which is useful if said fullback can actually do anything with the ball in those forward positions. if not they might as well stay back surely?


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Re: Alan Hutton
« Reply #1802 on: November 09, 2018, 05:08:34 PM »
Probably heard Smithy talking about Barcelona yesterday. Its good to dream.

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Re: Alan Hutton
« Reply #1803 on: November 09, 2018, 09:45:16 PM »
I think we are all agreed that we need fullbacks pushing on when there is space and players should drop in to cover them.  The problem comes when it is tight or you are into the 2nd or 3rd phase of play and the fullback is still up there at the expense of the midfield player who is covering him and who would be better offensively with the ball than the fullback. This happens so many times with our fullbacks.

Yep, there's 2 solutions, you either tell your fullbacks to stay deeper so they can quickly get back if we lose possession (this was Bruce's approach) or you find fullbacks that contribute more.  For me the 4 players who need to always be aware of their positioning (in a 433 based team) are the centre backs, the defensive midfielder and the striker. Everyone else should be able to, when we're in our attacking 3rd, start to look for space, or makes runs to create space and I include the fullbacks in that, I want them to feel they can go beyond their winger, outside or inside.

which is useful if said fullback can actually do anything with the ball in those forward positions. if not they might as well stay back surely?


I guess it depends, if Smith wants to play like that (as seems to be the case) then it's better to implement it the best he can and then try to replace the players who aren't suited in January once they've had a decent chance to pick things up in training and have shown they're not going to adapt.