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07 Jan 2020 23:54:36
Ok guys just to give you a break, I've been thinking this for a few weeks.

AWB is one of the best defensive RBs I think I've seen (and so young) but going forward Jesus he's bad. Traditionally you play overlapping FBs so.

Centerback he could blossom and God knows your not blessed with choices there at the moment.


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08 Jan 2020 00:12:42
we need 7 players and somebody who knows what he is doing idontlooklikeklopp.

08 Jan 2020 04:22:21
We're not blessed with good options really anywhere on the park just now. AWB is a brilliant 1v1 defender but he is still a bit suspect positionally. His recovery pace hides that for the most part. That's probably not too surprising as he wasn't asked to have the same attacking involvement at Palace.

He has been the player not pushing out which plays someone onside, also sometimes far too narrow when the ball is crossed from the left. He could maybe play in a 3 as an emergency CB but I wouldn't even consider him an option there at the moment.

08 Jan 2020 06:03:27
Could play RCB in a 3 I reckon but not in a two because I don’t think he’s got the height, but then cannavaro was only 5ft9 (not comparing him to cannavaro) . Great tackler and one of our best buys in a while.

08 Jan 2020 06:47:50

Not the worst suggestion but as a centre back you need to be proficient with your lesser foot and whilst AWB is great when they are on the outside can he do the same when the run on the other side?

08 Jan 2020 10:02:54
I think he could do a job at RCB of a back three. But he lacks the height and positional sense to play at CB in a back four.

I think the simple solution is to just play a lopsided formation. You allow the left full back to push up, while AWB stays deeper. The LW can then cut in while the LB hugs the touchline. In the right you have AWB stay deep, and have a RW who stays wide. Then you have an AM drift into the half space on the right hand side.
You then have one holding midfielder, and one box to box midfielder who'll push forward when attacking.

You are better off creating tactics that suit your players rather than trying to either force your players into positions they are less suited to or make them play in a style that doesn't suit them.

Ultimately there needs to be a synergy between the players your club buys, the existing squad and the style of play the manager wants the team to play.

08 Jan 2020 23:17:24
AWB is excellent at defensive FB - he is young and has plenty of time to work on the attacking side of his game. I'd much rather he have the defensive side sorted first! That being said I think he would make an awful CB - not strong enough in the air and his positioning would be found out without the sideline to protect him.



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