I keep reading on here the manager wants to play an attacking style of game, well there really shouldn't be any game where it's better to prove it than against a newly promoted rival.
Of the new recruits I like the look of Haller, and I assume he's a certain starter, meaning in all probability one or both of Hernandez and Ajeti will be on the bench, especially so now Antonio is likely to be out until the New Year.Yes, you read that correctly.
In midfield, Noble simply must start, proving as he did once again last weekend that he has the best eye for a pass in our side, although Anderson, to be fair can run him pretty close in that regard, and he too will be on from the get go.
Rice will sit in front of the back 4, all by himself, with Lanzini and probably Fornals being the others to sit alongside Nobes and Anderson in a 4-1-4-1.
The back four is of course the clusterfuck, the epicentre of our issues, the masters of disasters, and little wonder, the combination of players used changes every single week, despite every defender being fit and available.Will it be Arthur or Aarron , Oggy or the general, will Diop play on the left or the right, has Zaba done enough to displace Fredericks ? Who knows, who could possibly guess, who can surf the Pellegrini wavelength and come to the same conclusion as him ? Will he see what the rest of us can , that Diop doesn't really like the rough stuff, and Pukki looks like he could be a handful on a nightout ? Can he see that Arthur struggles to comprehend basic positioning or that Zaba no longer has the energy to get back following a foray upfield ? Does he even vaguely grasp the importance of a settled defensive line , or does he meditate nightly, focussing on simply scoring one more than the opposition ?
Who knows, and consequently, I can't complete my line up because I simply cannot keep up with all of MP's thoughts on our backline.
All I can see is a high scoring game, possibly 3-3 or something like that, which will keep most happy, when in reality it would be two points dropped at home against a side likely to be in the bottom 4 come May, and the confidence of Rice and Diop slowly, but surely, disintegrating.