mrblackbat wrote: Dr Rover wrote:
mrblackbat wrote:Why is international level any different to PL level? PL should surely be higher because you're not limited on nationality and can build a team around ALL the best players in the world.
That is assuming you are able to buy ALL the best players in the world :scratch:
And who said I think PL teams shouldnt have a holding midfielder. I certainly didnt. :numpty; I didnt mention the PL at all
But, very generally, PL teams that have a holding midfielder play a 4-3-3 formation, and so I can sort of understand that. But England have shown time an time and time and time again that the 4-3-3 / 4-5-1 formation they play doesnt really work. When we play 4-4-2, there is no need to have a holding midlfield player - waste of a shirt in my opinion.
I feel playing 4-4-2 with a holding midfielder is only really necessary when you have a really shit midfield that cant discipline themselves correctly
I think playing a 4-4-2 with a holding midfielder allows a truly brilliant midfielder the time and space to do what he's considered truly brilliant for.
I think a truely brilliant midfielder should be able to attack and defend - otherwise what you are really talking about is a truely brilliant attacker.
In all seriousnesss, i can totally see your point about having a holding player. Freeing up a central midfielder to just concentrate on attacking does have its advantages. But I also think it has some serious disadvantages too. For instance, football isnt as simple as saying one midfielder can defend while the other attacks. Most of the time in football, both central midfielders will need to defend togehter, attack together, and then also attack and defend seporately. Having one that does one job and one that does the other seriously cuts down on the amount of attacking and defending that can be done in central midfield.
I've always been brought up on attack and defend as a team. And with the players at Englands disposal, I cant see why we cant find two midfielders that are excellent at attacking and defending, and can commincate to a level where they dont get in each others way. Perhaps I am jsut asking too much. But really, i dont think so...
But I respect your opinion. I can understand where you are coming from. But, unfortunately, we'll just have to agree to disagree