Jose wants Ozil, tbf on a free and as long as McItomney or another kid was ready to boost the ranks a midfield of Matic Pogba and Ozil should be able to dictate games.
But it still doesn’t change the fact that our centre forward is not designed to hold the ball up and bring our attacking players into play like Jose likes from a front man so/but maybe that is the answer, improve the midfield and wide players to service Lakaku.
And where does that leave Rashford and Martial.
It seems the whole summer was based on the ideal that Mickey T would be able to get the ball at 10 and supply Lakaku,
But Rashford and Martial nor Mata nor Lingard are wingers so it now looks criminal on paper that we bought a cf that needs players we don’t have except two in their 30s who play at full back in Young and Tony V.
But wages we can definitely afford so I’d go to Sanchez and say look how many games you’ll get for us v rotation at City and offer top top $.
And if Jose thinks he can get Ozil back to his old self by playing him properly with Pogba and Matic, it might be worth a free punt.
But it’ll be Fellani and Matic now until Pogbas back.
We need a number 10 who wants the ball and until Pogba is back can control a game because Matic and Fellani can defend and pass it forward but that’s about it and Jose’s going to have to change his tactics and stop asking Lakaku to play a role he can’t.
Either he stays in the box and doesn’t need to worry about long punts and tracking back and we just get the ball in front of him or else Jose needs to have the balls to play Martial at 9 until Zlatan and/or Pogba are back.
Part of the problem as well is that even when we tweak formations, teams know how to set up against us now.
We need to play through the middle and out wide if we play Lakaku, and the simplest way to do that until we can field a fluid midfield three is to play someone other than Mickey T. And we need to play with wide men that can create, I love Rashford and he works hard and is a danger and occupies defenders but it’s fuck all use unless a full back is overlapping and putting balls on a plate for Lakaku, and when he does cut inside, he runs into trouble and/or occupies other players space.
A temporary fix even if Pogbas back would be to play Lingard at 10 because he at least will come and collect the ball and be ready to receive it, and play Martial who is a more natural left sided player ahead of Rashford and play Mata in his old not ideal but effective role on the right and get him to put balls into Lakaku and cut it back for Lingard.
But all of it is for nowt unless Jose changes Lakaku back to the way he’s always been and say just stay at 9 and don’t worry about anything bar finishing chances. At least then you’ve a defensive midfield feeding at least a hard working number 10 and two players who at least can try and supply Lakaku.
I think part of Mickey Ts problem is that we were all calling for him to play centrally because he did it for Dortmund and his best games have been there for us, but our tactic and it doesn’t matter if he throws another striker up top and plays Mixjey T which on paper looks attacking as fuck, is for the big man to use his physical prowess to free the runners, Jose has said himself he doesn’t care if Lakaku scores as long as the other players do and last year remember he bollcked everyone out that was in the 3 of a 4231 but not Zlatan who also had a stinker,
It’s now becoming increasingly obvious, it’s because Zlatan job and the reason he dropped so deep for a lone striker sometimes, was that if Rashford Martial Lingard Mickey T or Mata aren’t finding that system easy and aren’t scoring, Zlatans already boy in the box all the time so there’s no one scoring goals.
And it’s compounded this season because Lakaku can’t even play that way like Zlatan can so the runners aren’t even getting the chances from Lakaku to fuck up, the chances aren’t there.
We came at Chelsea out of the blocks with on paper a strong central forward line, yet Lakaku had a crazy stat like no touches in their box, that’s even during our ok spell and from our big number 9 with a goal mouth only reputation, he’s not going to do a lot of anything outside the box.
We have the players to change it and play decent and win but Jose has spent 18 months drilling this system into it and said himself Rashford and Martial can’t play that hold the ball up, drop deep and play other players in.
But neither than Lakaku, so either Jose changes tactics or we make do and try a different 10 and just hope that Martial and Mata can do just enough to service Lakaku.
Tbf to Lingard, he’s happier floating anywhere so if he replaces Mickey T and Lakaku drops off, it doesn’t really affect Lingard whereas Mickey T doesn’t seem to know what to do when someone’s in his space, ie fuckin move.
Well I suppose that's the knighthood fucked.