Yes, there’s a football match this evening. Amazing I know.
We need to start with four at the back for the natural width. I won’t repeat what I’ve written in previous posts – it’s too obvious and dull.
Here’s my starting XI:
Little Burke Beevers Taylor
Morais Cullen Karacan Buckley
I have tended to call for a 4-4-2 formation, and I do rather like both Adam Armstrong and Adam Le Fondre, so dropping them was a difficult decision. However, since we two natural wingers on the wings, I didn’t want to just play with two central midfielders as one of them would have to be Pratley – Cullen and Karacan are too lightweight together.
Therefore, I propose having Derik sit in front of the defence. Although I’ve not been convinced by this before, there have been many players who have surprised me in the past, and I’m happy to be won over by Derik. Pratley clearly hasn’t done well enough to warrant a starting place, unfortunately. This also takes some of the pressure off Cullen and Karacan when it comes to defending.
Morais starting on the right is a no-brainer. Yes, he’s good as a wing back, but believe me, he’s better as a winger as he can focus on what he’s good at: running down the line and crossing. Buckley was great for Brighton on the left, and has impressed so far at Bolton.
This leaves us with just one striker, and a pretty obvious choice: Gary Madine. Provided that he can get sufficient support from the midfield, I think this formation would suit him.
Will this happen? Probably not, as Parky doesn’t seem to love listening to me.
With Dervite out, I expect something along these lines:
Derik Burke Beevers
Morais Cullen Pratley Karacan Taylor
Madine Le Fondre
Parky seemed to hint towards a Le Fondre start. Meanwhile, he does seem set on playing three at the back, which I’m not ideologically against. I just feel that it doesn’t make the most of our talents (i.e. it doesn’t allow Buckley to start).
However we line up, we’ll have to be at our best as we look to get our first win of the season.
Which formation would you go with? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.