ashbanki wrote: People ,naively, seem to think that our offensive players will defend from the front.
Or, you know, people have watched and seen that this is what our offensive players, and especially our signings, do. Numbers from last season:
Haller - 0.8 tackles and 0.5 interceptions per game (vs Arnautovic, 0.3 and 0.1)
Fornals - 1.4 tackles and 0.7 interceptions per game (vs Snodgrass, 1.3 and 0.3)
Anderson - 2.5 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game
Lanzini - 1.2 tackles and 0.9 interception per games (low number of games last season, but similar numbers in 15/16 and 16/17)
We've got players that tackle in our front four, and they'll be looking to press the defenders - they all do it, and Haller notably is a massive upgrade at it against Arnautovic.
kitthehammer wrote:I still think we are missing a decent defensive midfielder. We need someone who is better than Rice, Sanchez and Noble.
That's a pretty bold claim to make, for me - I do think Rice has his faults, but I don't think we can start to push him down the pecking order right now. We need someone better than Sanchez as a DM. Noble isn't the same type of player as either of them, and is more likely to be the passer alongside - probably second to Wilshere for that role when he's fit, unless Pellegrini pulls Lanzini or Fornals deeper.
More over, I just don't think Pellegrini wants one.