Colours never run wrote:
Some people have it in their heads he's a player that's going to be starting alongside Rice as 2 Dms, but I just don't see Pellegrini wanting to play that way in central midfield. He wants to play more expansively than that, by partnering our true DM in Rice with another ball playing midfielder who can do a bit in both ends of the pitch ie - Noble, Wilshere, possibly Fornals.
I actually agree with everything you're saying CNR, and I agree that this is what Pellegrini wants. And if it was his first season I could understand it, but last season, we actually looked far better and more organised when he played a midfield 3 of any of Rice, Noble, Snodgrass or Obiang. When he only played two (or one perish the thought) of those (usually Noble and Rice) we were invariably overrun and performed badly.
He had two options in my opinion this summer.
1) Improve the defence significantly enough so that you can pick Rice as your lone holding midfielder and you can then pick players like Fornals, Wilshere and Lanzini around him safe in the knowledge that your back 4 is solid enough to cope.
2) Strengthen your midfield to provide support for Rice and to give extra support to a leaky defence who's keeper had to make save after save last year.
He's actually done neither. So it confuses me when I see us starting with a midfield two of Rice and Wilshere and a back four of Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna/Balbuena Cresswell/Masuaku and him expecting different results.
We were generally poor at the back last season (all season) and we were generally weak in midfield.
Expecting Jack Wilshere to change both those things seems unlikely to me.
Sebastien Haller might do to be fair, by hanging onto the ball more than Arnuatovic did when he had the hump and defending from the front. But it's going to take him time.