Seems that many bloggers are keen to integrate young players into our team…getting excited about Tierney and Martinelli…others are making the point that we also need experienced players to help grow the younger players.
As mentioned (too) many times, I am a firm believer that some of our younger and home-grown players should be integrated in the first team but they must be played in their best position. Bellerin, Holding, AMN are starters for me and I believe that there is case to be made for Chambers if we get a very strong CM next to him.
I think there is no debate about Bellerin and Holding. I want to make a case for AMN as our new PV4.
He played 11 games as a starter in the EPL:
- 5 in defensive midfield (or right full back in a 3-5-2 set up) for 1 assist
- 3 as right back
- 1 in right midfield
- 1 as an attacking midfielder on the right for 1 goal
- 1 as left full back
- He also came in 5 games as a sub.
Performance analysis averages:
- 2.1 tackles per game
- 1.2 interceptions
- 0.7 clearances
- Executes 1.2 dribbles per game
- Gets dribbled past 0.9 times a game
- Fouled 0.8 times per game
- Dispossessed 1.1 times per game
- 1.6 instances of poor control per game.
- 0.5 key pass per game
- 1 cross per game
- Completes 0.9 long ball passes per game
AMN is 21, he is fast, rather athletic and has demonstrated a good attitude – I think he has all the attributes to develop into our new box-to-box midfielder. He needs to improve but he should be given a chance – he has the engine and the desire to be a strong player for us. He also is rather good at going forward.
He can only develop into our box-to-box midfielder if he is played day-in day-out and I think that in the right set-up, he could do extremely well. Henry said of him that he was the best one-of-one young attacking player he had seen in our team before he took over Monaco so…
Rewind to my first paragraph and project yourself to the beginning of the season and imagine the following line-up:
Leno – Bellerin, Recruit, Holding, Tierney – AMN, Chambers, Vidal – Pepe, Aubameyang – Lacazette
Ages: 27 – 24, ?, 23, 22 – 21, 24, 32 – 24, 30 – 28
We’d need an experienced CB but we can also live with Sokratis although not ideal. Vidal would play the experienced person in middle of the park and up front, we re OK.
So is AMN our next PV4 and can we succeed with a young, yet experienced team? My answer is yes.
Written by RC78