Doc H Ball wrote:Sam's gonna have to change his style. No point with Maiga or Vaz playing a holding role. I think in AC and Joey's absence he has to go:
I'd beg to differ...
Not sure what you mean about the holding role, but to my mind the side kind of picks itself, due to the limited bodies we have fit in the attacking areas. The main decision, imo, is whether Maiga or Vaz Te lead the line.
With Downing also out, it means if Vaz Te starts as a striker, we only have Jarvis as a regular wide option, and would have to go with someone like Collison, Morrison or Taylor on the opposite flank. If Jack is fit enough for a full 90, that would be my prefered option:-
Collison - Nolan - Jarvis
I'd pick Vaz Te ahead of Maiga for pretty much every reason you could think of. Vaz Te knows our style, should understand what is expected of him in that role (it was suggested, by McDonald I think, that they are struggling to get Maiga to understand what they want him to do, what runs to make etc), and may be able to give Maiga a few pointers as to how to play that role in our side
The other option is start with Maiga
Vaz Te - Nolan - Jarvis
Whichever we start with, I'd expect to see us switch to something like the other at some point when subs are made