That would be my change in the midfield 3 as well. It would give Mikel the chance to show what he can to further up the pitch.
MON possibly thinks Thompson offers a bit more going forward but yeh I'd have started cousins too.
The other thing that Thompson brings to the party is a better dead ball kick than most of his team mates. That might account for his selection. I have no idea if any of our three new loan players takes a decent free kick or corner.
Cousins being dropped is a bit weird at this point.
I think the manager views Cousins and Mikel as DM's and only wants one on the pitch at the time For me Mikel is defy the better player however Cousins was playing really well and Mikel has looked a bit off his game since his injury
Yeah, just seems odd that Cousins was in good form and hadn’t done anything to be dropped. Offers more defensively than JOM for my money.
Would have preferred Clucas than Thompson but as others have said probably best we can put out. But wow where will a goal come from other than Powell Brown and Matondo rarely score. Nor do the midfield 3 hence the need for Clucas.
Clucas really hasn't played that well this season and hasn't offered much of a goal threat. Thompson has been better and deserves his place ahead of Clucas. If anything I'd have gone for Cousins and played Mikel further forward but to be honest we've got good options in midfield. What will make the difference is how the front three gel.
It looks like 4-3-3, but it might turn out to be more like 4-6-0. Don't know enough about Matondo, but Powell and Brown both like to move all over the pitch, and Powell probably still sees himself as playmaker, unless he's been told to under no circumstances move more than Vokes would have done. He's just been relieved off his defensive duties, which is good. But he could still drop deeper in search of the ball, if the midfield trio struggle to deliver constructive balls, which I fear they might.
Post by jimmygscfc1234 on Jan 16, 2021 14:48:24 GMT
Thompson gives us a left footer in midfield, as would Clucas. I can see why he's done this but think we'll see Sam at some stage and Cousins can replace Mikel if he tires. It's tweaking up front that's the problem at the moment.