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    Holte66 September 18, 2019 at 1:21 pm .

    Whatever happens up till January, we must address the problem with Grealish playing more in the final third. What about a 4-2-3-1. Keep the same back 4 with Luiz and Nakamba as DM. In front of them you can have McGinn, Grealish and a pick from Jota, Hourihane and Lansbury. Striker from Wesley, Davis or Kodja. I haven’t mentioned El Ghazi or Trezeguet because they won’t fit in unless current formation is kept.
    Facing facts however, Smith is unlikely to change is tried and trusted style so it’s purely for speculation only.

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      Tom September 18, 2019 at 5:37 pm .

      I actually thought a similar system would work. Maybe. 4-1-3-2

      Nakamba as defensive mid, Grealish, Louis and mcginn in the 3 and Wesley with either Davis/El Gaz or Kodjia when fit.

      I think that’s best we can do now, offers regular Defense and protection with nakamba. It also offers plenty of numbers to attack with and everyone playing in natural positions

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        Big Fat Ron September 18, 2019 at 9:44 pm .

        Also good ideas! Smith should follow Lampard’s lead and not be afraid of a little flexibility!

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          Hitchens60 September 21, 2019 at 1:06 pm .

          According to Deano we’re playing a 4-1-4-1. Shows how much I know!

          Maybe so but Jota still shouldn’t be playing out wide.

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            Big Fat Ron September 21, 2019 at 11:22 pm .

            So Deano’s admitting to sacrificing a forward for a defensive midfielder, basically. No wonder we can’t score for toffee.

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    badger123 September 19, 2019 at 12:51 pm .

    It’s interesting that noone has mentioned a 4-1-3-1-1, which is the option I fancy, With Jack just behind the striker, but he can float to make it a 4-1-4-1.

    It retains the four at the back and a defensive mid, which is working well for us, yet gives the full backs a chance to get forward.
    If the wide play doesn’t work, as it didn’t on Monday, much to my annoyance, you go more down the middle, with a diamond and two up front.

    Regardless, I’ve often said it, but Grealish is best played more forward and is wasted when he has to defend, imo.

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    Hitchens60 September 21, 2019 at 12:59 pm .

    Just read that, allegedly, we have set aside £20m to buy a ‘new’ (should that read another) striker in January. If true is that an admission that our summer transfer business wasn’t quite right?

    Looking at stats – we can equal a club record 10 consecutive away defeats in the top flight (1924 / 25 seasons) with a loss today at Arsenal. We are currently on a run of 17 away games without a win and 13 games against the ‘established’ top six without a win.

    Pretty impressive eh?

    Bet your house on a Villa win then tomorrow – well maybe not 🙂

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      Hitchens60 September 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm .

      *In the PL that is.

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    Hitchens60 September 21, 2019 at 8:54 pm .

    At least we can’t be bottom after tomorrow 🙂

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