Mayor if fit, Grant if not
Cooper if fit, Moore if not
PL2 3DQ wrote: McCormick
Edwards (as defensive midfielder)
Metal_Green_Mickey wrote: I will say it until lm blue in the face like a smurf ....
You can’t take the **** playing non specialist people at wing back.
Edwards, Moore and Cooper have good attributes that would create a perfect wing back
1. Moore has the pace. Lacks the quality of final ball
2. Cooper (sometimes) has the delivery. Yet lacks defensive awareness. Which is why any time you see Argyle under the cosh he is taken off
3. Edwards has the awareness of players. He has linked a couple of times with Hardie beautifully. However, it’s too infrequent. You have to go up and down that touchline constantly and l’ve never seen him do this for more than a half.
These are good players. They just aren’t wing backs. It’s one of the hardest positions to find good players because you need energy, stamina, pace and be able to produce a cross on a consistent basis because essentially your the width on that side of the pitch for the team.
When you don’t have width you become predictable. And the reason we need Mayor is that he provides the width to stretch the opposition. Yet Lowe play him in CM which means there is a gapping hole in midfield and we become left side of the pitch lopsided.
That’s why tonight we were particularly awful. No Mayor. The wing backs couldn’t provide the width he normally does.
Basically it doesn’t matter what team Lowe picks. Argyle will continue to struggle overall with this current crop of players playing this system. Reasons are as follows
1.) No pace in the back 3 leaves us constantly vulnerable to the counter attack. Essentially you only need to sit back like Fleetwood & Rochdale and in numbers counter attack when we give the ball away.
2.) The system is fundamentally flawed with the players he picks for the positions on the pitch. It’s going to be a long slog of a season unless he changes his tactics and lm not sure he will.
It’s like we know how important Mayor is but that playing him at CM is too the detriment of the rest of the team and we don’t see it. Tonight showed how badly we need him but at CM we just not helping the balance of the team.
I have no idea why he is against 433.
For me it seems simple. Mayor plays left wing. Cooper plays right wing. You choose between one of Hardie/Jephcott/Nouble.
Behind the forward you play Camara. Behind him you play Edwards & Fornah. I would put Macleod in when he is fit again for Fornah. At right back Byron Moore as l can’t think of any natural right back. At left back Opoku. In the middle Watts and Aimson.
You then a balanced team. Width in attacking areas where your most skilful players don’t have to do as much defensive work. You have two quick full backs who can support. You have midfielders who can pass the ball but the best thing is that you have Camara running from deep positions. I’ve seen him now numerous times and the guy is a real handful.
Anyhow, Lowe seems stubborn and so l imagine back to 3-5-2 it will be with us as fans hoping that Ipswich miss the good opportunities they will no doubt be gifted.
100% behind Lowe. He needs though to now show he can tactically evolve as a manager. Adams couldn’t do it. It was constantly 4-2-3-1 with the forward isolated. Will Lowe go the same way and not adapt? Adams had four years. Lowe needs at least another year so we have to be patient and see. I really hope he does and comes through this season having developed tactically because l think his positive approach is a breath of fresh air.
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