The trouble with playing three at the back is that you use up your store of centre backs all too quickly. They either get injured or get extra bookings leading to suspensions.
Let’s face it, they’re not really cut out to cover large amounts of the pitch. All that extra running will be bound to take its toll eventually.
Perhaps we ought to go to the other extreme and just play one centre back who plays higher up the pitch between the right and left halfs ……. let’s call him a centre half.
How about the full backs as the rear most defenders and the centre half just drops into the back line occasionally. This will leave us exposed on the counter, so the only solution is not letting the opposition have the ball at all. It will also stop the full backs getting forward down the flanks, so perhaps we would need dedicated wing men, perhaps even a left and right winger.
Two attacking midfielders will be essential to keep the pressure on the other team – inside right and inside left? So, starting to look like this ……..
Who could play in this line up?
………… Bellerin Monreal
……. Torreira Koscielny Xhaka
Mkhitaryan Ramsey Aubameyang Ozil Iwobi
There you go, sorted for Southampton. Full out attack for the first half hour. Build a lead and bring Lacazette on for the second half to give Kos a rest in the second half.
Could work, don’t you think?